Chickpeas are one of those pantry staples that I almost always have on hand. If you don’t have a can or two lurking in a cabinet somewhere, add it to your grocery list immediately. Not only are they a great plant-based source of protein, but there’s also a nearly endless number of ways to turn them into a satisfying meal or snack any time of day.
Want to add more protein to your breakfast routine, but prefer to skip the eggs? Chickpeas have your back, and we especially love them packed into a breakfast sandwich. When it comes to lunch and dinner, chickpeas can do it all. Bulk up a green salad or soup; turn them into sandwiches; shape them into patties and nuggets; sauté them with veggies; stuff them into potatoes; and so much more. Don’t forget that chickpeas also make a fun snack, beyond a creamy batch of hummus. Not only can you roast them, but there are also so many ways to flavor roasted chickpeas.
Still wondering what to make with a can of chickpeas? We’ve got more than 30 easy chickpea recipes for lots of delicious inspiration.
Chickpea Recipes for Dinner
Consider this line up proof that there is no shortage of ways to turn chickpeas into a totally satisfying dinner.
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Cheesy Chickpea Melts
A stewy mixture of tomato-y chickpeas and greens are piled onto garlicky toast, then topped with cheese and broiled until browned and bubbly. Go to Recipe
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Mersedeh Prewer's hearty soup — a classic Persian dish made with noodles, beans, and greens — is comfort in a bowl. Go to Recipe
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Chickpea Sauté with Greek Yogurt
We love just about every Ottolenghi recipe that we try, and this one is no exception. While the recipe calls for Swiss chard, if you are making this out of chard season try a mix of spinach and arugula or your favorite kind of kale.Go to Recipe
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Tofu Chickpea Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce
You normally see chickpeas and tahini together in hummus recipes, but this recipe combines them in a new way. The perfectly crispy tofu and chickpeas are ideal over your favorite grain bowl, and the salty, savory tahini sauce gives everything just the right depth of flavor.Go to Recipe
Salads, Sandwiches, Soup, and Snacks with Chickpeas
Chickpeas are our secret weapon for bulking up salads and soups. But don’t forget they can be smashed and spooned into sandwiches, too.
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Scrambled Chickpea and Spinach Pitas
For an egg-free breakfast sandwich that will power you through the morning, look to this pita pocket stuffed with a blend of spiced chickpeas and sautéed veggies. It’s prepared in advance, then stashed in the freezer, ready to be reheated in the oven while you buzz through your morning routine.Go to Recipe
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If you normally only eat falafel at restaurants because you don't want to get involved in deep-frying, try this baked falafel recipe. It's a million times easier, and you can even count on it being easier to clean up after.Go to Recipe
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Chickpea of the Sea Sandwich
A tuna fish sandwich is a classic lunch choice, but for a variety of reasons some people are staying away from tuna these days. Here’s a vegetarian alternative for those who miss that tangy, creamy lunchtime treat. Ask any mermaid you happen to see, this version is a winner!Go to Recipe
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Mediterranean Chickpea and Chicken Soup
This is everything you want in a homemade weeknight soup. Bone-in chicken thighs make for a richly flavored broth, canned chickpeas keep the cooking time to a minimum, and tangy tomatoes and warm spices bring the whole pot together.Go to Recipe
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Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
Yes, you might consider chickpeas a health food, but once you try this recipe, you'll see that they can be a snack food too. Once you master this technique, we bet you'll be making popcorn a lot less frequently.Go to Recipe