This easy gluten free Crock-Pot chickpea stew recipe sports: Layers of flavor from the garlic and spices, just enough underlying sweetness from the bell pepper to balance out the tangy olives and tomatoes, and satisfyingly contrasting textures in the chickpeas, shredded chicken, and mushrooms.
1/2tspcayenneoptional -- omit if you are sensitive to spice
1 14.5ozcan fire roasted tomatoes
1 14.5ozcan diced tomatoesI used Italian diced with onion, garlic, & olive oil
1/2cupSpanish Manzanillagreen olives with pimiento
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering, then swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
Season chicken with sea salt and pepper and place in pan, skin side down. Brown for about five minutes per side, using tongs to flip easily.
Meanwhile, add the chopped onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper to the bottom of your slow cooker, then top with minced garlic. Arrange the browned chicken thighs on top of the veggies, then pour in the chickpeas.
Season everything evenly with smoked paprika, oregano, parsley, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne.
Pour in the chicken broth and tomatoes, spreading the tomatoes across the top to make sure the chicken is fully covered, then top with the olives.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Carefully remove the chicken from the Crock-Pot and shred, discarding skin and bones. Stir the shredded chicken back into your stew, and serve!
Recommended: Serve your Chicken Chickpea Stew over rice, quinoa, or couscous. (I made my rice using the other half of my box of chicken broth, for extra flavor.)
For those watching these things, you do leave a lot of the oil behind in the pan after removing the chicken -- but I wanted to be sure to use enough to get some nice browning on both sides. You'll also remove the skin and bones before shredding the chicken thighs back into the stew, but cooking everything together helps impart a richer flavor to the final product.
Slow Cooker Chicken Chickpea Stew from Mashup Mom: https://www.mashupmom.com/slow-cooker-chicken-chickpea-stew/