Is there anything these magical legumes can’t do? They’re tasty, loaded with protein, inexpensive and so easy to cook with, anyone can master ’em. Grab a can from your pantry and take on 27 chickpea recipes you'll use again and again.
27 Chickpea Recipes You'll Never Get Tired Of
1. Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Chickpeas
There are a million reasons why this pie is better than delivery, but we’ll just name two: It’s low-carb and packed with protein. And we didn't even get to the chickpea "pepperoni" yet, dusted with smoked paprika, fennel seeds and red-pepper flakes.
2. Chickpea Burgers
We love cheeseburgers. Like, a lot. But sometimes we're in the mood for something lighter. Enter this vegetarian alternative, which comes together from scratch in less than an hour. Make one for dinner, then stash the rest in the freezer for next week.
5. Stuffed Butternut Squash With Quinoa, Cranberries And Kale
That’s it. We’re throwing out all of our bowls. Not only is this dish pretty (craisins look good on *everything*), it's also super healthy. That calls for extra dessert.
6. Quick And Simple Pasta "risotto" With Herbed Roasted Chickpeas
We thought it was impossible—but it turns out, pasta can feel healthy and be decadent, all at the same time. Plus, you'll get all the buttery goodness of risotto with a fraction of the work (hello, ditalini).
8. Detox Moroccan-spiced Chickpea Glow Bowl
It’s like a cross between a stew and a salad. And it’s glorious. Chili powder, cumin, garam masala and turmeric come together with fire-roasted tomatoes to transform canned chickpeas into a dreamy lunch that will be the envy of the break room. We're piling ours high with toasted pita and tzatziki.
10. Winter Spa Salad With Lemon Chicken
If this is what detoxing is like, we’re doing it all damn year. You won't believe how simple the chicken marinade is (only four ingredients, people). Swap pomegranate and orange for summer fruit if that's what's in season. We're talking strawberries, corn, peaches—you name it.
11. Chickpea And Vegetable Coconut Curry
Your neighborhood Thai restaurant will miss you. This takeout-twin comes together in a half hour and can work with whatever veggies you have in the fridge. Trade cauliflower for broccoli, sugar snap peas for bell pepper or red onion for shallots. Go wild.
12. Harissa Chickpea Stew With Eggplant And Millet
Tired of quinoa? Meet millet, the star of this grain bowl you're about to fall for. Hard. Warm up with it when the weather is cold, or swap eggplant for grilled zucchini in the summertime.
14. Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas
Is salad really worth it without a ton of crunchy toppings? It's a hard no for us. That's where these chickpeas come in, dusted with smoked paprika and lemon zest before crisping up in the oven. The dressing is also loaded with umami-rich anchovies, smashed garlic and Dijon mustard.
17. Sheet-pan Honey Tahini Salmon With Chickpeas And Couscous
Ready to impress all your dinner guests? This foolproof dish has minimal prep and cleanup, thanks to it all coming together on a single sheet pan. And that honey-tahini citrus dressing? *Chef's kiss.*
19. Pearl Couscous With Chickpeas, Eggplant And Peaches
We're firing up the grill for those peaches right this minute. The smoky-sweet fruit will work wonders with briny kalamata olives and sharp red onion. Also, could couscous get any darn cuter?
22. Tahini Carrot Soup With Za'atar Croutons
Consider this a tight hug in a bowl. Leeks, garlic, carrots, chickpeas and thyme simmer before being blended into a smooth puree with lemon juice, salt and broth. The crispy chickpeas are a game-changer, but just wait until you try the baked croutons.
27. Roasted Chickpea Avocado Toast
Didn't expect to see these at the breakfast table, did you? Honestly, we'll eat it for any meal, but there's nothing like starting the day with crunchy cumin-paprika chickpeas, smashed avocado and lemon-tahini dressing. We'll set the placemats.