15 Easy Chickpea Dinner Recipes

Christine Johnson

By Christine Johnson

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Are you tired of the same old weekly meal rotation? Check out these easy chickpea dinner recipes to shake things up!

Chickpeas are like the holy trinity of the food world―they’re cheap, delicious, and insanely healthy.

Each 1-cup serving packs a whopping 14g of protein, 15g of fiber, and tons of essential minerals like manganese, folate, copper, and iron.

Mediterranean chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions in a white bowl on a wooden cutting board.
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Whether you enjoy the legume dried or from a can, the health benefits are endless.

Plus, the nutty flavor and soft texture pair wonderfully with many recipes.

If you’re looking for fresh ways to enjoy this mighty bean, you’ll find your next go-to dinner below.

From curries to pastas, burgers to tacos, one of these recipes will certainly earn a spot in your weekly meal plan.

So keep reading to discover some easy chickpea dinner recipes. Your wallet, health, and taste buds will thank you later.

1. Chickpea Salad

Are you looking for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner recipe to help cool down during a summer heat wave? Check out this refreshing chickpea salad recipe.

It’s jam-packed with all sorts of tasty ingredients like juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, crisp cucumbers, and feta cheese.

And let’s not forget about the fresh lemon dressing that gives each bite a killer Mediterranean kick.

Since chickpeas are bursting with fiber and protein, you can expect to stay full for hours after chowing down this salad.

If you’re looking for a quick dinner fix that won’t weigh you down before a nighttime dip in the pool, this is the recipe for you.

2. Coconut Chickpea Curry

Want to indulge in a hearty, comforting stew that will make your taste buds sing?

I don’t know what’s better, the soft, nutty chickpeas, the warm spices, or the fresh hint of lime and cilantro that cuts through the rich, velvety sauce.

In fact, it’s so creamy that you’ll have a hard time believing it’s actually vegan. No dairy here!

All you need is one pot and 45 minutes to whip up this amazing stew. After making a big batch, you can expect leftovers for days that taste just as good as when you first made it.

3. Spiced Chickpea Fritters

After sinking your teeth into one of these fritters, you’ll obsess over the satisfying crunch and the burst of flavors.

You can expect hints of turmeric, red chilis, garam masala, coriander, and mustard seeds to enchant your taste buds.

The best part has to be the creamy, herbal dipping sauce made from vegan yogurt.

Whether you need a tasty appetizer to serve at your next dinner party or want something healthy to munch on during movie night, this recipe will become your new go-to.

4. Creamy Chickpea Pasta

You might think chickpeas and pasta are two ingredients that don’t go together, but after tasting this recipe, your mind will be changed for the better.

The nutty flavor of chickpeas adds a unique earthiness to the tender noodles, enhanced by the fresh rosemary and spinach.

But the icing on the cake has to be the decadent cream sauce that pretty much tastes like liquid heaven.

This recipe creates an affordable dinner that’s fancy enough to be served on date night.

5. Moroccan Style Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew

Next time there’s an ice storm outside, thaw out with this warm Moroccan-style stew.

Each bite is loaded with soft sweet potatoes and tender chickpeas, spiced to perfection.

You use a combination of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, and a handful of fresh herbs to add a ton of flavor to this recipe.

The couscous makes a wonderful base, soaking up all the deliciousness from the stew.

Don’t forget the pomegranate seed garnish, which adds a pop of sweetness to counter the heavy ingredients. Plus, you’ll appreciate the nice dose of antioxidants from the nutrient-packed seeds.

6. Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Soup

It doesn’t get more comforting than this Mediterranean chickpea soup.

Each spoonful overflows with sweet potatoes, peppers, carrots, and the star of the show, chickpeas.

Expect bold flavors from the turmeric, ginger, and parsley that pack a mean punch in the rich tomato broth.

This recipe is pretty hands-off. Once all the ingredients are simmering together, you just let it cook for a half hour while the flavors meld.

The fresh spritz of lime juice at the end creates a nice touch of acidity, taking this soup to a whole new level.

7. Chickpea Burger

Got a hankering for some fast food? Instead of pulling up to your local drive-thru, try making this chickpea burger!

This better-for-you version is simple to make, and the flavors will remind you of your favorite take-out joint, minus the grease.

You create these patties using a combination of chickpeas, rolled oats, and flour for a filling, fiber-packed base.

Then you add savory flavorings like onions, garlic, parsley, and oregano.

Sun-dried tomatoes are the secret ingredient that takes these burgers to new frontiers, adding a great zingy taste to each bite.

After a round in the food processor, you’re ready to shape and grill these patties.

While you’ll love these patties all year around, they especially do well during a backyard summer barbeque.

8. Easy Chana Masala

Chana masala is one of those dishes that’s so cheap and easy to make, but scores huge points in the flavor department.

It tastes like you spent hours toiling away in the kitchen when in reality, you can have this flavorful stew ready in just half an hour.

Just sautee, season, simmer, and serve. It’s really as easy as that.

And the results are absolutely breathtaking. The soft chickpeas soak up the rich tomato broth and seasonings to perfection.

9. 20-Minute Chickpea Tacos

Chickpeas in a taco? It might not be your first idea of a filling, but let me assure you, it’s amazing.

You pan-fry chickpeas with some cayenne, garlic powder, oregano, and paprika. The legumes get a nice charred texture with a savory smoked flavor that you want in your favorite taco filling.

The real star of the show is the zesty pesto that combines cashews, cilantro, limes, and jalapeños for an explosion of flavor.

Slather the sauce on a tortilla, add the chickpeas, then top with avocado and salsa for an insanely delicious dinner.

With a 20-minute total prep time, you really can’t go wrong with this nutrient-packed recipe.

10. Spanish Chickpeas & Rice

Simple yet flavorful, this recipe for Spanish chickpeas and rice should be a staple in every household.

You can whip up this meal in just one pot and have it ready on the table in under an hour.

This recipe goes big on flavor, thanks to the fresh lemon, canned tomatoes, and liberal spices.

Artichoke hearts adds an unexpected, meaty texture with a bright acidity that adds depth to this dish.

This recipe goes easy on the palate as it does on the wallet, so if you’re looking for a budget-friendly recipe loaded with essential nutrients, give this amazing meal a shot. I promise you won’t regret it.

11. Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas

Sheet pan recipes are the ultimate weeknight dinner savior.

I mean, how does it get much easier than tossing ingredients on a pan, drizzling some oil and seasonings, then letting the oven work its magic?

If you’re looking for a healthy sheet pan meal with lots to show off in the flavor department, check out this recipe for roasted cauliflower and chickpeas.

It’s vegan, gluten-free, and takes only 10 minutes to prep.

Each bite explodes with fragrant spices, including garam masala, turmeric, red chili powder, and more.

Pair this recipe with a side of quinoa, or use it as a taco filling. You can’t go wrong no matter how you use thie amazing recipe.

12. One Pot Moroccan-Inspired Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Here’s a 30-minute meal you’ll be craving time and time again.

I don’t know what’s better, the insanely easy cooking process, the gorgeous golden hue, or the cozy flavors?

You season this dish using Morrocan-inspired spices like cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon, imparting a zesty, warm flavor to each bite.

The sliced almonds add a nice crunchy texture, and the dried cranberries bring a touch of sweetness to this aromatic dish.

This hearty salad deserves a spot on your dinner table regardless of the season. It’s light enough to enjoy during the summer but comforting enough to crave during the fall.

13. Easy Spicy Chickpea Wraps

Is your weeknight agenda completely filled to the brim? If you need a quick, healthy meal to whip up, try making these spicy chickpea wraps.

Each wrap takes just minutes to make and packs a huge punch in the flavor department.

You start by whipping up a quick chickpea salad featuring vegan mayo, lemon, and sriracha for a spicy twist.

Add some avocado and spinach, then tuck everything together in a wrap.

In no time at all, you can have a hearty, filling wrap loaded with nutrients.

14. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Give your sandwiches a fresh, healthy makeover by trying this delicious recipe.

You stuff thick slices of bread with a delectable chickpea salad, followed by sliced cucumber, onion, radishes, basil, and olives.

Each mouthful creates an explosion of tangy, savory, herbal flavor that will make your taste buds dance.

15. Mediterranean Chickpea Bowls

Bring a little taste of the Mediterranean to your kitchen with this refreshing recipe.

It features all the Greek staples, including cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, chickpeas, and red onion.

You drizzle an ultra-creamy yogurt sauce on top to seal the deal on this flavorful bowl.

It’s nutritious, nourishing, and will fill you up without weighing you down.

Mediterranean chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions in a white bowl on a wooden cutting board.
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Easy Weeknight Chickpea Salad

This healthy Chickpea Salad is a quick and easy weeknight dinner option. Packed with protein and fiber from chickpeas, it helps support digestion and keeps you feeling full. The refreshing lemon-olive oil dressing adds a zesty twist, while the simple preparation makes it ideal for busy evenings.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 405kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas, halve the cherry tomatoes, dice the cucumber, finely chop the red onion, and chop the fresh parsley.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and parsley. Toss gently to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the chickpea salad mixture and toss gently to coat the salad evenly.
  • Add the crumbled feta cheese to the salad and give it one final, gentle toss.
  • Serve the salad immediately or let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • When you're ready to serve, divide the salad into two portions and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1237IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 4mg