Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • 2 of 5-a-day
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
290
protein
42g
carbs
14g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
4g
sugar
3g
salt
1.03g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 250g bag spinach

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2008

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little_mz's picture
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After all the comments about the leftovers being even tastier, I made this last night (along with some cous cous) to take into work with me for lunch today It was quick and easy to make, and nice enough tasting, but lacking something. I think I'll try garlic and or chili next time, and maybe more lemon, as other posters have suggested.

danyajeffrey's picture
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Easy but bland

drfabio's picture
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Yum! Easy and quick to make. Added more spice though - it was a bit bland for me otherwise.

rparnell's picture
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Not bad but it was a little bland even with the spices and the 'sauce' was very watery. Not sure I'll be giving it another go if I'm honest

whizzkid21150's picture
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Without doubt the dullest, most tasteless meal I have ever found on the GoodFood site until I added substantially more of the spices, some seasoning, and a little chilli. This dish has good component parts but you definitely need to adjust the quantities of almost everything to make it remotely tasty.

minoumouse2's picture
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Very tasty - I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and simmered it for a lot longer, probably about 40 minutes before adding some easy cook brown rice. I'd used more chicken stock then the recipe said to allow for the rice absorbing some of the liquid. I substituted watercress for the spinach and added some broccoli florets a few minutes before the end of cooking to make a complete meal in a pot. Definitely a meal to make again.

madeleineyoung's picture
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I thought this was delicious. I probably added more spice than suggested. I did think that the half I froze and then reheated tasted better than when it was first made. I served it with couscous with toasted almonds stirred through it.

Lovely72's picture
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Nice recipe although we found it a bit too watery. Would perhaps try again but with less stock or would try and thicken up before serving. Served with couscous but thought that was a bit too much, next time would serve just with vegetables. Nice flavours though.

scotty0909's picture
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This dish was amazing, the flavours were really good together, it also freezes well, defo a winner in my books.

sarahbroon's picture

Very tasty and easy to prepare. Spice combinations delicious! Added a handful of frozen broad beans and would probably add a few more veg next time.

eleanormayo's picture
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I found this a bit thin to be honest, even after adding extra green veggies. A good fall back option, but not one that is a must to do again.

leamac83's picture
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Yummy!! Ok i changed it slightly, had no spinach so used rocket and added a few cherry toms for colour also added a spoon of tomato puree to thicken the sauce. Served it with cous cous with toasted pine nuts and corriander and it was delicious. Would definatley make this again and again.

eimears's picture

delicious and really quick. added a tin of tomatoes after step 2 and simmered for half an hour.

busymummy's picture
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Very quick,tasty recipe that was enjoyed by all the family.I served this with cous cous & home made cheese & garlic bread.Would recommend this & will definitly make again.

nixkitz's picture
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Lovely recipe. Have made variations on it with different ingredients and they've all tasted great.

ourcarol's picture
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Yummy! I added roasted red peppers from a jar, sun dried tomatoes, some dried chilli flakes, and garlic. Also, a little more spice than recipe suggested. I made couscous, and added a vegetable stock cube and lemon juice to this (I left the lemon juice out of the main recipe) and then mixed the couscous in with the recipe when it was done. Sooo tasty and easy, will definately make this again!

irmgard2's picture
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A lovely recipe for a week night dinner as it comes together very quickly and is on the table in a half hour. I served it with couscous which complemented the lovely Middle Eastern flavours. It reheats well also, which is a big bonus for me, as I often make enough to have leftovers for a second meal and to take for lunch. I will definitely make this again!

vgibson's picture
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Very tasty and easy to make. I served it with cous cous, which was very nice.

cgreenslade's picture
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Made last night - was nice but lack any definite flavor. Won't be making again in a hurry.

tracy_llewellyn's picture
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we love this recipe, made it a couple of time and enjoyed it. i did add some boiled potatoes to the recipe along with some garlic and fresh chilli.

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