A 16-piece box of nuggets, coming right up! Even better, these are vegan and made with smashed chickpeas. If you’d love for your family to incorporate more plant-based foods into your weekly dinner rotation, these nuggets featuring pulses are a stellar start.

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Chickpea Chick’n Nuggets, sponsored by USA Pulses


1 1/2 cups chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
Ketchup, BBQ sauce, and honey mustard, for dipping

Serves 2


1. In a medium bowl, add the chickpeas and using a fork, roughly smash them, breaking up each chickpea.

2. To the bowl, add the vinegar, 1/2 cup flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

3. Form the mixture into 2-tablespoon nuggets.

4. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add the nuggets and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.

5. Using a spatula, carefully remove them from the skillet and drain them on paper towels.

6. Serve the nuggets warm alongside your choice of sauces.