Chinese 5 spice Chickpeas - the perfect quick and easy recipe for anyone looking for a meat-free Chinese Fakeaway meal.
I'm not vegetarian, but I love adding in meat-free dishes to my week. The beauty of vegetarian dishes is that they can often be made easily on a budget with store cupboard ingredients.
My pantry cupboard is stocked full with varies dried beans and lentils as well as canned things like chickpeas, butter beans, black beans etc.
I love to have these things on hand, because I know if I get busy with something and it close approaches meal time I can grab something out of the cupboard and have something quick and delicious on the table in minutes.
Good food doesn't always need to combine expensive ingredients. So if you are on a tight budget and need to keep shopping costs down, check out my Slimming Eats - 20 Tips for shopping on a Budget post for some awesome tips.
Lately, I've been loving chickpeas. They are great in salads or in this amazing Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus - which is my kids favourite hummus recipe of all time.
It's gone pretty much as soon as it's made an placed in a dish for them to dig into with some crackers or chips (veggie crudites for me though of course).
Want to enjoy some chickpeas in your salad? Here are two of my favourite ways to do them:
Firstly drain and rinse a can of chickpeas under cold running water, then I spray a frying pan with cooking oil spray, add in the chickpeas and fry for a few minutes.
- Paprika, salt and pepper
- Garlic, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice
Then just pan fry till coated and heated through - yum!!
You must try it, perfect for adding a little healthy protein and fibre to your salad and takes away the craving for something like croutons.
Today for lunch I fancied something a little different with Chickpeas and had this idea in my head for Chinese 5 Spice Chickpeas.
Now I know chickpeas are not something you would usually see in a Chinese style dish, but that doesn't ever mean you can't use them. The chickpeas worked perfectly and would be a great option for vegetarians.
Love Chickpeas and want some more amazing recipes like this Chinese Five Spice Chickpeas dish? Check out these:
- Butternut Squash Chickpea Curry (Vegan)
- Delicious Healthy Vegetable Pakoras
- Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup
- Oven Baked Onion Bhaji
- Chana Masala
or head on over to my FULL RECIPE INDEX where there are over 800+ delicious Slimming Eats recipes and all fully searchable by meal type, value, ingredients etc
How can I add a ⅓ vegetables to this Chinese Five Spice Chickpeas?
There are some onions and peppers in the Chinese Five Spice Chickpeas, but you can add to that too but including some more vegetables like mushrooms etc or serve alongside a serving of some braised bok choy, or bean sprouts.
Another great option is this Roasted Cauliflower Rice instead of regular rice.
What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Chinese Five Spice Chickpeas?
- Non Stick Frying Pan
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
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- 1 can of chickpeas, drained
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
- 3 tbs of dark soy sauce
- ½ cup/120ml of water
- 2 teaspoon of Chinese five spice
- 2 teaspoon of sambal oelek (or use a pinch of cayenne pepper if you can't get this)
- 2 tbs of maple syrup
- cooking oil spray
- 4 spring onions, sliced
- Spray a frying pan over a medium-high heat with some cooking oil spray
- Add the onion and fry for a few minutes till translucent.
- Then add the garlic and ginger to infuse the flavour. To prevent it from burning add a little bit of water and continue to fry until the onions are softened.
- Add the chickpeas, red bell pepper, soy sauce, water, maple syrup, sambal oelek and five spice and allow to bubble until the sauce reduces down and just coats the chickpeas.
- Sprinkle with the chopped spring onions.
- Serve and enjoy!!
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 1.3gSaturated Fat 0.2gSodium 739mgCarbohydrates 26.5gFiber 4.4gSugar 9.4gProtein 5.9g
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