Spicy Chickpea Nuggets | Vg, GF (optional) #RecipeADayMay

Hey everyone, welcome back to recipe a day May! Today’s recipe is my version of something I saw on Instagram a few weeks ago, chickpea nuggets. I wish I could tell you where I saw it, but I scrolled straight by without paying much attention. Ooops. I didn’t look at that recipe, but the idea was playing on my mind for a few days so I decided to attempt to make my own version, but I wanted spicy chickpea nuggets instead.  

Now, I love falafel and while I was expecting this to turn out similarly, it tastes totally different. I wasn’t too sure how they would turn out but I’m really proud of this one and it’s definitely something I will be making again.  

As I said, these are spicy chickpea nuggets, but I use hot sauce and chilli powder. If you wanted to make a milder version you could omit the chilli powder and use a mild salsa instead of hot sauce.  


  • One can of chickpeas  
  • ½ cup oats (GF if required) 
  • 1tsp garlic powder  
  • Pinch black pepper 
  • 60g hot sauce 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (GF if required) 
  • 1tsp chilli powder 
  • 1tsp dried rosemary 


  1. Preheat oven to 190°c. 
  2. Place breadcrumbs, chilli powder and rosemary on a baking tray in the centre of the oven for 5 minutes.  
  3. Meanwhile, add oats to a food processor and process until a fine flour has formed. Add 3tbsp chickpea liquid, the garlic, pepper and the chickpeas, drained and rinsed. Process on high until a dough like texture is formed. You may have to scrape the sides down depending on your food processor.  
  4. Then shape the mixture into 10 even sized nugget shapes. 
  5. When the breadcrumb mixture is ready, tip it into a bowl. 
  6. Dip the nuggets into the hot sauce, making sure they’re fully coated. Then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.  
  7. Place nuggets back on the baking tray and place on the top shelf of the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown.  

Serve and enjoy! 


Would you be interested in these free from nuggets? Do you think your kids would fall for this healthy alternative?  


Until tomorrow,


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  1. 3rd May 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I love love love chicken nugget, love the idea of these alternatives!

  2. 4th May 2018 / 11:10 am

    I was revising and started to feel really hungry, so literally just went straight to your blog to look for some ideas what to make! You nail the recipe posts every time – these look delicious!xxx

  3. 4th May 2018 / 12:51 pm

    I love chicken nuggets so I can easily see myself trying these out. I do have a (most probably stupid) question. What is chick pea liquid? Is it the solution that comes in the canned chick pea?

    • Sophie
      4th May 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Yes! Literally take a few tablespoons from the top of the can before you drain them and you’re good to go. Let me know if you try them! x

  4. 4th May 2018 / 12:54 pm

    I love this recipe, especially because it’s a bit spicy ♥

    • Sophie
      4th May 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you! Spicy food is my favourite! x

  5. 4th May 2018 / 4:00 pm

    I haven’t heard of hot sauce before, is there anything you can use as an alternative?

    • Sophie
      4th May 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Anything spicy and reasonably thick. Something like Nando’s sauce would work well or a hot salsa! x

  6. 4th May 2018 / 8:04 pm

    These look so cool. I love chickpeas and definitely consider making these. Thanks for sharing x

  7. 4th May 2018 / 8:08 pm

    These look so nice!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! xo

  8. 4th May 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Interesting alternative to nuggets! I have been successful so far in keeping my kids away from them. Nice recipe

  9. 4th May 2018 / 8:16 pm

    As much as I love reading your posts, I always go away so bloody hungry and this post is no different – these look absolutely incredible.. I love the sound of these, would definitely be up for giving them a go!

  10. 4th May 2018 / 8:22 pm

    That looks so good! Doesn’t it feel so good when we improvised and the result came out even better than it should. Well done you, and thank you for sharing! x Ain

  11. 4th May 2018 / 8:27 pm

    I seem to have loved anything made with chickpeas that I’ve tried so far so I’d like to hope that I’d love these! I also usually love any sort of nugget, haha! The salad you’ve served them with looks gorgeous and so fresh too, do I spot an olive!?
    Alice Xx

  12. 4th May 2018 / 8:45 pm

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of chickpeas but this recipe looks amazing! Iv been trying to eat healthier so I think I’ll have to give this a try! X

  13. 4th May 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Yummy! I usually make spicy chick pea curry (Indian style). But this looks quite delicious, will definitely try and let you know how it turned out!

  14. 4th May 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I love the idea of healthy nuggets! These would make such a great snack or perfect for a main meal. The salad looks absolutely delicious! Such a brilliant idea, thanks for the inspiration Sophie! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  15. 4th May 2018 / 9:35 pm

    This is a great way to introduce chickpeas into your diet & they look so nice. I love how these have turned out x

  16. 4th May 2018 / 10:38 pm

    These look so good! I need to give these a try x

  17. 8th May 2018 / 2:44 am

    This post is 100% something I am going to try. Think I might swap out the hot sauce for a milder nando’s sauce but these look delicious! Amazing post and photos x

  18. 29th May 2018 / 9:28 pm

    It looks so appetizing with the salad, an easy nice meal for summer! x

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