30+ Easy Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas

updated Mar 22, 2022
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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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Spice-Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Chickpeas

This easy sheet pan dinner is packed with bold flavors, thanks to caramelized lemon and onions and an assertive spice blend.

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Harissa Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas and Fennel

This simple recipe transforms a couple of cans of chickpeas into a warm, saucy, and flavor-packed dinner. Serve over couscous, brown rice, farro, or creamy polenta.

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Grilled Merguez Sausages and Veggies with Crispy Chickpeas

A mixed grill is a fun way to kick off grilling season, and its customizable nature makes it perfect for guests. This platter consists of grilled mixed vegetables, merguez sausage, halloumi cheese, and crispy chickpeas.

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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. These toasts are the incredibly easy, immensely satisfying, protein-packed vegetarian dinner you need.

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Ash Reshteh

A classic Persian dish made with noodles, beans, and greens — is comfort in a bowl.

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Weeknight Salmon with Smoky Spinach and Chickpeas

Crispy-skinned salmon sits on top of a bed of saucy spinach and chickpeas in this fast and easy skillet dinner.

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Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea Bowls

These saucy, spiced chickpea bowls with kale, avocado, and a runny-yolked egg are all the proof you need that comfort food can also be healthy. The chickpeas are braised in a tomato sauce spiced with a medley of cumin, paprika, and cinnamon, and accented with harissa.

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Honey Harissa Chicken and Chickpeas

Honey and spicy harissa flavor this one-dish meal of saucy chickpeas and golden-brown chicken.

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One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo

This recipe for quick and easy tomato orzo studded with chickpeas, which is made in just one pot, is total comfort food.

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Cauliflower Rice Lunch Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas

This vegetarian cauliflower rice bowl is packed with all our favorite healthy foods, including cauliflower rice, sweet potatoes, and creamy avocado.

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Sweet Potatoes with Chickpea Tomato Sauce

Sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and tomato sauce might seem like an unlikely trio of ingredients, but that's only until you try them together in this easy vegetarian dinner.

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls with Crispy Chickpeas and Chopped Pesto

This satisfying plant-based quinoa bowl is packed with roasted sweet potato, kale, and crispy chickpeas.

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One-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Curried Cabbage and Chickpeas
Golden brown chicken thighs, leeks, cabbage, and chickpeas are simmered with curry powder and coconut milk all in one skillet.
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Sheet Pan Salad With Crispy Chickpeas and Feta
Roast sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and croutons, then build a flavorful, satisfying salad — directly on top!
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Creamy Rigatoni with Crispy Chickpeas, Spinach, and Lemony Panko
A combination of heavy cream and chicken broth creates a delicious foundation for spicy chili crisp, resulting in a layered, savory sauce — without being overly spicy.
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Fried Chickpeas and Scrambled Eggs with Garlicky Greens and Spicy Yogurt
A super speedy meatless dish featuring chickpeas fried with cracked coriander, cumin, and slivers of garlic until golden and crisp, plus soft scrambled eggs with wilted greens and scallions.
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Slow Cooker Chickpeas with Vegetables (Pahari Dal)
A flavor-packed Indian dish filled with chickpeas, cauliflower, daikon, and potatoes.
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Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta, Chickpeas, and Herbs
A vegetarian recipe for Israeli couscous salad filled with chickpeas, tomatoes, herbs, and feta cheese.
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Grilled Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
This grilled Caesar from Anna Jones' cookbook The Modern's Cook Year ditches the regular croutons for crispy chickpeas.
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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas, Feta, and Herbs
A recipe for a hearty main course cauliflower salad from Central Provisions in Portland, Maine.
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Feta and Tomato Braised Chickpeas
Tender chickpeas swimming in an oregano- and garlic-spiked tomato sauce and topped with plenty of melty feta cheese. Make enough for lunch too!
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Chickpea Salad
Combine chickpeas with a colorful mix of vegetables and tangy vinaigrette for a simple and satisfying salad that’s also naturally vegan.
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Marinated Chickpea and Feta Salad with Spring Veggies
This star of this crunchy, veggie-packed salad is a tangy Greek-inspired dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the feta and chickpeas.
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Grain Salad with Use-It-All-Up Pesto
This hearty, satisfying main-course salad can be made with rice or whatever grain you have in the pantry: farro, millet, quinoa, etc. Orzo or couscous are also great options.
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Vegetarian Mushroom Stew
A hearty mix of mushrooms, nutty chickpeas, and greens in a thick and creamy coconut and tomato broth.
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Vegetarian Italian Chopped Salad
This make-ahead friendly salad is packed with crunchy veggies and tossed in a garlicky oregano vinaigrette. Eat as-is or serve alongside pizza.
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Moroccan Chickpea and Squash Stew
A hearty, nourishing stew with butternut squash, dried apricots, and fragrant saffron.
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Chole
With a base of caramelized onions, spices, and a touch of tomato paste, chole is a transformative way of using up a can of chickpeas.
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Mediterranean-Style Chopped Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette
This vegetarian chopped salad — packed with farro, chickpeas, and plenty of fresh veggies— gets even better as it sits.
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Mediterranean Hummus Bowl
An easy recipe for a vegetarian hummus bowl topped with roasted eggplant, chickpeas, and tabbouleh.
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Toasted Grain Soup with Crispy Mushrooms and Kale
This vegetarian soup is supremely satisfying, thanks to a winning combination of veggies, herbs, beans, and grains.
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Sweet Potato Curry
A quick Thai red curry filled with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and baby spinach that's made creamy with coconut milk.
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Lemon, Chickpea and Green Herb Stew
A lemony-bright aromatic chickpea stew with whole lemons, turmeric and fresh cilantro
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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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Marinated Chickpea and Feta Salad with Spring Veggies
This star of this crunchy, veggie-packed salad is a tangy Greek-inspired dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the feta and chickpeas.
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Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad
This warm roasted carrot and chickpea salad is flavored with cardamom and citrus, and finished with wilted arugula, almonds, and an herb-packed dressing.
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Garlicky Chickpea and Fennel Salad with Baked Goat Cheese
One of the best things about chickpeas is that they are so versatile. Their mild flavor is the perfect backdrop for stronger contenders like fennel. And not that you need a reminder, but don't skip the baked goat cheese — it's magic.
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Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta, Chickpeas, and Herbs
A vegetarian recipe for Israeli couscous salad filled with chickpeas, tomatoes, herbs, and feta cheese.
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Mediterranean-Style Chopped Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette
This vegetarian chopped salad — packed with farro, chickpeas, and plenty of fresh veggies— gets even better as it sits.
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Tomato Chickpea Salad
Tomatoes and chickpeas are tossed in a simple vinaigrette for a light dinner or easy lunch.
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Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
This vegetarian sandwich is made with a base of hearty chickpeas and crunchy vegetables. The real heroes, however, are the gut-friendly fermented pickles and creamy Greek yogurt.
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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.
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Mediterranean Chickpea and Feta Wraps
This quick lunch is packed with flavor, thanks to the feta, roasted red peppers, and cucumbers that get stuffed inside with the chickpeas.
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Baked Falafel
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.
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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!
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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.
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Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup
This is wholesome comfort food at its finest, with a taste and texture that's equal parts hearty as can be, yet bright and totally nourishing.
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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.
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Hummus from Scratch
Skip the store-bought stuff — making it yourself is so easy and will be far tastier.
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