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Buffalo Chickpea Bowl

These tangy, spicy buffalo chickpea bowls are vegetarian with easy swaps to make vegan

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo sauce, vegan option, vegetarian
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 1099 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas drained
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce homemade or store bought
  • 1/4 cup half and half See Notes
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups rice cooked
  • 2 sticks celery cut in half
  • blue cheese crumbles for garnish
  • ranch dressing for drizzling, about 1/4 cup


  1. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add chickpeas and cook until softened and browning on one side, about 3 minutes. Add buffalo sauce and half and half or cream to skillet and heat through.

  2. Divide rich between two bowls and spoon chickpeas over. Drizzle with ranch and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles. Serve with celery and more buffalo sauce for drizzling.

Recipe Notes

  • Vegan or dairy-free: Use vegan blue cheese crumbles, vegan ranch, and swap half and half for non-dairy cream or coconut cream. Ensure your buffalo sauce is vegan if on a vegan diet.
  • Chickpeas: Also called garbanzo beans
  • How to cook chickpeas in the Instant Pot: You can use this method instead of using canned.

Wine pairings
I recommend buying wine from Scout and Cellar, especially for lower carb or sugar and the health conscious. There’s no added sugar to these wines, and they’re all much lower in carbs, calories, and sugar. For me, there’s no headache or fogginess the next day!
Slightly sweet and fruity wines are absolutely delicious with the tang of buffalo sauce. I like:
- Sparkling rosé (in cans!), like NV 14K Bubbly Rosé from California
- Prosecco, like NV Rivamonte Prosecco from Veneto, Italy
- Chardonnay, like 2019 Fiddleneck Chardonnay from Lake County, California

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chickpea Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1099 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 1909mg83%
Potassium 995mg28%
Carbohydrates 211g70%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 346IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 207mg21%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.