This recipe is SOO good and SO easy. I was fully surprised at how comparable the taste of these chickpeas is to buffalo chicken. Wrap ’em up in a pita with some hummus and veggies and you have yourself a “buff chick” wrap. I want to try these on everything, salads, pizza, and maybe even roasted as a little snack.
Chickpeas are high in protein, which is important for growth and maintenance of your body/tissues, with 15 grams of protein in 1 cup. To find out your personal protein requirements multiply .36 and your body weight, however amounts may vary for activity level/lifestyle. In general, 25-35% of the calories you consume should be protein, and has also been show to boost metabolism levels, if you comply to dietary needs. There are other websites/calculations you can use to determine your appropriate amount of protein consumption like this protein calculator.
Chickpeas also have 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is 50% of the daily value of 25 grams of fiber. Women need at least 25 grams of fiber, and men need 38 grams of fiber a day. Soluble fiber, which is found in chickpeas, is linked to lowering levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), blood sugar regulation, and lowering risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Soluble fiber slows down digestion, resulting in better control of blood sugar and beneficial for those who have diabetes, and is also good for mitigating diarrhea, unlike insoluble fiber which is better for constipation.
For this recipe, you can use any type of hot sauce/seasoning (I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce). I was also surprised at how well the coconut oil contributed to the taste effect of buffalo chicken. You will see that it adds an interesting buttery component to the flavor without having and outstanding coconut taste. The original recipe also comes with a dressing, which I have yet to try. Enjoy!!
Recipe for Buffalo Chickpeas (adapted from Minimalist Baker):
- 1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained and dried
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cajun seasoning, paprika, or any other seasoning you like
- Veggies for salad: romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, onions, avocado, anything else you want to include
- Pita bread
- Hummus to spread on pita
- Add chickpeas, coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of hot sauce, garlic powder and salt to a bowl and mix until chickpeas are coated evenly.
- Heat a pan or skillet to medium heat and add chickpeas, sautéing for 3-5 minutes and mashing occasionally for added texture.
- Remove chickpeas from heat and add remaining hot sauce. Place chickpeas and mixed veggies in a pita and enjoy!!!