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20 Easy Recipes Made with Chickpeas

Have chickpeas in the pantry? Transform the humble garbanzo bean into something delicious with one of these twenty easy recipes made with chickpeas! 

slow cooker chicken curry in a bowl HR

Growing up in a Lebanese household, one thing is for certain: we always have a can (or two or three!) of chickpeas in our pantry at all times. Whether I want to whip up a batch of my Great Aunt Vieve’s famous hummus or simply eat them tossed in a little olive oil, lemon, and salt, there are endless ways to enjoy chickpeas. What’s even better is that chickpeas are nutrient-dense and packed with vitamins.

Rinsed Chickpeas

What are the health benefits of chickpeas?

Chickpeas are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and offer a whole host of health benefits including improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Additionally, garbanzo beans are high in protein and a great alternative to meat in most recipes including salads, pasta, and curries.

Can I use either canned or dry chickpeas in any recipe?

Yes you can use canned or dry chickpeas. I always use canned chickpeas out of convenience but dry always work as well. The primary difference between the two is texture. Working with dried beans will result in a slightly more firm texture once cooked.

vegetables and chick peas with Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing

Do I need to peel/remove the skin of the chickpeas before eating them or using them in a recipe?

This is completely optional but I prefer to leave on the skin for added fiber and texture. Removing the skin when making hummus, for example, results in a creamier end result but the difference is minimal and in my opinion not worth the effort and time.

What’s the best way to remove the skin of chickpeas?

Here is a video tutorial on how to remove chickpea skins.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get to my 20 delicious recipes for using chickpeas! Enjoy!

Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts

4.27 stars average
10 minutes
Passed down from my Syrian grandmother, this classic hummus with toasted pine nuts is the best you'll ever make! Your family will love this creamy chickpea dip made with lemon, garlic, and tahini.
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Dipping into classic hummus with toasted pine nuts

Chicken and Chickpea Soup with Bulgur Wheat

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35 minutes
This simple, comforting chicken soup recipe is made with hearty chickpeas and whole grain bulgur wheat cooked in a classic chicken bone broth.
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Chicken and Chickpea Soup with Bulgur wheat

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas

4.39 stars average
8 hours 10 minutes
Satisfying and comforting Indian inspired vegetarian dish packed with protein and full of flavor thanks to warm spices.
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Cucumber Hummus Bites with Pickled Ginger

4.5 stars average
10 minutes
These sushi-inspired Cucumber Hummus Bites are scented with toasted sesame oil then topped with pickled ginger and roasted sesame seeds. The ultimate healthy snack recipe! 
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Hummus Cucumber Bites - a healthy appetizer recipe

Buffalo Cauliflower Baked Hummus Dip

5 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
A twist on the popular buffalo cauliflower dip, my version is made with creamy hummus then baked with cheese before being sprinkled with all your favorite toppings.
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Buffalo Cauliflower Hummus Dip Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

4.36 stars average
4 hours 10 minutes
Warm curry flavors and coconut milk add flavor and moisture to lean chicken breasts to make this recipe an authentic one-pot dish.
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slow cooker chicken curry in bowl

Greek Hummus Layer Dip

5 stars average
20 minutes
Hummus is layered with all your favorite Greek toppings including ground lamb, feta and olives. The perfect appetizer recipe for entertaining a crowd!
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Greek Hummus Dip with Feta and Olives Recipe

Vegan Roasted Garlic Hummus Mashed Potatoes

4.75 stars average
25 minutes
Made with just three simple ingredients, these vegan roasted garlic hummus mashed potatoes are creamy and delicious. Perfect for entertaining!
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Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Hummus

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

4.5 stars average
4 hours 5 minutes
This Lebanese-inspired Slow Cooker Chicken Soup recipe is made with lemon juice, cinnamon, spinach and chickpeas. Naturally gluten free and full of flavor. 
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Slow Cooker Chicken Soup Recipe

Lebanese Chicken Tawook Pita with Hummus

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30 minutes
Tender, juicy chicken tawook is rolled inside pita bread along with hummus, pickles and pickled turnips. A traditional Lebanese street food recipe.
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Shish Tawook Pitas with Hummus

Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

4.46 stars average
30 minutes
These Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian chickpea burgers are made with fresh herbs then topped with a creamy cucumber yogurt sauce. 
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Lebanese Chicken Tawook Bowls

5 stars average
35 minutes
This hearty Lebanese-inspired bowl is packed with lemony chicken tawook, cucumber yogurt sauce and hummus. 
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Chicken Tawook Bowls with Hummus and Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Freekeh with Tahini, Chickpeas and Pomegranate

4 stars average
20 minutes
Cracked freekeh is tossed in a creamy tahini vinaigrette with chickpeas, pomegranates and almonds to create a crunchy and addictive whole grain side dish or meatless main.
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Lebanese Chickpea Salad

4.55 stars average
10 minutes
A fun twist on tabbouleh, this Lebanese chopped salad with chickpeas is bursting with fresh flavors and packed with protein.
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lebanese chickpea salad

Chipotle Hummus Stuffed Potato Bites

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10 minutes
With only 3 ingredients, baby potatoes are stuffed with chipotle infused hummus in this naturally gluten free, vegan recipe.
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Hummus Stuffed Potato Bites - a gluten free and vegan appetizer recipe

Warm Hummus with Ground Lamb and Pomegranate

4.25 stars average
32 minutes
This easy Lebanese appetizer recipe is made with creamy hummus topped with ground lamb cooked in cinnamon then topped with tart pomegranate seeds.
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Warm Hummus with Ground Lamb

Smashed Chickpea Salad with Dill

4.5 stars average
10 minutes
Naturally vegan and gluten free, this smashed chickpea salad is made with diced celery, minced red onion, bright lemon juice, and fragrant fresh dill.
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Smashed chickpea salad with dill

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

4 Comments

  1. I am SO excited about these recipes. I just started Weight Watchers. Again:). And chick peas are ZERO
    Points. I have followed you for years and love everything you do!!
    Thank you !!

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