Spicy Chicken & Chickpeas
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Spicy Chicken & Chickpeas: Quick and Easy
Tired of eating the same old, and often bland, healthy chicken breast dishes?
And, let’s not forget the dried-out boneless, skinless chicken breast meals that tasted like cardboard.
You’re not alone.
I, too, got tired of alternating between rotisserie, baked, and broiled chicken. After all, we all know that the taste of chicken is often in the skin—the big ‘no-no’ when you’re on a diet. But, the skin has another function—it keeps the meat from drying out during cooking.
But don’t despair. There is hope to enjoy tasty chicken dishes again which don’t put your taste buds to sleep. The spicy chicken & chickpeas recipe is one of them.
Quick and easy
If you can cut up a chicken breast into bitesize pieces, you can make this recipe. And, if you can make scrambled eggs, you’re halfway there.
Yes, this recipe takes about the same time to cook one pound of chicken breast as it takes in the microwave (about 8 minutes).
But, it tastes so much better.
The meat is tender and juicy and tastes great.
The SECRET of Spicy chicken & Chickpeas
You properly wonder “what is the secret.”
Well, without further ado, it is my go-to recipe when I need to prepare a meal for just one—myself. After you made the spicy chicken & chickpeas recipe once, to get the taste of it, split it in half.
If it tastes as it should, you’re good to go. Otherwise, make the necessary minor tweaks in the spices and herbs.
From there, you can easily break it down into one serving. As a rule, I use 3-4 ounces of chicken breast for one serving. However, as for spices and herbs, I adust the spicy chicken & chickpeas recipe to suit my taste. Meaning, I use less garlic but more green onions and parsley. And, at times, I even omit the chickpeas.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this recipe.
Let’s move on and try this easy spicy chicken & chickpeas recipe and delight your taste buds.
Cooking Skills Level: Beginner
As the title implies, this spicy chicken & chickpeas recipe is easy to make. It’s so easy that even my twelve-year-old granddaughter can make it. All you need to do is:
- Read the recipe.
- Get your utensils and ingredients ready.
- Watch the video and cook along.
Serve with rice of your choice and a garden salad. I like to eat my spicy chicken & chickpeas with broccoli florets.
HOW MUCH IS ONE SERVING OF RICE?
According to the American Heart Association, 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta is one (1) serving. Therefore, you will need to add 105 calories for each 1/2 cup of rice you eat. Remember, one cup of rice equals two servings, and it has about 205 calories. All values are based on white, long-grain, enriched, and cooked rice. Don’t forget to add any other food you eat to get your total calories.
Spicy Chicken & Chickpeas
- Large skillet
- Kitchen knife
- Kitchen tongs or kitchen spoon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. chicken breast, cut into cubes (about 450g)
- 1 tsp. chili flakes
- 1 cup chickpeas, drained (about 170g)
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 green onions, sliced aka spring onions
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- salt & pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet/frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the chicken and season with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
- Saute in skillet for 5-6 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
- Add in the chickpeas, garlic and green onions, and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes.
- Remove skillet from heat, drizzle with the lemon juice and top with chopped parsley to serve.
Nutrition Values: Spicy Chicken & Chickpeas
Serving Suggestion:Serve with rice of your choice and a fresh garden salad.
In this recipe, I showed you how to turn a bland chicken breast into a hot number—without much dressing up.
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