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Two bowls of sticky sesame chickpeas over white rice with broccoli, topped with green onions and red pepper flakes.

Sticky Sesame Chickpeas

Sticky Sesame Chickpeas are sweet with a nutty, umami flavor. They're so easy and quick to make, and a great source of plant protein. These can be ready to serve in less than 15 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 238 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves grated
  • ½ cup soy sauce low sodium**
  • 3 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup vegetable broth low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 cans chickpeas rinsed, drained
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • green onions
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • sriracha


  • Open the canned chickpeas and rinse them until all the bubbles disappear. Drain well and then set them aside.
  • In a skillet, add in the olive oil and grated garlic. Sautée until fragrant for about a minute.
  • Add in the reduced sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, maple syrup and ground ginger. Mix well and turn the stove on to medium heat.
  • In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix together the vegetable broth and corn starch until no lumps remain. Add that in to the pan when the soy sauce mixture starts to get hot, and whisk it together.
  • Continue to whisk as the sauce begins to lightly bubble and thicken. Turn the heat down to low and then add in the chickpeas and mix them in with the sauce. As the chickpeas cook, they will absorb some of the flavors.
  • This recipe uses extra sauce, so the longer we let it bubble and keep hot, the more it will thicken. Let it cook and thicken on medium-low heat for a few minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir throughout while it cooks.
  • Before serving, sprinkle in the sesame seeds and mix well.
  • Serve over a bowl of rice and optionally top with green onions, crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha.
  • Enjoy!


  • It's important to use low sodium soy sauce. Otherwise, the dish can get pretty salty. It's also good to use a reduced sodium vegetable broth. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 1152mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg
Keyword sesame chickpeas, sticky sesame chickpeas, vegan sesame chickpeas
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