Hummus-Smothered Chicken

Hummus-Smothered Chicken

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.

Hummus-Smothered Chicken

  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray an 11×17 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Drain the chickpeas/garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid. Combine this liquid with the olive oil
  3. Combine the chickpeas/garbanzo beans, garlic and salt in a food processor and process until the beans are in tiny little chunklets.
  4. Drizzle in the oil and reserved chickpea/garbanzo bean liquid in 1 tablespoon increments, blending between each addition. Set aside.
  5. Sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Set the breasts in the prepared baking dish and smother with hummus.
  6. Squeeze one lemon all over the hummus-smothered chicken, then sprinkle with paprika.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. 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.

Download a PDF of this recipe here!

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