Monday, July 22, 2013

Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas

I've been hearing good reviews regarding roasted chickpeas.  They are healthy for you (scores major points with me!) and can be roasted with sweet or savory ingredients.  The hubby needs gradual change so I made a recipe from 50 Shades of Chicken that incorporated roasted chickpeas, and he loved it! 

{Sorry for the blurriness--we were hungry!  The delicious smell was all over the house!}

{Mixing chickpeas, hot sauce, and onions}

{Place chickpeas in the bottom of a roasting pan}

{Spice rub for chicken}

{Spice rubbed chicken ready for the oven!}

Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas

Serves 4

1-15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
6 cloves garlic, chopped
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons hot sauce, divided
1 lemon, zested
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/2 heaping teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 whole chicken (4-5 pounds), rinsed and dried
  1. In a bowl, mix chickpeas, onions, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon hot sauce until chickpeas and onions are well-coated.  Place in the bottow of a roasting pan.
  2. In another bowl, mix together remaining ingredients, except chicken.
  3. Rub spice mixture all over chicken and place chicken on top of chickpeas.
  4. Allow chicken to marinate overnight.
  5. Place chicken on the countertop about 1 hour before cooking to allow chicken to warm up to room temperature.
  6. Preheat oven to 375.
  7. Roast chicken for 45-50 minutes or until chicken juices run clear or temperature reads 165 degrees.
  8. Pull chicken out of the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
I've got a few savory/spicy and sweet roasted chickpea recipes to try out for snacks and such.  I'll probably even try it with his favorite chip flavor spice mixture; maybe he will be so addicted to the chickpeas, he will stop eating chips!  Wishful thinking, I know, but I can dream right?

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