Savory, flavorful chicken with the warmth of cumin, the perfect main dish for any season.
A few years ago I traveled for work, and I won’t lie, I loved every minute of it. I think that’s part of being a foodie, loving to travel to somewhere new and taste all the things! In Rome, Italy there is a group of Libyan Jews who’s food is incredible. They have this traditional spicy fish dish that is to die for, and is what this Cumin Chicken gets its mix of spices from. I called it Cumin Chicken because cumin is the standout spice here as far as taste goes.
I added sweet red peppers because it just seemed like the right thing to so to get more veggies into this meal. It turned out so incredibly good!
Lets get reeeeeeal close so you can see that spicy goodness here.
Can you see all those spices and how much flavor is going on?!
Here I served it with a side of couscous (because I’ve needed the carbs). Keep it Paleo and Whole30 by serving it with my Zucchini Trifolati, Grilled Mushrooms, or Minute Cauliflower Rice. Find the Cumin Chicken recipe below, or hover over any image to pin. Enjoy!
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 2 red sweet peppers, sliced
- sea salt
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1-3 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp caraway
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- ¼ C tomato paste
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 C water
- about 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When oil shimmers add onion and sweet red pepper. Season with salt and cook until onion is translucent and soft, about 10-15 min. Add paprika, pepper flakes, caraway and cumin. Cook for about 1 min, until fragrant. Add tomato paste and cook for about 2 min or until it turns dark red. Add lemon juice and water, stirring to incorporate. Simmer over low heat covered for 15 min. This step is important to cook out metallic taste from tomato paste.
- Carefully lower chicken into sauce and cook over medium heat until cooked thoroughly, about 15 minutes. If using chicken breasts they might need to be cut in half (not lengthwise) to make them thinner.
- Serve with couscous, zucchini, or cauliflower rice.