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Chickpea Nuggets Recipe (Quick, Easy & Healthy!)

Skip the chicken nuggets and try this veggie-loaded version. This Chickpea Nuggets Recipe is quick, easy, and Healthy!

Chickpea nuggets on blue plate

Kids love chicken nuggets, so do adults. Why not try this quick, easy, and healthy spin-off recipe; Chickpea Nuggets. This gluten-free version is full of fiber, veggies, and nutrients and equally delicious! Ready in about 30 minutes from scratch this tasty snack will be a hit with your family too!

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Ingredients

Gluten Free Chickpea nugget ingredients

To make these you only need a few simple ingredients.

  • canned chickpeas
  • zucchini
  • carrot
  • green onion
  • eggs
  • bread crumbs (gluten-free)
  • salt
  • parsley
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • paprika

Supplies

There are a few kitchen supplies you will need to make chickpea nuggets.

Directions

zucchini on paper towel

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large baking sheet and set aside.

Place shredded zucchini in a paper towel or cheesecloth and squeeze over a bowl to remove as much liquid as possible.

Zucchini can hold a lot of moisture and too much will cause your nuggets to fall apart.

Chickpea nugget ingredients in food processor

In a food processor or blender, place zucchini and all remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.

Chickpea nugget mixture on baking sheet

Using a measuring tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll it into a ball before flattening and shaping it into nuggets. Place nuggets into preheated oven and bake for 24-27 minutes, flipping halfway through to lightly brown both sides.

Chickpea nuggets on baking sheet

Allow them to cool for about 5 minutes on the tray before you serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

Gluten Free

These Chickpea Nuggets are perfect for those eating gluten free. Simple use a gluten free bread crumbs. No bread crumbs on hand? Use crushed Rice Chex Cereal or similar.

Tips

  • The mixture is wet and sticky, so be sure to wet your hands if the nugget mixture sticks to them too much while forming the nuggets.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can puree the ingredients in a blender.
  • Try mixing in other veggies or seasonings to personalize the nuggets.

Air Fryer

These are perfect for the air-fryer, although you won’t be able to fit as many in at one time. Simply lay the nuggets in a single layer in your air fryer basket.

Cook at 400 and start checking them around 15 minutes for doneness. Air fryers tend to cook faster than a traditional oven.

Serving

Chickpea nuggets on blue plate with guacamole

Everyone loves a good dipping sauce. Serve these with your favorite. Here are some great suggestions.

Storage

Store any uneaten nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also make these ahead and freeze them so they can be quickly reheated for an easy snack/lunch.

Veggie Loaded Chickpea Nuggets (Gluten Free)

Skip the chicken nuggets and try this veggie-loaded version. This Chickpea Nuggets Recipe is quick, easy, and Healthy!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:24 mins
Total Time:34 mins

Ingredients

  • 15 oz chickpeas canned, drained
  • ½ cup zucchini shredded
  • ½ cup carrot shredded
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup bread crumbs use gluten free if necessary
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large baking sheet and set aside.
  • Place shredded zucchini in a paper towel or clean dish towel and squeeze over a bowl to remove as much liquid as possible.
  • Place zucchini and all remaining ingredients in a food processor. Pulse to combine.
  • Using a measuring tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll it into a ball before flattening and shaping it into nuggets. Place nuggets into preheated oven and bake for 24-27 minutes, flipping halfway through to lightly brown both sides.
  • Allow nuggets to cool for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite dipping sauces.

Video

Notes

The mixture is wet and sticky, so be sure to wet your hands if it is sticking to them too much while forming the nuggets.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 30 nuggets
Calories: 36kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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