Put together a wholesome meal filled with comfort and coziness in half an hour with this chickpea rice recipe. It’s a combination of fluffy rice, nutty chickpeas, savory chicken, and sweet bell peppers—all simmered in a vibrant tomato sauce. The result is a simple dish that’s filled with hearty flavors and diverse textures, perfect for when that craving for homemade warmth strikes.
Reasons to Love This Chickpea Rice
It’s unbelievably easy: Everything about this dish is as simple as can be. It consists of pantry staples that come together in just a few steps. You’ll have no trouble cooking up a cozy and wholesome dish at any given moment.
It’s delicious: The savory rich chicken thighs, nutty chickpeas, colorful veggies, and fluffy rice provide different layers of gorgeous textures and flavors.
It’s customizable: Much like most rice dishes, this one is easily adaptable. You can freely adjust the ingredients to fit your personal preference and diet—add more veggies, play around with your favorite condiments, or make it vegan.
Ingredients for Chickpea Rice
This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients, most of which are probably already sitting in your pantry. Take a look to see what you’ll need:
Chickpeas: For convenience, we used canned chickpeas, which only need draining and some dry-patting. You can opt for the dried variety if you want, but it might require a bit more preparation.
Rice: Our recipe uses long-grain white rice, which is fluffy and tender yet still slightly chewy. However, you can use whichever variety you have at your disposal.
Chicken: We wanted the meat to have a pronounced taste, so we went with chicken thighs. Plus, this meat cut has some added fat that keeps it juicy even after being cooked for a while.
Of course, with the delicious sauce it’s cooked in, even chicken breasts taste amazing for this dish.
Sauce: This chickpea rice is simmered in a vibrant homemade tomato sauce. We included some tomato paste to intensify the tanginess and thicken the sauce’s texture. Dijon mustard was also used to enhance the tangy undertone.
Vegetables: Since the dish’s main flavor profile is the tanginess of tomato sauce, we went with red bell peppers for that nice flavor balance. As for aromatics, we went with onion and garlic to infuse into the dish to kick the flavors up a notch.
Spices: Since both the chickpeas and rice are relatively mild, we went with robust spices like Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and paprika.
Is Chickpea Rice Healthy?
It certainly is.
Chickpeas are loaded with essential nutrients like protein, fiber, choline, vitamins (A, E, and C), and minerals (magnesium, potassium, iron, etc.). Paired with white rice, chicken, and red bell peppers, this dish is full of nutrients that greatly benefit your health.
Additionally, we made sure to keep the important dietary components within acceptable limits. Following our nutrition guidelines, each serving consists of approximately 2.3 g saturated fat and 580 mg sodium. For a 460-calorie serving, we believe that’s quite reasonable.
Put together a wholesome, comforting, and cozy meal in half an hour with this chickpea rice recipe. It’s a simple dish that’s filled with hearty flavors and diverse textures, perfect for when that craving for homemade warmth strikes.
10 oz skinless boneless chicken thigh (sliced into medium cubes)
2 oz red bell pepper (diced)
2 oz onion (diced)
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
1/2 cup homemade tomato sauce
1 tbsp Hunt's tomato paste
1 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Dice the Bell Pepper: Lengthwise slice the sides of the bell peppers, then cut each slice into large strips. Gather the strips and line them horizontally then slice them into large cubes.
Dice the Onion: Cut the onion in half lengthwise. Turn the half vertically and make thin slices but leave the root intact. Then turn the onion horizontally and push the knife crosswise into the slices. Then, thinly slice to make small, diced pieces.
Mince the Garlic: Cut off the root and remove the peel then thinly slice each clove. Rock the knife over the sliced pile a few times to finely mince the garlic.
Sauté the Aromatics: In a pan over medium heat, sauté 2 oz onion and 1 tbsp garlic with 2 tbsp olive oil for 2 minutes until fragrant.
Add the Chicken & Condiments: Then add 10 oz skinless boneless chicken thigh, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp Cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tbsp Hunt's tomato paste and stir around for 2 minutes.
Add the Chickpeas & Other Ingredients: Continue adding 2 oz red bell pepper, 14 oz canned chickpeas, 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice, and 1/2 cup homemade tomato sauce and stir around for 30 seconds to mix everything together.
Add the Water: Add 2 cups water, stir around for a bit then close the lid and lower the heat. Let the pan simmer for 20 minutes.
Garnish and Serve: Turn off the heat when time’s up and the food seems well-cooked. Garnish with 2 tbsp parsley. Transfer the food onto serving plates and serve hot.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 459Calories from Fat 133
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Vitamin A 764.5IU
Vitamin C 22.3mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.