Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

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(125 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A spicy, filling one pot that has a bit of added zing. Make it a mid-week must

Nutrition and extra info

  • 2 of 5-a-day
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal290
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein42g
  • salt1.03g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 250g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then fry the onion gently for 5 mins. Turn up the heat and add the chicken, frying for about 3 mins until golden.

  2. Stir in the spices and lemon zest, fry for 1 more min, then tip in the chickpeas and stock. Put the lid on and simmer for 5 mins.

  3. Season to taste, then tip in spinach and re-cover. Leave to wilt for 2 mins, then stir through. Squeeze over the lemon juice just before serving.

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Comments (137)

sabrina74's picture

sorry 4got to rate it

sabrina74's picture

i only used 1/2 tin of chickpeas, as im not a fan, but so easy and delicious and low in FAT, what more can u want!!! i served it with green veg courgettes gtreen beans, and some saute potatoes DELICIOUS!! i will make this again and again

tourer-dan's picture

Great high protein and filling midweek food. I made it without the lemon, cooked with a good pinch of chilli flakes, then served with the Harissa Couscous (on this site) sprinkled all over with coriander leaves. Recommended.

kategoudy's picture

Im on the fence with this one. It was definitely quick and easy to make which makes it perfect for a midweek meal but im not sold on the flavour. It was probably a little bland for me and my husband wasnt overly keen on the flavour and content so wont be making again in a hurry. Sorry!

fgrobbo's picture

very good and very quick and easy!

richard3107's picture

Lovely meal and easy to prepare after work. Went well with wholemeal pitta bread. Yum, wholesome and healthy!

wheelz99's picture

Wonderful flavoured quick dish. I left out the lemon zest just juice and cinnamon stick. I think I will add garlic as I think it goes well with this dish.

emmacpearce's picture

So simple to make - needed more spice than suggested - will defo make again - big hit

sumbids's picture

Healthy and quick,but added a pinch of turmeric for colour, some crushed pepper and more of the spices.

chocolatnoir's picture

This isn't one of my favourite good food reciped, but its very quick and easy for mid week and is tasty while still being very low fat. I also added garlic at the onion stage and grated in some carrot at the end for some extra colour and crunch. Good served with toasted wholemeal pitta bread.

abroekman's picture

Cooked this yesterday for my husband who normally does all our cooking. This recipe was quick, easy to follow and tasted wonderful. Love the combination of spices. Made a lovely meal with some crusty bread.

anuradhab's picture

very easy to make, super quick, and a lovely balanced meal with rice. add in some chillis for a kick.

blinkers's picture

Fantastic. So easy to make, and delicious. After cooking the chicken, I divided the meal in two before adding the spinach. I will use the second half during the week and add the spinach then so it doesn't get overcooked.

lulujersey's picture

Yuck. Used quite a large lemon and used all the juice as the comments on here stated that it needed it. Was overpowering and not nice at all. Dissapointing

lexana's picture

the whole lemon thing was too much, so im gna try sme suggestions

vancouver10's picture

Very tasty, after reading the ratings I decided to add red pepper as suggested by others. The end result was a very satisfying and tasty meal which I shall make again.

stevo7723's picture

Well I'm brand new to cooking. My wife normally does all of it; anyway I decided I wanted to try my hand an I picked this dish for my first go. What can I say it was quick, simple and gave me the confidence to try more...........I got the cooking bug now.

chipchop81's picture

Took advice from others who had made this dish and added a roasted pepper for colour and extra flavour, turned out perfect!

carl3684's picture

Kat has it right, a little flavourless the first time I did it, but just be a little braver with the spices and squeeze in a bit of lemon juice too! Oh yeah, no spinach once so used fresh French/green beans/fine beans, just as good!

luce_b50's picture

Really tasty dinner but just not enough strong flavour! I was generous with the seasoning and spices but definatly could have done with a bit more. I reccomend alot more coriander, cumin and lemon zest. Also would add some garlic near the beggninig to give it more flavour!


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