Chicken-less Nuggets

Yield 10 Nuggets
  • 1 14oz/400g tin of cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoon rolled oats (source gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • A pinch cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari sauce, plus additional to brush (opt for a gluten free brand)
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nut butter
  • 3 cup breadcrumbs made from wholegrain bread (wheat & gluten free options will work here)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.

2. Open and drain the can of chickpeas.

3. Place the chickpeas into a mini food processor and blitz until smooth. You may have to stop every now and again to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add about 5 tablespoons water throughout this process to loosen it up and make blitzing easier. Do not add more than 5 tablespoons.

4. Add the oats, flaxseed, all the spices, salt and pepper along with the tamari sauce and blitz until well-combined. Remove the mixture and tip into a bowl.

5. Gently heat the cashew nut butter in a pan on the stove to loosen and warm it, making it easier to combine into the mixture. Use a silicon spatula to scrape the butter from the pan into the chickpea mixture.

6. Then, lastly, fold 1/3 cup breadcrumbs into the mixture.

7. Create small portions of approximately 30g (1.2oz) balls and form into nugget-type shapes. Coat each nugget in the remaining 1/3 breadcrumbs (laid out on a plate) and roll around until evenly coated.

8. Place the nuggets onto a tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning each one at the 15 minute-mark. After 30 minutes, increase the oven to 200°C / 400°F and bake for 10 or 15 more minutes until the breadcrumbs have toasted – but not burnt.

9. Remove and brush the nuggets with tamari sauce and serve immediately with any dipping sauce of your choice, or simply lemon or lime wedges.