Potato Chickpea Croquettes | Naturally Ella

Potato Chickpea Croquettes with Garlicky Sunflower Dip

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 dozen croquettes 1x


Crisp outsides and creamy centers, these chickpea croquettes are the perfect snack or dinner.




1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned

1 cup mashed potato

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons minced chives

3 tablespoons minced dill

3 tablespoons minced parsley


1 cup breadcrumbs

1 egg, whisked

Sunflower Sauce

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

½ cup soaked toasted sunflower seeds

½ cup water

2 teaspoons lemon juice

⅛ teaspoon salt


  • Place the all the ingredients, except the herbs, in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the mixture is fairly smooth. Add the herbs in a pulse a few more times. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • To get the croquettes ready to cook, remove the mixture from the refrigerator. With your hands slightly wet, take about ¼ cup worth of mixture and pat/roll it into a log that is roughly ½” thick and 4” to 5” in length. Place it in the whisked egg then transfer it to the breadcrumbs. Pat the croquette into the breadcrumbs, flatting the sides as you do. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  • To Fry (my preferred method): Heat ¼” of oil in a pan with tall sides. Place the croquettes in the hot oil and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until crisp and gold. Repeat with remaining three sides.
  • To Bake: Heat oven to 425˚F. Make croquettes as written and place on a sheet tray covered with parchment. Brush with a bit of oil and bake for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until crisp and golden.
  • To make the dip, pan-fry the garlic in the olive oil until it’s golden then add it to a blender with the remaining ingredients. Purée until smooth, add more water as needed. Taste and add salt. Serve the croquettes the sunflower dip.


Tips + Tricks: you can shape these croquettes however you like, I just prefer them in stick form (a bit easier to dunk!)

Use up leftover ingredients: chickpeas, breadcrumbs, potatoes

Link: recipe adapted from these potato croquettes.