Organic Chicken & Chickpea Stew


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Here’s a delicious cross between a soup and a stew Micah found in Prevention Magazine.  According to them it’s “hearty and satisfying with lots of luscious juices.”  We agree. (slurp)

Chicken and Chickpea Stew (organic ingredients are best, chicken is optional)

20 minutes prep time / Total time 1 hour 10 minutes

4 bone-in skinless free-range organic chicken thighs (or just pull some meat off an organic rotisserie chicken like we do)

3 cups organic chicken broth

1 cup water (distilled or reverse osmosis is best)

1 lg onion chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 rib celery, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can chickpeas, rinsed

6 fresh plum tomatoes

1 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1. Combine chicken, broth, and water in a small dutch oven.  Bring just to a boil over medium high heat, reduce heat and simmer  until chicken is done, about 35 minutes.  Remove thighs to a plate and strain liquid into bowl.

2. Allow liquid to settle, and skim off any fat from the surface. When chicken is cool enough to handle, pull meat from bones.

3. Return broth to cooking pot. Add carrot, onion, celery, garlic, chickpeas, tomatoes, paprika and cayenne pepper.  (Carrots take a bit longer to cook so we add those first) Bring just to a boil, immediately reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 15 minutes.

4. To Serve:  Add chicken and cook until heated through and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.  Season to taste with Celtic Sea Salt and Pepper.  Add parsley before serving.

Let me know what you think!


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  • This looks great, I’m going to try it this week. It’s just what I needed as I’ve got a bad head cold right now and could use some good ‘ol hearty soup :). Have you found since so drastically changing your diet that you and your family get sick a lot less? (colds, flu, etc)

    • Hi Kara. You’re gonna love this recipe. It’s soooo good. We ate it last night, which prompted me to post about it.
      And yes I’m definitely sick less and when I do get something I have a faster recovery.
      Healthy food gives your body all the nutrients it needs to defend and repair itself. The diet most of us eat
      is nutrient deficient and although we may not look it, we’re malnourished. Plus sugar and grains feed viruses and bacteria.


  • Penny

    Hi Chris,
    I’m confused about the grains u said feed virus and bacteria. Aren’t grains in the ezical bread? They are sprouted but does that make them not food for bacteria?

    • Hi Penny, not sure that I said grains feed viruses and bacteria… sugar feeds viruses and bacteria.
      If I said grains, I was referring to processed grains, which is what most people eat: bread, pasta, crackers, etc.
      Processed grains are high glycemic foods and quickly convert to sugar in your bloodstream.
      Sprouted grain products like Ezekiel are “slow-carbs” and healthier.

      • Penny

        Ok thanks for responding so quickly. I’m just getting into feeding my faimly alot healthier and going organic with all meats and everything else and sometimes some things I read conflict alot of other things so I’m trying to sort it all thanks for your web site it helps so much.

  • April

    Doy you think this can be made in a crockpot for an easy meal to put together in the morning?

    • I think so, worst case would be that the chick peas disintegrate, not that big a deal, you would just have a little thicker soup stock. Go for it and please let me know how it turns out.

  • Helen

    I would use chicken breasts instead of thighs…much healthier



  • i don’t think i’ve ever eaten chickpeas, but i’ve seen quite a few tasty recipes calling for them. i’ll add this to my list of soups to make once the temps cool off here in Texas…looks delicious!

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