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Vegan Chicken Parmesan
Vegan Chickpea Parmesan
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
This veganized take on chicken parm is made from chickpea cutlets that are cooked up with a crispy cornmeal crust, drenched in marinara sauce and sprinkled in cashew Parmesan cheese.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 577 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Chickpea Cutlets
  • 1-14 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. unflavored soy or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Batter
For the Cornmeal Coating
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
For Frying
  • about ¼ cup olive oil
For Serving
  1. Place all chickpea cutlet ingredients into food processor. Pulse just until well mixed and chickpeas are finely chopped. Transfer mixture to a container and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  2. Stir all batter ingredients together in a small bowl. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Stir all cornmeal coating ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Remove chickpea cutlet mixture from refrigerator and shape into 4 ovals, about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide.
  5. Generously coat the bottom of a large nonstick skillet with oil and place over medium heat. When oil is hot, dip each side of a chickpea cutlet into batter, then into cornmeal mixture to coat. Place in skillet. Repeat for as many cutlets will fit in the skillet without overcrowding. Cook until browned and crispy on bottoms, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes on opposite sides. Repeat until all cutlets are cooked, adding oil to the skillet as needed between batches.
  6. Serve topped with marinara sauce, optionally over pasta and sprinkled with cashew Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Prep time includes chill time for the chickpea cutlet mixture.

This recipe makes more than enough batter and cornmeal coating.

Nutrition information does not include pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chickpea Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 577 Calories from Fat 194
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.6g33%
Saturated Fat 3.5g18%
Sodium 1290mg54%
Potassium 910mg26%
Carbohydrates 83.5g28%
Fiber 13.7g55%
Sugar 15.6g17%
Protein 13.3g27%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.