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Easy Ground Turkey with Chickpeas Recipe

ground turkey with chickpeas

Ground turkey is a healthy and affordable type of ground meat that is also very versatile. It can be used to make a variety of dishes, including burgers, meatballs, tacos, and chili. Ground turkey is also a good source of protein and fiber.

This recipe for ground turkey with chickpeas is a quick and easy weeknight meal that is perfect for busy families. It is packed with protein and fiber, and it is also very affordable. This recipe is also very versatile, and you can easily add in other vegetables or spices to suit your taste.

Ground Turkey with Chickpeas
Ground Turkey with Chickpeas

The ingredients in Ground Turkey with Chickpeas

This easy ground turkey with chickpeas recipe is a quick, healthy weeknight meal perfect for busy families. It is packed with protein and fiber, and it is also very affordable. This recipe is also very versatile, and you can easily add in other vegetables or spices to suit your taste.

  • Ground Turkey: use storebought preferably. Homemade ground meat requires more work. Use a good spoon or a potato masher to break the large pieces.
  • Olive Oil: always use a good brand for aroma and flavor.
  • Garlic Cloves: use fresh cloves; they are much better than garlic powder.
  • Ground Thyme: if you cannot find ground thyme, use a mortar and pestle to grind fresh thyme.
  • Tomato Paste: try using organic if you can; it has a much better taste.
  • Onion: white, red, or even shallots will work.
  • Fresh Parsley: this herb makes meat, poultry, and seafood taste marvelous. It adds a rich and flavorful taste to any dish.
  • Lemon Juice: use fresh squeezed lemon juice and not bottled juice.
  • Tomatoes: fresh tomatoes for more flavor.
  • Paprika: this dish needs a hint of smokiness, and the paprika does the job.
  • Turmeric: color and for health benefits. This is a great spice to incorporate into your dishes when you can.
  • Ground Cloves: one of the best spices for turkey. Don’t discard it. You can also use whole cloves. Just remember to remove them before serving.
  • Chickpeas: choose your favorite brand.

How to prepare the recipe

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey to the skillet, season with garlic and thyme, and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and lemon juice and stir to mix. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or until tomato paste is well incorporated. Add onion, parsley, lemon juice, diced tomatoes, and paprika, and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until the tomatoes have released most of their juice. Add paprika, turmeric, and ground cloves, and cook for another 2 minutes. Season to taste, add chickpeas, let cook for 3 – 5 minutes, remove from stovetop, and serve with white rice.

Lemon Juice and Vinegar: A Secret Ingredient for Meat

Usually, when cooks or chefs cook ground meat, they add lemon juice, and others won’t. If everyone knew what a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar could do to meat, they would start using it every time they cook meat. I use lemon, lime, or vinegar to clean my meat and also in marinades. Because it is impossible to clean ground meat the way we do for whole meat, adding a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar will give the dish an excellent citrus taste.

Adding a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar to ground meat can help to tenderize the meat and remove any impurities. It can also help to brighten the flavor of the meat and make it more delicious.

If you are cooking ground turkey, I highly recommend adding a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar to the dish. It will make a big difference in the flavor of the meat.

Notes and Tips

When cooking ground meat, whatever the recipe is, don’t be afraid to add a few drops of fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice. With my Ground Turkey with Chickpeas, I added lemon juice and turmeric, my secret ingredient. Ground Turkey with Chickpeas made with fresh spices, fresh tomatoes, and cooked chickpeas can be served white rice.

  • Add more chili powder or cayenne pepper to a spicier dish to taste.
  • Add other vegetables to the dish, such as bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms.
  • Serve the ground turkey with chickpeas over rice, quinoa, or pasta.
  • Top with your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, or avocado.

This recipe is a great way to get a healthy and satisfying meal on the table quickly and easily. It is also a great way to use up leftover ground turkey. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Ground Turkey with Chickpeas

Ground Turkey is a healthy type of ground meat, less pricey, easy to cook, and very versatile. Ground Turkey with Chickpeas can be served with white rice.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4 – 6
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pounds ground turkey
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup white onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ cup cooked chickpeas

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey to the skillet, season with garlic and thyme, and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and lemon juice and stir to mix. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or until tomato paste is well incorporated. Add onion, parsley, lemon juice, diced tomatoes, paprika and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until the tomatoes have released most of their juice. Add paprika, turmeric and ground cloves, and cook for another 2 minutes. Season to taste, add chickpeas let cook for 3 – 5 minutes and remove from stovetop and serve with white rice.

Notes

Use cooked chickpeas instead of canned peas. The dish will taste better.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 19gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 543IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Originally published November 11, 2015. Updated and revised.

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5 Comments

  1. This is one of the best and quickest recipes in my list of go-to dinners. It’s nice to double and have leftovers for lunches since it heats up well. Made it for a girl’s lunch date and a friend (who claims to hate chickpeas) loved it! I feel it goes best with basmati rice since it’s so light and fluffy, but it was fine with the others as well…including brown rice.

  2. 4 stars
    I was very disappointed about this recipe. It was very dry and I had to keep adding seasoning to this to make it taste good. I wouldn’t make this recipe ever again.

    1. This recipe contains your basic recipe and it is meant to please people who do not like a lot of spices in their food. As far as the recipe being dry, you probably cooked in too much as the tomatoes and chickpeas would have provided moisture. It is not supposed to be very saucy. You could also add chicken broth. Also, ground turkey does not take long to cook.

  3. Not bad! In all fairness, I was missing two ingredients but the store was already closed. I think I would add salt to taste, and definitely more lemon juice, but otherwise it was pretty darn good

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