This quick, protein-rich chicken stew recipe gets great flavor from cumin, lemon juice and garlic. Make a double batch and freeze it for a quick healthy dinner. Serve the stew with couscous and steamed broccoli.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015


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Instructions Checklist
  • Mash garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the back of a fork until a paste forms. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in lemon juice, cumin, paprika and pepper. Add chicken and stir to coat.

  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to the pan (reserve the marinade) and cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque on the outside, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice, chickpeas, the reserved marinade and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

267.2 calories; protein 28.2g 56% DV; carbohydrates 21.5g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.7g 23% DV; sugars 4.1g; fat 7.9g 12% DV; saturated fat 1.4g 7% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 1068.6IU 21% DV; vitamin c 27.2mg 45% DV; folate 48mcg 12% DV; calcium 91.9mg 9% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 52.3mg 19% DV; potassium 553.7mg 16% DV; sodium 613.4mg 25% DV; thiamin 0.7mg 67% DV.

Reviews (20)

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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
My family and I love this dish! Made it a few times and will again. I use the no sodium added tomatoes as directed but will add half a can of fire roasted tomatoes for a tad more flavor. I'll sometimes add spinach too. Love the flavors of this dish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made as recipe states several times. My family loves this dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved it. Easy to make. I added spinach and made brown rice. Will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Exceptionally easy to make and great flavor. We served it with bulgar but you could have it alone as a stew or serve it with many different sides if you wanted quinoa rice cous cous. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this tonight and it was delicious. I added spinach and used chunky crushed tomatoes with basil and oregano. I cooked it for longer than recipe called for and the flavors melded together nicely. I made white rice as a side and even my husband ate it! Will make this again! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This was awful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is one of my go to dishes. I serve it over brown rice. It is easy satisfying and great for lunch or dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe!! The lemon is a little too acidic for me so i squeezed a fresh orange and it came out perfect. This is a go to for lunch prep. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Flavorless when made as directed tastes like canned tomatoes. Way too acidic. I would say at LEAST triple the spices and cook it down longer so the flavors meld together. We served it and then decided not to eat it bc it tasted to bland. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super simple and tasty the only concern was a bit too "lemony" so for the next time to note Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good. I made it per the recipe served over rice and was quite happy with it. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This was awful I measured and made it exactly to the recipe and it was bland and tasteless.... might as well have just been chicken and tinned tomatos. Good idea but needs way more seasoning and spice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is one of my family's favorites. It is hearty flavorful and delicious. And so easy! I have also used ground chicken and that works too. When served as a main dish the recipe really only makes three servings. And like the reviewer above we also call it Moroccan Stew. enjoy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made exactly per recipe. It was amazing! Served with a side salad. Would be excellent over brown rice pilaf. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My new fav....Delish and oh so healthy...I would have named it Morrocan stew though.. I served with a yam...the balance was incredible. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used boneless chicken thighs and cooked a little longer. Yummy! Served it with quinoa and broccoli. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing taste Mine had a bit more juice then the picture but the juice thickened as it cooled. We ate it with couscous and broccoli. I was even more excited when I went to log this meal on my fitbit and realized that it was so low calorie but very satisfying and filling. Pros: Healthy and filling Cons: I wanted to eat all of it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Disappointing but was able to remedy It's a good base but I would use boneless chicken thighs for a more tender chicken. I would also use cilantro instead of parsley. Followed the recipe exactly but was disappointed with outcome so found a similar recipe in my Moroccan cookbook and added grated ginger cinnamon chicken stock cayenne and a little Earth Balance avocado spread at the end for mouth feel. It may better leftover after the flavors meld but at the end of cooking time the chicken was tough and the sauce a little flat. Pros: Fast - great for pantry staples. Cons: Chicken is tough sauce is flat needs work Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! Will definitely make this again. I followed this recipe to the T except for the parsley and it was a hit at my house. Served it with couscous and green beans but it would be fine as a main on it's own too. Fantastic flavor. Pros: Easy prep short cook time Cons: None! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious stew!! Be sure to have something to soak up the yummy sauce! Pros: Quick and easy and low calorie! Perfect;very flavorful! Cons: I wish there was more sauce;I'll increase it next time. Read More