Chicken, chickpea and pumpkin tagine

Written by Masterchef finalist Callum Hann, and accredited dietitian Themis Chryssidis

Posted: Jul 08 2021

This chicken, chickpea and pumpkin tagine recipe is quick enough for a week night and packed with nutrition and flavour.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 brown onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ butternut pumpkin, skin removed, diced into 1cm pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 thumb sized piece ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 cup tomato passata
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (salt reduced)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 8 pitted dates, halved
  • ⅔ cup cous cous
  • ½ bunch coriander, leaves picked
  • 50g feta, crumbled


  1. Heat a heavy based frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then the chicken and cook for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove chicken from pan, then add onion and pumpkin. Stir occasionally until onion has softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, cumin and ground coriander. Cook until garlic is translucent, then add passata and chicken stock. Return chicken to the pan. Cook uncovered over high heat for 5-10 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft and the stock has reduced slightly. Stir through spinach, chickpeas and dates. Remove from heat.
  3. Place couscous in a bowl and pour over just enough boiling water to cover. Allow to sit for a minute, then fluff up the grains with a fork. Scatter coriander leaves and feta over tagine and serve with the cous cous.

Cooking Tip: This tagine freezes well, so make double the recipe, divide it into containers and store for a quick dinner another day.

Nutrition Tip: The chickpeas here not only absorb the delicious flavour of the tagine, they also provide extra source of protein, carbohydrate and fibre to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.

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Posted: Jul 08 2021


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