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Chickpea Nuggets

These crispy and crunchy vegan Chickpea Nuggets are kid friendly and made with simple ingredients. Its oil free and can be oven baked or air fried. They are super easy, healthy and so delicious.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chickpea nuggets recipe, how to make chickpea nuggets, vegan chickpea nuggets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 106kcal
Author Gunjan


for coating/dipping

for rolling

for garnishing

  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley


making the nuggets

  • In a food processor combine all the nuggets ingredients (chickpeas, chickpea water, 1 tbsp. chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt). Grind it smooth.
  • In a small bowl combine another 1 tbsp. chickpea flour, water and salt and stir it until smooth. Keep it aside.  Prepare panko crumbs in a plate and keep it aside.
  • Now, take about 1 tbsp. heaped ground chickpeas mixture and form a round flat patty between your palms. Make sure the side do not crack.
  • Dip/coat the small patty completely it in the chickpea flour mixture making sure that it is covered from all sides. Then roll it in panko from all sides. Place it on a flat plate. Repeat all the tree steps for the rest of the batter dough.

Oven Bake

  • Pre-heat oven at 425-degree Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Place all the nuggets on the prepared baking sheet and bake it in the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes. Once done, turn it off and take it out.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately with ketchup or mayo or ranch.

Air Fry

  • Place each of the prepared nuggets in the air fryer basket. Attach it to the air fryer and turn it on at 400 degree for 12 minutes. Once done, detach the basket. Garnish and serve.


  • While draining chickpeas from the can, place a colander on a small bowl to collect its water so as to use it while grinding the dough batter.
  • quick rinse the chickpeas before grinding
  • Discard the remaining chickpea flour mixture.
  • This recipe makes 12 nuggets and the serving size is 2 nuggets per person.
  • For the best experience place the nuggets on the baking sheet or in the air fryer basket and lightly grease them with a cooking spray. Then cook. This brings a nice color along with making it crunchier.
  • Garnishing is optional. You may use fresh cilantro as well.
  • I have provided step wise images in the post above so feel free to scroll up for visual details.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg