Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

A vegan twist on this take-out classic, Sweet and Sour Chickpeas are speedy, saucy, and a little bit spicy!

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

What’s tastier than take-out, speedier than delivery, and downright guaranteed to rock your socks?

THIS GUY!!!

Well.. these guys. THESE CHICKPEAS!

Forgive me, as I have 100% lost my mind over how good this recipe is.

These sweet and sour chickpeas only take 30 minutes to make but taste like they’ve been slow simmered for hours. They’re supremely saucy, flavorful, and filling.

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas with Broccoli and Rice

Easy Vegan Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

Feel free to make these saucy seasoned chickpeas as spicy or as mild as you’d like.

For a milder dish, simply leave out the Sriracha chili sauce. For spicy, add 1-2 teaspoons for a kiss of heat and even more for full-on fiery deliciousness.

As written, the recipe is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, plant-based, low-fat, and full of garbanzo bean goodness.

take-out style side dishes

I served my saucy chickpeas with fluffy white rice and steamed broccoli, but when it comes to this delish dinner, there are so many sides to choose from!

For a pre-dinner snack or appetizer, feel free to whip up a bowl of Spicy Sambal Edamame.

In place of rice you can make quinoa, rice noodles, cauliflower rice, quinoa fried rice, or even cauliflower fried rice!

For your veggies, you can whip up a mix of several varieties or simply choose your favorite. Some tasty options are broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, green beans, zucchini, snap peas, carrots, onion, red bell pepper, and/or bok choy.

Vegan Sweet and Sour Chickpeas
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Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

A vegan twist on this take-out classic, Sweet and Sour Chickpeas are speedy, saucy, and a little bit spicy!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian Fusion, Vegan
Keyword Sweet and Sour Chickpeas
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 180 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 TBSP corn starch (arrowroot/tapioca starch works too)
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1.5 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce (gluten-free or regular)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

SERVE WITH…

  • cooked white rice
  • steamed veggies: broccoli, asparagus, green beans, etc…
  • sliced green onions to garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine orange juice, tomato paste, corn starch, water, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar. For the Sriracha, add 1 tsp for a medium heat and 2+ tsp for a spicier sauce. Whisk well and set aside.

  2. Add sauce to a medium pan or skillet and set to medium heat. Allow sauce to cook and bubble, for 10 minutes, sirring often to evenly distribute heat and prevent sticking. Once sauce has thickened, add chickpeas and reduce heat to low. Cover and allow to cook an additional 10 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick and the chickpes are warmed though.

  3. Top with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds and serve with your choice of veggies and grains. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

In place of rice you can make quinoa, rice noodles, cauliflower rice, quinoa fried rice, or cauliflower fried rice.

For your veggies, you can whip up a mix of several varieties or simply choose your favorite. Some tasty options are broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, green beans, zucchini, snap peas, carrots, onion, red bell pepper, and/or bok choy.

No tomato paste? No problem! Plain (unseasoned) canned tomato sauce works in a pinch.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for these sweet and sour chickpeas using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on grains/veggies added and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 877mg38%
Potassium 523mg15%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 437IU9%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Emiliee Eats.

Vegan Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

If you get a chance to try these tasty vegetarian sweet and sour chickpeas, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you pair with these delightfully saucy chickpeas.

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  • Jennie

    Thanks, Jenn!
    Your sweet & sour chickpeas were a super easy and fun addition to last night’s Asian inspired dinner at my house. Loved that everything your recipe called for was already in my pantry & fridge 😁. Yummy, spicy (2 tsp+ Sriracha team)…and there’s a little of the chickpea tastebud party left over for my son’s lunchbox today. Lucky boy.

  • 5 stars
    I’m prepared for my socks to be rocked with this recipe! This recipe looks ah-mazing!!

  • Lucy Parissi

    5 stars
    This is simply a fantastic veggie friendly sweet and sour dinner and I love the sriracha sauce for a punch of heat – makes a great side on a sharing plate table too.

    • Thank you so much Lucy! So glad you’re loving the recipe!

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