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Roasted Sesame Chickpeas with Seasoned Brown Rice

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If you have been reading my blog for very long, one thing that you have definitely picked up on is that I have a great love for chickpeas.  I love them in Indian-inspired dishes, in soups, on salads, and now…. roasted!  Is it just me, or does pretty much everything taste amazing roasted?  Roasted chickpeas make the perfect entrée, or can even be eaten as a snack!  Are you ready to dig in yet? 😉

Roasted Sesame Chickpeas with Seasoned Brown Rice

Servings: 2


EVOO cooking spray
1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried
4 TB low-sodium soy sauce
1 TB sesame oil
1 TB agave nectar or honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
garlic powder, a couple sprinkles
black pepper, a couple sprinkles
2 cups cooked brown rice


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray baking sheet with EVOO cooking spray.

2. Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, agave nectar, mustard, garlic powder, and black pepper in medium bowl.

3. Add chickpeas to the marinade and toss to coat.  Let sit for approximately 15 minutes.

4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chickpeas from the marinade and place them in a single layer on the baking sheet.  It is okay if some of the marinade gets transferred to the baking sheet, but just make certain that only a small amount of the marinade is transferred.

5. Roast chickpeas for 25-40 minutes, or until they reach your desired crispness.  I know this is a wide range of time, but it is important to take into account varying oven temperatures and varying preferences regarding the crispness of the chickpeas.  Remove the baking sheet and shake the chickpeas halfway through cooking to prevent sticking.

6. While the chickpeas are cooking, cook the brown rice according to the package directions.  Add slightly less water to the pan of rice than what is directed.  Replace this amount of water with leftover marinade (approximately 2 TB, or so).

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This was the first time that I had made and eaten roasted chickpeas, and let me tell you that this cooking method did not disappoint.  Now, I have yet another way to cook chickpeas and another reason to love them!

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Add a side of vegetables (I chose cooked mixed vegetables) to your roasted chickpeas and rice and you have yourself a complete meal.  Or, roast the chickpeas and eat them as a snack.  They are tasty no matter how or when you eat them.

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The crispy texture of the chickpeas combined with the sweetness of the marinade was so delicious.  These babies are good!

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  • kaityscooking February 17, 2013, 8:57 am
    yummm i loveeee roasted chickpeas! i sometimes do them in alittle maple syrup and have that as a snack, so good!
  • Lauren February 17, 2013, 9:16 am
    I love roasted chickpeas - I can't wait to try this kind.
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 17, 2013, 9:26 am
    I love roasted chickpeas! I actually like chickpeas in any form though--they're so tasty. :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 17, 2013, 9:37 am
      Me too! They are seriously delicious. I could probably just eat them straight out of the can.... ;)
  • quartercenturysouthernliving February 17, 2013, 9:26 am
    This marinade looks so good! And I love brown rice - This looks like a great meal!!
  • Alex @ therunwithin February 17, 2013, 9:35 am
    gah I keep saying I am going to roast chick peas but I still haven't, I love the taste of them roasted
  • allisonhayes91 February 17, 2013, 9:48 am
    I need to make these immediately. You always have the best recipes!
  • Courtney @ Star Systemz February 17, 2013, 10:42 am
    Yummy! I have a thing for chickpeas too! So tasty :-). Love + Shine Courtstar
  • Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian February 17, 2013, 11:35 am
    Never tried roasted chickpeas before, but they look delicious. The roasting process always seems to make veggies so delicious and mouth-watering. I love it!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 17, 2013, 4:25 pm
      Roasting is awesome. You really should try the method with chickpeas. You won't be disappointed!
  • Em February 17, 2013, 12:35 pm
    This looks fantastic! I'm going to try roasting chickpeas next time :)
  • Luv What You Do February 17, 2013, 12:37 pm
    I have never made roasted chickpeas but I think I would love them! Your entire meal looks wonderful!
  • kimathungryhealthygirl February 17, 2013, 12:49 pm
    Looks simple and super nutritious! I need to give roasted chickpeas another try. I kind of messed them up the first time I tried making them. ;)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 17, 2013, 4:27 pm
      You should definitely give them another try! The trickiest part is watching them towards the end to make sure that they do not burn.
  • Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 17, 2013, 1:05 pm
    What an easy filling dinner!
  • gloria of Veghead etc. February 17, 2013, 2:05 pm
    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. While I have the oven on to roast the chickpeas, I might as well roast cauliflower, romanesco, and/or broccoli, which are still fresh at my local farmers' market right now and would all taste really good alongside the chickpeas and the brown rice. Before I roast veggies, I usually toss them with a bit of EVOO and some fresh rosemary, which I think might be another way I might season the chickpeas before roasting them.
  • Running In Heels February 17, 2013, 2:16 pm
    Those chickpeas look awesome!! Definitely need to try this recipe :)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 17, 2013, 2:36 pm
    You got some great color on those chickpeas, they look aaaaamazing. The marinade looks tasty, too-- I've been super obsessed with mustard lately :-D
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 17, 2013, 4:29 pm
      It is the same marinade that I often use when baking tofu. So, so good!
      • gloria of Veghead etc. February 17, 2013, 4:43 pm
        I've been meaning to bake some seasoned tofu in my toaster oven. Thanks for giving me the motivation by mentioning this marinade for that purpose. Do you have instrux for baking tofu elsewhere on your website (for example, at what temperature and for how long)?
  • blonde hair blue eyed runner February 17, 2013, 3:51 pm
    I've never had chickpeas before, they look delicious! Great recipe
  • nicolamadore February 17, 2013, 5:24 pm
    agreed! roasting makes everything taste better :)
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan February 17, 2013, 6:43 pm
    I will have to try this! I always buy the big bags of chickpeas at the store and wonder how long it's going to take me to eat THAT much hummus. I'm glad to have a new use!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 17, 2013, 7:06 pm
      Chickpeas are SO versatile. I have TONS of recipes using chickpeas here on the blog. You will never again wonder what to do with them all! ;)
  • Erin February 17, 2013, 7:24 pm
    I've never had them any way other than just plain..this sounds delicious!
  • moderngirlnutrition February 17, 2013, 8:16 pm
    Wow!! I'm starving right now and this looks ridiculously good:) I love snacking on roasted chickpeas
  • P February 17, 2013, 9:21 pm
    I love the color of these chickpeas! I love chickpeas in salads and chickpea flour especially since it's useful in making really good flatbread!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 18, 2013, 2:06 pm
      Chickpeas in salads are amazing. I am sure that adding these roasted ones to a salad would be delicious.
  • Honey What's Cooking February 18, 2013, 12:24 am
    looks fabulous. i have seen recipes for roated chickpeas, haven't done it, need to do this soon. :-)
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 18, 2013, 1:33 am
    I am SO ready to dig in! I've seen a few recipes for roasted chickpeas floating around, but never one with a delicious marinate. YUM! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! <3
  • jessielovestorun February 18, 2013, 5:22 am
    What a tasty sounding marinade! I'm not quite sure I've heard of any chickpea recipe with a marinade before now that I think about!
  • gloria of Veghead etc. February 18, 2013, 8:57 am
    Wanted to let you know that I couldn't wait—I tried your roasted chickpeas (with a few tweaks) last night, and it was fantastic! I don't enjoy soy sauce (even low-salt version is too salty), so I mixed together habanero-spicy mustard, grainy dijon mustard, the toasted sesame oil, and mirin cooking wine for the marinade. And per your suggestion, I also marinated some tofu in the same sauce and then baked that. Served it with romanesco cauliflower (tossed with EVOO and roasted with fresh rosemary) and some leftover wheat berries. You inspired this very tasty meal, so thanks for the motivation. Keep up the good work!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 18, 2013, 2:08 pm
      I am so glad to hear that I helped to inspire your dinner. It sure sounds like it was a tasty one!
  • Kare @ Kitchen Treaty February 18, 2013, 9:56 am
    I LOVE the idea of marinating the chickpeas before roasting them! And the addition of sesame oil sounds amazing.
  • Sarah February 18, 2013, 11:44 am
    i love making roasted chickpeas! this sounds like an amazing combo!!
  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 18, 2013, 12:43 pm
    Crispy chickpeas are BOMB. This dish sounds SO good!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
    I love chickpeas as well but have never roasted them. I've seen them on so many blogs, I think your recipe is going to convince me to FINALLY make them! They would make for a healthy, delicious snack :)
  • jessiebear February 18, 2013, 6:07 pm
    oh yuuummm! I've never had cooked chickpeas before, I need to try them asap. I always just have them raw in salads or mixed in hummus
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 18, 2013, 7:38 pm
      You must try them roasted. They are so good. Roasted chickpeas would be a great addition to salads, too!
  • Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection February 19, 2013, 3:12 pm
    I love chickpeas too! So cheap and so versatile. I've been wanting to try them roasted. They look delicious!
  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) February 21, 2013, 6:24 am
    I keep saying I want to try roasted chickpeas. This is the sign I needed to finally do it- thanks! ;)
  • Melissa March 9, 2013, 7:27 pm
    I just made these tonight and had them over a salad, plus lots more on the side, and I must say this marinade recipe is simply incredible!! I will be making these every week from now on I think just to have on hand! Great job, thank you!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 9, 2013, 8:59 pm
      I am SO glad that you enjoyed them!! Thanks a lot for the great compliment :). Aren't they SO easy to make, too?? I love your idea of topping a salad with them. I will have to give that a try.
  • Dave J May 30, 2013, 4:35 pm
    I have been going to find out once and for all, Just What IS Hummus/Hommus, being tha I have gotten conserned about stoppin up arteries want healthier snacks. Retired and snackin of an eve ya know. I got some Roasted Red Pepper Hommun and wala ! I like it. lookig at what all it contains brought me here. Dern now I musst try this too !!

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