Chickpea and Chicken Saucy Skillet Recipe – Vegetarian Option

Chickpea and chicken saucy skillet recipe!

Looking for a dish that you can serve your vegetarian guests as well as carnivores? Is that even the correct word to use for meat eaters?  It seems so barbaric – MEAT EATERS!  ha!



My daughter is a vegetarian, so I try to make recipes adaptable when she is home, so she doesn’t end up eating just salad during our main meals, although she NEVER complains!

In fact, she doesn’t like it when I try to accommodate her preference. This skillet meal is super easy and adaptable. Both vegetarians and those meat-eaters will be fully satisfied 🙂 AND it has a surprise ingredient – CHOCOLATE! It’s a very small amount, but wow does it add a delicious richness to the sauce. Is your mouth watering?!

I do have a FEW vegetarian recipes on my blog;  Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk , Sweet Potato Veggie Burger (do you see a trend of my love for sweet potatoes?). I also have several egg dishes and a delicious Quinoa Granola, but that’s clearly not enough!


Filling one skillet meal with a hint of chocolate!

I really realized my vegetarian recipes were on the thin side when a friend mentioned, “Hey, when are you going to share some vegetarian recipes?”

During that same week my hubby and I met a super cool photographer at a dinner event, and of course I started chatting about the fine art of photographing food. He mentioned that he would peek at my blog (let me know if you ever stopped by, Victor!), and also that he’s interested in vegetarian recipes, so that was an extra incentive to share this Chickpea Saucy Skillet Recipe.

I think this dish is filling with just the chickpeas, but if you are used to adding an animal protein, the chicken is wonderful with the sauce and chickpeas.


chickpea and chicken saucy garbanzo meal in a white bowl

Chickpea and Chicken Saucy Skillet Recipe - Vegetarian Option

A surprise ingredient in this dish that give this a rich wonderful flavor in every bite! This meal is adaptable for vegetarians.
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2-3 teaspoons olive or grape seed oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 carrots thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons garlic chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato puree no salt added
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala


  • In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil for 4-5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside. Clean skillet if you are also serving vegetarian guests.
  • Reheat pan and add an additional teaspoon of oil. Add onions, carrots and garlic to hot skillet. Sauté until vegetables are crisp and tender. Add garbanzo beans, tomato, molasses, and salt to the skillet. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in garam masala and chocolate until combined.
  • Remove a portion to serve vegetarian guests.
  • Add chicken to skillet, and let flavors combine until chicken is warmed (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Serve with couscous or quinoa.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 463mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g


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Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Slightly chest-nutty with a delicious sauce.

Regardless if you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, those little legumes are filled with protein and fiber. This dish is hearty like a stew. Add a side of whole wheat couscous or quinoa if you would like.


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  1. oh Sandra! This looks amazing!! Your family is so lucky to have such an awesome cook at home like you!! And I gotta say! I’m really loving your style of food photography! Nice work!! 🙂

  2. what a fantastic recipe. Yes, I have quick a few vegetarian friends and I bet they would love this when they come over for gatherings next time. I love that you add the chocolate here to add more richness. hm….must be yummy!

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for stopping by. A touch of chocolate is sooo good in this dish. Well, chocolate is good with everything in my opinion 🙂

  3. This delicious looks delicious with chicken or garbanzo beans. It looks so hearty. I also am always on the look out for alternative vegan recipes as I have many friends who are as well.