Chicken and chickpea stew recipe

Adam Liaw
Chicken and chickpea stew.
Chicken and chickpea stew. Photo: William Meppem

This Middle Eastern-style casserole of chicken and chickpeas is tied together by the fragrance of an array of earthy spices.


1 onion, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 tsp each ground turmeric, ginger and cinnamon

large pinch saffron threads

400g can chopped tomatoes

375ml chicken stock

150g dried chickpeas, soaked in water overnight, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper, to season

4 skinless chicken thigh cutlets, bone-in

1/2 cup green Sicilian olives

1/2 cup each coarsely chopped parsley and coriander

extra virgin olive oil and lemon wedges, to serve


1. Combine the onion, celery, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, saffron, tomatoes, stock, chickpeas, salt and pepper in your slow-cooker.

2. Add the chicken and cover with the lid. Cook on a low heat for 8 hours, then stir in the olives and herbs.

3. Drizzle with oil and serve with lemon wedges.

Tip: If you don't have a slow-cooker, these recipes can be made in a low oven. Just use a heavy casserole dish with a lid - enamelled cast iron is perfect. A good rule of thumb is that 8-hour recipes should be cooked at 120C and overnight recipes at 100C.