Hummus-Crusted Chicken

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This past week while standing around on a photo shoot, my coworkers and I noticed that our conversations somehow kept circling back to food (as often seems to happen!).  I was getting ready to go grocery shopping that night, so asked if anyone had any blog-worthy chicken recipes to recommend.  My friend, Jen, immediately lit up and told us about this hummus-crusted chicken recipe she had recently tried and loved.

Um, “hummus-crusted”???  Sign me up!

Somehow the idea of using hummus as a sauce in baking had never occurred to me.  But as soon as she mentioned it, the recipe moved to the top of my list.  So this weekend, I picked up some chicken and my favorite hummus (thought about going homemade, but I was in the mood for quick and easy).  And then in order to make it a one-pot meal, I also picked up a bunch of veggies to bake up alongside the chicken.  And then in less than 10 minutes of prep time, roughly chopped the veggies and added them and the chicken breasts to a big baking dish, slathered the chicken with hummus and some lemon juices, sprinkled on a little sumac (or you can use smoked paprika), and popped it in the oven.  About a half hour later, I learned what “hummus-crusted” is all about.

Pure deliciousness, people.

I took the dish to a friend’s house for dinner on Saturday night, and we couldn’t stop talking about how amazingly flavorful and yummy this dish was!  The hummus was the total rockstar of the dish — it indeed developed a light crust on the chicken, and then some of the extra oozed onto the veggies to give them a little extra sauce to go with the light lemony flavor.  You could easily add some extra herbs, or balsamic, or even a little white wine to go with this.  And of course, you could customize it by using your favorite flavors of hummus.  But honestly, I loved the simple version with classic chickpea hummus.  And holy moly — you can’t beat a one-pot meal with less than 10 minutes of prep time!

Highly recommend that you give this one a try.  Thanks, Jen!!


Hummus-Crusted Chicken

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Hummus serves as the perfect sauce in this easy baked chicken dish!



  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup hummus, homemade or storebought
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika or sumac


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare one large baking dish or two smaller baking dishes with cooking spray.
  2. Pat the chicken dry. Season the chicken breasts with generous pinches of salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini, squash and onion with olive oil until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. If using one baking dish, place all of the vegetables on the bottom of the dish in an even layer. Lay the four chicken breasts evenly on top, then cover each chicken breast with the hummus so that the entire breast is covered. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the chicken and vegetables. Then sprinkle the pan with smoked paprika or sumac. Thinly slice the remaining lemon, and place the slices in between the chicken and vegetables if desired.
  4. **If using two pans, use one for the chicken and one for the vegetables.**
  5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve immediately.

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504 comments on “Hummus-Crusted Chicken”

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  2. This sounds amazing! I love all these veggies and I love hummus! That chicken looks so tender and tasty!

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  4. Hi! That sounds like a great recipe! Will try it tonight. Just a quick query – should I put the hummus only on the top or can I coat the whole chicken piece with hummus? 

    • Hi Shoma, we’re sorry for getting to your comment too late! We cover all of it. We hope you enjoyed the recipe! :)

  5. Hi! I’ve just come across your website (yay for Pinterest!) and I made your baked chicken breasts last night – they were AMAZING! Just wondering if the chicken should also be brined for this hummus recipe? Thanks in advance :)

    • Thanks for sharing, Loretta — we’re happy you enjoyed it! You don’t need to brine the chicken for this hummus recipe, though we suppose you could if you wanted.

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  8. Have you tried this in a steamer? Wonder if it will work

    • Hi Stephanie! We haven’t tried this in a steamer, but we think baking would still be your best bet.

  9. Hi im keen to try this tonight for dinner but my oven doesn’t go up to 450 degress so will i still be able to put it in the oven

    • Hi Jennifer! How hot will your oven get? You’ll just need to bake it longer and make sure to test the temperature with a thermometer, for doneness. We hope this helps and that you enjoy!

    • 450 degrees farenheit, which is the equivalent to 230 degrees celsius 😊

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  11. Thanks for the post. I try to make lunches for the week on Sunday for my wife and for me. I had made a couple suggestions, but they had been made too frequently, so this is a delicious option.

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  13. Made this for my family tonight. Would have loved to take a picture for you, but it was gobbled up before I had a chance! Everyone loved it and said this recipe was a keeper! Used all sorts of veggies, as we had some on hand that needed to be used–broccolini, asparagus, green beans, mushrooms and onions. Put a ton of veggies in the pan and they cooked down to perfect portions. Added Spike seasoning to the olive oil coated veggies. Used red bell pepper hummus. Made a trip to the Persian market to get Sumac as suggested instead of swapping out for paprika–well worth the extra flavor to the dish! A simple weeknight one pan dinner full of flavor that keeps those boneless, skinless breasts nice and moist, as they are normally so easy to dry out. Thank you! Will definitely be making many more times in the future!

    • Thanks for taking the time to share this with us, Carol! We’re so happy to hear it was a hit with your family! :)

  14. Made this recipe today. It was oh so very delicious!! Definitely a keeper!!

  15. Dear Ali,

    Made the hummus chicken tonight….deliciousness! Thank you so much for sharing what you do!

    best to you!


  16. Very easy and delicious, Thank you!

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  18. I pinned this recipe awhile ago and finally got around to making it last night…It was a last minute make so I whipped up a batch of hummus (when I say whip up – I used a can of chickpeas and a package of  tahini, garlic etc) and baked the chicken by itself exactly as you directed.  I put a little paprika on top and served it with steamed broccoli.
    Thank you so much for sharing this!  I will be sharing with my friends and family for sure :)

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  20. Love the recipe. My son who is 6 loved the chicken. I did not have the same vegetable so I did it with carrot, green beans and broccoli … Loved how the broccoli came out. So easy, delicious and healthy too :) Thanks

  21. My kids are picky eaters, but they and I both really enjoyed this dish. Thank you!

  22. I just made this for dinner and it was perfect! So easy to make and absolutely delicious! I used Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and threw in some red peppers to the veggie mix. I also forgot to add the lemon juice, but it was still wonderful! Such an ingenious way to use hummus. Thanks for sharing! We’ll definitely be making this again!

  23. Hello! I’ve made this dish so many times that I can’t count. However, my chicken doesn’t develop a “crust”. It is more saucy but is still really good. Maybe I am putting too much hummus on. Do you put on a thin layer? I put on a pretty thick layer. Tonight I am going to use fresh brussels and carrots instead. Let me know about the hummus quantity!

    Thanks for this recipe, so quick and darn easy!! :)

    • Hi Wendy! We’re so glad you enjoy it! As for the crust, you do want a thinner layer, we think that should help!

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  25. 5 stars
    As an Arab, the western version of hummus and all the “flavoring” is a blasphemy to us lol however I did try the recipe and absolutely loved it! To the point I remade it the same night! Great idea though. Love the 10 minute prep time it took. Perfect for midweek dinners!

  26. 5 stars
    i’ve made this a million times and love it and suggest to friends! i’m in college so sometimes i opt for a much less healthy version and coat the chicken in flower, slab on the hummus, then coat it in breadcrumbs

  27. Hey, I was interested in trying this recipe but I was unsure about preheating the oven.
    Is it 450 degrees Celsius or 450 Fahrenheit?

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  29. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I used carrots, radishes and onions instead since we had those in the fridge. Even my 2 year old loved it! Thanks for sharing this

    • Thank you, Ashley, we’re so glad you and your little one enjoyed it!

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  32. 5 stars
    This chicken dish was delicious! I used classic Sabra hummus and that worked very well.
    It only took 20 minutes to bake at 450; which may be because it wasn’t laying on a bed of veggies.
    It was super easy to make and I will definitely make it in the future. Thanks!!!

  33. 5 stars
    This dish is super easy and extremely delicious! I was searching for a one pan dinner one night and I found this recipe. Amazingly I actually had all the ingredients needed in my fridge. That in itself was a miracle. Anyway I made this in no time flat and was bowled over by how good it tasted. I’ve since shared this recipe with anyone who will listen, since it was so easy I memorized it after only making it once. I’ve since used different flavors of hummus and vegetables to keep it interesting.

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  35. 5 stars
    I thought 230°C sounded too hot – can’t find the comment I posted.
    So I cooked it in a fan oven at 200°C – maximum temperature – took 40 minutes to cook but turned out great and my husband (who is a big hummus fan) adored it and said I should definitely make it again and even serve it to guests :)

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  37. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious!!! I had so much hummus and so many flavors of it, tried 2 with regular and two with roasted red pepper, simply incredible. I did not think it would be anything spectacular, but I was wrong. Veggies came out perfectly as well and I will absolutely be making this again!

  38. 4 stars
    I make this A LOT and recommend it to all my friends. Has anyone noticed at a certain point in baking the hummus starts to slide off the chicken? Any ideas on what I can do to correct for that to get a better hummus topping experience?

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  41. 5 stars
    I made this last night and turned out purely yummy! It is truly super easy (otherwise I wouldn’ve have decided on it, I’m far from an expert in cooking), most the job is done by the oven anyway. Loved the flavours and the taste of it all, the hummus crust was deeeeelicious. Made it with green beans, carrots, onion, bell pepper, brocolli, as these are my favourite veggies to bake. Whatever you fancy, it works and that’s another big plus. Thanks for sharing this great recipe, Ali!

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  44. 5 stars
    Made the chicken and vegetables separately because my family loves the way I roast vegetables with balsamic vinegar. The chicken was so delicious and juicy. I made it with the Sprouts brand garlic hummus and it gave it great flavor! I also put olive oil first, salt and pepper and then the hummus perhaps this is why mine did not crust. Nevertheless this dish is easy and quick and I will definitely be making this regularly!!

  45. 5 stars
    Made the Hummus Crusted Chicken for a dinner party at my home this evening. First time trying this recipe and it was a huge hit! Super easy to fix and it was sensational. I used plain hummus and added my own fresh garlic to it plus a hint of seasoned spices.
    Guests all raved. My husband, who does not eat hummus, was pleasantly surprised and loved the meal.

  46. 5 stars
    This was just delicious. I used skinless breast tenders and they were very tender and juicy.
    We have a new fun dish for company!!

  47. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe. I found some tangy lemon hummus by Cedar at the grocery store and used that on the chicken and sprinkled the top with a little Planko and sumac. Pure lemon chicken bliss.

  48. I loved this dish, one of my faves. Chicken had to be left a little longer but cane out perfect !

  49. 5 stars
    This was off the charts amazing.My husband said it was one of the best things I’ve ever made.I used onions and curly carrots on the bottom and I used jalapeño hummus
    Thanks for posting

  50. 5 stars
    This dish is a huge hit! And my kids don’t eat hummus.
    The chicken is so tender and juicy – I was worried about it drying out but it didn’t.
    I also just did it over some baby potatoes and onions and it wasn’t just as good. Will definitely be keeping this one one hand.