Spicy Chickpea + Jalepeño Sauté (With Vegan Option!)

Filed under Dinner Live Well Lunch Recipes on Aug 01 13 by

chickpea-sauteeThis simple sauté owes it’s zing to fresh jalepeño peppers and wings sauce. Jalepeños are my newest food obsession—I went from avoiding them to eating raw slices of them like candy! These little peppers add a burst of flavor that really hits the spot.

The rest of the ingredients are easy to find and won’t put much strain on your wallet. This recipe is cheap, healthy, and comes together in about 10-15 minutes—perfect!


  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 jalepeño pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • Hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Wings Sauce)
  • Cooking oil (vegetable or olive)
  • 1 egg*

*Make it Vegan! Substitute cooked quinoa or brown rice for the egg for a vegan-friendly meal. Added bonus: you’ll be getting some healthy grains!


  1. Pour oil into a medium-large saucepan and bring to medium heat.
  2. Rinse and drain chickpeas in a colander. Clean and chop onion and jalepeño (be careful to remove all of the seeds from the pepper—they are extremely hot!).
  3. Add chickpeas and onion to pan. Stir in hot sauce to taste. If you like your peppers cooked, add them to the pan as well (I kept mine raw and added them after cooking—nice and fresh!).
  4. Once the ingredients have been browned, add the egg and stir in until it has been cooked thoroughly. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve in a bowl with a few jalepeño slices to garnish. Enjoy!

It makes great leftovers! This recipe serves two. If you’re cooking it for yourself, pack the extra in a Tupperware container for a healthy lunch on the job. You can reheat it or dig in right out of the refrigerator!

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Lauren D'Alessandro
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