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chickpea stir-fry with vegetables and quinoa

Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry

Lip-smacking delicious Sesame-Ginger Orange Chickpea Stir-Fry loaded with veggies. This is a healthier, vegetarian version of your favorite take-out! Serve over quinoa or brown rice for a full, protein-packed meal. Vegan-friendly.

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Meal Prep, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian
Keyword chickpea stir-fry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 248 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • For the sauce:
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar if vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (organic, preferred)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • For the stir-fry:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 - 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 8 oz fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Green onion, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes, if you like a little heat!
  • Cooked Quinoa or brown rice, for serving if desired

Instructions

  1. First make the sauce: Add the orange juice, honey, soy sauce, ginger, cornstarch, orange zest to a large bowl; whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside for later.
  2. Next preheat a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil. Add chickpeas, stir frequently and cook until they begin turning slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Once chickpeas are cooked, transfer to a large bowl or plate and set aside for later. Keep the heat in the pan.
  3. Add the other 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil to the pan (over medium-heat); add in onion and saute until onions become slightly translucent and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Next add in garlic and bell pepper; cook for about 3 minutes until slightly softened. Next add in the green beans and saute for 3-4 minutes. You want them to still have a little bit of crunch!
  4. Pour the sauce into the pan. Stir frequently as the sauce will start to thicken up. Add in chickpeas and stir again. Reduce heat to medium low and let the sauce simmer and thicken some more, about 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately over quinoa or brown rice. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, green onion and a little red pepper flakes, if desired. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

To make gluten free: Please ensure that all of your ingredients are gluten free, including the cornstarch and the soy sauce.

To make vegan: Use agave nectar instead of honey (for strict vegans).

Nutrition does not include quinoa or brown rice.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.3g10%
Carbohydrates 41.1g14%
Fiber 8.6g36%
Sugar 15.9g18%
Protein 8.3g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.