25 Favorite Chickpea Recipes

A can of chickpeas can make a healthy and delicious meal! Here are all our favorite chickpea recipes, from sandwiches to soups to tacos.

Chickpea recipes

Wondering what to do with a can of chickpeas? You’ve come to the right place! Chickpeas, also know as garbanzo beans, are full of plant based protein, making them perfect for creating filling meals. And chickpeas aren’t just for hummus. You can use them in so many creative ways! Head to the recipes below.

What can I do with canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)? Let us count the ways (or head to the recipes below):

  • Soups: Chickpeas are perfect in soups, either whole or blended to make a creamy body.
  • Tacos: Spiced up with cumin and chili powder, they’re perfect in a tortilla
  • Sandwiches: Throw them on a sandwich in a vegetarian version of chicken salad, for example.
  • Pizza: Yep, we’ve tried them on pizza.
  • Bowl Meals: They’re perfect for adding protein to main dish salads and power bowls.
  • Side Salads: Or, they’re a hearty addition to side salads.
  • Hummus & Falafel: Of course, they’re perfect in the traditional ways too.

What are you waiting for?

And now…our 25 best chickpea recipes!

Chickpeas nutrition

Why eat canned chickpeas? This mighty legume is full of the good stuff. Here are a few reasons to love garbanzo beans:

  • Rich in plant based protein. 1 cup has 14.5 grams of protein, about 30% of your daily protein needs (source).
  • Excellent source of fiber. 1 cup also has 12.5 grams of fiber, about 50% of your daily need (source).
  • May help you manage your weight. Chickpeas are low calorie density, meaning they provide few calories relative to the nutrients they contain. The high protein and fiber also help to satiate the appetite and reduce calorie intake at meals. (source)

How to cook dry chickpeas

Is it better to cook chickpeas than use canned chickpeas? You can definitely use both! When we find time, we like cooking garbanzo beans from dry because the texture is a little firmer and the flavor a little better. However, we often use canned as well! Our favorite way to cook chickpeas is with our Instant Pot: the dry chickpeas cook in just 1 hour! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can use our Dutch oven method.

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Chickpea salad sandwich | Vegetarian chicken salad sandwich | Easy lunch recipes

Chickpea Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Looking for healthy and easy lunch recipes? This delicious chickpea salad sandwich features a vegetarian chicken salad using chickpeas!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 rib celery
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, vegan mayonnaise, or cashew cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 4 slices bread (try our Homemade Bread)
  • Lettuce, spring green mix, or sprouts
  • Hummus, optional

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the celery (if it’s a large rib, cut in half lengthwise first). Thinly slice the green onions.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. In a medium bowl, smash the chickpeas with a fork.
  3. Combine the chickpeas with the chopped celery and green onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and celery seed. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on your chickpea brand and taste preferences, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Taste and salt until the flavor pops! If the salad is dry, add more mayonnaise (cooked chickpeas have a drier texture than canned).
  4. Assemble the chickpea salad sandwich: If desired, spread the bread with hummus (this amps it up a bit but not required). Top the sandwich with lettuce or greens and chickpea spread.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chickpea Recipes, Chickpea Salad

Last updated: September 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

1 Comment

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    Hannah @ FamilyFoodFreezer
    April 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Making a list of all the recipes I will be trying!! They all look amazing and I stickpot up on beans!! Have you tried freezing chickpea recipes?

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