Freezer Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas

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Moroccan Chicken Chili in bowl over white rice with a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt on top and in a bowl to the left. The slow cooker is in background with chili. Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas and a Cilantro Lime Yogurt is loaded with comforting, healthy, and even healing ingredients and spices.  You get the warmth from the Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander.  Tons of flavor comes from really browned ground chicken and Shallots.  And you get creamy heartiness from the Carrots and Chickpeas.  Finally, you get the cool and tangy balance from the Cilantro Lime Yogurt.  This Moroccan Chicken Chili has so many warm spices and flavors, it will become a favorite.  I like to serve this over white rice, but you can definitely eat it by itself.

Moroccan Chicken Chili in a freezer bag labeled on counter. This chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

The best part?  You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it and then either put it in the slow cooker (set & forget!) or on the stove.

Have you tried my other Make-Ahead freezer dinner?

If you like this warm and aromatic blend of spices and flavors, including ginger, turmeric, coriander, and garlic, then you really must try my Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas!  Or try this delicious Golden Lentil Soup with healing turmeric.

Moroccan spices are similar to other cuisines such as Indian but it’s the special combination of them, including ginger, that sets them apart.  Now, calling this a Chili may be a stretch, but it has all of the main chili components…ground meat, beans, and sauce, so I say this is a beautiful variation of a Chili.

Turmeric spice in a clear bowl for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Turmeric, the Healing Spice

Turmeric not only plays an important role in giving this Moroccan Chicken Chili the amazing golden color and unique flavor. It’s also  a natural anti-inflammatory and is an antioxidant, thanks to a compound it contains called, curcumin.  That means it tastes great, looks, amazing, and also has inflammation healing benefits!  For more information on the benefits of Turmeric, check out this article from HealthLine.com: 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.

Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas in a Slow Cooker Pot with spoon n blue towel. Its loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MOROCCAN CHICKEN CHILI FREEZER DINNER

All raw ingredients on counter for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!I love FreeBird 98% Fat-Free Ground Chicken Breast, Raised w/o Antibiotics that I can get through Fresh Direct.  I have said it before, but Fresh Direct is a life saver for busy Moms and they source from sustainable local farms which I feel great about.  If you’re not a member, click this link for a discount to join! Get $25 Off Orders of $99 with code LEAF25 at FreshDirect!

To get the best flavor from your ground chicken, you really want to brown it before it goes into the slow cooker, so that means before you freeze it.  Simply cook it in a hot oiled skillet and after breaking it up, you let it sit so that the bottom is REALLY browned, then flip it over and break it up again so that it browns on all sides. Then remove from heat and let cool.  Once cooled enough, add it to the freezer bag.

ECO-Option: For a more Eco-Friendly and Leak-Proof alternative to freezer bags, I love Pyrex Glass Containers for storage, whether it’s in the fridge or freezer, and even for cooking in the oven or warming in the microwave.  For this recipe, I recommend:  Pyrex Basics 2 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid – 7 inch x 11 Inch by Pyrex

Raw ground chicken in skillet for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Ground Chicken in a skillet on the stove really browned for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Ground Chicken in a skillet on the stove really browned for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Cooked and browned chicken added to freezer bag on counter for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Or use Glass Container:

For the chickpeas, you will want to use two 15oz cans.  I love blending 1/2 of one can in a mini food processor to give texture and to help thicken the sauce in this chili.  Pulse with a tablespoon of water (or more if needed) and blend until smooth.  Put both the blended chickpeas and the whole chickpeas in this bag with the chicken.

Dice the onions or shallots and put them in the bag.  Dice the carrots and put them in the bag as well.

Diced Shallots and Carrots added to freezer bag for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

For the ginger, I find the easiest way to peel it is to scrape the skin off with a spoon.  I tend to do this in large batches, mince the ginger in a mini food processor, and then freeze it until I need it.

spoon scraping skin off of whole ginger root for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Mince the garlic and add it to the bag.  Add the Turmeric, Coriander, and Salt.  Finally, add the chicken broth.  Label the bag with the recipe name and date, flatten the bag, then put flat in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Pouring chicken broth into freezer bag over vegetables and spices for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Final labeled freezer bag of all ingredients for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

COOK YOUR MOROCCAN CHICKEN CHILI WITH CHICKPEAS

Make Cilantro Lime Yogurt (can be done 1-2 days in advance) using the zest of a lime, the juice of a quarter wedge, cilantro, and a little salt.

Thaw your frozen Moroccan Chicken Chili bag in the fridge overnight if you are cooking it in the slow cooker during the day. If you plan to cook on the stove, then you can thaw during the day for cooking that evening. Do not thaw out of the fridge at room temperature, as that invites bacteria.

Put all ingredients in the bag in the slow cooker and set for 4 hours high or 8 hours low.If you don’t have a Slow Cooker, click here to see the Crock-Pot that I have and love!

NOTE: If you would rather cook this on the stove, I would let it simmer for an hour in a soup pot.

Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas in a Slow Cooker Pot with spoon n blue towel. Its loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

25-30 minutes before serving, make rice according to package directions. NOTE: you can make the rice ahead and freeze it too! Just be sure you freeze it in its own separate bag.

Serve over rice, add a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt and enjoy!!

😍 Carrie

Moroccan Chicken Chili in bowl over white rice with a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt on top. Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Freezer Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas

Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting, healthy, and even healing ingredients and spices.  You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander.  You get tons of hearty flavor from really browned ground chicken and Shallots.  And you get creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas.  The best part?  You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword chicken, chili, ginger, ground chicken, Moroccan, turmeric
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Thaw in fridge 6 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Moroccan Chicken Chili

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken white meat chicken
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Onions, diced or shallots
  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 30 oz Chickpeas 2 cans
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 3 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Other

  • 1 cup White Basmati Rice, Uncooked
  • 5 oz Plain Greek Yogurt low or regular fat is fine
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt or to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Freezer Dinner

  1. To a preheated skillet, add 1 tbls of olive oil and then add the chicken.  Using a spatula or fork, break apart the meat and spread it around the pan then leave it alone to brown.  When the bottom is REALLY browned, then flip it over and break it up again so that it browns on all sides.  Then remove from heat and let cool. 

    Ground Chicken in a skillet on the stove really browned for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!
  2. Once Cooled, add the chicken to the freezer bag.

    Cooked and browned chicken added to freezer bag on counter for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!
  3. Drain the chickpeas, blend 1/4 of the chickpeas in a mini processor with a tbls of water to help them blend.  

  4. Add the blended and the whole chickpeas to the freezer bag with the chicken.

  5. Dice the onions (or shallots) and add to the bag.  Peel and dice the carrots and also add to the bag.

    Diced Shallots and Carrots added to freezer bag for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!
  6. Peel and mince ginger. I find it easiest to peel the ginger by scraping it off with a spoon. If you try to cut it off, you will end up cutting off some of the wonderful ginger too. Mince with a knife or make a bunch to freeze some for later and mince it in a mini food processor.  Of course, you can mince with a knife for just the amount needed in this recipe.  Add the ginger to the bag.

    spoon scraping skin off of whole ginger root for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!
  7. Peel and Mince the garlic.  Add to the bag.

  8. Add the turmeric, coriander, and salt to the bag.

  9. Add the chicken broth to the bag.

    Pouring chicken broth into freezer bag over vegetables and spices for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!
  10. Label the bag with the recipe name and the date and store in the freezer flat for up to 3 months.

    Final labeled freezer bag of all ingredients for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Make Cilantro Lime Yogurt (can be done 1-2 days in advance)

  1. Add the yogurt to a small mixing bowl.  

  2. Zest the entire lime, then quarter.  Add the zest and the juice from 1/4 of the lime to the yogurt.

  3. Chop the cilantro and mix it into the yogurt.  Add salt to taste and give it a final mix.  You can make this 1-2 days in advance.

Cook your Moroccan Chicken Chili Freezer Dinner

  1. Thaw your frozen Moroccan Chicken Chili bag in the fridge overnight if you are cooking it in the slow cooker during the day.  If you plan to cook on the stove, then you can thaw during the day for cooking that evening. Do not thaw out of the fridge at room temperature, as that invites bacteria.

  2. Put all ingredients in the bag in the slow cooker and set for 4 hours high or 8 hours low.  NOTE: If you would rather cook this on the stove, I would let it simmer for an hour in a soup pot.

  3. 25-30 minutes before serving, make rice according to package directions. NOTE: you can make the rice ahead and freeze it too! Just be sure you freeze it in its own separate bag.

  4. When the Chili is done, give it a stir, taste for salt, and add as necessary.

    Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas in a Slow Cooker Pot with spoon n blue towel. Its loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!
  5. Serve over rice, add a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt and enjoy!

    Moroccan Chicken Chili in bowl over white rice with a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt on top. Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Recipe Notes

If you serve this over rice, you will obviously get more servings.  If you serve it alone you will get less.  That's why the range from 4-6 servings.

Turkey Moroccan Meatballs Stuffed Pitas

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Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.

Hello, Beautiful!  Yep, these are some beautiful – and irresistible I might add – Moroccan Meatballs Stuffed Pitas!  They are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.  Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are incredibly easy to make, fun to stuff, and so delicious to eat.

The truth is, I haven’t made many Moroccan dishes, but one of the easiest ways to change up a dinner rut is to add new and different flavors.  Making meatballs from ground turkey instead of beef and adding new and different spices does just that!

So, what led me to Morocco you ask?  Well, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with ginger.  But when cooking with it, always find myself making some type of ginger stir fry.   So I really wanted to find a new way to use it, a new cuisine other than Asian.  Moroccan cuisine is known for its warm spices, one of which is ginger!  And the rest, as they say, is history…or in this case, MEATBALLS!

Oh, and in case I have intrigued you with ginger stir fry, check out these amazing recipes!

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas on a plate. They are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.

PREP AHEAD FOR YOUR MOROCCAN MEATBALLS PITAS

While there are a few delicious components to these beautiful stuffed pitas, it all starts with the turkey meatballs.  The spices that give them that warm Moroccan flare are garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne.

To ensure that all of these spices are evenly distributed into every single meatball, I like to first mix them with the egg to create the wet mixture.

Then, I mix them into the ground turkey with the parsley and bread crumbs.

Next, roll into small 1 inch meatballs.  You should get about 26 meatballs, so with 3-4 meatballs per pita, you get 7-8 half pitas stuffed!  Perfect for a family of 4-5 people.

Next comes the homemade Hummus!  This hummus is so simple and just lets the chickpeas do their job – taste amazing!  For this recipe, put the clove of garlic, the olive oil, and water into a food processor until smooth.  Then add the drained chickpeas and blend until smooth.  That’s it!

The yogurt sauce is equally as easy to make!  Just lemon zest, a little lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper.

COOK & ASSEMBLE YOUR MOROCCAN MEATBALL PITAS

First, cook them under the broiler for 5-6 minutes until they start to brown on top.

Then move them down to center rack and turn the oven to 375 to bake for 15 minutes.  They should be golden brown from the turmeric and other spices when done.

Next, warm up the pitas in the oven and start filling.  First fill with the hummus, add 3-4 meatballs, top with the lemon yogurt sauce, garnish with parsley and ENJOY!

 

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.  Easy, Fun, Delicious, and Good for You!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 730 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Moroccan Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 lb White Meat Ground Turkey, free range, raised without antibiotics
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 3 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbls Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Hummus

  • 1 can Chickpeas
  • 1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 cup water

Lemon Yogurt Sauce

  • 5 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Other

  • 4 Pita Breads, cut in half
  • 2 Tbls Parsley, chopped for garnish

Instructions

Prep-Ahead: Ingredients

  1. Mince 2 cloves garlic.

  2. Peel and mince about 1 inch piece of ginger to get 2 tsp.  

  3. Chop 5 tbls parsley...2 tbls for the meatballs, 1 tbls for the lemon yogurt sauce, 2 for garnish.

Prep-Ahead: Meatballs

  1. To a small mixing bowl, add 1 egg, the 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tsp minced ginger, 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Ground Coriander, 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 fresh ground pepper.  Mix together thoroughly with a fork.

  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the Ground Turkey, the egg and spice mixture, the 2 Tbls chopped parsley, and the 3/4 cup bread crumbs.  Using your hands or a large fork, mix to thoroughly combine.

  3. Make small meatballs that are about an inch in diameter.  Recipe makes approximately 26 meatballs.  At this point, you can store them in the fridge, freeze them or cook them.

Prep-Ahead: Hummus and Yogurt Sauce

  1. To a food processor, add 1 clove garlic, 1 tbls extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Blend until smooth.  Rinse and drain 1 can of chickpeas.  Add them to the food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Zest the entire lemon, then quarter.  To a small bowl, add the yogurt, the lemon zest and the juice from 1 quarter of the lemon.  Add 1 tsp chopped parsley.  Mix and then add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Cook and Assemble

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Drizzle a tsp of olive oil on a large sheet pan and rub it around to coat the bottom.

  2. Turn the oven setting to broil and place the turkey meatballs under the broiler for 5-6 minutes or just until starting to brown.

  3. Then move down to center rack and turn oven setting back to Bake at 375 degrees.  Bake for 15 minutes until internal temp reaches 165.

  4. Wrap pitas in aluminum and put in the oven to warm for the last 10 minutes of the meatball cooking time to warm through.

  5. Open the Pita Pocket, add the hummus, then the meatballs, top with yogurt sauce and parsley, and Enjoy!