Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

This week I was able to create another deliciously simple slow cooker recipe–Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas.

This recipe was super simple to put together and with the addition of brocoli and cabbage it’s more of a well rounded plant based meal.

I got the inspiration from one of the recipes that I shared in my Facebook group for Crock-tober. I’ll be sharing more this week and through the end of October. Join us and get ready to make some amazing dishes in your slow cooker.

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Kung Pao Brocoli and Chickpeas

Prep Time15 mins
3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Keyword: crockpot, slow cooker


  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 heads brocoli cut into crowns
  • 1/3 small to medium cabbage chopped
  • 1 organic red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas or three 15 oz. cans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup tamari or liquid aminos gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 3 green onions chopped for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Cooked brown or wild rice for serving


  • Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, water, and chickpeas into the bowl of your slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, vinegar, maple syrup, ginger, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker and stir well.
  • Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook for 3 hours on high heat, or 6 hours on low heat. *see notes
  • After two hours cooking (or 5 hours) add the brocoli and cabbage and cover and cook for another hour.
  • Once the cooking is done, give the chickpeas and vegetables a good stir.
  • Serve the chickpeas and brocoli over a bed of brown or wild rice (or cauliflower rice) and add the green onions and sesame seeds on top.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a container in the fridge for up to a week.


Notes: If you have a super-nice slow cooker, it might also give you the option to have the cooker start cooking later in the day on a timer.
Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

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