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10 Minute Lemon and Black Pepper Chickpeas

These lemon and black pepper chickpeas are the perfect lunch – they’re incredibly tasty, full of goodness, and take just minutes to make!

A portion of lemon and black pepper chickpeas in a bowl with salad leaves and pitta bread.

This is just the kind of lunch I love to make. You can whip up these lemon and black pepper chickpeas in less than 10 minutes, and use them in all sorts of ways. Packed with tangy, peppery flavours, they make an ideal lunch!

A fork scooping up some lemony pepper chickpeas.

Quick and easy lunch

I sometimes get in a bit of a rut with lunches – it can be boring to eat the same sandwiches over and over again. These lemon and black pepper chickpeas are such a great way to break the monotony!

They take just minutes to prepare, so even if you’re not very well organised (who, me?), you can whip them up at a moment’s notice.

Why make these lemon pepper chickpeas?

These tasty chickpeas are:

  • super healthy – full of fibre and protein, and low in fat
  • really versatile, and can be served in all sorts of ways
  • easy to adapt with whatever you have in the fridge
  • quick and easy to make at a moment’s notice

They pretty much have it all.

Lemon and black pepper chickpeas in a bowl with salad and pitta bread.

How to make lemon and black pepper chickpeas

Step 1: Cook the chickpeas with aromatics

There are really only two steps to this recipe. First, cook the chickpeas in a frying pan with some garlic and spring onions.

The chickpeas become perfectly coated in the lovely flavours – they’d be tasty to eat even just like this, to be honest. But it’s worth continuing…

Chickpeas cooking in a frying pan.

Step 2: Add additional flavours

Just a few more ingredients really make the flavour of these chickpeas pop:

  • lemon juice
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • fresh parsley

If you can use freshly ground black pepper, that’s ideal – it tends to be a little coarser than the pre-ground stuff, and gives a more intense peppery flavour.

Herby chickpeas cooking in a frying pan.

And that’s it! Literally just a few ingredients bring these little chickpeas to life.

How to serve lemon pepper chickpeas

I’ve mentioned how versatile these chickpeas are – they’re great eaten hot or cold, so the world’s your oyster.

Here are a few ideas of ways you could serve them.

  • in a lunchbox as a fun alternative to a sandwich
  • as a protein-rich snack (e.g. instead of nuts or crisps)
  • scattered on a salad, crouton-style
  • stuffed inside a pitta bread with salad leaves and hummus
  • as part of a vegetarian picnic
  • in a vegetarian mezze-style buffet

We had ours for lunch with some soft pitta, salad, and cherry tomatoes. It tasted so fresh and healthy, but super satisfying at the same time.

A hand squeezing fresh lemon juice onto some chickpeas and salad.

How to adapt the recipe

I love recipes like this because of how easy they are to adapt. Don’t have one of the ingredients? No problem! Just swap it out for something else.

  • The spring onions could easily be swapped for chopped red onion or shallots.
  • Butter beans or any other neutral-tasting pulse would be great if you don’t have chickpeas.
  • Add some grated parmesan-style cheese or a knob of butter to make the recipe taste richer and creamier.
  • Throw in a handful of chopped spinach, some cherry tomatoes, or some sliced mushrooms if you’d like to get in some extra veg.

Whatever you do, these lemon and black pepper chickpeas will be quick, tasty, and full of goodness!

Lemon and black pepper chickpeas in a bowl with pitta bread, tomatoes and watercress.

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Lemon and Black Pepper Chickpeas

These lemon and black pepper chickpeas are the perfect lunch – they’re incredibly tasty, full of goodness, and take just minutes to make!
Course Light lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 184kcal
Author Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic puree)
  • 400 g tin chickpeas, drained (240g, or ~ 1 1/4 cups, when drained)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (preferably freshly ground)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat a splash of olive oil in a frying pan, and add the spring onions, garlic, and drained chickpeas. Cook over a medium heat for a few minutes, until hot and fragrant. Add the lemon juice and salt and pepper, and cook for 2 more minutes. Finally, stir through the fresh parsley, and remove from the heat. Serve hot or cold.

Notes

Feel free to adapt the recipe however you see fit – for example, you could add a handful of chopped spinach, swap the chickpeas for butter beans, or sprinkle in some grated parmesan-style cheese. It’s a really versatile recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.9g | Protein: 8.3g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 596mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 7.3g | Sugar: 4.8g | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Lemon and Black Pepper Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 184
Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.9g9%
Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 596mg25%
Potassium 352mg10%
Carbohydrates 25.9g9%
Fiber 7.3g29%
Sugar 4.8g5%
Protein 8.3g17%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1 portion (1/2 of the recipe).

Love healthy lunch ideas with bags of flavour? This roasted vegetable fattoush is ideal:

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Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes

A super simple recipe for easy homemade Parmentier potatoes – small and ultra crispy potato cubes flavoured with rosemary and garlic. The perfect side dish for a special occasion!

A serving bowl of Parmentier potatoes with a text overlay.

The humble potato has got to be one of the most incredible foods on the planet. It doesn’t look like much, but man, it can make a good meal. Parmentier potatoes are one of my all-time favourite potato side dishes – they’re super crispy, herby and garlicky, and pretty much just everything that a potato dish should be.

Crispy Parmentier potatoes on a baking sheet.

What are Parmentier potatoes?

Parmentier potatoes were named after a French man called Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who lived in the 17 and 1800s, and is apparently best remembered as a ‘vocal promoter of the potato’.

(…I think I’ve just found my life’s purpose…)

I imagine modern-day Parmentier potatoes are probably a little different to what they were back in the 1870s, but these days Parmentier potatoes are basically small cubes of potato, cooked until crispy.

In my view, they’re like a mini version of a classic roast potato, except with even more flavour, and even more crispy bits.

A bowl of crispy Parmentier potatoes with fresh rosemary and garlic.

How do you make Parmentier potatoes?

There are various methods of making Parmentier potatoes. As I was researching this recipe, practically every single recipe I looked at used a different cooking method.

Some recipes involve part-boiling the potatoes before roasting.
Some recipes involve pan-frying the potatoes before roasting.
Some recipes don’t use the oven at all.

It seems that the end result is far more important than the cooking method you use – as long as you end up with delicious Parmentier potatoes when you’ve finished, I don’t suppose it matters too much which method you use.

So, as you might expect – I went for the easiest method, which requires the least amount of effort possible. Because who wants to make life harder for no reason?

Close-up photo of Parmentier potatoes on a baking tray with cloves of garlic.

Parmentier potatoes recipe

Step 1: Peel and cut the potatoes

As you may know, I try to avoid peeling my vegetables if I can avoid it, but this is one of those occasions where it’s actually worth doing.

Just peel your potatoes, and cut them up into little cubes. Ideally, your cubes will be about 1-2cm in size. They do shrink a little as they cook, so don’t go too tiny.

Try to get the cubes vaguely even so they cook at the same rate – but don’t worry if it’s not perfect. It actually gives a nice little bit of variety if some of your potatoes end up crispier than others!

Raw potato cubes on a baking tray.

Step 2: Roast with garlic and rosemary

Add some sprigs of fresh rosemary and some whole cloves of garlic to the tray. Obviously the bulk of these will be removed before serving (I’m not suggesting you munch away on a whole stick of rosemary), but they infuse an amazing flavour into the potatoes.

Toss everything in a good amount of oil, and pop them in the oven to roast.

Raw potato cubes on a baking tray with fresh rosemary and garlic.

Step 3: Serve!

Yep, that’s all there is to it. Just make sure you remove the whole cloves of garlic and any particularly woody stems of rosemary before you eat.

This is the sort of recipe that I really love. It really couldn’t be an easier potato dish – but it couldn’t be more delicious either! These potatoes seem a little fancy, and they’re the sort of thing I’d be proud to serve for guests, but they’re also ultra easy to make.

Crispy Parmentier potatoes on a baking tray.

How to serve Parmentier potatoes

Parmentier potatoes are very definitely a side dish – they need something alongside them to create a full meal.

They’re the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner (even a fancy one like for Christmas or Easter!).

Of course, if you’re a vegetarian you won’t be making any type of roast meat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a brilliant roast. Here are a few ideas of things to serve alongside your Parmentier potatoes:

  • some sort of nut roast or bean roast (this cheesy bean roast is my all-time favourite)
  • veggie cutlets (and plenty of gravy)
  • a rich gravy-based stew, like my mushroom bourguignon
  • toad in the hole
  • any type of vegetable pie – this mushroom stroganoff pie would work well
  • vegetable en croute

Any of these would work really well with some Parmentier potatoes and some extra veggies.

A bowl of Parmentier potatoes with roasted garlic and fresh rosemary.

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Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes

A super simple recipe for easy homemade Parmentier potatoes – small and ultra crispy potato cubes flavoured with rosemary and garlic. The perfect side dish for a special occasion!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 260kcal
Author Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 800 g (~ 1 3/4 lb) potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp oil (I used rapeseed oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Few sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ~ 6 whole cloves garlic

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes, and cut into 1-2cm dice.
  • Toss the potatoes in some oil, and lay them in a single layer on a baking tray. Sprinkle plenty of salt and pepper over the potatoes, and add a few whole sprigs of fresh rosemary and a few whole cloves of garlic (no need to peel them).
  • Roast at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for approximately 35 minutes, stirring halfway, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the garlic cloves and any particularly woody stems of rosemary before serving (small rosemary leaves that break off are fine to leave!).

Notes

If you need to reheat any leftovers, it’s best to use the oven, as potatoes can lose their crispiness in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.7g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 9.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 2.9g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 260
Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.5g15%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 791mg33%
Potassium 1046mg30%
Carbohydrates 40.7g14%
Fiber 6.5g26%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 4.5g9%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/3 of the recipe.

Looking for another side dish good enough for a special occasion? This creamy sweet potato gratin is perfect:

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