General Tso’s Chick Peas (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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General Tso's Chick Peas (Vegan, Gluten-Free) is a delicious and healthy alternative to general tso chicken or even tofu for those who are avoiding soy.

General Tso’s Chick Peas (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

The chickpeas absorbed the flavors of its marinade well, it is quick and easy to prepare. Its delicious served over steamed brown rice and steamed broccoli.


I was inspired by this dish after I made a Jamaican jerked chickpeas, it was too spicy for posting and so I decided to further tweak the recipe. In the meantime, I decided to come up with other dishes.

General Tso's Chick Peas (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

How To Make General Tso's Chick Peas (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I had plenty of chickpeas, which had been dried, soaked, cooked and placed in freezer containers for later use.

So I defrosted a container of chickpeas and decided to make different dishes. some roasted fennel hummus, chickpea curry and of course I ended up with this flavorful dish. A definite winner recipe tastes just like Chinese takeout!
I basically marinated the drained chickpeas for 10 minutes. Sauteed garlic, spring onion, and ginger. Add chickpeas, sauce and cook until thickened. So quick and easy to prepare, so delicious served with brown rice.

If you use canned chickpeas, you can reserve a 1/4 cup of liquid to use instead of vegetable broth. Chickpeas are very versatile and you would be amazed by all the different recipes that are out there that used chickpeas.

The water that the chickpea cooks in is called aquafaba and I will be sharing recipes using it shortly. Aquafaba can be used to make meringue, whipped cream, etc.

General Tso's Chickpeas (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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321 kcal / 1342 kJ
8 g
15 g
49 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

23 min
5 min
Ready in:
28 min
4 Servings




  1. In a medium bowl, add chickpeas, liquid aminos, lemon juice and cornstarch. Set aside for 10 minutes to marinate.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat, add garlic, ginger and spring onions. Cook for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly until fragrant. Add chickpeas and stir to coat.
  3. Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Add to chickpeas and cook stirring gently until sauce thickens. Turn off heat and stir in sesame oil. Serve over steamed brown rice and garnish with spring onions.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Becky Striepe
    June 7, 2016

    Oh my gosh, this looks so good. One of my favorite take out dishes is General Tso’s Chicken from Green Sprout, a vegan Chinese place here in town.

  2. Barbara
    March 28, 2016

    Tried this for dinner tonight. I can honestly say I will not get fast food again. This is amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 28, 2016

      That’s wonderful Barbara, so excited that you can enjoy making fast food at home! Thanks for your feedback.

  3. Anosa
    February 3, 2016

    I have not had chick peas for a while now need to grab some on my weekly shop ad try this recipe out

  4. Holly @ Woman Tribune
    February 3, 2016

    What a great take on General Tso’s! And to think you can still indulge in those great General Tso’s flavors in a more wholesome way.

  5. Patranila
    January 31, 2016

    I don’t think I’ve eaten chick peas in a long time. Looks good though.

  6. Amy Jones
    January 30, 2016

    This recipe looks super delicious. Love that it’s vegan and gluten free.

  7. Shannon Gurnee
    January 30, 2016

    This looks and sounds like an amazing recipe! I want to try making this some time!

  8. melandria romero
    January 30, 2016

    your picture is tempting and making me wish to eat this.

  9. Shaylee @ Data Nerds
    January 29, 2016

    I’m not a vegetarian but I love making vegetarian meals most of the week! This is a great recipe to add to my collection!

  10. Rosey
    January 29, 2016

    Chick peas make me happy. I like to find recipe suggestions for using them.

  11. Ana
    January 28, 2016

    This looks incredibly yummy + vegan and GF, can it get any better!?

  12. OurFamilyWorld
    January 28, 2016

    My oh my, that looks amazing. I can’t wait to make this for my family.

  13. Angela
    January 28, 2016

    Yeah I have found another chickpea recipe to use. This is a really great as I’m wanting to cook more with legumes. Angela Milnes

  14. Ayesha
    January 28, 2016

    Sounds delish! Yum :) Now I’m craving ha-ha
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ayesha
    January 28, 2016

    Yum yum! This one is awesome :)

  16. Liz Mays
    January 28, 2016

    This is definitely up my alley, and honestly, the spicy version would have been a hit for me too. I love me some fire!

  17. Maddie
    January 28, 2016

    Looks yummy! Great use of chickpeas.

  18. Eileen
    January 28, 2016

    Sounds like a delicious and healthy vegetable dish! I am sure my kids would love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  19. Lexie Lane
    January 28, 2016

    Great recipe and looks rich and delicious. Will try this later.

  20. Mardene Carr
    January 28, 2016

    I have heard so much about chick pease but I have never tried it. Note to self…take a second look at this

  21. nicole escat
    January 28, 2016

    This is absolutely looks delicious. I would love to try this on weekend. I hope my family would love this.

  22. michelle
    January 28, 2016

    i really like chick peas so i bet i would love this

  23. Ana De- Jesus
    January 28, 2016

    I love chickpeas as well especially chickpea curry. This looks so tasty!

  24. angie
    January 27, 2016

    wow awesome the taste that my teens love but so much better for them thanks for sharing I will be sharing as well

  25. Jennifer Rollins
    January 27, 2016

    This looks delish, I can’t wait to try it!

  26. Elizabeth O.
    January 27, 2016

    It looks so appetizing! I love vegan food, but I love my meat too. This recipe is worth the try, definitely. Especially since chickpeas absorb flavor really well.

  27. Amber
    January 27, 2016

    I can’t say I’ve ever tried Chickpeas. I’ll have to look into it. The dish looks delicious.

  28. Eugenia
    January 27, 2016

    Really like your recipe! Looks delicious :-)

  29. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    January 27, 2016

    We love homemade chinese food. I need to make this :)

  30. Terese
    January 7, 2016

    Wow, this was amazing! The sauce was to die for – I can see using it in other stir-fry type recipes!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 7, 2016

      Awesome Terese, so happy you enjoyed it. Stir-fry veggies sounds yum!