Chicken & Chickpea Stew

I love chickpeas, soups and pretty much anything spicy...so seeing that this dish has all three going on it's really no surprise that it's one of my favorite winter dishes. It's one of those rustic dishes that kind of tastes like home, no matter where you're from.  Super simple ingredients, relatively easy preparation and delicious. One thing to note though...I would consider this more of a soup than a stew because the broth is thin, but since it's served over bread I've stuck with calling it stew.

The original recipe, shown below, is from the Bon Appétit February 2012 issue and I've pretty much been making it consistently since then. Usually when I share recipes here I like to share my own adaptions that I think make them even better, but to be honest this one is so good in it's original form that it's pretty much identical to what you'll find here on the Bon Appétit website.

Two changes I do usually make though;  I double the recipe below since it only makes about 4 servings and I roast my own peppers instead of buying pre-roasted peppers. Roasting your own peppers is so easy, cheap and makes your house smell so good that I strongly recommend it. As long as you have a gas stove you can follow my tutorial for how to do it included in this recipe...and then I promise, you'll never pay a premium for roasted red peppers again!

Weekly Menu: January 26 – February 1, 2014
Sunday: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Monday: Lentil Country Supper
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Wednesday: Leftovers: Lentil Country Supper
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Friday: Easy DIY Dinner
Saturday: Eat Out
Cooking for one isn't nearly as much fun is cooking for two...but it does mean that you don't need to cook as often since leftovers stretch further.  So I apologize if my menus aren't quite as diverse or helpful for those of you with larger families...but there are lots of good recipes in the archives to round out your week if you need them.

Both of the main meals this week are two of my all-time favorites. The Chicken & Chickpea Stew is hearty and fulfilling, but also leaves you feeling healthy and well nourished which some winter stews don't.  The spice and roasted red pepper add a nice kick that keeps my spoon going in for more even after I'm full!  Lentil Country Supper is a recipe that at first glance, sounds a bit boring.  But it's simple, rustic nature works so well and the sprinkling of herbs on the eggs give it just the right flavor.  A great vegetarian meal to round out your weekly menu.  Friday I"m just going to wing it...based on what I have in the house.  Maybe english muffin pizzas or a vegetarian pasta or even a bowl of cereal...whatever strikes the mood!