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Top down view of a bowl of glossy chickpeas paired with brown rice and lettuce.

Garlic Chili Chickpeas

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These garlic chili chickpeas will make you excited about chickpeas. Loaded with spice, garlic and tangy goodness, it’s all you’ll need for a quick and flavorful meal.


  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Combine corn starch and water, whisking together until no clumps remain and then set aside.
  2. Heat up a medium sized non-stick pan and begin by sautéing your onions with a pinch of salt until softened.
  3. Add in red bell pepper and chickpeas and continue to sauté for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir in your soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, maple syrup, garlic powder, and ginger powder and continue to stir until fragrant.
  5. Pour in your corn starch mixture along with the sesame seeds and continue to sauté your chickpeas until all the liquid in the pan thickens and leaves a nice glossy coating around your chickpeas.


Make sure that the cornstarch is dissolved well in your water before pouring into your pan.