Chicken with pumpkin & chickpeas

Chicken with pumpkin & chickpeas

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(13 ratings)

Ready in just over an hour


Serves 6
An adaptation of a Tunisian dish, this recipe is fragrantly spiced and ready in a little over an hour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal256
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3.4g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.45g


  • 500g pumpkin, with skin on and seeds in



    Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 large onion, sliced



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

  • ½ tsp ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, each cut into three pieces widthways



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  • 400g can whole peeled tomato, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1-2 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 2-3 tsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander


  1. Peel the pumpkin, remove any seeds and fibrous bits and cut the flesh into bitesized pieces. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Stir in the ginger, cinnamon and the chicken pieces and cook for 3-5 minutes, turning to brown them slightly all over.

  2. Add the tomatoes, sugar and harissa, season and stir well. Add the chickpeas, pumpkin pieces and 4-5 tbsp water. Cover and cook for 20- 30 minutes or until the chicken and pumpkin are tender (the pumpkin releases its own water, but if it becomes too dry, add a drop more during the cooking to give you a juicy sauce). Stir in the chopped coriander before serving.

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Steph Nuttall's picture
Steph Nuttall
31st Oct, 2019
I was frantically searching the web for a pumpkin recipe to use up the scrapings from our Halloween pumpkins. I also wanted to use a slow cooker as I always have more time in the day to organise. So I basically bunged all the pumpkin flesh scrapings into my slow cooker with the spices, tinned tomatoes, onion and chick peas (no pre-cooking). I put it on High setting for four hours then added some chopped peppers, and two pre-cooked chicken breasts for a further hour. On tasting, I felt it needed more harissa as I like my food spicy. It also needed seasoning. As well as adding coriander to the plated up dish I also sprinkled a handful of peanuts. It was delicious. Will definitely make again.
1st Nov, 2015
Very tasty dish, cooking time was fine. Also served with cous cous.
8th Nov, 2013
Quick and easy, tasty but not a wow dish. More of a mid-week easy meal. Tasted better the next day.
26th Oct, 2013
Really, really lovely! I also served it with couscous and will definitely make it again. Tasty and warming autumn dish.
21st Oct, 2013
Fantastic low cal meal that we ate with couscous. Will absolutely make this again. I used fresh ginger rather than ground and I think it really added a lovely spicy freshness to the dish.
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25th Nov, 2011
I picked a pumpkin from the garden and had a chicken breast and a gammon steak in the fridge. I popped in pumpkin to the search bar and this recipe grabbed my eye. Using this as an inspiration but using a mix of chicken and gammon, finishing it off with a touch of cream and served on a bed of rice.... FANTASTIC!!!
1st Nov, 2010
Hurrah I've found this recipe again! I loved cooking this a few years ago and then stupidly threw the magazine away, so glad to ahve it back in my repertoire of great recipes. My old housemate used to love me cooking this, hope the husband will now!
21st Oct, 2009
Really nice, will do again. Nice thick sauce!
19th Nov, 2007
Easy, nutritious and tasty - always cook this every year when pumpkins are in season.
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