Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chickpeas with Chicken (Tavuklu Nohut)

Here is a nutritious recipe full of protein. Chickpeas by themselves are full of protein, so for vegetarians, the chicken can be omitted from the recipe and you can still have a tasty and nutritious dish! Chickpeas with chicken or beef are very common in Turkish cuisine; sometimes they are saucy, sometimes on the drier side. Feel free to experiment with different spices and meats.

1 ½ cup chickpeas
1 small onion (chopped fine)
2 cloves garlic (chopped fine)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cubed)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp tomato paste
2 ½ tsp red pepper paste
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
2 tsp salt (adjust to your taste)
1 ½ cups water

Soak chickpeas overnight. Drain and boil in a pot for about 30 minutes. They should be soft, but not mushy after boiling.

In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute chicken cubes until they start to take whitish color. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add chickpeas and sauté for approximately 6 minutes.

Add salt, cumin, black pepper to the pot. Dissolve the tomato and red pepper pastes in water. Add to the pot. Stir the ingredients in the pot and cook covered on medium heat for approximately 40 minutes. Make sure the chickpeas are soft to eat.

Sprinkle the chopped parsley on top and serve.

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Joie de vivre said...

This sounds simple and delicious.

Mom said...

Beautiful recipe!

elra said...

Wonderful meal, love the chickpeas in there.

Anonymous said...

çok güzel bir tat.

Sook said...

I love chickpeas! This looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Sounds terrific with chickpeas!

Anonymous said...

In old times, when I was younger, whenever I heard JUST the name of the chickpeas, I would say "eeee, again..". But, now, I really must confess that this specific recipe became one of my favorite dishes. It was just amazingly delicious. What a lucky guy I am.


Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Umit, I am glad you told me that this has become one of your favorite dishes. You should have told me that before! :)

farida said...

This looks good! We usually combine chickpeas with lamb, but chicken sounds like a great alternative. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Nihal hanım,
iadeyi ziyaretiniz beni çok memnun etti,çok teşekkürler,hayırlı cumalar.

Joie de vivre said...

Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend.

tasteofbeirut said...

Sounds lovely and easy to boot. I have been using that Turkish red pepper paste and it is so handy in the kitchen!

Soma said...

we make a similar dish; cholay murgh! wholesome, satisfying meal.