Dinner just got a whole lot better. This general Tso’s chickpea stir fry is a vegetarian take on your favorite Chinese take out dish! It’s naturally gluten free, ready in just 30 minutes and a total family favorite.
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You probably already know this if you’re a loyal reader of my blog (hi, ily) but I love chickpeas. There’s not much you can’t do with chickpeas.
Pasta, stir fries, salads pancakes with chickpea flour, and they give us aquafaba so we can make delicious egg-free desserts. These sticky sesame chickpeas are one of my (and your) favorites, and I know you’re going to love this recipe too!
This General Tso’s chickpea stir fry is really easy to make (one pan!), full of flavor, veggies, protein and basically everything else you could want in a plant-based dinner. Serve it over rice with some steamed broccoli on the side or enjoy it as is!
How to make this recipe
Drain and rinse the chickpeas until there are no bubbles. Set aside.
Meanwhile, prep the stir fry and sauce. Whisk the arrowroot and water together in a small bowl and set aside.
Whisk all remaining ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl. Set aside. Chop the onion, peppers, and mince the garlic and ginger.
Add to a pan with 1 tbsp oil and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add in the sauce and stir together.
Give the arrowroot mixture a quick stir and add that in and stir. When it starts bubbling, quickly add the chickpeas and stir to coat them in the sauce.
Let the stir fry simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken. If it doesn’t thicken, add additional arrowroot as needed. Serve warm over rice or noodles!
I like to pair this stir fry with steamed broccoli and rice, but you can also have it with quinoa, sauteed bok choy, or even as is! There’s plenty of veggies in here so don’t feel like you need to add more!
I suggest topping it all off with sesame seeds and chopped scallions (green onion) or chives for extra flavor. I also love some red pepper flakes for a little spice.
Tips & tricks
- Once prepared, this chickpea stir fry will store in the fridge for about 5 days. Store it in an air tight container to keep it nice and fresh!
- The veggies in this stir fry are just a base to start with. You can also add baby corn, snap peas or snow peas, kale, carrots or anything else you need to use up.
- If you have a peanut allergy, you can sub the peanut butter for any other nut butter (almond or sunflower will probably work best) or just leave it out entirely.
- To keep this dish gluten free, I used tamari, but regular old soy sauce works too! I don’t, however, recommend coconut aminos.
- The arrowroot powder can be subbed for cornstarch or even tapioca starch. I imagine any plain flour like brown rice flour or all purpose flour (if you are not GF) would also work. I haven’t tried this myself, so I can’t guarantee the result, but you just need something to help thicken it up!
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General Tso’s Chickpea Stir Fry
- 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 4 tbsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar (can sub for brown sugar)
- 1-2 tbsp hot sauce (depending on brand and preference)
- 3 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1.5 tbsp arrowroot powder + 2 tbsp water
- 2 cans chickpeas
- 1 tbsp oil (I used toasted sesame oil for more flavor)
- 1/2 large red onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas until there are no bubbles. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, prep the stir fry and sauce. Whisk the arrowroot and water together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Whisk all remaining ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl. Set aside.
- Chop the onion, peppers, and mince the garlic and ginger.
- Add to a pan with 1 tbsp oil and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
- Add in the sauce and stir together.
- Give the arrowroot mixture a quick stir and add that in and stir. When it starts bubbling, quickly add the chickpeas and stir to coat them in the sauce.
- Let the stir fry simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken. If it doesn't thicken, add additional arrowroot as needed.
- Serve warm over rice or noodles with steamed broccoli.