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Braised Chickpeas with Chard

Another few-ingredient, scour-the-pantry recipe, coming in hot! Smoked paprika and jarred marinara sauce punch up a simple vegetarian dinner of tomato-y braised chickpeas with chard.


braised chickpeas in a tomato sauce with chard shown in a ceramic bowl with crusty bread

A Healthy, Hearty Vegetarian Dinner

Canned chickpeas braise in a tomato-y, garlicky sauce making for a quick, nutritious meal that’s built largely out of pantry ingredients. And in these stuck-at-home, grocery store-avoiding days of self-quarantine, that’s exactly what we need, right? Flavorful and healthy, this braised chickpea recipe just might be the answer to your anything-but-pasta-again dinnertime dreams. Bolstered the addition of dark leafy greens—use chard, kale, or even a braising mix—and a sprinkle of smoked paprika, these braised chickpeas just might earn a spot in your post-quarantine rotation, too.

swiss chard, crustly loaf of bread, can of chickpeas, butter, smoked paprika, garlic and a jar of tomato sauce shown.

Five Ingredients Are All You Need to Make A Delicious, Quick Vegan Dinner

So, if you have smoked paprika on-hand, it’ll make this garbanzo bean recipe just a little bit more exciting. But if not, it’ll still be really delicious! The five main ingredients are super-flavorful as it is. All you’ll need to make braised chickpeas is:

  • Chickpeas.
  • Olive oil (or butter works, too!)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Jarred marinara sauce.
  • Swiss chard. Or kale, or spinach, or really any leafy green that you’ve got around. Sometimes at farmers markets you’ll see a “braising mix”, that includes mustard greens, kale, chard and the like—that type of leafy green mixture would work perfectly here.
chickpeas with tomato sauce and swiss chard shown in a large white skillet
braised chickpeas with chard shown in a large white skillet with a wooden spoon

How To Braise Chickpeas (and Call Dinner DONE!)

Braised beans are such a cinch, think of this recipe as a bit of a gateway recipe—get the hang of it, and before you know it, you’ll be braising every bean you’ve got in your house. The gentle, moist heat allows the chickpeas to warm through, but also to soak up the wonderfully satisfying, classic Mediterranean flavors—tomatoes, garlic, olive oil—we braise them with. Serve the finished braised chickpeas with some good crusty bread, and maybe some nice cheese. Here’s how to make this ultra-satisfying, ultra-easy, vegan dinner:

  1. Warm the olive oil (or butter) over medium heat.
  2. Add the chickpeas.
  3. Add the garlic and smoked paprika (if you’ve got it). Stir for a couple minutes.
  4. Pour in the marinara sauce and bring the whole pan to a simmer.
  5. After about ten minutes, stir in your leafy greens and cook until they wilt.
  6. And you’re DONE!
braised chickpeas in tomato sauce with a large wooden spoon

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braised chickpeas in tomato sauce with chard shown in a ceramic bowl with sourdough bread and a wooden handled spoon.

More Easy Vegetarian Dinners Your Family Will Love:

Plant-based meals—we’re pretty into them right now. And not just because we’re basically eating the entire contents of our pantry. Also because they’re healthy, and can be just as satisfying as their meaty counterparts. Here are four vegetarian recipes we’re eyeing right now:

Into Bean-Braising Now? Welcome to the Club.

We set out to make a recipe that would use just a few pantry ingredients, and while we knew we wanted to come up with something tasty and quarantine-friendly, we didn’t know that it would turn out quite this good. We hope you give this recipe a try, and if you do, let us know how it goes! Snap a photo of your braised chickpeas and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can see! Happy eating!

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Braised Chickpeas with Chard

  • Serves: 4
  • Yields: 2½ cups
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 2 cups finely chopped, stemmed Swiss chard leaves or curly kale (about 6 ounces)
  • 4 slices bread, toasted


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is glistening, add the chickpeas and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and paprika. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 more minutes.

  2. Pour in the marinara and cook, stirring, until the sauce begins to thicken, about 10 minutes. Add the greens and stir until just wilted, about 2 minutes.

  3. Spoon the mixture over the toast, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories279
  • Protein7 g
  • Carbohydrates24 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium236 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Braised Chickpeas with Chard

Questions & Reviews

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  • Natalie

    Looks delicious. Do you have a metric measurement for the marinara sauce? Is this volume or weight? Thansk

    You need a 24 ounce jar of marinara. Hope you enjoy!

  • Sue

    I now have all the ingredients. However, I haven't used chard before. Do I use the stems? They are quite colorful but also seem rather thick so please let me know. Thanks -Sue

    Just use the leaves for this recipe. Hope you enjoy Sue!

  • mary

    Does it freeze well?

    We haven't tried it but it should work fine!

  • Milgred

    I want to make this but I don’t know how to make bead. do you also have the recipe for the bread on the photo?

    Hi Mildred, you can just buy any crusty loaf of bread that you like from the store!

  • Debbie

    hat size is the can of chickpeas? I think can sizes are not the same in US and Canada, so it would be useful if you could specify.

    A can of chickpeas in the U.S. is about 15 ounces, or roughly 1 1/2 cups.

  • Cynthia

    Easy but so flavorful and delicious!

    Thanks Cynthia, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Lorena

    This was incredibly fast to make, and does not lack flavor at all. It was amazing!!!

    Thanks Lorena, so glad you loved it!

  • Cynthia

    Wonderful dish, prepared using all ingredients listed except I used Lacinato Kale.

    Thanks Cynthia, we are so happy you loved it!!

  • Liz

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I tweaked the recipe a bit and added a scant 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes when I added the garlic and paprika to the skillet. Also used kale and sauted that with the chickpeas to wilt them a bit before adding the sauce. Everyone really liked this and will make it again.

    Only thing I might do different is to put some olive oil on the bread and lightly toast it in a skillet.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Thanks Liz! We are so happy you loved it!

  • Kat

    Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOVE this dish! I’ve made it 3x since I discovered it and left works work perfectly for breakfast with an egg on top the next day. I am NOT a multi day meal repeater but I don’t get tired of this one :)

    Thanks Kat, we are so happy you love it!