Tenderstem® Chilli and Chickpea Bites

Tenderstem® Chilli & Chickpea Bites

  • 10-15 minutes cooking

  • Makes 16

Perfect little patties – and when we say bite we don’t just mean the portion size! That chilli has a subtle heat you’ll love!


Make these little numbers small and they are the perfect canapé. Make them medium sized and that’s lunch sorted or a meal for your children (with or without the chilli). Go larger again and you have a meat free alternative to a burger.


  • 200g Tenderstem®
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 x 400g can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 75g finely grated parmesan
  • 75g Finely grated zest of half lemon
  • Handful of basil leaves
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  1. Steam the Tenderstem® for a few minutes until it is just tender. Remove from the heat and keep to one side.
  2. Heat the 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and gently cook the onion, garlic and chilli, if using, until the onion has softened but not coloured. Remove from the heat and spoon into a food processor.
  3. Chop the flowery top section off each piece of the Tenderstem®, cut into smaller pieces and set aside. Roughly chop the main part of the stalk and place in the food processor, along with the chickpeas, egg, parmesan, lemon zest and basil. Blitz until you have a rough paste and then transfer to a bowl. Mix in the reserved Tenderstem® tops and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using your hands, shape the mixture into patty shapes – as small or large as you like. They can be stored in the fridge at this stage ready to cook when needed (up to 1 day before).
  5. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the patties for a minute or so each side until golden. You will need to do this in a few batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  6. Remove from the pan, and serve hot, warm or room temperature.

Nutrition information for Tenderstem® is based on lab analysis of the raw product commissioned by Tenderstem®. Please note, nutrition may vary due to origin, methods of storage and preparation, and freshness.

Nutrition analysis of recipes featured on the Tenderstem® website is calculated by a registered dietitian using McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods, Seventh Edition, but may vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used. Analyses do not include optional ingredients or suggested accompaniments unless specific amounts are given. If there is a range in the amount of an ingredient, the smaller amount is used. When a recipe lists a choice of ingredients, the first is used.