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Hummus: not just for dipping!

Disclosure: We received free samples of the Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, we are entering a recipe contest by Sabra and we are eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. We were not compensated for our time. 

So many flavors. So little time!

We are HUGE fans of hummus. As dietitians, we love how healthy it is. As moms, we love that our kids will happily dip all kinds of veggies in this delicious dip. This creamy spread is made mostly from mashed chickpeas along with other healthy ingredients such as olive oil, garlic and tahini. There are many different flavors available to try.

Health Benefits

  • Excellent plant-based protein: chickpeas are a great source of protein and fiber. Also, since hummus is typically eaten with pita bread/chips or another kind of grain- it makes up  a complete protein
  • High in vitamins and minerals: iron, phosphorus, folate, B vitamins
  • Aids in digestion: the high fiber content helps you feel fuller for longer and promote overall digestive health
  • Fights inflammation: chickpeas, olive oil and garlic are all anti-inflammatory foods that work to help fight aging and disease in the body.


While we like dipping vegetables and pita bread in this dip, we also love that it can be a healthy ingredient in some of our favorite recipes. You might not think about cooking with hummus, but our Hummus Crusted Chicken Nuggets were a hit with our families (kids and adults alike!).  Let’s face it, we could all use some new ways to spice up our chicken dinners. Using hummus to coat the chicken prior to baking results in sealing in all the moisture and adding another layer of flavor.

We swapped out the usual egg/milk/flour wash for our chicken and dipped it in these ingredients instead. The nutritional yeast was added to up the nutrition factor. These deactivated yeast flakes have a cheesy flavor and is a complete protein that is low-calorie, low-fat, sugar/gluten-free food that is also high in protein and vitamin B12. If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast before, it is a healthy swap for cheese that can be added to popcorn, macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, etc. Since we were catering this recipe to our picky children, we blended the nutritional yeast with parmesan cheese. If you are not a fan of this ingredient, or don’t have any on hand- the recipe is equally as delicious without it. Yet, we encourage you to try it!

Classic hummus flavor. You could switch things up and use any of Sabra’s amazing flavor choices.

After cutting the boneless, skinless chicken tenders into 2-inch pieces and lightly seasoning with salt and pepper, we began dipping! The hummus coating allowed for the bread crumbs to nicely stick.

Mix of panko and herb seasoned bread crumbs

More dipping! Another layer of flavor with the parmesan cheese/nutritional yeast blend. Our kids loved helping out in this process!

Mix of parmesan/nutritional yeast flakes

Then, the nuggets were placed on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet to allow it to evenly bake and produce a crispy coating.

After baking for around 6 minutes at 400 degrees, flip the chicken over and bake for an additional 6 minutes.

This was a quick, healthy entree that was bursting with flavor. After tasting how juicy the meat stayed after baking, we might just be adding a layer of hummus to all of our chicken recipes from now on! There is a lot of diversity with this dish as you could try each of  the different Sabra hummus flavors to create unique flavors. Also, you could use this same recipe with traditional chicken breasts for a more grown-up version.

We encourage you to step up your chickpea game and try this recipe. Hummus isn’t just for dipping anymore!

If interested in more hummus recipes, check out our:

Avocado Ranch Hummus

Chocolate “Hummus”


5 from 2 votes

Hummus Crusted Chicken

A super healthy, super tasty version of chicken nuggets

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders organic, if feasible
  • 1/8 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 cup hummus Sabra, classic flavor
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup italian herb seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tbs nutritional yeast flakes


  1. Cut chicken tenders into 2-inch pieces. 

  2. Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper. 

  3. In a bowl, dip each chicken piece into the hummus to coat in a thin layer. 

  4. Mix panko and herb bread crumbs in a bowl, mix parmesan and yeast flakes in a seperate bowl. 

  5. Dip chicken into bread crumb mixture- evenly coat on all sides. 

  6. Dip bread crumb covered chicken into parmesan/yeast bowl. 

  7. Place on wire rack in rimmed baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for ~6 minutes.  

  8. Flip chicken over and bake for additional ~6 minutes. 

  9. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. We recommend keeping with the theme and serving with a side of hummus & veggies! 


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    Deanna Segrave-Daly
    May 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Oooh such a great idea to use as a coating for chicken tenders!

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    May 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Such a great idea! Definitely going to try this!

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    May 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Made this last night and it was a total win with my kids. Thank you!

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    I just made this! The kids loved it!

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