Recipe – Moroccan Inspired Slow Cooked Chicken & Chick Pea Stew

I don’t know about you… but I love to take advantage of my slow-cooker.  It only takes a little time in the morning to set it up and when you get home from work with dinner done… the feeling is priceless…

Below is a recipe that I made this week using ingredients that I had in my pantry… It came out great… 

You will notice that it does call for frozen, boneless chicken breast.  Yes… You did read that correctly.   Frozen chicken breast will cook in your slow cooker perfectly (on low for 8 hours, on high for 4 hours)…  If you decide to use boneless chicken breast that is not frozen, the cooking time would be on low for 4 hours.


Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe – Slow Cooked Chicken & Chick Pea Stew

4 frozen, boneless chicken breasts

1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 14-oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 15-oz can of chick peas, drained and rinsed

1 small can of sliced black olives (or green if you prefer)

2 tablespoons Gypsy Zesty Spice Blend

1/2 teaspoon Gypsy Sweet Spice Blend

3 dried bay leaves

salt, pepper, garlic powder

  1. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Empty canned diced and crushed tomatoes, olives  and chickpeas into slow cooker.
  3. Add both Gypsy Zesty Spice Blend and Gypsy Sweet Spice Blend to the tomato/chick pea mixture.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
  5. Add the frozen, boneless chicken and make sure that all sides are coated with the tomato / chick pea mixture.
  6. Add the bay leaves to the pot.
  7. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5  hours.
  8. Serve with couscous.

Blogger’s Comments: 

Gypsy Zesty Spice Blend consists of cumin, sumac along with other select spices.   You can substitute your blend of spices (or maybe even a packet of low sodium taco seasoning might be fine).

Gypsy Sweet Spice Blend consists of cinnamon and some other select spices.  If you want, you can substitute just cinnamon.

Couscous is a great accompaniment to this dish.  The best part is it is prepared in less than 10 minutes…    

This is a great technique to have in your recipe collection.  You can substitute flavors out to make a creation of your own.



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