Lemony Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Rice

Lemony Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Rice

A refreshing balanced meal featuring chickpeas and veggies.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-6


2 cans chickpeas
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup uncooked rice
1 medium onion
1 head of broccoli
½ bouillon cube OR 1 cup broth
1 lemon
1 Tbsp. oil
Crushed red pepper, salt and black pepper to taste
2 garlic cloves (optional)


  1. Chop onion and broccoli into florets or smaller, bite-size pieces. Open all cans – drain and rinse the chickpeas ahead of time so you’ll have them ready to go.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions.
  3. While rice is cooking, heat oil in medium to large pan over medium heat.
  4. When oil is heated, add chopped onion. Sautee for 3-5 minutes until onions are tender and slightly see-through.
  5. Add drained and rinsed chickpeas to pan with onions, as well as the diced tomatoes. Add broth (or ½ bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup boiling water) and seasonings of choice.
  6. Increase heat to medium high and bring the ingredients to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cover the pan to simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. While the dish is reducing, cook the broccoli. Either:
    1. Place broccoli in microwave-safe dish and pour 2-3 Tbsp. water over top. Cover with a dinner plate and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. Carefully check if broccoli is tender and cook in additional 1-minute bursts as necessary.
    2. Coat a skillet with 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add florets and a big pinch of salt. Toss to coat with oil and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until broccoli is bright green and tender.
  8. After 10 minutes of cooking, uncover the pan and simmer the dish for another 4 or 5 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced.
  9. Once reduced, get the lemon. Gently press the lemon and roll along your countertop. Zest the lemon and cut the fruit in half to squeeze the juice onto the chickpeas.
  10. Serve over rice and top with broccoli. Enjoy!


  • Add garlic, paprika, lemon, or crushed red pepper to the broccoli if you’re sautéing it for extra flavor.
  • Fresh wilted spinach is a great substitute for broccoli.
  • Replace the rice with other grains like quinoa, barley, or any of your other favorites.
  • Add different vegetables and spices to put new twists on this dish!