Spicy Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas

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Spicy Sauteed Kale and Chickpeas

Covering the pan initially allows the kale to steam, infusing it with the scent of garlic and softening its rigid structure. This is a superhealthy anytime meal that’s composed of all pantry staples, besides the kale. It makes a terrific vegetarian main or side dish.


Spicy Sautéed Kale & Chickpeas


3 large cloves garlic, very thinly sliced

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) olive oil

1 lb. (500 g) lacinato kale, tough stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped

1 can (14 oz./440 g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Kosher salt


Warm a large sauté pan or frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and oil and sauté, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 7 minutes.


Put about half of the kale in the pan. Cover and let wilt for about 2 minutes, then uncover and add the rest of the kale. Using tongs, turn the kale to coat with the oil and garlic. Cover the pan and cook until the kale is tender, 15–20 minutes.


Uncover and stir in the chickpeas, pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Raise the heat to medium and sauté until the chickpeas are heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve right away. Serves 4.


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13 comments about “Spicy Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas

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  3. Erin

    This was outstanding! The red pepper really made it too! I added some chopped shallots to mine and blanched it first… awesome! ty for the recipe!

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  6. Chrissy

    Thanks for sharing. This was a good recipe. I wouldn’t give it 5 stars, but def. 4 stars. I think that’s because I’m not a huge fan of chickpeas, but the kale distracted from the chickpea taste as a major plus.

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