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. 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.

As the hummus crusted chicken proves, it’s ideal for cooking too!

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

Why I Love Hummus Crusted Chicken

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.

What to Serve with Hummus Chicken

More Tasty Recipes Using Hummus

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!

Hummus Crusted Chicken

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An easy recipe for hummus crusted chicken that’s juicy, flavorful and needs only 5 minutes to prep!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins

Servings: 4 servings

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
 

  • 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.

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  1. 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!

    1. Hi Nana! Sorry about that! There’s no garlic powder. I was thinking about adding some, but then decided it tasted great without. Recipe has been updated. Thanks for letting me know!

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

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

  4. 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. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

    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!

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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