Chickpea, Kale, and Wild Rice Casserole

This easy, warm, and comforting casserole is full of nutrition and goes straight from the oven to your table in minutes. Delicious served as a main dish with a large salad on the side.

Comfort Food - Chickpea, Kale, Wild Rice Casserole

Here’s a quiz for you.

Q: Is there such a thing as a comfort food that isn’t fattening?

A: This Creamy Chickpea, Kale, and Wild Rice Casserole is comfort food at its best. Not only will it not contribute to weight gain, but with its high dose of fiber, it will actually help with weight loss.

Q: How long will it take you to whip up this delicious casserole?

A: Less than 10 minutes if you have leftover rice on hand and use the pre-cut kale you can find in just about any grocery store.

Q: What is one food you can almost always find in my frig?

Leftover cooked rice.

It comes in handy to make all kinds of delicious meals.

Q: How do you cook rice?

A: Here’s a super easy tutorial for cooking rice. Once you cook rice this way, you’ll never look back!

Q: What is one food that I do not like that somehow finds its way into lots of my recipes?

Tahini. It’s a unique (and healthy) ingredient. You should get some.

Q: Should you try this casserole?

Yes. : )

Creamy comfort food, amazing nutrition profile, 10 minutes to make, pantry ingredients, leftovers for lunch the next day. Mmmmmm! What more can you ask for?

About the Wild Rice Blend

This recipe uses a wild rice blend. You can easily make your own by mixing 1/4 cup wild rice with 3/4 cups long-grain brown rice. Or you can go the even-easier route and buy this mix already mixed.

Soft, Tender Garbanzo Beans

Canned garbanzos aren’t very tender and don’t even compare to garbanzo beans (chickpeas) cooked in a crock pot or an Instant Pot.  While you can make this recipe with canned garbanzos, I try to have some slow-cooked garbanzo beans on hand in my frig or freezer because they are so much better and they take this recipe from delicious to fabulous.

Chickpea, Kale, Wild Rice Casserole

Where to buy the best dried garbanzo beans?

Azure Standard carries the ABSOLUTE BEST garbanzo beans (chickpeas) I have ever tasted! They are super fresh and flavorful and always cook up tender and buttery. Once you try them, you’ll never want garbanzo beans from anywhere else.

Comfort Food - Chickpea, Kale, Wild Rice Casserole

Chickpea, Kale, and Wild Rice Casserole

A comfort food that isn’t fattening? Coming right up! This easy, warm, and comforting casserole is full of nutrition and goes straight from the oven to your table in minutes. Delicious served as a main dish with a large salad on the side.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
YIELD 4 servings
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  • 4 1/2 cups cooked wild rice blend - see note above in this post
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped raw kale
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) - see note
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 pinch dried rubbed sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon roasted tahini
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs - (use gluten-free bread crumbs to keep this casserole gluten-free)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together cooked rice, chopped kale, and chickpeas.
  • Place cashews, 1 3/4 cups water, seasonings, lemon juice, and tahini in blender and blend until very smooth. (A heavy-duty blender works best for this recipe; other blenders may not get the mixture smooth enough. Mixture should be very smooth with no graininess.)
  • Stir blender mixture into rice mixture.
  • Transfer to a 1 1/2-quart, oven-proof casserole dish. Distribute bread crumbs over mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until bread crumb topping browns lightly. Serve hot.


1. Be sure to wash cashews in a colander under very hot water before using.
2. I recommend using chickpeas cooked in a crockpot or in an Instant Pot for this recipe.
* * * This recipe for Chickpea, Kale, and Wild Rice Casserole  is . . . gluten-free, plant based, oil-free, sugar-free, high in fiber, dairy free, egg-free, vegetarian, vegan, and made from real, whole foods.

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  1. These must be canned or precooked garbanzo/chickpeas. There is no mention about soaking or being cooked in the recipe.

    1. Hi Sandra,

      If you are wanting to use cashew butter to replace all of the sauce ingredients, it wouldn’t work well since the cashew-water-seasoning-lemon-tahini mixture makes a creamy and slightly tangy sauce that cashew butter doesn’t really duplicate.

      If you are thinking to use cashew butter to replace only the cashews, that may work, but I haven’t tried it. My guess would be that you would use a heaping 1/3 cup of raw cashew butter to replace the 3/4 cup raw cashews – and then blend it with the other sauce ingredients.

      Let me know if you try this. 🙂


  2. 5 stars
    Nice recipe! Loved the combination of chickpeas, kale, and rice. And the sauce was good, easy to make. I will up the seasonings next time to be a little stronger.

    Not that it matters much, but the taste reminded me of crescent roll-wrapped chicken we used to eat years ago. This is tasty and healthy – thank you!

5 from 1 vote

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