Hummus Crusted Chicken

5 from 25 votes

This easy to prep hummus crusted chicken is great for an easy weeknight meal. Get perfectly juicy every single time!

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Leftover hummus has a new use – Hummus Crusted Chicken! Ok, I know there’s probably no such thing as leftover hummus because there’s so many ways to spread it, dip it and top it. But if you happen to have some leftover or want to try baking chicken with a new twist, you have to try it with hummus! It gives it a nice crust and the outside and keeps the chicken juicy.

Hummus crusted chicken on a plate with zucchini slices and couscous
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Baking chicken in the oven doesn’t have to yield dry results anymore. Adding the hummus on top makes it moist while adding a ton of flavor, along with protein and fiber. It’s a quick and healthy recipe that’s perfect for quick weeknight dinners.

We eat a lot of hummus in our house, Hummus Crusted Chicken recipe is a quick, healthy recipe that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. Serve it with a side of rice, throw it in a wrap or pita or serve it over a bed of greens

How do you make hummus crusted chicken

You only need three ingredients:

  • Hummus: I like to use my favorite hummus recipe for this chicken, I always have some to hand! You can also use a store bought hummus for ease and convenience.
  • Chicken: Use boneless and skinless breasts for this recipe. If you can, buy free range / organic and make sure the pieces are similar in thickness as much as possible so they bake evenly.
  • Spices: Ground cumin, paprika and a little salt and pepper adds the most wonderful flavor to the cooked chicken and gives it a Mediterranean flavor.
The ingredients to make the recipe

Season the breasts with salt and pepper. Mix the spices with the hummus and rub it all over the chicken. Bake the chicken until it is cooked through and serve.

The hummus crusted chicken before and after baking

Tips for making hummus crusted chicken

  1. Remove any excess moisture from the chicken breasts. Lightly pat them with a paper towel; this helps to promote browning and crispiness.
  2. Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken is cooked through. It should register at 160F and it will help you not to over cook or undercook the chicken.
  3. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. This will help it to get nice and juicy before you cut into it. It allows the juices to redistribute, so be a little patient, it will be worth it!
  4. Use parchment paper for easy clean-up. Spreading the seasoned hummus all over the chicken is not a mess-free process but the parchment baking sheet makes it a little easier to clean up.

Frequently asked questions

What can you serve with this baked chicken recipe? 

This hummus chicken is a great quick and easy weeknight meal. It works well with so many different sides, salads, veggies and potatoes. Try it with:
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Classic Caesar Salad
Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Can you make it ahead of time?

The chicken is best served when it is freshly cooked, but you can prep the chicken breasts and keep them covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours before you are ready to cook them. If you have leftovers, they will keep in an airtight container for 3 days. You can reheat the chicken in the oven or slice it cold and add it to salads.

Can you use chicken thighs?

You absolutely can adapt this recipe to use chicken thighs! You may need to bake them for slightly longer depending on the size and cut. The internal temperature will be slightly higher at 165F.

I love how quick and easy it is to add so much flavor to this chicken with the help of hummus! It’s perfect for a quick and easy family meal, and while it is baking, you can quickly make a side salad to accompany it. If you are in a dinner rut, be sure to give this a go!

Hummus crusted chicken being cut with a fork

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Hummus Crusted chicken

This easy to prep hummus crusted chicken is great for an easy weeknight meal. Get perfectly juicy every single time!
5 from 25 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 187
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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  • Preheat oven to 400°F and spray an oven-safe baking dish with cooking spray
  • Pat chicken breast dry and season with salt and pepper. Combine the hummus and spices together and then rub it evenly all over the chicken breasts on both sides.
  • Place the hummus crusted chicken in the prepared baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until thermometer reads 160° F internal temperature. Then broil it for 1-2 minutes, watching it carefully so it doesn't burn.
  • Sprinkle fresh parsley and serve with a side of couscous and veggies, if desired


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 3 days.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However feel free to switch up the spices based on your preferences.
* Please note the nutrition label does not include the vegetables served on the side.


Calories: 187kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 323mg, Potassium: 402mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 163IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Main Course
5 from 25 votes (16 ratings without comment)

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  1. Renee says:

    I like so many of your recipes. Keep them coming. 🙂

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! I sure will!

  2. Ranine says:

    I tried it out, it’s amazing so juicy and easy to make thank you so much

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yay, that makes me happy to hear. Thank you!

  3. Jess says:

    Made this from the insta post, your account keeps my cooking interesting! This was so good, and clean up was super easy! It’s a new fav.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yay, so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks so much!

  4. Bella says:

    This is so great! Its a new favorite for my family! We love it.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      So happy to hear that!! Thank you!

  5. Fares says:

    Ok i tried the chicken breasts with my extra left over hummos which u posted on tiktok, and it was the best thing i ve ever had ! Even my wife was surprised ! ?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yay! That’s so awesome to hear! This went viral on TikTok because of how easy it is 🙂

  6. Ricky Schulze says:

    I couldn’t take a picture because everyone inhaled this yummy crusty chicken. It’s an absolute recommended recipe and will do it again this week…then with picture.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Hahaha awesome! So glad you liked it!

  7. Shauna A says:

    Seriously best chicken recipe ever!!!! I’ve made it a few times ever since I first saw your post. I love chicken and love hummus, so the combo is soooo yummy!!! The best part is the crust, which becomes golden brown after just a couple minute in the broiler.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Yay, so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    2. Nicole says:

      The flavor on this chicken was delicious! I followed the recipe but the bottom of mine did not crisp at all it was still just like hummus. How did you get it to crisp all the way around? Did you flip half way? Either way I’ll be making this again !

      1. Yumna Jawad says:

        That does happen on the bottom of the chicken actually. But just make sure to broil it at the end for a couple minutes. You can try flipping it if you’d like too!

  8. Yumna Jawad says:

    Yay, I’m glad you liked it. Thank you!!

  9. Mari says:

    I made it vegan, with cauliflower instead. Was absolutely delicious ?? thank you!!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      I love that idea! Thank you for sharing!!

  10. Erin says:

    thank you for providing this recipe!! I made it a couple nights ago and it was so delicious and perfect because of my gluten and dairy allergy ❤️

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it!! Loved your TikTok video with it!!

    2. Nina says:

      It was amazing and my 2 year old loved it! Thank you Yumna for coming up with such delicious and easy to make recipes ?

      1. Yumna Jawad says:

        Awww so glad you and your 2 year old loved it! Thank you!