Hummus Crusted Chicken

Hummus Crusted Chicken is the latest episode in my love affair with chickpeas.

4 Ingredient Hummus Crusted Chicken. So juicy and takes only 5 minutes to prep!

I’ve long been a devotee of these peculiarly shaped little beans, to the extent that I once wrote them a sonnet. A versatile and inexpensive source of protein and fiber, chickpeas are a simple way to transform any salad, hash, or veggie burger from a light bite into a filling main event, as well as a critical ingredient to a certain spread that you can always find in my refrigerator: hummus.

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 brownies 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 became a staple in my diet. A simple, scrumptious blend of my beloved chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon, garlic, and olive oil, hummus is both absolutely delightful and nutritious too.

Hummus Crusted Chicken. So moist and juicy and ready to bake in only 5 minutes!

Since that first, post-grad year of figuring out what grown ups are supposed to eat, I’ve enjoyed hummus as a fast, wholesome snack and snazzy way to jazz up my sandwiches, but after visiting Sabra’s headquarters and factory in Richmond, Virgina two weeks ago, my appreciation for hummus’ quality and versatility has increased significantly.

4 Ingredient Hummus Crusted Chicken. SO juicy and only 5 minutes of prep work!

Sabra HQ and Test KitchenI’m not sure if Sabra is taking applications any time soon, but their headquarters has to be one of the most refreshing, energizing offices I’ve ever entered. Every person I met on our tour had a tangible energy for and dedication to their product. From the test kitchen where Sabra is continually developing new flavors (Rosemary Sea Salt and Caramelized Onion are two new favorites of mine),to the factory line where product is closely monitored, controlled, and tested (even the hummus “ripples” are evaluated!), the folks at Sabra truly care about providing their customers a consistent and delectable product.

Sabra Hummus Varieties

A few aspects of the tour surprised me. First: how quickly the ingredients enter and leave the factory. In fewer than five hours, the chickpeas, tahini, and other ingredients are processed from their raw form into the final, packaged hummus that’s shipped to your nearest grocery store.

Second: I was surprised by the fact that many Americans still aren’t quite sure how to use hummus and how many uses it has that I myself hadn’t even considered. For those familiar with hummus, an addictive, stuff-your-face-worthy dip is perhaps its most obvious purpose. The folks at Sabra, however, have far bigger imaginations and inspired me to use hummus in new ways, including this Hummus Crusted Chicken.

Easy 4 Ingredient Hummus Crusted Chicken. Ready to go in only 5 minutes and it's so juicy!

Oh my goodness—why have I not been making Hummus Crusted Chicken every Monday night for as long as I’ve been responsible for feeding myself? It’s juicy, it’s healthy, and it takes only five minutes to prep. Many boneless, skinless chicken breast recipes have a nasty habit of being mouth-stickingly dry and undeniably blah, but this Hummus Crusted Chicken is a complete taste palooza. The hummus acts like a super shield, locking in the chicken’s moisture and flavoring it at the same time.

Hummus Crusted Chicken. Only takes 5 minutes and you can make with any flavor of hummus!

You can use any flavor of hummus you love right out of the tub or take a few moments to stir it together with additional spices. In this version of Hummus Crusted Chicken, I mixed roasted red pepper hummus with cumin and smoked paprika. The resulting dish is sassy, savory, and sporting an edgy Mediterranean flavor. It’s mild enough for kids but tastes interesting and special enough to serve to a table of grown-ups too.

This easy hummus crusted chicken needs only 2 ingredients and is ready to go in 5 minutes!

How do you hummus? If you have any favorite hummus flavors or ways to use it, I’d love to hear about them!

4 Ingredient Hummus Crusted Chicken. So juicy and takes only 5 minutes to prep!
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Hummus Crusted Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
An easy recipe for hummus crusted chicken that's juicy, flavorful and needs only 5 minutes to prep!

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup hummus, — any flavor (I used roasted red pepper), plus additional for dunking
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Fresh basil — and/or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Baked Chicken Recipe, Hummus Crusted Chicken

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

42 comments

  1. Yes! I love hummus but I’ve never tried it like this! So doing this!

  2. This looks great! What a healthy way to add flavor to chicken. I always struggle with chicken because I think most people over cook it and I just don’t really like the flavor but I think this would solve both of my issues. Thanks for posting such a great idea! 

  3. What is this wizardry? 5 minute prep? Bursting with flavor? I need this in my life pronto. And the trip looks like a blast! 

  4. Hummus for the win! I seriously want to go back and just work in their office! 

  5. Hummus, FTW! I loooove hummus chicken! I tried it a year or so ago, made it for almost every night for a good 3 weeks straight (so easy!!!) but somehow it completely fell off of my radar until now. THANK YOU for bringing this back into my life!

  6. i love hummus but i usually eat them straight up. this is a wonderful idea!

  7. Oh my goodness. Sabra hummus is my absolute FAVORITE. I think I would like to live in that test kitchen—jussayin.’ :D This chicken looks totally amazeballs! How have I never thought to try this before??

  8. Wow, this looks awesome (not to mention brilliantly simple!) – I have a feeling this will quickly become a favorite go-to recipe in my house! So far, the most I’ve branched out with hummus is using it (along with a little lemon juice) in place of salad dressing. 

  9. When I went to Turkey last summer, I ate all of the eggplant and hummus that existed…and the desire for more has yet to subside!

  10. I’ll admit that I have never cooked with hummus before so this recipe looks like the perfect introduction! So easy. Plus, Sabra is one of my very favorite hummus brands and certainly the easiest to find at my grocery store. I tried their new Lemon Twist flavor recently and was overcome with happiness. So light, fresh, and bursting with flavor. I might have to try that particular flavor with this recipe and use rosemary or saffron as my spice. 

  11. You’re right! I’m sooo uninventive with my hummus, I just dip things into it, when I could be doing something awesome like this :)

  12. This is such a great idea Erin! I LOVE me some chickpeas. Never though about tossing it with chicken before cooking! Can’t wait to try!

  13. hey girl- This sounds and looks really good!! Great combinations! I love red pepper hummus and pita chips Oh so good!

  14. Hi, This looks great! I have to try it.
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    Ana
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  15. say whaaaat!? not only do I love hummus but I am so jealous of your Sabra trip!!!!! digging everything about this post :)

  16. Rosemary sea salt and caramelized onion hummus?!?! YES TO THOSE. And I just bought a container of hummus at the store, so this chicken recipe and I are meant to be together, obviously. ;)

  17. This looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it…if I can keep my pita out of the hummus long enough, of course ;)

  18. Hummus! Yummy! This chicken must be juicy and delicious! I must try it :)

  19. Hommus Chicken…. Why have I never tried this taste sensation? YARM! 

  20. Going to the Sabra headquarters sounds like an awesome trip! I was totally jealous of all of the pictures you ladies were posting on IG. Thank you for sharing some inspirations from you trip. :)

  21. HI, Erin – Sounds delicious. I do have one question. You mention garlic powder in #2 but it is not listed on ingredient list. What is the measurement for this indredient? Thank you!

  22. What a coincidence! I just made something similar to this for my husband and I this weekend! So addicting. YUM!

  23. What a great idea! I bet the hummus adds a really nice flavor and moisture to the chicken!

  24. 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!

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

    • 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.

  26. 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!

  27. Carole Percival Reply

    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.

    • 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!

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. Dennis Mulroney Reply

    The whole family loved this…doing it again tonight…thank you…

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