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Fast & Easy Dinner: Shrimp and Chickpeas

Fast & Easy Dinner: Shrimp and Chickpeas

Fancy a trip to an exotic Mediterranean destination? Take one tonight with this enticing meal. The shrimp is marinated in a cool, cumin-flavored yogurt before being seared on a hot grill. Canned garbanzos get a grown-up makeover when seasoned with red pepper flakes and fresh tomatoes. Fill out this pairing with a store-bought roasted red pepper hummus and pita chips, and you've got a meal ideal for entertaining. To escape from the mundane and get the recipe,

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Shrimp and Chickpeas

Shrimp and Chickpeas

Shrimp and Chickpeas

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups whole milk yogurt
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 pound large shrimp, deveined
  7. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  9. One 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  10. 4 plum tomatoes, chopped

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, half the garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and the cumin.
  2. Transfer half the yogurt mixture to a small bowl. Add the shrimp to the large bowl and mix; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the crushed red pepper and remaining garlic over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the chickpeas and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and remaining 1 teaspoon salt, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Lower the heat and keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Rub a grill pan with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and heat over high heat. Add the marinated shrimp and grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Top the chickpeas with the shrimp and serve with the reserved yogurt sauce.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
kothmia kothmia 8 years
ummm... no.... reread step 2: Transfer half the yogurt mixture to a small bowl. Pretty sure that's the marinade they're talking about you using.
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 8 years
Sounds delicious, but I am worried that you advise people to use the leftover yogurt marinade. It had raw shrimp in it and unless you cook it, it will be contaminated.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that sounds easy enough. here's my question though. how does grilling yogurt or cooking it affect things? i'm always afraid to cook with dairy products on the grill since i'm worried that it'll taste 'funky' or leave a weird spoil possible residue on my grill.
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