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braised chickpeas in a red dutch oven with lemon slices on top

Olive Oil Braised Chickpeas

Olive Oil Braised Chickpeas are an incredibly simple, elegant, and delicious appetizer. Easily vegan, or fancied up with a bit of cheese over the top. 
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 244kcal


  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 2 14-ounce cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup capers drained
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small red chili thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon thinly sliced
  • flakey sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oven to 375°F / 190°C.
  • Place a small dutch oven over medium heat and add a couple of tablespoons of the olive oil.
  • Add the onions, and sauté until they are softened and beginning to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the dutch oven from the heat, and add the remaining olive oil, chickpeas, capers, sliced chili, salt, pepper, and thyme sprigs. Stir to combine. Arrange lemon slices over the top of the chickpeas.
  • Cover with a lid, or with foil if your dish doesn't have a lid, and place in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the oil is bubbling and the chickpeas are soft. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle the top with cheese if you're using it. 
  • Serve with slices of baguette. 


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 12mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.5mg