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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

This delicious and easy-to-prepare recipe comes from Pam Glynn, the winner of the "Mad Hungry" TV Weeknight Dinner Challenge.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Source: Mad Hungry, May 2011


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons paprika: smoked, spicy, or a blend of the two
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken, about 3 pounds, cut into 10 pieces
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans or white beans, drained
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  2. Mix the marinade: olive oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, red pepper, cilantro (or parsley), salt, and pepper in a bowl. Using zip-top bags or a large container suitable for marinating, combine marinade, chicken, beans, and tomatoes, ensuring that everything, especially the chicken, is evenly coated with the marinade. Let marinate a few hours, all day, or overnight.

  3. When ready to cook, dump contents into large roasting pan. Roast 20-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and browned, and tomatoes have burst and caramelized.

Cook's Note

Boneless chicken breasts can also be used in this recipe. Cook time in the oven will be about 20 minutes.

Reviews (8)

  • Lalletag 30 Aug, 2012

    This was a great tasting and easy to prepare meal. The tomatoes and garbanzo beans roasted with the chicken had a great flavor. I did use less salt than the recipe said, as others have noted.

  • AFWilliams 24 Aug, 2012

    This is an absolutely delicious recipe! Easy, healthy, quick to prepare: what more could we ask for?

  • Kellie Archie 14 Aug, 2012

    I have made this recipe three times now. I love it. I also halve the salt and I marinate it overnight. This is THE BEST!

  • KnittingAllison 7 Jun, 2012

    This was WONDERFUL! It will definitely be a regular in my dinner rotation. Based on previous reviews I used about 1 1/4 TBSP of salt (I use sea salt) and it tasted perfect. I definitely wouldn't add more. I also had 3 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs on hand so I used those. I used only the smoked paprika and marinated it for 3 hours. Perfection!

  • redheadtinkerbell 27 Sep, 2011

    My whole family loved this. I did do just 1 TBS of salt and I was glad. The chick peas hold the salt the most. I also used a smaller amount of crushed red pepper, to accommodate a 5 year old's palate. It was very tasty!!

  • DW1950 28 Aug, 2011

    I thought there was way too much salt in this recipe. I would cut it to 1 tablespoon instead of 2.

  • helganord 31 May, 2011

    This is a very easy and delicious chicken recipe. The flavors are sort of moroccan. enjoy!

  • ClarissaFielding 24 May, 2011

    I am somewhat skeptical of recipes I watch on TV (sorry Martha), but this one seemed so simple yet delicious. Guess what - it was! Having recently returned from Spain, I decided to try it for my husband. He loved it! It was redolent of Spanish flavors. It's worth using high quality spices, especially the smoky paprika, since so much is used. I used only chicken thighs and larger grape tomatoes. Very easy with layers of flavors recipe-it's a keeper!

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