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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew

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Ground turkey and chickpeas are slow cooked with turmeric, paprika, coriander and lots of vegetables for a cozy dish that only gets better with time – so leftovers make a delicious lunch. This is also freezer friendly and naturally gluten-free.

It’s so strange how addicted I am to chickpeas these days – a legume I once stayed far away from. Now I can’ get enough of them, and since they are high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, I’m glad I’ve learned to love them. One bowl is very satisfying, and it has a touch of spice. If you prefer to keep it mild, you can leave out the red pepper flakes.

And since so many are asking, I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This crock pot is so great, I actually own two!

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea Stew

4.98 from 35 votes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Moroccan
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 7 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups


  • cooking spray
  • 1.3 lb package 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, light
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tbsp poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz cans chick peas, drained
  • 2 cups low sodium, 99% fat free chicken broth*
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley or spearmint, chopped


  • Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and over medium high heat cook ground turkey for 10-12 minutes.
  • Break up the ground meat and mix so meat cooks evenly; place in the slow cooker.
  • To the skillet add the olive oil, onions, pepper, carrots, and celery and sauté until soft, about 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to slow cooker along with diced tomatoes, chick peas, spices, broth and gently mix well.
  • Cover and cook on LOW heat 6 to 8 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves and serve; garnish with fresh herbs.

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*Check labels for gluten-free.
Makes 10 cups.


Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 342 kcal, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Protein: 24 g, Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 60 mg, Sodium: 1081 mg, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 3 g