Healthy Chickpea Recipes

Find healthy, delicious chickpea recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 20
This set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker recipe simmers away all day so you come home to a warm and healthy dinner the whole family will love. Using bone-in chicken is the key to making rich soup without adding broth.

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Diet Stew

Rating: 4.75 stars 5
With a focus on vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and healthy fats, this slow-cooker stew fits the bill for those following the Mediterranean diet. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. A drizzle of olive oil to finish pulls together the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew.

Chickpea Curry (Chhole)

Rating: 4.54 stars 39
Made with convenient canned beans, this quick and healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.

Chickpea Fritters

These vegetarian chickpea fritters have a crispy exterior with a light and fluffy center flavored with fresh chopped herbs. The feta-yogurt dip adds a cooling, creamy brightness. The easy-to-prepare fritter mixture and dip can be made a few hours ahead, leaving only the frying to the last minute if needed. The air-fryer alternative cuts back on oil while still delivering a crispy fritter.
By Marianne Williams

Middle Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4.08 stars 26
This quick, protein-rich chicken stew recipe gets great flavor from cumin, lemon juice and garlic. Make a double batch and freeze it for a quick healthy dinner. Serve the stew with couscous and steamed broccoli.

Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 4.64 stars 11
Quinoa and chickpeas pack this vegetarian grain bowl with plenty of plant-based protein. Whip up a batch of these Mediterranean meals and pack in containers with lids to stash in the fridge for easy, healthy grab & go lunches all week long.

Curried Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4 stars 2
Who says a meatless meal isn't filling? Packed with fiber-rich vegetables and chickpeas, this fragrant stew satisfies.

Slow-Cooker Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Stew

Rating: 5 stars 1
The chicken, sweet potato and chickpeas all contribute to the nice textured bite of this slow-cooker stew. And the tomato broth takes it to the next level. When eating, you'll want to have a toasted baguette at the ready to soak it all up.

Chickpea, Artichoke & Avocado Salad with Apple-Cider Dressing

Rating: 4.75 stars 5
This delicious 400-calorie salad is a helpful tool for weight loss because it provides a good balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats from loads of veggies and beans, all tossed in a tangy apple-cider vinaigrette. To meal-prep these for lunch throughout the week, pack the dressing and the salad separately and make sure your veggies are thoroughly dried before packing them together.

Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

Rating: 4.9 stars 10
To make this 20-minute vegan curry even faster, buy precut veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a full, satisfying dinner, serve over cooked brown rice. When shopping for simmer sauce, look for one with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce if you want to keep this vegan. If you like a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce at the end.

Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens

Rating: 4.25 stars 15
In this healthy salmon dinner, you'll get a dose of greens and green dressing! Chowing down on 6 or more servings of dark leafy greens a week can help keep your brain in top shape. This dish features the Test Kitchen's current go-to method for doctoring a can of chickpeas: spice them up and roast until crispy.

Chickpea & Potato Curry

Rating: 4.67 stars 4
This fast Indian-style curry comes together with ingredients you most likely have on hand, like frozen peas and canned tomatoes and chickpeas. Plus, using these spices shows how simple it is to make a curry sauce for an easy vegetarian recipe. Serve with whole-wheat naan to sop it all up.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Chickpea 'Nuts' Recipe
Need a new slimming, healthy snack idea? This chickpea "nuts" recipe is an easy snack that will keep you satisfied between meals.
15-Minute Chickpea Curry
This quick Indian recipe couldn't be easier. It goes from food processor to skillet for a healthy dinner in minutes.

3-Ingredient Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Chickpeas

Boxed blended soups are the perfect canvas for simple stir-ins to make them more substantial and satisfying. Here, roasted red pepper soup is jazzed up with canned chickpeas and fresh baby spinach for a fast, comforting meal.