You’d be surprised how much you can do with a chickpea – yotam ottolenghi recipes _ life and style _ the guardian

Did you make it through 40 days of Lenten abstinence, relying mostly on the tins and cans already in your cupboard? I’m not a great faster, but I have been using up the many cans of chickpeas I had at the start of the month, so maybe I was abstaining without realising it.

There’s a joyful contradiction with chickpeas, too: on the one hand, they have been a simple, rustic meal since Roman times, but at the same time, and along with other legumes, they have always had such prominence and importance that four of the greatest Roman families took their names from them: Fabius from the fava bean, Lentulus from the lentil, Piso from the pea and, of course, Cicero from the chickpea.

It’s that contradiction – humble yet also powerfully versatile – that defines this tiny legume, and that means a can of chickpeas is for life, in all its decadence, and not just for the abstinence of Lent. Recipe chicken fingers Turkey and chickpea meatballs

There are two kinds of chickpea: the larger, softer ones often sold in jars, and the more familiar small ones in cans (I favour the Napolina brand for those). Baked chicken tenders calories Ideally, use the former for this, because they’ll give the meatballs a better texture.

Cooking chicken tenders on stove Serve with a chunky vegetable salad and a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Homemade chicken tenders fried Makes 12 meatballs, to serve four.

Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan on a medium-high flame, then fry the onion for seven to eight minutes, stirring regularly, until soft and golden brown. Baked chicken strips in oven Tip in the spice mix, garlic and chickpeas, and cook for two to three minutes, mashing the chickpeas while they’re cooking, then take the pan off the heat and leave to cool. How to make chicken strips in the oven Once the mixture has cooled down, add the turkey mince, herbs, lemon zest, tahini and tomato, mix well, then form into 12 5cm-wide balls.

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. How long to cook chicken tenders at 350 Wipe clean the frying pan, add the remaining two tablespoons of oil and heat over a medium-high flame. Arby’s chicken tenders calories Once hot, fry the meatballs for seven minutes, turning them carefully, until browned all over, then transfer to a small baking tray and bake for 10 minutes until cooked through. Making chicken fingers Serve warm, with a wedge of lemon alongside. Dip for chicken fingers Sweet potato and chickpea patties with coconut and apple salsa

Heat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Sauce for chicken fingers Put the sweet potatoes on a medium oven tray and bake for 40-50 minutes, until soft all the way through. Healthy baked chicken fingers Set aside and, once cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and put it in a colander lined with a clean J-cloth or muslin; discard the skins. Pan fried chicken fingers Set aside for an hour, every now and then squeezing out as much of the liquid as possible: in the end, you should have about 500g flesh.

Put three-quarters of the chickpeas in a large bowl and roughly mash. Homemade baked chicken fingers Add the remaining whole chickpeas, the sweet potato, a teaspoon and a quarter of salt, and all the remaining ingredients bar the oil. Homemade chicken fingers baked Mix to combine, then, using two dessert spoons, divide into 24 portions of just under 50g each: it’s soft, so don’t shape into patties just yet.

Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large, nonstick frying pan on a medium flame. Ultimate chicken fingers Add six portions of the sweet potato mix, press each one down into a 7cm-round patty once they’re in the pan, and fry for three to four minutes, flipping them halfway through, until golden brown on both sides. Homemade fried chicken fingers Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining patty mix, adding a tablespoon of oil to the pan with each batch. How long to bake chicken fingers Serve warm with salsa spooned on top or alongside. How long to cook chicken fingers Rose harissa chickpeas with flaked cod

These chickpeas are lovely on their own, too, which turns them into a 15-minute meal, because you don’t have to wait for the fish to marinate for half an hour. Chicken fingers in oven Serves four, as part of a meze, or two as a main.

Mix the cod with a teaspoon and a half of olive oil, a quarter-teaspoon of cumin, the crushed garlic and a pinch of salt, and leave to marinate for half an hour.

Heat the remaining two tablespoons of oil in a large saute pan on a medium-high flame. How long to fry chicken fingers Once hot, fry the onion for four to five minutes, stirring often, until soft and golden brown. Homemade chicken fingers fried Turn down the heat to medium, add the sliced garlic and stir for a minute, then add the remaining cumin, the cardamom, harissa, tomato paste, preserved lemon, chickpeas and a quarter-teaspoon of salt. Homemade chicken strips batter Stir for a minute, pour in the stock and leave to cook for three to four minutes, crushing some of the chickpeas with the back of the spoon, until the sauce is thick. Homemade chicken strips fried Add the fish to the pot and leave it to poach for three to four minutes, gently turning it over halfway through, until cooked through and starting to flake apart. Homemade chicken plucker fingers Stir in the coriander (or, if you prefer, scatter it on top of the finished dish as a garnish), spoon into a shallow bowl and serve hot. Zaxby’s chicken fingers calories Crisp spinach with chickpeas

Put a large saucepan on a high heat, add the spinach, parsley, oregano and a third of a teaspoon of salt, and leave to wilt, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, until the leaves start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Fried chicken fingers calories Turn down the heat to medium-low and gradually pour in the oil, stirring as you pour and scraping the browned leaves from the base of the pan. Chicken fingers nutrition facts Leave to cook for another 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the greens are dark, then stir in the chickpeas and fry gently for 10 minutes more, stirring now and then, until the chickpeas are just starting to brown but are still soft inside. Applebees chicken tenders calories Add the garlic, fry, stirring occasionally, for a final five minutes, then spoon into a shallow bowl and serve.