After a month of waiting for our preserved meyer lemons to finish curing, we could not wait to start using them in as many recipes as possible! While preserved lemons are not used in traditional Greek cooking, lemons are – so we knew that preserved lemons would be a natural fit in our Greek kitchen. The first way I dreamt of using them was to add them into oven roasted chickpeas (revithia sto fourno in Greek). This simple Greek recipe calls for nothing more than olive oil, chickpeas, caramelized onions, fresh rosemary & a touch of red chili. Understanding the incredible lemony umami that preserved lemons add to everything, I knew that our oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas would enhance the traditional Greek revithia dish to new heights.

oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas

Oven roasted chickpeas are traditionally eaten in Greece during Lent (the period of fasting leading in to Passover & the Resurrection celebration). In the past, the chickpeas were made in clay pots and slow cooked overnight in outdoor stone ovens. Here, we have adapted it to modern times by using canned chickpeas and roasting in a conventional oven resulting in a dish that takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas

Thinly sliced caramelized onions meld together with the preserved lemons creating the perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour & savory. The rosemary adds its classic flavor and fragrance to the whole dish, and a bit of red chili lends just a touch of heat. The chickpeas and all of the above said goodness take a nice hot bath in copious amounts of extra virgin olive oil and then you are rewarded with a simply incredible dish that can be used in so many ways.

oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas

The most basic way to enjoy these oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas is to spoon it on top of a crusty slice of bread. We can eat the whole tray just like this, but it also makes a lovely accompaniment as a side dish to chicken or fish. You can use it in salads, wraps or even on top of yogurt for a savory yogurt bowl…the possibilities are truly endless.

oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas

You can even turn it into breakfast or brunch by making wells to hold eggs, top with breadcrumbs and then bake at 375F for about 12-15 minutes for runny yolks. No matter how you choose to eat the final product, you are going to want to eat these oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas all of the time.

oven roasted preserved lemon chickpeas

Stay tuned for more preserved lemon recipes…and if you have not made a batch yet, what are you waiting for? Our recipe for preserved meyer lemons can be found here

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  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2-4 1x


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  • 2 15oz cans chickpeas, drained
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 preserved lemons, flesh removed, peels rinsed & finely diced
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, broken into 2 inch sections
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F
  2. In a skillet, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat, add thinly sliced onions & cook over medium low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring often until softened & nicely caramelized
  3. Add caramelized onions to a 9″X13″ baking dish along with chickpeas, olive oil, diced preserved lemon, rosemary, chili flakes & salt – stir to combine
  4. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes & then serve hot, warm or even at room temperature
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{ 17 comments… add one }
  • betty February 27, 2017, 2:02 pm

    Oh Bella, this looks just divine! I’ve wanted to pickle Meyer lemons for awhile but never got around to it, and waiting is not a strong suit (a month is so long!!!). Putting these with chickpeas and caramelized onion and rosemary – I would seriously top these over EVERYTHING. Cheers!

    • bella February 27, 2017, 2:05 pm

      Haha! I know, the wait is the hardest part, but so worth it! The flavors are the perfect marriage, I know you would love it!

  • Maikki | Maikin mokomin February 27, 2017, 7:59 pm

    This looks so good! Last summer I made oil-braised chickpeas with cherry tomatoes, whole garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs. Adding preserved lemons is such a great idea :)

    • bella February 28, 2017, 3:29 pm

      Oh yes! This would be so good with tomatoes too! Now you have me that much more excited for tomato season Maikki!

  • Jenny March 1, 2017, 7:57 am

    I love the simplicity of this dish! Seriously need to make some preserved lemons. It is high time! loving the brunch option idea :-)

    • bella March 1, 2017, 10:16 am

      Thank you Jenny – that brunch idea came to me on a total whim & it was so good, we could eat it all of the time!

  • Claudia | The Brick Kitchen March 1, 2017, 12:54 pm

    These look amazing! I would never have thought to oven roast chickpeas, let alone with preserved lemon – and I LOVE the sound of baking eggs within little chickpea nests <3

    • bella March 1, 2017, 8:46 pm

      It is such a wonderful combo Claudia – I am just experimenting different ways to use our preserved lemons and this was a winner!

  • thalia March 1, 2017, 3:35 pm

    i am so making this!! as a vegetarian, i can always get behind any recipe with chickpeas. i love preserved lemons too! it’s so cool that you cured them yourself, i’ve always wanted to try it but i don’t think i have the patience! beautiful photos bella Xx

    • bella March 1, 2017, 8:47 pm

      YAY! I know you will love these Thalia…and yes, even though it takes a month, it is so worth it – the process is super straightforward too! thank you so much :D

  • Jennifer Farley March 3, 2017, 7:27 am

    I’ve always wanted to try preserving my own lemons. What a lovely way to use them!

    • bella March 3, 2017, 9:43 am

      They are so easy to make & we have found that we are able to use them in so many different ways!

  • Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures March 3, 2017, 8:30 am

    This sounds so good! I always struggle with ways to use preserved lemons when I get a jar – definitely want to try it with chickpeas like this!

    • bella March 3, 2017, 9:43 am

      We have definitely been trying to think out of the box a bit when it comes to using them & we struck gold with this recipe!

  • LIz March 4, 2017, 11:42 am

    ooh, you did lemons too :) . this looks like a perfect way to eat them, especially with those roasted eggs.

    • bella March 4, 2017, 9:03 pm

      It was SO good Liz! And the eggs were a random idea that turned out to be an amazing way to make it a complete meal!

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