Moroccan Chicken with Chickpea Puree

Servings 6 servings


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 tablespoons harissa
  • 4 cloves garlic minced, divided
  • 2 lemons juiced, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed, 15-ounce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • DO-AHEAD TIP: Marinate chicken for 20 minutes (see recipe).
  • In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the harissa, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and juice of 1 lemon, the mint, salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken and turn to coat with marinade; cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • In a food processor or blender, add chickpeas, remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, juice of remaining lemon, cayenne pepper, cumin and cilantro; pulse for 1 minute or until well until combined.
  • On an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat, grill chicken for 8 minutes per side or until juices run clear.
  • Serve chicken with chickpea puree.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Brown rice and a big spinach salad.
VEGETARIAN: Use non-breaded faux chicken patties and adjust cooking time accordingly. GLUTEN FREE: Make sure canned chickpeas are gluten-free.
NUTRITION: 480 Calories; 17g Fat (33.2% calories from fat); 71g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 176mg Cholesterol; 200mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 9 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Fat.
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