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HOW TO COOK CANNED CHICKPEAS

While perusing the canned food aisle you notice cans of chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, and wonder “How to cook canned chickpeas”? No problem, today I’ll tell you!

Most of the time we use chickpeas in cold dishes but you can also make a lovely dinner side dishes with chickpeas quite easily! Today I’ll give you some pointers for both uncooked chickpeas and a recipe for how to cook chickpeas on the stove (all the way at the bottom of the post)

WHAT IS A CHICKPEA ANYWAY?

A chickpea is a round shaped yellowish colored SEED. You’ll find chickpeas listed in many middle eastern recipes but they are good in LOTS of recipes!

A close up view of how to cook canned chickpeas

How to Cook Canned Chickpeas

How To Cook Canned Chickpeas

  1. Drain the canned chickpeas
  2. Rinse canned chickpeas with water.
  3. Place chickpeas in a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water
  4. Cook canned chickpeas over medium heat and add oil and seasonings.
  5. Heat chickpeas for 30 minutes. 
  6. The chickpeas are ready to eat or save for later.
 

ARE CHICKPEAS HEALTHY?

Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein. They are also a great source of: folate, magnesium, vitamin b6, vitamin c, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc.

So, yes, I would call that healthy, wouldn’t you?

CAN YOU EAT CHICKPEAS RIGHT OUT OF THE CAN?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to eat chickpeas straight out of the can. The canning process cooks the chickpeas sufficiently so that they are both soft enough to chew and are safe to eat.

A bowl of canned chick peas

How to Cook Canned Chick peas

HOW TO USE CHICKPEAS IN RECIPES

Often, you will find chickpeas added to the following…..

  • Chickpeas are terrific cooked up in the recipe noted at the end of this post!
  • In Salads in place of croutons
  • Use in Tuna Salad to help make it go farther
  • Tastes great when paired with Spinach
  • Chickpeas are a great addition to tomato dishes, like tomato sauces!
  • Did you know that Chickpeas are used to make Hummus?
  • Chickpeas make a great meat substitute!
  • Dried Chickpeas make an awesome snack!

HOW LONG DO CHICKPEAS LAST?

Chickpeas will last several days if you have opened the can and then keep the rest refrigerated. I wouldn’t keep them more than about 5 days.

A bowl of canned chick peas from the front

How to cook canned chick peas

CAN YOU FREEZE CHICKPEAS?

Chickpeas do ok in recipes that are frozen, they will be a little softer when thawed back out and may want to fall apart. The taste remains the same.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED CHICKPEAS

  • Always drain the can of chickpeas when you open it.
  • Chickpeas have a mild flavor and will pick up whatever flavors you add to them, so go for some bolder flavors.
  • Generally speaking, you will want to add salt to chickpeas due to their bland flavors.
  • Chickpeas cooked in this recipe are delicious, you might want to prepare more than one can if you are having more than yourself for dinner.

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THE RECIPE FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED CHICKPEAS

A bowl of canned chick peas from the front

How to Cook Canned Chickpeas

This is a recipe for how to cook canned chickpeas
4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chickpeas, chick peas, canned chickpeas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 408kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of bacon cut into about 5-6 pieces
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of chickpeas drained
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Chives parsley or green onions for garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium sized saucepan, place the bacon pieces over medium heat and allow to cook until the bacon is crispy.
  • While the bacon is frying, drain the water from the can of chickpeas.
  • When bacon is crispy, add the chickpeas, water, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and stir well.
  • Continue heating over medium heat until heated through, about 4 minutes.
  • Garnish with chives, parsley or green onions.

Notes

  • Always drain the can of chickpeas when you open it.
  • Chickpeas have a mild flavor and will pick up whatever flavors you add to them, so go for some bolder flavors.
  • Generally speaking, you will want to add salt to chickpeas due to their bland flavors.  
  • Chickpeas cooked in this recipe are delicious, you might want to prepare more than one can if you are having more than yourself for dinner.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Canned Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 672mg28%
Potassium 661mg19%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 16g64%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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