A few years ago, I discovered how easy hummus is to make at home when I made this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Since many store-bought hummuses contain either cumin (which I am allergic to) or carrot powder (which Bill is allergic to), we were suffering through a hummus drought at our house. So when I found out all it takes is a can of chickpeas and some pantry staples to have hummus for plenty for less than a dollar, I was in : ) Earlier this year I saved a recipe from Gimme Some Oven for Hummus-Covered Chicken, thinking that it would be a great dish to scratch-ify for the pesky Manckwhite allergies.
- 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas or garbanzo beans
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled (or more or less to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons reserved garbanzo bean liquid
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray an 11×17 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Drain the chickpeas/garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid. Combine this liquid with the olive oil
- Combine the chickpeas/garbanzo beans, garlic and salt in a food processor and process until the beans are in tiny little chunklets.
- Drizzle in the oil and reserved chickpea/garbanzo bean liquid in 1 tablespoon increments, blending between each addition. Set aside.
- Sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Set the breasts in the prepared baking dish and smother with hummus.
- Squeeze one lemon all over the hummus-smothered chicken, then sprinkle with paprika.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Enjoy with couscous and green beans, like we did, or with another side of y0ur choice!
This would be great with a flavored hummus from the store for a little more zing. If you’d like to make this recipe with store-bought hummus in all of its many varieties, just skip steps 2-4 and use 1 cup of store-bought hummus to smother the chicken breasts. You might also try to prepare your chicken with a tasty marinade for a little more zip, as well.