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Crispy Chickpea Nuggets: A Delicious and Nutritious Recipe

Looking for a tasty and wholesome alternative to traditional chicken nuggets? Look no further than these crispy chickpea nuggets! Packed with protein, fiber, and flavor, these homemade nuggets are perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking to add more plant-based goodness to their diet. Plus, they're easy to make and customizable to suit your taste preferences. Let's dive into the recipe!



Chickpeas veggie nuggets


Ingredients:

- 2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (use gluten-free breadcrumbs if desired)

- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional, omit for vegan version)

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1 teaspoon onion powder

- 1/2 teaspoon paprika

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Cooking spray (for greasing)


Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese (if using), olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is well combined and forms a coarse texture.

3. Using your hands, shape the chickpea mixture into nugget-sized patties. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each nugget.

4. Lightly spray the tops of the chickpea nuggets with cooking spray. This will help them crisp up in the oven.

5. Bake the nuggets in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside, flipping halfway through the baking time for even cooking.

6. Once the nuggets are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.

7. Serve your crispy chickpea nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce, such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or tzatziki. Enjoy!


Optional Tips and Variations:

- For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour instead of traditional breadcrumbs.

- Feel free to customize the seasonings to suit your taste. Add in herbs like parsley or cilantro for extra flavor, or spice things up with chili powder or cayenne pepper.

- Make a large batch of chickpea nuggets and freeze them for later. Simply place the uncooked nuggets on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to eat, bake them straight from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

- Serve your chickpea nuggets as a protein-packed topping for salads, wraps, or grain bowls, or enjoy them as a tasty snack on their own.



Conclusion:

With their crispy exterior and tender interior, these homemade chickpea nuggets are sure to become a family favorite. Packed with plant-based protein and bursting with flavor, they're a nutritious and delicious alternative to traditional chicken nuggets. Plus, they're easy to make and highly customizable, so you can tailor them to suit your taste preferences. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a wholesome and satisfying meal that's sure to satisfy everyone at the table!

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