Chickpea Nuggets are a healthy alternative to traditional chicken nuggets. This nugget recipe is plant-based (vegan), oil-free and gluten-free. These allergy-friendly Chickpea Nuggets are perfect for vegans or people with food allergies. Enjoy them with your favorite dipping sauce.


  • 1 15.5 oz. can chickpeas, drained
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp corn crumbs
  • …“ cup corn crumbs for coating


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the drained chickpeas into a food processor and process for a few seconds.
  3. Then add all of the other ingredients except the last …“ cup corn crumbs for coating. Process a few more seconds.
  4. Everything will be well mixed and chunky texture.
  5. Scoop up teaspoon sized globs and roll them into balls then smash them into nugget shape.
  6. Pour corn crumbs into a bowl and coat each nugget with the corn crumbs.
  7. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay each nugget on the parchment but don’t let them touch.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake for 10 more.
  9. Allow nuggets to cool before eating.

This recipe makes about 20 nuggets. The four of us ate them in one sitting. Imagine a meal where everyone from the kids to the husband is happy eating the same thing.

UPDATE: Ive had a few people who made these and they were crumbly. Im adding the following photos to help you see what I do step by step. Hopefully it will help you come up with perfect nuggets. These photos arent the best but I hope they will help.

chickpea nuggets step 1

Drain your chickpeas well then pour them in a food processor.

chickpea nuggets step 2

Process them for a few seconds. They will still be very chunky. Add the spices and 1 Tbsp of corn crumbs. You will reserve the final 1/3 cup of corn crumbs for the coating.

chickpea nuggets step 3

Process the chickpeas a few more seconds. This should eliminate most of the chickpea chunks. The texture will be similar to a baked potato you mash up with your fork.

chickpea nuggets step 4

Scoop out the chickpea mixture with a spoon and roll it into a ball or oval with our hands. These should stick together well. Then you will roll them in the corn crumbs.

chickpea nuggets step 5

Lay them out on a cookie sheet and bake according to the times above.

Author: Holly Yzquierdo