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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Moroccan Style Chicken and Garbanzo Stew

I came up with this recipe by changing my Harira soup recipe. See the Harira soup recipe here.

Moroccan Style Chicken and Garbanzo Stew
(6 servings)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 ½ pound chicken cut in big pieces
sea salt, ground black pepper
½ tablespoon grated fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 ½ cup chopped tomato (or 1 can unsalted diced tomatoes)
½ cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon saffron soaked in warm water
1 15 oz can drained canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Juice of ½ fresh lime

Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Soak saffron in warm water. Heat oil in a large stock pot oven over high heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and cook one more minute. Move onion and garlic mix to one side of the pan and add chicken. Cook 2 to 3 minutes each side or until slightly browned. Add ginger, turmeric, cayenne (if using) and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in chopped tomato and saffron with water, cook 1 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro, parsley and lime juice; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.


  1. Hello and thank you for these wonderful recipes!

    I have 2 questions. First is what size can of chick peas do you use? I usually use dried so I want to try to get the same amount. My second question is how much fresh turmeric would you substitute for ground kind?

    Thanks again,

  2. Hi Marie, sorry about the delay! I use a 15oz can of garbanzos. As for the turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon dried = 1/2" fresh piece. However, keep in mind that
    the taste of dried is very different from fresh turmeric. Thanks for the nice words! Miriam

  3. Hello again Miriam,

    Thanks for letting me know!