Ground Chicken (or Turkey) and Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt and Cilantro

This Ground Chicken (or Turkey) and Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt and Cilantro is a tasty stew that’s low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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This flavorful stew with ground chicken or turkey, chickpeas, tomatoes, yogurt, and curry powder was one of those recipes that end up tasting a lot better than they look, and I thought this was a delicious quick dinner option. I spotted the recipe for Chicken Chickpea Curry Bowls on Everything Rachel Ray, but I skipped the rice and served it as a stew. I did change the preparation method a little, simmering the meat, chickpeas, tomatoes, and curry powder for a few minutes before I stirred in the yogurt.

I haven’t made too many recipes from Rachel Ray, and I know some people love to criticize her for her perky personality and 30 Minute Meals, but I think anyone who can get more people into the kitchen cooking at home deserves some credit. This recipe from Rachel was definitely a keeper for me, loaded with flavor, frugal, and easy to get on the table in less than 30 minutes.

(Ground Chicken (or Turkey) and Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt and Cilantro was featured January 2013, on a day when I fell on the ice and broke my arm!)

The recipe called for ground chicken, which is what I used, but I think ground turkey would be fine as well. Brown the chicken or turkey in the olive oil.

Push the browned chicken over to one side of the pan, add a little more oil, then add the chopped onions and saute onions for 3-4 minutes, until they are just starting to get some color.

Sprinkle onions with the curry powder and cook a couple of minutes, stirring a few times, then stir the onion mixture into the browned chicken.

Drain one can of chickpeas in a colander placed in the sink, rinse well with cold water, and let drain.

Add chickpeas and canned tomatoes to the chicken-onion mixture and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Then stir in the yogurt, turn heat to low, and simmer 3-4 minutes or until flavors are well blended. Serve hot, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro if desired. Spicy Mexican Slaw would make a great low-carb side dish. 

Ground Chicken (or Turkey) and Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt and Cilantro
(Makes 4 servings, recipe adapted from Chicken Chickpea Curry Bowls by Rachel Ray and found on Everything Rachel Ray.

1 T + 1 tsp. olive oil
1 1/4 lb. package ground chicken or turkey (use chicken or turkey with less than 10% fat for South Beach Diet)
1 large onion, chopped in medium dice
2 T sweet curry powder (I used Penzeys Sweet Curry Powder, but use any curry powder blend that you like)
1 can petite dice tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz.)
1 can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans, 15.5 oz. can)
12 oz. fat free Greek yogurt (if you don’t have Greek yogurt, I would drained the yogurt in a fine strainer for at least 30 minutes to remove some of the liquid)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish, optional


Heat 1 T olive oil in a heavy non-stick frying pan, then add ground chicken or turkey, breaking it apart with the turner and sauteing until it is well cooked and lightly browned. This will take 7-9 minutes, don’t rush the browning step.

Push the chicken or turkey to one side of the pan, add the extra tsp. olive oil, then add chopped onions and cook 3-4 minutes, until onions are just starting to get some color. Sprinkle onions with the curry powder and cook about 2 minutes more, turning a few times, then stir the onion mixture into the chicken.

Add tomatoes with juice and drained chickpeas and let simmer about 5 minutes, or until some liquid has evaporated and flavors are well blended. Turn heat to low, stir in yogurt, and simmer about 3 minutes more. (Don’t let it come to a boil after the yogurt has been added.)

Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped fresh cilantro if desired. This can be served over rice, but I just ate it in a bowl as a stew.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

Served as a stew or with cauliflower rice, this low-glycemic dish is perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet as well as other low-glycemic eating plans. You could make a low-carb version of this by skipping the chickpeas and doubling the amount of ground turkey, and I think that sounds delicious!

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More Variations on Chicken with Curry Flavors:
Curried Chicken on the Grill with Cilantro Chutney from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chicken Curry Apple Stir Fry from Gluten Free Goddess

Curried Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Bombay Chicken Curry from The Amateur Gourmet

Crockpot Chicken Curry with Patak’s Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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77 comments on “Ground Chicken (or Turkey) and Chickpea Curry Stew with Yogurt and Cilantro”

  1. Hi,
    That looks so good!!
    I will have to try it out!!

  2. The photo looks pretty tasty to me. This is a great "pantry meal." I like the use of ground chicken or turkey as it reduces the amount of chopping and prep.

  3. This dish appeals to me in so many ways. Creamy but light and full of curry flavor. Really, really nice!

  4. I don't use curry enough in the kitchen. I love the color and flavor. Great recipe.

  5. Is there anywhere locally where I can get good curry powder?

  6. Olivia, thanks.

    TW, agreed, and I always have ground turkey in the freezer.

    Dara, I really loved the addition of Greek yogurt!

    Maria, thanks.

    Heather, I can't really answer that because I always use Penzeys curry powder. I both both the Sweet and the Hot curry powder from them. I think curry powder is a personal preference, so any brand is "good" if you like the flavor of it.

  7. Thanks for the recipe and all the suggestions on variations. It looks delicious and full of nutrients. I love that.

  8. I would do the same thing and eat it as a stew, or maybe over cauli-rice! I like the use of the yogurt to make this a creamier dish. yum!

  9. The recipes I've had from Rachel Ray have always been good. I'll take happy and perky over grumpy and condescending any day. I'll also take a few servings of this curry! I bet my daughter would like this, and since it's gluten free, she can have it! YUM!

  10. I love quick curries like this. Of course I'd pass on the cilantro, and use some parsley instead. And maybe I'd have to sneak in some hot curry powder….

  11. Mouthwatering curry! Love it! Especially since I don't need to buy fifty spices for it, I have got most of what is required!

  12. What a coincidence… I just have chick peas, minced turkey, yogurt and coriander to make for dinner, I was planning to make curry burgers with coriander, hummus and cucumber raita but I may as well make your dish :)))

  13. I have mixed feelings about Rachel but she does have some winning recipes. This one is right up my alley.

  14. This looks fab! Easy, healthy and tasty – just what the doctor ordered.

  15. Roxan, thanks!

    Cara, the Greek Yogurt was fantastic in this.

    Paula, I agree, grumpy and condescending isn't that appealing. Happy that this will work for your daughter.

    Lydia, definitely hot curry powder for yours!

    Tasteofbeirut, That's always a plus for a recipe, when you have all the ingredients!

    Margot, we're channeling each other on ingredients it sounds like!

    Joanna, glad you like it.

    Marisa, hope you will try it.

  16. What a lovely dish, Kalyn!!

    MMMMMM,..I can practically taste it through my mac!!

  17. A great recipe, Kalyn! I will have to resort to chicken mince, but turkey does have better flavours for stewing?

  18. Sophie, getting a mental image of you tasting it through the computer!

    Anh, I used chicken, but I think they're equally good.

  19. really delicious flavors, though i added crushed red pepper flakes and cayenne to spice it up… the only issue i had was that the yogurt curdled as it heated up….i used the greek, thick yogurt. wonder what i did wrong!

  20. Anonymous, I like the way you spiced it up. Did you simmer on low for only a few minutes as the recipe says? Curdling would be caused by cooking at too high of heat or for too long. I didn't have a problem when I did it, sorry to hear this happened for you.

  21. This looks delicious and it's full of ingredients that are already in my fridge. Thanks for the dinner idea..might be making it tonight even!!

  22. what a great recipe! yummy!

  23. You had me from the point you said curried chicken!! Gotta try this…nice site too!

  24. Was a little unsure as to how this one would come out but I figured Kalyn's Kitchen has never done me wrong so I dove in. I wasn't disappointed. Loved it.

    Only thing I would have done differently is gone a little heavier on the curry (or gone with a spicy curry) because I love the flavor.

    Just hoping it freezes well as I am a single guy and I do all my cooking for one.

    Thanks Kalyn!!

  25. Mike so glad you liked it. Spice it as much you like next time. I hope this will freeze well, although I'm not entirely sure about the yogurt. (Although I've frozen lots of things with sour cream, which seems like the same idea.)

  26. Okay, I know this sounds like a cliche, but I honestly have never commented on an online recipe IN MY LIFE; this was so so good and leftovers maybe even better. Thank you very much!

  27. Anonymous, I'm thrilled to be receiving your first comment on a recipe; so glad you liked it!

  28. Yum, sounds like something my mom would love too! I'll have to give it a try (and maybe my chickpea hating husband will end up liking it?? 🙂

  29. I just got around to making this tonight, and man, is it good! I used ground turkey, and my package was closer to two pounds, so I didn't have a lot of liquid in the "stew", which was fine with me. I used Madras curry powder, which has a little heat to it. I'll definitely make this one again!! Thanks, Kalyn, for another keeper!

  30. Georgia, so glad you enjoyed it!

  31. Once again, another terrific recipe! Quick and easy. I am always looking for unique ways to use ground turkey also.

  32. MCH, so glad you liked it. I thought this was really good too.

  33. This sounds delicious.

    Could I substitute canned light coconut milk for the yougurt? If so, how do you think I should adjust the recipe?

  34. It might work with coconut milk, but it would be a lot thinner. Since coconut milk shouldn't be boiled to reduce, I would definitely use less. No idea how much though, since I haven't tried it.

  35. Another great recipe. I added fresh pressed garlic just before the curry powder, allowing the garlic to cook for 30 or 40 seconds.

  36. Brandon, that sounds like a great addition!

  37. This was wonderful! I have tried many of your recipes and they never disappoint, but this one was really delicious. I also added some peas and might throw in cauliflower as well next time. Thanks so much for all your work. Sandy

  38. Sandy, so glad you enjoyed it. Glad you're enjoying the blog.

  39. Just made it! YUM! I'm thinking of adding some mushrooms next time. 😀

  40. My husband and I really liked this one. It tasted fresh and healthy. It was a tiny bit bland for our tastes, so I think I will try one reader's suggestion of a bit of garlic.

    I have an electric stove so my pan was too hot and the yogurt curdled. Be careful about that!

    Great one Kalyn! As always, thanks so much for the pics showing each step. They are a HUGE help!

  41. Glad the step-by-step photos are useful for you. I do like the idea of adding some garlic to this!

  42. Just tried this tonight and enjoyed it! I'd usually shy away from a recipe with chickpeas, but decided to give this a shot. I really love the smell of curry and never cooked with it before. I think next time I might add more! Kalyn, your recipes are great for me to make on a Sunday, have my one serving, then three days of lunches or dinners during the week. All yummy and healthy! Thanks!

  43. L, so glad you enjoyed it!

  44. Tastes great.

  45. Made this for dinner tonight, and it was so good! I used crushed tomatoes b/c it's what I had. I also added a teaspoon of chili garlic sauce for a little kick. Definately a keeper!

  46. So glad you liked it. I like the sound of a little chili garlic sauce in this!

  47. This was delicious! I made it tonight and served it with brown rice and steamed broccoli. I just stumbled upon your website and am planning on making a lot of your recipes this week! This recipe was a great start. Thank you!

  48. What would be a good substitute for curry powder?

  49. Sorry, but I can't really think of anything that would replace the curry powder; that's really the main flavoring for this dish.

    • This dish is great, even without curry.
      I used spices I had, and served over brown rice.
      Looking forward to making with curry next time, even though I can't imagine it could be any better. Love it! :))) Thank you!

  50. Thank you for your help. Will go with a few spices I have on hand.

  51. Great, so glad to hear it turned out well for you!

  52. Followed your recipe to a T and it turned out incredible. Such favors for such a healthy meal. I pinned it and will make this a definite go-to meal. Thank you!!,

  53. Kalyn, I'm so sorry about your arm! I hope you're feeling ok and that it heals quickly. Take care.

  54. Bummer on your broken arm, sure hope it heals up quickly!
    This looks great, love anything with curry and yogurt, plus garbanzos, great combination and yummy.
    Take good care.

  55. Hope you heal quickly!

  56. I'm thinking, (cooking for 1) that I should stop before the addition of yogurt and just add it as I use/heat each portion. I think it would keep better? I like the addition of cauliflower (for P1) and/or peas.
    Hope you heal quickly!

  57. Val, good idea. However, remember peas are not Phase One.

  58. May you be well and may your arm heal well and quickly! Thank you for all your great recipes and suggestions.

  59. This looks absolutely like my kind of recipe–yum!!!

  60. Hi! I'm attempting SB phase 1 here in Japan, where I generally can't read the labels (so frustrating to be illiterate). I'm looking for fat-free and low-fat versions of dairy products but am not always able to find them. I'm wondering how badly using part-fat or even full-fat dairy, like yogurt in recipe, will effect my phase 1 results? Thanks in advance and please feel better soon. Best, C.C.

  61. Hope you mend quickly! This recipe has been in regular rotation in our house since you initially published it; it's great.

  62. Coy Lou, just my opinion, but I don't think it will affect results that much to have a bit more fat.

  63. This dish is soooo tasty! (I skipped the yoghurt part and added some fresh ginger and garlic, two of my favourites).Thank you for the idea, it will definitely become a regular meal for me!

  64. Kaelyn, I feel so fortunate to have found you! I put my husband (who needs to shed 30 lbs) on SB Diet this week, and I need to lose 10. I bought the book in 2004, way before either of us were heavy; I have always been interested in nutrition & thought it sounded like a good diet to go on if we ever needed one. We did it in (a year after I had twins) & I lost my weight. But the recipes in the book get old, and I don't like the interface of recipes on their website.

    I found you this Monday by Googling "South Beach Eggplant Pizza". We are going to a pizza party tonight after skiing, and we wanted to feel like we were eating something as gooey & cheesy and good as everyone else. I tested your recipe immediately, and we were floored. I just made your Turkey/Chickpea/Curry dish last night (AMAZING!) and bought ingredients for two more of your "30 Days" dishes.

    You have an enthusiastic follower in me! I honestly can't thank you enough. You are making this easy. I am so inspired by your story, too. (I actually shoot for Women's World…I'm a freelance photographer based near Bozeman, MT & I shoot food/travel/portraits all over the US). I also have to tell you that your photography is EXCELLENT. I'm ditching my Pioneer woman subscription (bad photos, fatty recipes, too narcissistic of a personality & way too much contrived personal information ). I am switching to following YOU!!! I wake up every day now thinking, "What has Kalyn posted today?"

  65. This was delicious, exactly as written on day one. On day two, my family got Vietnamese pho for dinner and since that is definitely not SB friendly, I pulled out the leftover stew. Instead of the cilantro, I added the Thai basil and some beansprouts the others had for their pho. It was just enough of a twist to feel like I was eating some different than befor and it was just as delicious.

    Thank you so much for your blog. It is my favorite and the one from which I cook the most. I send all my friends your way whenever I can!

  66. I just made this (I used turkey) and served it over oven-roasted veggies: cauliflower, carrots, onion and eggplant. Perfection. Really, really delicious and satisfying. Thank you!

  67. I've made this twice, and it is TERRIFIC! Even better, it's fast, healthy, and inexpensive – a home run! The curry powder chosen is definitely key. I prefer Madras curry powder to anything sweet. I'm using Madras curry powder I got in India, and I'm a little worried about how this dish will taste when I have to replace it. I've heard the brand, Sun, is good and available at Indian groceries, so I'll try that next. I've also seen several recipes for making your own Madras curry powder online. If any of you have tried making your own curry powder, I'd love to hear how it went!

  68. Cheryl, lucky you to have curry powder from India. I like Madras brand, but haven't tried making my own.

  69. What a delightful dish! I love to add chickpeas especially in a chicken curry dish. This is something my family will enjoy. Glad I found your recipe via Monica Bhide's curry collection today. What an honor to be included next to yours, Kalyn! Thanks for sharing !

  70. Elizabeth, you are too kind! And I'm honored as well that Monica picked my recipe as one of the ones she featured!

  71. I get migraines from yogurt so do you think I could substitute light sour cream for it?

  72. Sue, I think sour cream would be great for this.

  73. I made this and added some baby spinach. Everyone at work was super jealous of my lunch this week!

  74. Sheri, glad you enjoyed it. I love the idea of adding spinach.

  75. Loved this recipe! I think I've made it 2 or 3 times now, although I never seem to have yogurt on hand when I do :). Others may have done some if the same additons, but here a couple things I added and that have worked out great: shredded kale, zucchini chunks, Chipotle pepper, garam nasal a spice, and a pinch of ground ginger.

    Thanks for sharing to your recipe. I think you might be my new fave food blog!

  76. Thanks Jessica, and I love hearing how you have adapted it with different things.

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