Chickpea Basil Sauté

Recipe posted in: Snack

Chickpea Basil Sauté. It sounds complicated but trust us, it’s not. Chickpeas have been a staple of the Orient and Mediterranean for centuries, and for good reason. They are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Plus, they’re delicious!

This chickpea recipe makes a great vegetarian entree or side with one of our South Beach Diet healthy chicken recipes.

Phase: Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 4

Nutrition Information

  • 3 Good Carbohydrates
  • 1 Vegetables


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-19 ounces each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • Sprig basil, for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cumin seeds and cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes. Add the pepper and water. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the scallions and chickpeas and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the basil.
  2. Serve with the rice. Garnish with the basil.