Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpea Casserole (Dump-and-Bake)

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This dump-and-bake Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpea Casserole is cozy and hearty, plus you only need 10 ingredients to make it! Naturally Vegan & Gluten-Free.

Cauliflower wings, step aside! Our favorite cruciferous veggie combines with protein and fiber-packed chickpeas, hearty brown rice, hot sauce and a few simple spices to make this tastes-so-good-but-its-actually-good-for-you showstopper of a dish. 

The best part? It tastes so. dang. good. Oh yeah, and you only need 10 simple ingredients to make it…

ingredients for buffalo cauliflower casserole arranged in small bowls in white casserole dish

Making a Dump-and-Bake Casserole couldn’t be any easier…

gif showing layers of ingredients being added to casserole dish

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Whisk the vegetable broth, hot sauce, and spices in a pot and bring to a boil
  3. Arrange the remaining ingredients in a casserole dish, pour the liquid on top, cover, & bake!

The secret to this one-pan wonder of a dish is to add just the right amount of liquid to the casserole so the rice will absorb it and get nice and fluffy. Pre-boiling the liquid also helps speed things along in the oven, too.

buffalo cauliflower and chickpea casserole topped with a drizzle of ranch and green onions

After the casserole comes out of the oven, I’d highly recommend topping it with some sliced green onions and a hearty drizzle of Nut Free Vegan Ranch. But you do you, boo 😉

This Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpea Casserole is great for meal-prep, a hands-off weeknight dinner, or to share with friends! It’s bursting with spicy “buffalo” flavor and serves as a heartier, wholesome alternative to a few deep fried wings. It’d be perfect for a game day potluck, too – would serving it alongside my Healthy Buffalo “Chicken” Dip be too much? Asking for a friend…buffalo cauliflower and chickpea casserole topped with vegan ranch on white plate on grey background

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • Substitutions: you can swap out the chickpeas for another bean, or add in up to 1 cup of additional veggies – broccoli or green beans would be great here.
  • Unfortunately I have not tested this recipe with any other rice or grain, so you need to stick with brown rice here. Subbing it out would require altering the liquid amount and cooking time.
  • If you’re looking for more casserole recipes, you’ll also love this Cheesy” Broccoli Rice Casserole and this Fall Roasted Vegetable Casserole!

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Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpea Casserole

This dump-and-bake Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpea Casserole is cozy and hearty, plus you only need 10 ingredients to make it!

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American




  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Mix the vegetable broth, hot sauce, nutritional yeast, and onion powder together medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. 
  2. While the liquid is heating up, pour the chickpeas a 9×13″ pan or casserole dish. Sprinkle the cauliflower and celery evenly over the chickpeas, then add the uncooked brown rice over the top of the dish.
  3. Remove the vegetable broth from the heat once it comes to a boil and stir in the minced garlic. Pour the liquid evenly over the casserole dish; if any spices stick together you can gently separate them with a spatula. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil (or parchment paper, followed by aluminum foil) and bake in the middle rack of the oven for 60 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and top with green onions and/or vegan ranch, or serve as desired. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.


  • If you are using canned chickpeas, be sure to drain and rinse them well. You can also replace them with any other bean of your choosing!

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  1. I made this with quinoa instead of brown rice. I’ve made several of your recipes with brown rice and the rice doesn’t get cooked through unless I soak it first (I am at high altitude) and sometimes I just don’t have time. I used the cook time, temp, and liquid amounts from the lemon dill quinoa bake as a guide, so reduced the total liquid to 2 cups (so I reduced the veg broth amount) and baked at 375 for 35 minutes. It turned out perfectly. It’s so delicious and I will definitely make it again. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!!

  2. I don’t do high carb rice. Instead I use cauliflower rice. Since you’re using the broth to cook the rice in the casserole, should I just delete the broth all together or should I use some of it so the casserole doesn’t taste dry? Thanks.

    1. You can use 2/3 cup of broth instead. Also be sure to defrost and drain the cauliflower rice beforehand if you are using frozen as the extra liquid will make it too soupy.

    1. You can, just thaw the frozen cauliflower first to avoid adding too much water into the casserole.

      1. So if you use cauliflower rice you can still use the 2 cups of broth without it being too watery or soupy?

      2. You can use 2/3 cup of broth, as 2 cups of broth will not be absorbed. This smaller amount of liquid will keep things moist without it being too soupy 🙂