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Herbed Orange Harissa Chickpeas

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A flavorful Moroccan inspired Harissa Chickpeas dish delicately spiced with orange and fresh herbs. This spicy side dish is vegan, quick + easy to make and bursting with beautiful flavors!

a cast iron skillet filled with harissa chickpeas

I’ve been on a real harissa kick lately! I’ve been adding it to rice, quinoa, soups, chilis, and then there were these chickpeas. Ahh. These chickpeas. I’m not one to brag, but these Harissa Chickpeas are not only delicious, they are cannot-stop-eating-knock-your-socks-off kind of delicious. They are kinda my new favorite thing. And, I hope you find yourself enamored with them, too.

a black bowl filled with moroccan chickpeas
basil mint and dill on a sponge painted wooden gray backdrop
a black bowl filled with harissa chickpeas and a vintage spoon

Harissa Chickpeas

These Moroccan Harissa Chickpeas are:

  • Richly flavorful.
  • Super quick and easy to make.
  • Slightly spicy, fruity, smoky and fresh all rolled into one.
  • Packed with fiber and protein.
  • Versatile as a main, side or condiment-style dish.
  • Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, and naturally sweetened with fruit.
a mound of chickpeas topped with moroccan spices and orange zest
a cast iron skillet filled with orange harissa chickpeas topped with fresh herbs

What do I need to make Orange Spiced Harissa Chickpeas?

  • Chickpeas.
  • Oil.
  • Garlic & onion.
  • Harissa sauce.
  • Orange juice & orange zest.
  • Spices.
  • Fresh herbs.
  • Salt.

(Please note — the full ingredients list and amounts can be found towards the bottom of this post in the recipe card)

a black bowl filled with moroccan chickpeas

How-to Make Harissa Chickpeas – Step by Step

  1. Saute onions and garlic.
  2. Add remaning ingredients.
  3. Simmer until thickened.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
step by step process photos for making harissa chickpeas

Top Tips for Making Moroccan Chickpeas


Please note that this recipes uses harissa sauce, not the paste or the seasoning blend. This Moroccan Harissa is my favorite.

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I prefer orange in this recipe, but for a fun variation, grapefruit or lemon juice/zest can be used this recipe as a suitable substitution for the orange zest and juice.


I do recommend using smoked paprika as opposed to Hungarian paprika in this recipe. The smokiness greatly complements the harissa sauce.


Any variety of chopped fresh herbs works well in this recipe. I like to use a combination of cilantro, dill and basil. But fresh mint, thyme and parsley work well, too!


Not a fan of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)? White beans work as a beautiful substitution.

a black bowl filled with spicy moroccan chickpeas

What should I serve with Harissa Chickpeas?

  • Serve them on their own (they are that good).
  • Alongside rice, quinoa or other grains.
  • In tortillas as a wrap.
  • Alongside tortilla chips or your favorite flatbread.
  • As a taco filling.
  • With eggs or chickpea scramble.
  • As a baked potato topper.
  • Alongside other side dishes and a main course.
a cast iron skillet filled with spicy chickpeas topped with fresh herbs alongside a measuring spoon filled with harissa sauce
a closeup of orange harissa chickpes
a close up of harissa chickpeas in black bowl with vintage spoon

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Herbed Orange Harissa Chickpeas

A flavorful Moroccan inspired Harissa Chickpeas dish delicately spiced with orange and fresh herbs. This spicy side dish is vegan, quick + easy to make and bursting with beautiful flavors!

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Course: Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: Moroccan
Diet: Gluten Free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 tablespoon avocado olive or grapeseed oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 10 ounces cooked or canned chickpeas rinsed and drained (approx. 1 1/2 cups or 250 grams)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice unsweetened, fresh or organic (approx. 60 ml)
  • 3 teaspoons harissa sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • fresh cilantro basil and/or dill herbs, chopped (approx. 1/4 cup or so)
  • salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, saute while stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add chickpeas, juice, harissa, orange zest, cumin, and paprika. Allow to come to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Simmer for 2-5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and all has thickened.
  • Give a sprinkle of salt/salt to taste.
  • Top with fresh chopped herbs before serving.
  • Enjoy!


Please refer to the Tips section above in the post for valuable information.


Serving: 3/4 cup | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 773mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 10g
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About Author

Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.


  • Gemma @ MakeupMuddle.com
    02/09/2020 at 6:47 PM

    What a delicious sounding recipe! Chickpeas are something I always have in my pantry, so this recipe will be a great way of using them. Your photos are beautiful xo

    • Kristen Wood
      02/11/2020 at 1:13 AM

      Thank you so much!

  • Jo
    02/04/2020 at 8:26 AM

    We’ve been on a chickpeas kick, but I have yet to try harissa. Can’t wait to try it and see if I love it too!

    • Kristen Wood
      02/04/2020 at 12:02 PM

      I hope you love it! 🙂

  • Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica
    02/02/2020 at 9:15 AM

    MMm I can just catch a whiff of what my kitchen will smell like with this dish on the stove!
    I’ve always loved playing with different chickpea recipes — and this one looks SO tasty!
    Thanks! On my list to make asap!!

    • Kristen Wood
      02/02/2020 at 10:15 PM

      Thank you, Carol!

  • Raia Todd
    01/27/2020 at 1:38 PM

    These look lovely! The citrus and spice sound like a delicious combination. 🙂

    • Kristen Wood
      01/27/2020 at 3:18 PM

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Nicole Dawson
    01/27/2020 at 10:16 AM

    I can see why you’ve been on a kick making this! I’m loving the amount of flavor you’ve added, especially the orange. Looking forward to trying this myself.

    • Kristen Wood
      01/27/2020 at 3:22 PM

      Thank you so much, Nicole!

  • Alisa Fleming
    01/24/2020 at 12:39 PM

    I’ve been seeing a lot of harissa seasonings in stores, but haven’t been sure how to use them. This gives a great starting point!

  • Gabriella @ Putumayo Kitchen
    01/22/2020 at 5:08 AM

    These look so delicious… can’t wait to try! xxxx

    • Kristen Wood
      01/22/2020 at 9:57 PM

      Thank you so much, Gabriella! xo.

  • Daniela
    01/21/2020 at 6:14 PM

    These flavor combinations are truly spot on! I cannot wait to make this! And the photos are so lovely – smoky and exotic like the dish!

    • Kristen Wood
      01/22/2020 at 9:59 PM

      Thank you so much, Daniela!<3


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