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Chickpea Nuggets

These chickpea nuggets are an easy vegetarian chicken nugget recipe. Meatless chicken nuggets are so simple to make!

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One of my favorite things growing up was chicken nuggets.

I no longer eat chicken, but I definitely still love to eat vegetarian chicken nuggets!

Although you can buy them from the store, it is both healthier and more fun to make them yourself at home.

These chickpea nuggets are delicious served with your favorite dipping sauce.

If you’re a fan of chick fil a, be sure to serve them with this copycat chick fil a sauce!

chick fil a sauce

How to make chickpea nuggets

First, drain and rinse your chickpeas and add them to a food processor.

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Process them until they are flaky like this.

There should not be many chunks at this point. 

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Next, transfer the chickpeas to a large bowl.

Add in your egg, oat flour, bread crumbs, and spices.

Use your hands to mix it all up and combine.

Toast your bread crumbs in the oven until browned.

Next, form your batter into nuggets.

This is the fun part!

Dip each chickpea nugget into the bread crumbs on both sides and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

If you have any leftover bread crumbs, sprinkle those on top.

Bake your vegetarian chicken nuggets for 15 – 20 minutes, or until desired crisp is achieved.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce! 

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A few notes about vegetarian chicken nuggets

If you do not like chickpeas, you may not like this recipe.

Chickpeas are the star of these nuggets, and they act great as a meat replacer.

If you love falafel, you will love these.

Sauce is key.

vegetarian chickpea nugget being dipped in ketchup

The nuggets by themselves do not have a ton of flavor, but they are perfect to pair with your favorite dipping sauce.

Whether you make a vegetarian bbq chicken sandwich, or dip it in honey mustard or chick fil a sauce, the choices are endless!

These little nuggets are great for kids too. 

waffle fries dipped in chick fil a sauce

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Chickpea Nuggets Recipe

Yield: 20 nuggets

Chickpea Nuggets

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These chickpea nuggets are an easy vegetarian chicken nuggets alternative.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup panko style bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place panko style bread crumbs on a baking sheet
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 3 - 4 minutes, until browned and toasty (keep a close eye so that they do not burn)
  4. Add chickpeas to a food processor and process until flaky
  5. Transfer chickpeas to a large bowl
  6. Add the egg, oat flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and nutritional yeast
  7. Use your hands to knead the dough until combined (it should be sticky, but not stick to your hands much)
  8. Form batter into chicken nuggets, and dip both sides in the toasted bread crumbs
  9. Place nuggets on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  10. Sprinkle any remaining bread crumbs over the tops
  11. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes, until browned and desired texture
  12. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (I suggest this copycat chick fil a sauce)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Sunday 24th of May 2020

Hi! What size of can of chickpeas did you use?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Each can is 15 oz!


Thursday 14th of May 2020

Just attempted a half batch of this. I did a few modifications.

- I used white navy beans in lieu of chickpeas (they were what I had on hand) - I used poultry seasoning in lieu of nutritional yeast (I had none on hand) - I used flaxmeal and water to replace the egg (I had to cut eggs out of my diet...I cried many tears) - Made them in an air fryer (10 mins each side, 400 degrees) and texture is perfect - Also dipped in nut milk to get the breadcrumbs on two times

They came out a touch dry, but next time, I'd reserve some of the bean water for the food processor when combining. Aslo, for texture, I'd put 3/4 of the beans for full process. It makes a very sticky batter. but then hand mash approximately 1/4 of the beans. This gives the texture with the super sticky binder that is needed. I also use this trick with black bean burgers.

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I was looking for something that used beans and did NOT use vital wheat gluten. I love chickpeas. So I will also try a batch with chickpeas in the future as well!

Ruth Little

Sunday 18th of August 2019

Hi. I’m tweaking this delicious looking recipe to fit my husband’s pre diabetic needs (lower carb) & will be entering the tweaked recipe into an app that will give me total carbs & calories per serving. I’m mainly leaving out the bread crumbs (I know, I know, not as yummy) but I think the servings will be close to the same? My question is, on the nutritional information you have; 20 nuggets and 1 serving. The entire recipe gives you 20 nuggets and this is 1 serving? Thank you so much! (I need to enter this in order to get carbs per serving. We’re trying to prevent him from sliding from pre diabetes into actual diabetes but I want him to enjoy food!)

Joy Shull

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

Hi Ruth!

The nutritional info listed is per nugget. So one nugget is the serving, and it makes 20 nuggets. Hope that helps and good luck!


Sunday 5th of May 2019

If I dont have nutritional yeast what can i use?


Saturday 28th of March 2020

parmasean cheese !

Ben G

Saturday 13th of April 2019

Cynthia If you ever wonder why people hate Vegans have another look at your preachy comment . If you dont like eggs just look for one of the million there are on the internet omitting them . But maybe if you ate a few you wouldn't be such a cranky pants.

Joy Shull, these are delicious and that's coming from a committed carnivore.

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