Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

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In my quest to figure out the best way to use pantry staples - let me introduce you to Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas!!

Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas from (@whatsgabycookin)

Last week I got a LOT of questions about what to do with a can of chickpeas. Usually my answer would be duh, hummus. But I decided to expand my horizons and make a recipe for Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas and OMG IT'S BETTER THAN HUMMUS. Truly. The recipe is meant to serve 4, but my husband and I took it down all my ourselves for dinner one night it's that good.

These Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas are reminiscent of chicken parmesan but with no parmesan. They take minutes to make, almost no prep work, and can be served on their own or with a side of bread so you can soak up all these cheesy tomato goodness at the bottom of the skillet!

And I used a traditional jarred tomato sauce (Rao's) but you can use anything you want or any flavor. Tomato Basil, Vodka Sauce, Arriabatta, whatever you have on hand!

Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 20 votes
Need a quick recipe to use canned chickpeas, these Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas are incredible and super easy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • basil and bread to garnish / serve


  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute for 3-5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the chickpeas and stir to combine, followed by the marinara sauce, boiling water to thin it out and season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the shredded cheese on top and transfer to the broiler to melt the cheese until bubbly and golden. Season with salt and pepper and basil.


Serve with chunky bread on the side. Also excellent served over roasted chicken!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Wondering if i should remove the skins from the chickpeas? I know the recipe doesn't say to but wondering if worth the extra step

  2. This was delish! I made it with cannellini beans because that is all I had and it was divine! I imagine it is even better with chickpeas. I can't wait to try it again with those! I also think it would be great with goat cheese. Thanks Gaby!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this after seeing Le Creuset IG post. This is so delicious and filling. I used shallots instead of onion. And some naan bread to dip.

  4. Excited to try this- love all your recipes, Gaby! Do you have a suggestion between the bagged/shredded mozzarella you can buy vs buying a round of fresh mozz and grating myself? worth the extra effort? what did you and T. do? Thx!! <3

    1. either is fine for this recipe to be honest. I will specify in the ingredients if it NEEDS to be fresh mozzarella for any reason

  5. 5 stars
    This was amazing! My husband wasn’t sure about this recipe, but we both ended up loving it! So delicious and easy to make. This is a keeper. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    I am trying to eat less meat and this is a delicious quick meal that I made with everything I had on hand. Will make again!

  7. 5 stars
    Talk about the perfect weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy, quick, and delicious!! A perfect option for healthy and vegetarian, too!

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