Simple Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

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Snack time! Any time I crave something savory, I go for these simple crispy roasted chickpeas. They're a great healthy alternative to chips!

Simple Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

I confess - I am a chip fiend! They are my kryptonite and I cannot help myself around them. Because of this, I never buy chips because they won't last very long in our apartment. This becomes problematic, however, when I have a hankering for something salty and crunchy.

Normally, this would simply drive me crazy until the craving finally subsided. Now I no longer need to suffer - I have discovered crispy chickpeas! They are healthy and salty and crunchy all at the same time!

Simple Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

What Are Crispy Chickpeas?

Crispy chickpeas are a fantastic snack of seasoned canned chickpeas that have been either roasted in the oven or toasted in an air-fryer. They are easy to make and are very versatile, since you can adjust your seasonings to whatever you like!

Simple Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

What Do I Need to Make Crispy Chickpeas?

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips on what you need to make this awesome snack!

  • Canned Chickpeas: You will need a 540ml can of chickpeas. Make sure you drain them and rinse them. This is important, because you need to remove all of the viscous liquid from the can - called aquafaba.
  • Seasonings: This is where you can get creative! In my recipe, I use garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and paprika. You can use any assortment of spices you prefer! Some other seasonings that would be fun to try include turmeric, ginger, lime, black pepper, or even cinnamon  for a sweeter kick. If you want to spice things up, you could even sprinkle a little bit of harissa powder - be careful though, harissa is potent!
  • Olive oil: You need to toss the chickpeas and seasonings with enough olive oil to get an even coating on your chickpeas. This is important because the oil is what keeps the seasonings on your chickpeas. The olive oil is also what helps to make your chickpeas nice and crispy, so it is an important ingredient!

Do I Have to Have an Air-Fryer to Make These Chickpeas?

Not at all! If you do not have an air-fryer, so not worry. You can make amazing crispy chickpeas in your oven using a sheet pan. This will simply take a little longer than in an air-fryer but the results will be very similar.

If you roast yours in the oven, I recommend lining your sheet pan with parchment paper to save time in cleanup. However, placing the chickpeas directly on the pan will produce the crispiest result. Be sure to toss the chickpeas relatively frequently if you put the chickpeas directly on the pan to avoid them sticking.

One thing I do not recommend is to try to make crispy chickpeas on the stove. I have tried this, and had hot chickpeas popping all over my kitchen, which is a burn hazard!

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Simple Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Snack time! Any time I crave something savory, I go for these simple crispy roasted chickpeas. They’re a great healthy alternative to chips!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 540 ml canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed (approx. 1 can)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients and toss together with a spoon until the chickpeas are evenly coated with the oil and spices.

Air-Fryer:

  1. Spread the chickpeas in the air-fryer basket and cook at 380F for 12 to 16 minutes, tossing halfway. Your cook time will depend on your preference for crispness and how powerful your air-fryer is. I prefer mine to be very crispy so I use the full 16 minutes.

Oven:

  1. Spread the chickpeas out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Try to make sure the chickpeas are spread out and not touching – this will help them crisp up faster. Place them in a preheated oven at 400F, and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, tossing approximately every 10 minutes.

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