Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
7 Hours 20 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 thigh and 2/3 cup chickpea mixture)

Hearty canned chickpeas hold up beautifully in the slow cooker, where they're combined with fragrant spices and just a little stock. Since the chicken cooks on top of the chickpea mixture and is not submerged in liquid, it can cook longer without suffering texturally.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle meaty side of chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan, meaty side down; cook 5 minutes or until well browned. Remove from pan (do not brown other side).

Step 2

Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add cumin and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, stock, honey, and cinnamon, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a simmer. Carefully pour mixture into a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in apricots and chickpeas. Arrange chicken, browned side up, on top of chickpea mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours. Discard cinnamon stick. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with lemon wedges.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

bbglo1's Review

April 23, 2014
One of the most delicious slow cooker meals I've made so far! The chicken was tender and just fell a part. I wasn't paying attention and accidentally opened one can of cannellini beans instead of chickpeas. I didn't want to waste it so threw it in with the chickpeas and it turned out amazing. The only ingredient I had to buy was the apricots. I wasn't sure about them but they really added a nice sweet flavor to the beans. Yay, love when I have most if the ingredients! Cooked on high for about 4 hours.

Yum yum

July 14, 2017
We had this for dinner with couscous we did not use the oil as we're slimming world fans the chicken breast just fell apart and my partner who is a funny bugger with food loved it said it was my best so guess what I will make it again. Yum yum us British loved it

mdoorn's Review

December 16, 2013

Joannabelle's Review

December 09, 2013
Made this for Friday night book club dinner - it was a big hit! Everyone asked for a copy of it. So easy to prepare!

AliceII's Review

December 12, 2013
This is a delicious winner! I followed the recipe and served it over plain couscous. I plan on making this often. I spent an hour doing prep and recommend shortcuts to cut the prep time: Use frozen chopped onions, canned minced garlic and skinned chicken thighs as well as mixing up the dry spices the day before. I had ample sauce - the bottom layer of thighs fell off the bone in 6-1/2 hours using a round slow cooker. Next time I would shorten the cooking time.

MaureenAl's Review

November 23, 2013

mandofan's Review

December 10, 2013
My GF and I loved this. I'd give it about an hour for prep in addition to the 7 for cooking. Once the chicken comes out, it is fall of the bone tender, so I took another 8-10 minutes to shred it and discard the bones before serving over top a simple pistachio and green onion couscous. It doesn't actually make much in the way of "sauce" but that's really no big deal. Great flavor and fills the apartment with a nice aroma when slow cooking as well!

mary0201's Review

November 22, 2013
I made this for dinner last night. I didn't start early enough to use the slow cooker so I made it stovetop in a enameled cast iron dutch oven. It took about an hour of simmering after frying up the chicken thighs and other ingredients. I used boneless skinless thighs and more dried apricots than the recipe called for...about a cup. Other than that and different cooking method, I followed the recipe completely...including squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of cilantro to finish. It was a perfect, flavorful and complete meal. I will definately make again.

Deshala's Review

January 30, 2014
Yum! I have made it twice in two weeks. Very easy and the ingredients are inexpensive and generally things I keep in my home. I didn't use organic chickpeas but followed the recipe otherwise. The cooking time they suggested was a little long. The chicken was cooked after five hours- I tried cooking it for six hours the second time I made it and it was too tough.

lskubal's Review

December 09, 2013
Easy and yummy! I'll be making it often during the cold winter months.