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Hummus Chicken is the latest episode in my love affair with chickpeas and the magical, creamy dip it creates.

Hummus Chicken on a blue plate with arugula and a fork

Hummus and I became an item the year I graduated college.

After a few months in The Real World, I reached the unpleasant conclusion that, despite my fondest wishes and most ardent of attempts, one cannot subsist on scones and Chickpea Blondies alone.

I began seeking healthy, approachable snacks and ingredients that would make it easy to bulk up my cooking in a healthy way, and hummus (along with this Greek Layer Dip) became a staple in my diet.

A simple, scrumptious blend of my beloved chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon, garlic, and olive oil, hummus is an absolutely delightful healthy snack.

As this hummus chicken recipe proves, it’s ideal for cooking too!

Easy Hummus Chicken Breast on a blue plate with fresh green salad and parsley

5 Star Review

“This was week-night dinner perfection tonight! So fast, so healthy, so yummy!”

— Elizabeth —

Oh my goodness—I regret not discovering the magic that is hummus chicken sooner.

  • It’s juicy—thanks to a thick coating of hummus that helps to keep the chicken breasts moist as they bake.
  • It’s versatile—changing up the flavor profile of this baked chicken recipe is as simple as swapping out the flavor of hummus (but maybe save the Chocolate Hummus for dessert).
  • It’s healthy—made with lean, plump chicken breasts and protein-packed hummus.
  • And, the best part, it takes only five minutes to prep. Hummus chicken is a perfect 30-minute meal for busy weeknights.
A blue plate with moist hummus chicken and an arugula salad

How to Make Hummus Chicken

Healthy. Easy. Delicious. When it comes to dinner recipes, you can’t ask for much more than that. After trying this recipe once, you’ll be hooked on this simple, five-ingredient chicken recipe.

The Ingredients

  • Hummus. You can use any flavor of hummus you love, or make my Homemade Hummus. Try this recipe with roasted red pepper hummus one night and Edamame Hummus another.
  • Chicken Breasts. High in protein and low in fat, chicken breasts are an unexpected, albeit perfect, vessel for creamy, dreamy hummus.
  • Cumin and Smoked Paprika. Add awesome depth of flavor that compliment the flavor of hummus. Free free to omit depending on the hummus variety selected.
  • Basil and/or Parsley. Finishes the dish with a hint of fresh herby flavor.
A container of roasted red pepper hummus with a spoon

The Directions

  1. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer in a greased baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the hummus, smoked paprika, and cumin.
  3. Generously top each chicken breast with the hummus mixture.
  4. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, remove, and garnish with herbs. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat. Warm the chicken on a microwave-safe plate until heated through. Warming times will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave
Easy baked chicken with hummus on a blue dinner plate with arugula

What to Serve with Hummus Chicken

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Hummus Healthy?

Yes (and no). As with any food, it’s all about moderation. Hummus is packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and folate. However, it is also high in carbohydrates and store-bought hummus is also often high in sodium.

How do I know when the Chicken is Fully Cooked?

The chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Should Hummus Chicken be Baked Covered or Uncovered?

Bake uncovered for best results so the hummus develops a nice crust on the outside. If baked covered, steam will become trapped inside and cause the recipe to become soupy (but delicious nonetheless).

Hummus Chicken

5 from 11 votes
Baked hummus chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea that's juicy, flavorful, and can be on your dinner table in under 30 minutes.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup hummus any flavor, plus additional for dunking
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Fresh basil and/or parsley for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a medium-sized baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, then place the chicken in the pan in a single layer.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the hummus, smoked paprika, and cumin. Coat the chicken with the hummus mixture, ensuring that each breast is well covered.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (time will vary depending upon the size of the chicken. Mine were about 9 ounces each and cooked in 22 minutes). Garnish with fresh basil and/or parsley as desired. Serve immediately with additional hummus for dipping.


  • TO STORE: Leftover hummus chicken may be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Warm the hummus chicken on a microwave-safe plate until heated through. Warming times will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 29gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 72mgPotassium: 574mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. I just made this, and it’s awesome! I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect! I used plain Trader Joe’s hummus. I think the cumin is a wonderful touch in the recipe.

    Thanks for another great, EASY, healthy recipe, Erin!5 stars

  2. is the chicken supposed to be cooked covered or uncovered? I just cooked it covered and it was all soupy. Thanks

    1. Brittany, it bakes uncovered (generally, unless a recipe is supposed to be covered, it will be unspecified and the directions.) I’m sorry it came out soupy! Hopefully you can remove the chicken with a fork and leave the liquidy part behind. Dipping it with a bit of extra hummus should help too.

  3. Does the hummus only get applied to the tops of the chicken? I erred on the side of caution and covered both sides, but want to be sure for next time. Can’t wait to see how it tastes!

    1. Hi Emily, I just covered the top, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt anything to do both! I hope you enjoyed the chicken!

  4. This recipe is excellent! I used a box of Near East Olive Oil and Garlic couscous (without adding the extra olive oil) as I had that in the house. Besides being delicious, it’s fast and easy.5 stars

    1. Carole, thanks so much for taking the time to review this recipe! That couscous sounds like a delicious addition, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  5. This was week-night dinner perfection tonight! So fast, so healthy, so yummy! Thanks Erin! I served it with steamed veggies on the side.5 stars

  6. This was so delicious and flavorful! I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper and cut large breasts in half lengthwise, 20 minutes to cook! I served this with roasted potatoes and arugula salad, dressed with olive oil, lemon, and parmesan. I will make this again and again, we loved it! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  7. This was a total winner for a night that I needed to expend very little energy on dinner! I’m planning to do a little more prep to the chicken next time with stabbing and cutting so the seasonings get a little further into the meat, but I’ll definitely be making this again.5 stars

  8. This was really good! I only made 2 chicken breasts so halved the rest of the ingredients. Used the same roasted red pepper hummus. I did broil it for about 2 minutes after the chicken was done baking; that allowed for an actual “crust” of the hummus to form. It was delicious! The chicken was perfectly tender and very flavorful. I served it with toasted Israeli couscous and seasoned green beans.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Marisa! Thank you for sharing this kind review!