Mediterranean Chicken Sausage and Chickpea Skillet

We’re back! Our trip to Lithuania was amazing and I’m going to work on sorting through all our pictures this weekend so I can share a recap with you. There were two things I couldn’t wait to do once we returned home though – one was sleeping in our own bed because we splurged on the best mattress ever and I always miss it when we travel, and of course I was also itching to get into the kitchen.

Since Lithuanian cuisine is pretty heavy, I was craving a healthy meal after we had settled in and restocked on groceries. I made this excellent Mark Bittman recipe that I found on Adrienne’s blog a few months ago and was inspired to make a dish of my own featuring chicken sausage, spinach, and chickpeas. I decided on a Mediterranean twist and added in roasted red peppers, feta, pine nuts, and lemon juice. This definitely hit the spot and got high ratings from Apolinaras.

p.s. The winner of my Ad Hoc cookbook giveaway was number 27 – congrats Erin!

Mediterranean Chicken Sausage and Chickpea Skillet
Printable Recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 12-ounce package chicken sausages, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
16 ounces fresh baby spinach
Juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium high heat and cook chicken sausage slices 5 minutes or until browned; remove from the pan and keep warm. Add onion to the pan and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until softened; add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute. Place half the spinach in the skillet, cover with a lid, and heat 3 to 5 minutes or until wilted. Stir well and repeat with remaining spinach. Mix in lemon juice and salt. Stir in browned chicken sausages, roasted red peppers, chickpeas, feta, and pine nuts. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 658 calories, 27.4g fat, 16.0g fiber, 38.3g protein per serving
Cost: $2.82 per serving

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35 Responses to Mediterranean Chicken Sausage and Chickpea Skillet

  1. This is a wonderful, hearty dish. I adore chickpeas in all recipes. Conrats to Erin for winning the book.

  2. CaSaundra says:

    Glad your trip went well and that you made it home safe and sound!! It’s always great to get back into the kitchen as well :-)

  3. Joanne says:

    First of all, I’m SO glad you’re back! Second of all I’m SO glad you had fun! I can’t wait to here all about it. This recipe look GOOOD. The kind of thing I would definitely crave after eating days upon days of vacation food.

  4. Sophie says:

    Welcome back, dear Kerstin!! I am glad that you had a fun vacation!!

    this dish looks so tasty & well flavoured too!

  5. vanillasugar says:

    can’t wait to see the photos. don’t you love bittmans recipe? so easy and they just make sense.

  6. Mary says:

    Welcome back! This recipe sounds amazing (and looks fabulous)!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. grace says:

    welcome back! there’s nothing quite like your own bed, is there… :)
    great dish–i love me some chicken sausage and the mediterranean flavors would compliment it nicely!

  8. sophia says:

    Welcome back, Kerstin!! I’m glad you’re back! :-)
    This may be super healthy, but the taste sounds super sinful! LOVE the topping of feta and pine nuts there…crunchy, chewy, pucky, and meaty…yum!

  9. Mary says:

    It is good to have you back. This looks beautiful and it is hard to beat a salad that is delicious, nutritious and good looking. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  10. Erica says:

    So glad to hear you guys had a great trip. I cannot wait to see all of the pictures. Light dishes after traveling are a must. I love chickpeas cooked with greens. looks lovely ;)

  11. Judy says:

    I haven’t tried chicken sausage yet, but this looks like a good recipe for it. So glad you returned safely, and welcome back.

  12. Wow – this looks wonderful!

  13. Esi says:

    Love sausage! Love chickpeas. Sounds wonderful

  14. Yum! I have never used chickpeas with spinach and it does sound really yummy and the green never hurt! Great all around whole meal in one plate.

  15. Pam says:

    I love every single ingredient in this dish!

  16. Bridget says:

    Hope you had an amazing trip!!

    That meal looks delicious!! I love all of the ingredients, so I know it would be a perfect dinner some night!

  17. Sook says:

    I love chickpeas!! Delicious!

  18. Anything with sausages!

  19. Meghan says:

    So glad to hear you had a amazing trip! I can’t wait to hear and see all about it :)

    I love your chicken sausage dishes. Great Mediterranean ingredients!

  20. Delicious combination, yum! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  21. can’t wait for more details on your trip!!

    this recipe sounds awesome–bookmarking it and making it soon :)

  22. Blond Duck says:

    We’re just discovering the glory of chickpeas over here in the Pond.

  23. Nicole, RD says:

    I miss the same 2 things :) Lithuania…what a trip :) Jealous! This meal looks like the perfect reacquainting with your kitchen!

  24. Biz says:

    I love that dish – love the combination of flavors too. Glad you had a nice vacation – look forward to seeing the pictures!

  25. So delicious! I’m glad you had a wonderful trip. Lets meet for lunch soon :)

  26. elly says:

    This looks great. I’ve never been the biggest fan of garbanzo beans for some reason, but I’ve been trying to eat them a little more here and there lately and finding I like them better than I thought. I’ll have to give something like this a try – right up my alley!

  27. Chaya says:

    There seem to be loads of chick pea recipes around. This looks like a particularly good one.

  28. Brandi says:

    This looks really good! I want to make it soon. How many servings would you say that this makes?

  29. Thanks everyone! I started looking through our pictures and realized that we have over 2000…so it may be a little while until I get a recap of our trip up!

    Brandi – It makes 4 very large servings.

  30. Adrienne says:

    Welcome back! I can’t wait to see your pictures, and I’m so glad you like the chickpea and sausage!

  31. Laura says:

    Welcome back! I can’t wait for the trip recap!
    That looks so good!

  32. Susan says:

    Wow-this was so simple and so flavorful! My husband and I both loved it and will definitely be making it again!

  33. Susan – It’s become a staple in our house and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know :)

  34. Brandi says:

    I made this last night and it turned out super tasty! I would definitely make it again.

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