Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas recipe

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Warming dinners don't come much tastier than this. A subtle combination of warming spices, this chicken casserole is one to try

Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas
  • healthy
Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time1 hours 15 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories309 Kcal15%
Saturated Fat12 g60%
Salt8 gRow 2 - Cell 2
Salt8 gRow 3 - Cell 2

Warming spices and tender chicken with chickpeas in a thick, tasty stew.

This mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas is such a pleasing dish to serve up. It ticks all the boxes of a delicious, comforting stew, and it's surprisingly low calorie too. The chicken thighs are nicely crisped and golden from where you brown them at the beginning of the recipe. Then the sauce they cook in has everything - a lovely eastern spiciness from the cumin and coriander seeds and a delicious creaminess from the yoghurt. All that and it's only 309 calories per portion. It's also high in protein (from the chickpeas as well as the meat) - a great healthy chicken recipe if you're following a low calorie diet, but one you can also serve to your whole family.


  • 8 chicken thighs, skin still on
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut into thin wedges
  • 2-4 fat cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp each cumin seeds, coriander seeds and paprika
  • 410g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 300ml (½ pint) hot chicken stock
  • 2-3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
  • Bread, to serve




  1. Trim any excess fat off the chicken thighs. Season the meat. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, pack in the thighs, skin-side down, and cook for 8-10 mins until the skin is a good golden colour. Turn them over and cook for another 5 mins. Take out with tongs and set aside on a plate. Drain off all but about 1 tbsp fat from the pan.
  2. Add the onion wedges and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 mins. Meanwhile, roughly grind the spices in a pestle and mortar. Stir them into the pan and cook for 5 mins.
  3. Add the chickpeas and stock. Bring to the boil, put the chicken thighs back in, skin-side up, and simmer, uncovered, for about 15-20 mins until the chicken is tender.
  4. Stir in spoonfuls of Greek yogurt and let it warm through, but don’t allow it to boil. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve hot with bread.

Top tips for making mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas

If you don't want to serve this with bread, you could make some low fat potato wedges or brown rice. For a really low carb option, just steam some leafy green veg such as kale, which will soak up some of the lovely sauce too.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.