Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Partially mash chickpeas with a potato masher. Add chickpeas, chard, and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Cool completely. Place chickpea mixture in an airtight container or heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; freeze.
Thaw chickpea mixture overnight in refrigerator. Reheat chickpea mixture in microwave or place mixture in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
This is a very tasty recipe. The chickpeas and swiss chard are ingredients that I don't use very often, so this recipe adds some variety to my diet. I also use ground turkey most of the time, and it works just fine. I have proudly served this soup/stew to company and got kudos.
Interesting combination and delicious on a cold night. Directions were a little confusing--not sure if you could make it same night where directions say to freeze when cool and then thaw and cook again? We made same night we served it.