Vegan Orange Chickpeas and Rice
This recipe is a great plant-based or vegan version of orange chicken. These orange chickpeas and rice have a bright, sweet flavor but this chickpea bowl is full of protein and fiber. This is a quick 15 minute dinner, if you use precooked chickpeas.
The longest part of this recipes for us was juicing the oranges. To make using dried chickpea more accessible, we cook a larger batch and freeze them for convenient use. Chickpeas will last in the fridge for 5 days, and 6 months in the freezer. We do cook our dried chickpeas to al dente, because we prefer the texture.
Vegan Orange Chickpeas
2 cups cooked chickpeas
3 juiced, oranges
1 zested, orange
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs, fresh ginger, grated
1 ½ tbs olive oil
¼ cup brown sugar, vegan
¾ cup water
⅓ cup soy sauce
1 tbs rice vinegar
2 tbs cornstarch
1 tbs hot sauce, optional
5 cups cooked rice
Whisk cornstarch and soy sauce together and set aside.
Juice and zest oranges, set aside.
On med-high heat saute, garlic, ginger and oil for 2-3 minutes.
Add the orange juice, water, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and hot sauce. Let simmer for 2 minutes.
Slowly add in the cornstarch mixture while whisking the sauce.
Stir in chickpeas and orange zest and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Serve warm with rice, quinoa, and steamed veggies.
I first saw this recipe on Jan 27th, but I did not have any fresh ginger. I now have ginger, so I cooked a batch today. While clearing off the kitchen counter, I noticed the bag of brown sugar. Since the instructions on your original recipe did not tell when to add the brown sugar, I had not added it. I thought for a moment. How can I add the brown sugar and get it to dissolve completely after the bean recipe was already cooked and ready to eat. My solution was to add some crushed pineapple that I had leftover from another recipe. It was good.
Carol O'C on
This was SO GOOD. I wasn’t sure where to add the brown sugar so just added it to step 4 and it worked out perfectly. I think next time I’ll cook the garbs half way in water and then the second half in the pan with everything so maybe it flavors them more. Man, incredible, thanks, it was a great alternative to the usual dinner.
MaryEllen Suvie Morris on
Oh wow..I can’t wait to make this.
I’m always looking for new vegan recipes so that I don’t fall into that same old same old routine.
Thank you for this recipe!
Sounds awesome! Will definitely try it.
Sounds delicious. How many does it serve?