Top 24 Healthy Chickpea Recipes

By Courtney Davison,

Nourishing and versatile, chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are an essential part of any plant-based pantry. If you've got a can or two on hand, here are 24 recipes to put them to work in today.

Chopped Salad with Air-Fried BBQ Chickpeas on a white plate against a herringbone pattern tablecloth

Chopped Salad with Air-Fried BBQ Chickpeas

Coated in BBQ seasonings, then air-fried to crispy, golden perfection, these tasty chickpeas transform this quinoa and greens salad into a satisfying meal. Tie it all together with a drizzle of avocado dressing, and dig in. Yum!
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Jordanian Roasted Chickpeas

All you need for this simple savory snack are a can of chickpeas and a few spices that you probably have in your pantry.

“No-Tuna” Salad Sandwich

Mashed chickpeas are the key ingredient in the filling of this sandwich, which is consistently one of the most popular recipes on our site.
Blood Orange-Farro Salad with Crispy Chickpeas on a blue plate with a larger bowl of salad in a white dish

Blood Orange-Farro Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Crispy, seasoned air-fried chickpeas add crunch to this satisfying farro salad. Blood orange citrus segments make sure every mouthful is a juicy one, while bell pepper adds sweetness and color, and scallions offer a welcome sharpness. Drizzle with a luscious orange vinaigrette and enjoy! Notes one reader, “I made this for my dinner tonight and it was so good, but the best was the dressing. OMG it is so good.”
King Oyster Vegan Cioppino in a gray bowl with a metal spoon

King Oyster Vegan Cioppino

In this vegan take on a classic seafood dish, the nutty texture of chickpeas and the meaty flesh of king oyster mushrooms add bulk to a savory broth, fragrant with fennel, lemon juice, and plenty of fresh herbs.
Healthy Chocolate Hummus in a light pink bowl next to a plate of fresh fruit slices

Healthy Chocolate Hummus

Transform cooked chickpeas into a creamy chocolate treat quicker than you can say, “Wow, is this really made with chickpeas?” A small amount of almond butter (or peanut butter) lends richness, while maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla essence round out the flavors. Serve with fresh fruits and/or vegetable sticks. A commenter notes, “I was blown away by how good this is. I like hummus but this takes the cake. I will keep a small jar in the fridge for when I feel like something sweet and nutritious.”
Kale Arrabbiata-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with a metal fork on a white marble counter

Kale Arrabbiata-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

The noodle-like strands of spaghetti squash are a great alternative to pasta. Just bake squash halves then fluff up the tendrils with a fork and top with a saucy chickpea marinara for a hearty meal that looks and tastes amazing.
vegan alternative

Chickpea Nuggets

These vegan nuggets are great for kids (and big kids).
Super Greens Soup with Chickpeas in white bowls next to an open pomegranate

Super Greens Soup with Chickpeas

This velvety soup gets its fresh earthy flavor from a bounty of leafy greens, while potato delivers the heartiness factor. Whole chickpeas add textural contrast, and a colorful garnish of peas and pomegranate seeds make this luscious soup as visually appealing as it is delicious.
Stuffed Bell Peppers Filled with Eggplant And Chickpeas

Spiced Eggplant-Stuffed Peppers

Chickpeas add a delicious, nutty heft to these baked bell peppers stuffed with a melt-in-your-mouth mix of eggplant, onion, and tomato.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Chickpea Veggie Sliders

Sun-Dried Tomato and Chickpea Sliders

Loaded with veggies, these succulent chickpea sliders are wonderfully tender and hold their shape well. Serve between grilled slices of balsamic-infused zucchini for a bread-free “bun” that’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
creamy oil-free hummus shown alongside a tray of crudites

The Best Oil-Free Hummus

Add this creamy (and virtually fat-free) hummus to wraps, or serve with crudités.
vegan burgers

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Crispy chickpea patties are stacked with sautéed onions, bell peppers, and peppery arugula in these Mediterranean-inspired burgers. Roasted red pepper hummus adds creaminess.
Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Chickpeazella Sticks

Squash, chickpeas, and rice are the surprising secret ingredients that form the base for these plant-based “mozzarella” sticks.
chickpea salad

Mint Lemonade Chickpea Salad

Toss chickpeas into the mix when you’re craving a salad with plenty of sustenance. 
Vegan Tomato Soup with Chickpeas

Garden Chickpea Tomato Soup

Chickpeas add texture and heartiness to this full-bodied tomato soup.
Slow Cooker Vegan Chana Masala

Slow-Cooker Chana Masala

Chana masala is a comforting Indian stew, and it freezes well, so go ahead and make a big batch. 
Chickpea Curry Stew

Chickpea Curry Stew with Kale

This 15-minute stew makes use of several pantry staples, such as potato, onion, and canned diced tomatoes.
Chickpea Chili–Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Chickpea Chili

These loaded sweet potatoes are seriously satisfying, with a touch of heat.

30-Minute Chickpea Noodle Soup with Spinach

More nourishing than chicken noodle soup, this easy dish will do the trick whether you’re nursing a cold or just craving something comforting.
chickpea bolognese

Quick Chickpea Bolognese

Chopped chickpeas add texture to the sauce in this go-to weeknight meal.
Curried Chickpeas with Strawberry Chutney

Curried Chickpeas and Farro with Strawberry Chutney

Sweet and savory flavors meld together to mouthwatering effect in this Indian-inspired dish.
Crispy Baked Falafels

Crispy Baked Falafels

Typically, falafel are fried in oil and high in fat. This whole-food, plant-based recipe offers a much healthier (and equally delicious) way to enjoy falafel. 
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Buffalo Cauliflower Pita Pockets

Chickpeas do double-duty in these punchy pita pockets: Aquafaba (see below) makes for a silky Buffalo sauce, and mashed chickpeas help form the tasty filling.
vegan egg substitute

Homemade Aquafaba

The liquid that you find in a can of chickpeas is precious stuff: Its viscosity makes it a fabulous substitute for eggs in all sorts of recipes. We love using it in baked goods and whipped toppings, such as our Aquafaba Whipped Cream.

This article was originally published on April 3, 2020, and has been updated. 

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Courtney Davison

Courtney Davison is Forks Over Knives’ managing editor. A writer and editor on a wide range of subjects, she co-wrote a nationally syndicated advice column from 2016 to 2018 and co-authored the 2018 book Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice from Dear Annie. She is a longtime vegan and in her free time enjoys trying new recipes and spending quality time with her cats. Find her on LinkedIn.
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