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Middle Eastern Rice with Spiced Chicken and Chickpeas

With the sunshine out,  we are all looking for quick and easy meals that limit our time in the kitchen. The good news is that you can put flavorful meals on the table in 15 minutes, thanks to spices that most of us already have in the pantry and Minute Rice ready to serve rice cups.

Middle Eastern Rice with Spiced Chicken and Chickpeas

Nutrition Facts: Per 1/4 recipe: Calories 530, Fat 22g, Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 960mg, Carbohydrate 56g, Fibre 5g, Sugars 4g, Protein 28g


  • 4 125 g each Minute Rice Cups Ready to Serve Long Grain & Wild Rice – Fine Herb
  • 2 tbsp 30 mL olive oil
  • 1 lb 500 g ground chicken
  • 2 tsp 10 mL paprika
  • 1 tsp 5 mL ground cumin
  • 1 tsp 5 mL ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp 1 mL each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup 250 mL canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL diced tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp 30 mL chopped fresh parsley


Step 1: Cook rice according to package directions.

Step 2: Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper, stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes or until chicken is browned.

Step 3: Stir in chickpeas and tomatoes; bring to simmer. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with parsley.

Tip: For a vegetarian option, replace chicken with ground tofu.

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