Baked Chickpeas with Orange, Lemon & Squash (Revithia me Kolokytha)


On Crete, chickpeas are commonly flavored with Seville orange, a pleasingly bitter variety grown locally. Orange zest along with lemon juice makes a good substitute. A little mustard deepens the flavor.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs
10 servings


  • 2 cups dried chickpeas

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish

  • 2 ½ cups chopped onions

  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper or 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth or no-chicken broth

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped celery leaves, plus more for garnish

  • 2 (4 inch) strips orange zest

  • 5 cups chopped butternut squash (1-inch)

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  1. Place chickpeas in a large bowl with enough cold water to cover by 3 inches. Let soak for 8 to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  3. Rinse the chickpeas. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with baking soda.

  4. Heat oil in a large ovenproof pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas, Aleppo (or crushed red pepper) and salt; cook for 30 seconds. Add broth, celery leaves and orange zest. Bring to a boil over high heat, then remove from heat. Cover the pot with a double layer of foil and put the lid on.

  5. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees . Bake the chickpeas until very tender, about 4 hours. Stir in squash, lemon juice and mustard; bake until the squash is tender, about 1 hour more.

  6. Serve drizzled with more oil and topped with more celery leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
10g Fat
34g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 9g 17%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Vitamin A 7391IU 148%
Vitamin C 24mg 26%
Folate 172mcg 43%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 65mg 16%
Potassium 525mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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