Chicken. Chicken. Chicken. It seems we’re eating it so often that I’m sometimes searching for something a little different. Are you? I think you’ll like this dish of Chicken with Chickpeas. It’s something a little different to take a potluck dinner. Or just enjoy it with your family or friends. I love the earthy combination of flavors–the chickpeas (garbanzos), tomatoes with herbs, some black olives… Simple. But different.


I floured the chicken cutlets and and lightly browned them in a little olive oil. Once browned, I placed them in a casserole dish. Then I sprinkled the chickpeas–sometimes called garbanzo beans–over the chicken pieces…



I used the same pan that I browned the chicken in to make a quick tomato sauce…using onion, garlic, a little thyme (or oregano) and salt. I spooned that over the chicken and chickpeas, along with some pitted olives…



Everything gets baked for 20 minutes at 400* F (200* C)…just enough time to cook up some veggies and make a salad. Add some crusty bread and you’re good to go!

Enjoy! Ciao!



Yield: Serves 6



  • 2 C. (400 g) dried chickpeas or 2 (15 oz./400 g) cans of chickpeas

  • 2 whole cloves garlic

  • salt

  • 3 double boneless chicken cutlets

  • 4 T. flour (with a shake of salt)

  • 2-3 T. olive oil

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, or one small can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tsp. thyme

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 C. (55 g) black olives, pitted


  1. Rehydrate the dried chickpeas. Or if you prefer, use two 15 oz./400 g–cans of chickpeas.

  2. Pound the cutlets to 1/4 inch (1 cm) thick, or butterfly them. Coat the chicken breasts with flour and quickly brown in 2-3 T. olive oil.

  3. Arrange the pieces in a baking dish. Drain the chickpeas and scatter them over the chicken. Add more olive oil to the pan, if necessary, and saute the onion and remaining 3 cloves garlic, minced. Add the tomatoes, thyme and salt. Simmer 10 minutes. Spoon over chicken and sprinkle olives on top.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes at 400* F (200* C).


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