Vegan Sticky Sesame Chickpea Recipe

  • Author: Claire Cary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Easy, flavorful, and packed with plant protein, this easy sesame chickpea recipe is a quick and healthy dinner the whole family will love. It’s ready in just 15 minutes and is great to meal prep for the week.




  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and set aside. 
  2. Mince the garlic and add to a sauté pan with the avocado or olive oil. I suggest using a garlic press so it’s very finely minced and you don’t end up with any large pieces in the sauce.
  3. Sauté for a few minutes or until the garlic is very fragrant. 
  4. In a small bowl combine the arrowroot powder and 2 tbsp of the vegetable broth and mix until no clumps remain. Set aside.
  5. To the sauté pan with the garlic, add in the tamari, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, rice vinegar, ginger, and the additional 2 tbsp of vegetable broth. Whisk together. 
  6. Add in the arrowroot mixture and stir. 
  7. When bubbles start to form, add in the chickpeas and stir until they are well coated. 
  8. Cook on low heat until the sauce becomes thick and sticky, about 5 minutes. stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove from the heat and let sit to allow the chickpeas to absorb all of the flavor. 
  10. Serve with steamed broccoli, quinoa, or rice and enjoy!


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Arrowroot powder can be subbed for any other thickening agent such as corn or tapioca starch. However, I prefer arrowroot and think it yields the best results. 

Tamari is the gluten free version of soy sauce, but regular soy sauce will also work. If you are gluten free, just ensure you use tamari. 

If the sauce does not thicken properly after 10-15 minutes, add in an additional tablespoon of arrowroot powder. 

Once prepared, this recipe will store in the fridge for about 5 days. 

The maple syrup can be subbed for honey if desired or even brown or coconut sugar. You can also lower the amount if you are looking for a lower sugar option.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 321
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 10.5g
  • Protein: 11.5g

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