Roasted Chickpeas

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This recipe for Roasted Chickpeas is a healthy snack alternative. With two cooking options - oven or air fryer, it's a customizable snack full of protein and fiber.

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Want a simple, tasty, and healthy snack? Try these Roasted Chickpeas! They’re super easy to make and come out crispy and full of flavor. I toss them with cumin and paprika for a nice kick, but there are many different seasoning mixes you can try – and I’ll show you a few different flavor variations you can make with roasted chickpeas, as well as two different ways to dry them out! You can opt to roast them in the oven, and they’ll be ready in less than 40 minutes, or roast your chickpeas in the air fryer and start snacking in under 15; it’s perfect for when you need a quick nibble.

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Chickpeas are a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and have been for a while. As a Lebanese foodie, they are a pantry staple for me! And I’m sure that after making this roasted chickpeas recipe, they’ll become a pantry staple for you as well. They come out of the oven (or air fryer) so crispy and addictive that you’ll be snacking on them like candy.

I make it at least twice a week. It’s become the go-to snack! Over butternut squash soup also!
Thank you!
Carmen

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: Mediterranean
Primary Cooking Method: Roasting in the oven
Dietary Info: Vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, low-fat
Key Flavor: Savory and spicy
Skill Level: Easy

Summary

  • Quick Prep Time: These roasted chickpeas are a snap to make. Just rinse, season, and bake – it’s that simple. Perfect for when you need a quick and tasty snack.
  • Healthy and Nutritious: Making this snack is both satisfying and good for you! Chickpeas are known for their ability to aid digestion, balance blood sugar levels, and to provide a great source of protein, fiber, and folate. Regular snacks can’t say the same.
  • Customizable Flavors: While I use cumin and paprika as my main seasoning, you can totally mix it up. I’ll give you some seasoning variations below, but you can experiment with your favorite spices or herbs.
  • Addictively Crunchy: If you’ve ever made homemade snacks, you know that getting them crispy can be a challenge. However, this chickpea snack turns out crispy. Every. Single. time! Once you start munching on it, it’s hard to stop.

Ingredients you’ll need to make roasted chickpeas

Ingredients for recipe in separate containers: bowl of chickpeas, spices, and oil.
  • Chickpeas: Canned chickpeas are convenient and ready to use, but you can also use dry chickpeas that have been soaked and cooked.
  • Olive Oil: Great for roasting. When I run out of olive oil, I use any other cooking oil I may have, such as avocado or vegetable oil.
  • Paprika: Doesn’t matter if it is smoked, sweet, or regular paprika. They all add an eye-catching color and a smoky flavor that’s hard to beat.
  • Cumin: It adds a warm, earthy note that pairs perfectly with paprika.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning. Adjust the amounts to suit your taste.
  • Swap the seasonings. In the base roasted chickpeas recipe, I use cumin and paprika, which is my favorite combination to add to chickpeas. But you can also use others, such as curry and turmeric, zaatar and sumac, or chili powder and garlic powder. Just keep in mind that each can of chickpeas will need about 1 teaspoon of seasoning.
  • Use lemon juice. Right before serving, give the roasted chickpeas a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This adds a bright, citrusy touch that really elevates the whole snack.
  • Make it ranch. Use a blend of dried dill, garlic powder, and onion powder for a cool ranch flavor. It’s like your favorite ranch-flavored chips, but healthier!
  • Add grated cheese. After roasting, while the chickpeas are still hot, coat them with some grated Parmesan cheese. The cheese will melt slightly, making your crispy roasted chickpeas even more irresistible!

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How to Make Roasted Chickpeas – 2 Ways

The traditional method for roasting chickpeas is going to be the oven, of course, but sometimes I don’t want to heat my entire house, and I don’t want to wait, so I opt to use the air fryer. Below you’ll find instructions on how to roast chickpeas in both the oven and air fryer!

Dry and Season Chickpeas

  1. Rinse the chickpeas in a colander until the water runs clear.
  2. Using a paper towel, dab the chickpeas to dry them completely.
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl, add olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss until the chickpeas are well coated.
Dried chickpeas on a baking sheet with parchment paper

How to Make Oven Roasted Chickpeas

  • Spread the chickpeas out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven, tossing halfway through.
Chickpeas on baking sheet with olive oil and spices

How to Air Fry Chickpeas

  • Spread the chickpeas out in a single layer in the basket of an air fryer.
  • Air fry, tossing halfway through.
2 image collage of seasoned chickpeas in an air fryer basket before and after air frying.

These were so fun to crunch on! I made so much I ended up adding them to my salad 🙂
Lena A.

Other seasoning variations

Each can of chickpeas will need about 1 teaspoon of seasoning. In the base roasted chickpeas recipe, I use cumin and paprika, which is my favorite combination to add to chickpeas. Here are three others that work really well!

  • ½ teaspoon curry, ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon zaatar, ½ teaspoon sumac
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Tips for making the best roasted chickpeas

  1. Pat dry the chickpeas thoroughly after rinsing them. Excess moisture will cause them to steam in the oven, and they won’t get crispy, so this is a crucial tip.
  2. Don’t use too much olive oil. I recommend that you measure the tablespoon of olive oil and not just eyeball it. If you use more than this, they can become soggy and will never get crispy. You just need enough so that the spices will stick.
  3. Spread the coated chickpeas in a single layer.  Make sure the chickpeas don’t overlap on the baking sheet so that they cook evenly, and the moisture from one doesn’t affect another.
  4. Enjoy them immediately. Unfortunately oven roasted chickpeas just don’t stay very crispy for more than a couple hours. So I recommend eating them while they’re hot and crispy for best texture.
4 bowls of roasted chickpeas each with different spices

How to Store Roasted Chickpeas

Once the chickpeas have cooled to room temperature, transfer them to a storage container or jar. The container shouldn’t be airtight, a little air keeps them crispier for longer!

To bring back that just-out-of-the-oven crispiness, spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 350°F for about 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid the microwave, as it can make them chewy instead of crispy.

How Long Will Roasted Chickpeas Last in the Fridge?

Stored properly at room temperature, they will stay fresh for about 4 to 5 days. However, keep in mind that they will lose their crispiness if you store them for that long.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to use roasted chickpeas?

Roasted chickpeas make for a great healthy snack, but they can also be used in lots of other recipes. Try adding them to salads and soups to add to texture and they are also a great component in a buddha bowl or in a pasta dish!


Can I use uncooked, dried chickpeas?

You do need to use cooked chickpeas, be it from a can or ones that you cooked from a dried state. Dried chickpeas are very hard and would be like eating little pebbles.

How can I make sure my chickpeas are extra crispy?

Make sure to dry the chickpeas thoroughly after rinsing. Also, don’t overcrowd them on the baking sheet. Giving them space helps them roast evenly and get crispier.

Air fryer roasted chickpeas in an air fryer basket.

Perfect for those moments when you crave a crunchy bite, these Roasted Chickpeas are a fantastic alternative to the usual chips! So, next time you’re in the mood for a snack that’s both healthy and satisfying, give these roasted munchies a try.

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This roasted chickpeas recipe was originally published on January 14, 2020 and has recently been updated with new photography and an additional method of cooking the chickpeas in an air fryer.

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Roasted Chickpeas – 2 Ways

This recipe for Roasted Chickpeas is a healthy snack alternative. With two cooking options – oven or air fryer, it's a customizable snack full of protein and fiber.
5 from 140 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Snack
Calories 111
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
  

Other Seasoning Variations

  • ½ teaspoon curry ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon zaatar ½ teaspoon sumac
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Rinse the chickpeas in a colander until the water runs clear. Using a paper towel, dab the chickpeas to dry them completely.
  • Transfer chickpeas to a bowl, add olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, and toss until the chickpeas are well coated.

To Bake the Chickpeas:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread the chickpeas out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Enjoy immediately while they’re warm, or allow to cool and then store in an airtight container to enjoy later.

To Air Fry the Chickpeas:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Spread the chickpeas out in a single layer in the basket of an air fryer. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Enjoy immediately while they’re warm, or allow to cool and then store in an airtight container to enjoy later.

Notes

Storage: The roasted chickpeas can be stored in a container for around 4 days at room temperature. Be sure to crack open the container slightly since the air helps them stay crisp.
Freezing Instructions: Allow the chickpeas to cool completely, then place in an airtight container for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 296mg, Potassium: 153mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 139IU, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Course: Snack

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  1. Dumpling says:

    This was so good! The texture was not what I expected — it reminded me of a roast potato: crisp skin, soft inside. I had been expecting the whole thing to be crunchy. I normally prefer chickpeas to have a soft texture, so even if I did do it “wrong”, the result I got was better than I expected haha!

    I’m about to run to the store to grab another can of chickpeas to make this again!

  2. Angie says:

    OMG this is sooooo good I have to buy an air fryer. Even if not very crispy still good! My picky eater son loved it!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! Glad your son enjoyed it too!

  3. John Kaplan, MD says:

    I adapted and altered this recipe for a whole foods plant-based orientation. We do not add bottled oil to the foods we make in our home. The oven roasted chickpeas were crisp and flavorful, and they went well as a salad topper. Thank you for this great idea!
    Dr. John

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I’m glad it still worked! You’re so welcome!

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