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Aromatic Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Aromatic Chicken and Chickpea Stew 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Nourish Dec 6, 2018

This stew of fragrant, spice-infused tomato sauce, tender bites of chicken thigh and meaty chickpeas, and ribbons of just-wilted spinach tastes like a complicated, long-cooking meal, but it is quite simple to make and ready in about half an hour.

To read the accompanying story, see: On a chilly day, this chicken and chickpea stew will warm your insides.

Make Ahead: The stew tastes even better with a day or two's refrigeration.


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Tested size: 4 servings; makes 4 cups

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces (excess fat trimmed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, or more as needed
  • One 14.5- ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • One 8-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • One 15-ounce can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 packed cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped


Season the chicken all over with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, wide-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the chicken and cook for about 4 minutes total, stirring once or twice until it has browned, then transfer it to a plate.

Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until it has softened. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, crushed red pepper flakes and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, the tomato sauce, chickpeas and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Return the chicken with any accumulated juices to the pot; cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Stir in the spinach and cook until it is wilted, 1 minute more. Taste, and add more crushed red pepper flakes, as needed.

Serve hot.

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From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Richard Kerr.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 390

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 18g 28%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 105mg 35%

Sodium: 530mg 22%

Total Carbohydrates: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 9g 36%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 30g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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