Algerian Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon Recipe

Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon

Algerian Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon Recipe
Region / culture: Algeria | Preparation time: overnight | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 4


Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon
Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon

This Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon recipe is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines tender chicken with hearty chickpeas and zesty lemon. The combination of spices and herbs creates a rich and satisfying meal that is perfect for a cozy dinner at home.


This recipe is inspired by traditional Moroccan cuisine, which is known for its bold flavors and use of fragrant spices. The combination of chicken, chickpeas, and lemon is a classic one in Moroccan cooking, where it is often served with couscous or rice.


How to prepare

  1. Combine garlic, salt, pepper, ginger, and saffron.
  2. Add 0.5 units of butter and stir well.
  3. Rub the mixture all over the chicken.
  4. Allow the chicken to marinate overnight.
  5. Put the chicken in a large pan.
  6. Add 0.5 units of parsley and cilantro, green onions, a cinnamon stick, and just enough water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Melt the remaining butter and sauté the red onion until well browned.
  8. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the onion, chickpeas, and remaining herbs to the remaining liquid. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to a sauce.
  9. Add lemon juice, remove from heat, and discard the cinnamon. Pour the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with the remaining parsley and cilantro. Serve.


  • For a vegetarian version of this dish, you can omit the chicken and add extra chickpeas or tofu for protein.
  • Add in other vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, or eggplant for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to marinate the chicken overnight to allow the flavors to fully develop.

- Browning the red onion before adding it to the dish adds depth and richness to the sauce.

- Be sure to simmer the chicken until it is tender and fully cooked, but be careful not to overcook it, as this can result in dry meat.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon dish over a bed of fluffy couscous or steamed rice for a complete meal.

- Garnish with additional lemon wedges and fresh herbs for a pop of color and freshness.

Cooking Techniques

Marinating the chicken overnight helps to infuse it with flavor and ensures that it is tender and juicy when cooked.

- Simmering the chicken in a flavorful broth helps to keep it moist and allows the flavors to meld together.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have saffron on hand, you can substitute it with a pinch of turmeric for a similar color and flavor.

- You can use ghee or olive oil in place of butter for a dairy-free option.

Make Ahead Tips

You can marinate the chicken and prepare the sauce ahead of time, then simply reheat and serve when ready to eat.

- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Serve this dish in a large serving platter with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil for a rustic and elegant presentation. - Garnish with lemon slices and a sprinkle of paprika for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

This Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon dish pairs well with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light and fruity red wine like Pinot Noir.

- Serve with a side of warm pita bread or flatbread for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

- Reheat in a covered pan over low heat until warmed through, or in the microwave for a quick and easy meal.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

- Each serving of this Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon dish contains approximately 400 calories, making it a satisfying and balanced meal option.


- Chickpeas are a good source of carbohydrates, providing both fiber and complex carbohydrates that help to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

- The lemon adds a touch of sweetness and acidity to the dish without adding a significant amount of carbohydrates.


- The unsalted butter in this recipe adds richness and flavor to the dish, but it is important to use it in moderation to keep the fat content in check.

- The chicken also provides some healthy fats, particularly if you use skin-on chicken pieces.


- Chicken is a lean source of protein, making this dish a satisfying and filling meal.

- Chickpeas also provide a good amount of plant-based protein, making this dish a great option for vegetarians or those looking to reduce their meat consumption.

Vitamins and minerals

The parsley, cilantro, and green onions in this dish are rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and vitamin K.

- Chickpeas are also a good source of iron, magnesium, and zinc, which are important for overall health and well-being.


This recipe contains dairy in the form of butter, so it may not be suitable for those with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance.

- If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, be sure to check the labels on your spices and other ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free.


This Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon dish is a well-rounded meal that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

- It is a flavorful and satisfying option for a cozy dinner at home.


This Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon recipe is a delicious and satisfying dish that is perfect for a cozy dinner at home. The combination of tender chicken, hearty chickpeas, and zesty lemon creates a flavorful and aromatic meal that is sure to please. Serve over couscous or rice for a complete and balanced meal that is both nutritious and delicious. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was filled with excitement. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her cozy little kitchen. Maria was known in our community as the best cook around, and she had a collection of recipes that were passed down to her from generations before.

As I walked into her kitchen, the aroma of garlic and herbs filled the air. Maria greeted me with a warm smile and a hug, before pulling out a worn notebook from a drawer. "I have a new recipe to share with you today," she said, her eyes twinkling with excitement. "It's a family favorite - Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon."

I watched intently as Maria flipped through the pages of her notebook, her fingers tracing the handwritten words of her ancestors. She began to gather the ingredients - tender chicken thighs, plump chickpeas, fragrant lemon zest, and a medley of herbs and spices. As she chopped and stirred, I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder and admiration for her skill in the kitchen.

As the dish simmered on the stove, Maria regaled me with stories of how she learned to cook. She spoke of her grandmother, a formidable woman with a talent for creating delicious meals out of simple ingredients. "My grandmother taught me everything I know about cooking," Maria said, her voice filled with reverence. "She believed that food was a way to show love and care for those around you."

I listened intently as Maria shared her memories of learning to cook alongside her grandmother, the two of them spending hours in the kitchen, laughing and sharing secrets passed down through the generations. It was clear that Maria's love for cooking was deeply rooted in her family history, and I felt honored to be a part of that tradition.

Finally, the dish was ready, and Maria served it up in steaming bowls, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon. The flavors melded together beautifully - the tangy lemon cutting through the richness of the chicken and chickpeas, creating a dish that was both comforting and invigorating.

As I took my first bite, I was transported back in time to my own childhood, when my grandmother would cook up a storm in her kitchen, filling our home with the scents of love and nourishment. I could almost hear her laughter and feel her presence beside me, guiding me as I learned to cook for myself.

After that day, Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon became a staple in my own kitchen, a recipe that I would make for family and friends, passing down the tradition that Maria had shared with me. Each time I cooked the dish, I felt a connection to my past and to the generations of women who had come before me, sharing their love and wisdom through food.

And so, as I sit here now, penning down this story, I feel a sense of gratitude for the gift that Maria gave me that day - not just a recipe, but a connection to my heritage and a reminder of the power of food to bring people together. And as I cook Chicken with Chickpeas and Lemon once more, I know that I am honoring the memories of those who came before me, keeping their traditions alive in my own kitchen.


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