Chickpea Piccata

Chicken-free version of a classic Italian entrée: lemony, garlicky, capery chickpeas served over pasta or mashed potatoes.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Time: 30 minutes


  • large, heavy saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • shallow bowls
  • ladle


  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1 c shallots, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 T bread crumbs
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • ⅓ c dry white wine
  • ½ t salt
  • pepper
  • ½ t dried thyme
  • 2 c chickpeas, soaked and cooked or canned, drained, and rinsed
  • ¼ c capers
  • 1 t caper brine
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 4 c arugula (optional)
  • 4 c cooked pasta or mashed potatoes


Heat oil over medium heat, add shallots and garlic, and sauté until lightly colored, about 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs and toast for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add broth, wine, salt, pepper, and thyme. Turn up heat and let boil for about 7 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly and reduced by half.

Add chickpeas and capers and cook another 3 minutes, until heated through. Stir in brine and lemon juice and remove from heat.

Arrange arugula in bowls, top with pasta or mashed potatoes, then cover with chickpeas and broth.


Appetite for ReductionAdapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction (read my review).

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Chickpea piccata