Recipe: Shakshuka with Kale and Chickpeas

This one-pot-wonder recipe crafted by the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center features poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce.

Shakshuka is a Tunisian dish that has grown in popularity across the globe. It is known to be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and even dinner in many countries. Try this adapted recipe from the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center which features nutrient-rich kale and chickpeas.  

Shakshuka with Kale and Chickpeas

Servings: 6

Calories: 200kcal per serving



1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 small onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced

28 oz. can diced tomatoes, no-salt-added

15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 cup vegetable stock, or as needed

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

3 cups kale, roughly chopped

1 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. paprika

⅛ tsp. cayenne, or to taste, optional

Pinch of salt, or to taste

Pinch of pepper, or to taste

6 large eggs

1 Tbsp. parsley, minced, for garnish, optional

Hot sauce, optional

Feta, mozzarella, or cheese of choice, optional

Pita bread, toast or brown rice, optional



Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.


Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute more.


Add the bell pepper and cook until softened, about 7-10 minutes.


Add diced tomatoes, chickpeas, vegetable stock, tomato paste, kale, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne if using, salt and pepper to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce reduces and the kale is wilted. Adjust the spice and other seasonings to taste. Add more broth if the sauce feels too thick.


Poach eggs in the sauce by creating a well for each egg with a ladle or large spoon. Rest the ladle/spoon in the sauce and crack the egg into the spoon. Gently remove the ladle/spoon and allow the egg to settle in the space left behind. Repeat for the remaining 5 eggs.


Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, checking regularly until the egg whites are cooked and the yolks are cooked to desired doneness.


Garnish with minced parsley, cheese, and/or hot sauce and serve with pita, toast or brown rice.


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This recipe was adapted from Oldways by the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.


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This post was originally posted on 8/29/2022