Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chicken and Chickpea Casserole

Well,  this is another one I made up from thin air... and it was not too bad!!!  I really enjoyed it and it was exactly as I thought it would turn out.  Yay!!  I had to make this on the stove top in a heavy pan with a lid,  because my stoopid oven comes complete with a KILL SWITCH!!  So,  it keeps killing itself if I leave it on too long.  Que??  Yeah, my oven overheats.  Anywaaaay,  this would probably do quite well in a casserole dish after cooking on the stove top.


  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into about 3 or 4 pieces (or about 700g or whatever cut you have)
  • 2-3 tabs Plain Flour
  • Failsafe oil (I'm using Rice Bran Oil these days)
  • 1 Leek, quartered and finely sliced
  • Garlic, crushed
  • 1 tab Vegie Stock Concentrate
  • 1 - 1.5 cup water
  • 1 can Chickpeas, rinsed
  • Pear chutney
  • About 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 spring onion, finely diced
  • Coat chicken in flour
  • Stir spring onion into cream cheese and set aside
  • Fry chicken pieces and set aside
  • In a little oil,  cook leek and garlic until soft
  • Add Vegie Stock and water
  • Add Chickpeas and Chicken
  • Add Pear Chutney and stir
  • Place blobs of the Cream Cheese mixture on the top of the casserole, cover and allow to simmer while you cook some rice (at least 15 minutes)
  • If you're putting this in the oven, maybe simmer covered for a while and then add the cream cheese and brown it
  • Serve on white rice with some steamed green beans
Verdict:  Like I said,  I loved it and so did Mr frillypants.  Ms C ate it up (after she got over the disappointment of it not being 'Crispy Chicken' ) but Ms D doesn't like Pear Ketchup,  so next time I would serve hers a little 'dryer'.  Overall,  this went down a treat!!


  1. Made this tonight, I used some chicken stock I had left over in the fridge and it was YUMMY! Thx!

  2. Thank you, Mummy Duncan. It's time to get out these Wintery recipes again. I think I'll have to re-share it on the Facebook page.

  3. WOW, I think you have rejuvenated my enthusiasm for FAILSAFE cooking. I opened up you blog and to the Recipe Index and told DS7 to choose dinner. He chose this. DS9 has been halping me cook. We added a splash of whiskey since you have recommended it in a couple of other recipes. It is still cooking but I have tasted the sauce and now I CAN'T WAIT for dinner.

  4. Thanks so much Red Dirt Girl, that's great. I love your whiskey idea... I can see I'm going to have to go back and re-write all my recipes with splashes of whiskey everywhere. lol


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