Plate of chicken chickpea tagine on a dining table.

Chicken Chickpea Tagine

Are you tired of cooking the same meals? Tag in the tagine! This Moroccan-inspired recipe has a traditional flare with a nutritious twist for people with type 2 diabetes. While it doesn't require using a tagine pot, this dish successfully captures the aromatics and flavor profile of the real deal.

This chicken chickpea tagine is flavored to perfection with a combination of garlic, ras el hanout, honey, tomato paste, and lemon juice. The chickpea base provides a fibrous, texture-filled, and tasty alternative to white rice or couscous. These mighty legumes also help stabilize blood glucose levels, promoting gastrointestinal health and immune function. To find your favorite, experiment with other legumes, such as beans, lentils, and peas.

Makes 3 servings
Serving Size: ⅓ mixture
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for chicken chickpea tagine

  • 8 oz chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ras el hanout seasoning blend
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions for chicken chickpea tagine

  1. On a clean cutting board, cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add diced red onions and minced garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large frying pan on medium-high heat, add oil, garlic, and onion. Cook until onions are translucent, approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Add chicken to pan. Mix until fully incorporated. Brown each side of the chicken for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes, ras el hanout seasoning, tomato paste, water, salt, chickpeas, and honey to the pan. Mix until funny combined. Simmer over medium-low heat for approximately 7 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from heat when chicken is fully cooked. Top the mixture with fresh lemon juice.
  7. Serve with 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt and fresh parsley, if desired.

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 316
  • carbohydrate: 40g
  • fat: 7.5g
  • fiber: 8g
  • potassium: 625mg
  • protein: 26g
  • sodium: 1223mg
  • sugar: 10g
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