Crispy Chickpeas & Steamed Kale

This dish comes together so quickly and could be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Curly kale is great when steamed – it keeps its shape & texture, and results in a beautiful looking green! The crispy chickpeas are a staple and can be added to endless meals!

Crispy Chickpeas & Steamed Kale

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: Crispy chickpea
Servings: 2


  • 1 large bunch kale, torn into bite sized pieces "Curly" kale is my favorite variety for this, but any variety will work. You can also throw in more than 1 bunch, as the kale will shrink in size a lot!
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and dried
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds (can substitute pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts)

Spice blend (feel free to try out other spices!)

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Heat a medium-sized pan to medium-low heat. Cast iron pans work well here, but any sauté pan will do.
  • Add the oil and chickpeas. Stir chickpeas and let them sauté in a single even layer for about 1 minute. Add the spices and salt, mix and let chickpeas sauté, for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all of the kale on top of the chickpeas and cover with a lid.
  • After about 1-2 minutes, give the kale a gentle stir. Replace lid.
  • After another 2-3 minutes, remove the lid, the kale should be steamed and the chickpeas crispy.
  • Serve in a bowl and finish with freshly squeezed lemon and sunflower seeds.

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