Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are perfect crunchy snacks for game days or movie nights. Flavored with paprika and cumin, these are so addictive! Much healthier than store bought snacks!
Making some really tasty baked chickpeas is super simple. You just need canned chickpeas, some olive oil, a bit of salt, cumin, and paprika. Toss the chickpeas with these ingredients and roast them until they're nice and crispy.
Just like spicy popcorn, which are everyone's favorite, these spiced roasted chickpeas make an awesome healthy snack too – kind of like eating nuts, but healthier.
Why You Will Like This Recipe
- Super Easy: Just mix, season, and roast.
- Healthy Snack: Chickpeas are full of protein and fiber. Read their health benefits from here.
- Tasty: They're crispy and full of flavor.
- Customizable: You can play around with the spices.
- Vegan and Gluten-Free: It's all about the chickpeas and spices, so no worries about animal products or gluten.
- Perfect for Sharing: These are great for movie nights or as a party snack. Everyone loves them.
About The Ingredients
Let's talk about which chickpeas to use when roasting. It's pretty straightforward, but you've got a couple of options.
- Canned Chickpeas: These are super convenient and what most people go for. They're already cooked, so you just need to drain them, rinse them, and they're ready to go. Great for when you're in a hurry or don't feel like dealing with dry chickpeas.
- Dry Chickpeas: If you've got a bit more time and want to start from scratch, dry chickpeas are the way to go. It is not possible to roast dry and raw chickpeas. You'll need to soak them overnight, and cook them until they're tender. Then those cooked chickpeas are ready for roasting. Make sure to drain them before starting this recipe.
This helps your seasoned roasted chickpeas get crispy and makes the spices stick. If you don't have olive oil, you can use another oil like avocado oil or canola oil. These oils have a mild flavor and can withstand the high heat of baking.
- Salt: It brings out the flavor of the chickpeas and spices. You don't need much, just a sprinkle to taste.
- Cumin: This one's a classic. Cumin gives chickpeas a warm, earthy taste. Think of the flavor in hummus or falafel – that's cumin doing its magic.
- Paprika: If you like a little smoky flavor or want your crunchy chickpeas to look more colorful, paprika is your go-to. Cayenne pepper could be a good substitute.
What Other Spices Go Well with Chickpeas?
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are incredibly versatile and pair well with a wide range of spices. Our chickpea seasoning in this recipe is simple. We use only two spices (paprika and cumin) besides salt, but the options are endless. Here are some ideas:
- Black Pepper: It adds a bit of heat and a lot of flavors.
- Turmeric: It makes your chickpeas bright yellow and adds a mild, kind of earthy taste.
- Chili Powder: Want some heat? Chili powder will spice things up. Just decide how spicy you like it and go from there.
- Garlic Powder: Almost everyone loves garlic, right? It makes chickpeas taste more savory and bold.
- Sumac: This one's a bit different. It's tangy, almost like lemon, and adds a refreshing taste.
- Thyme and Rosemary: These herbs give a sort of Mediterranean vibe. They work well if you're roasting your chickpeas.
- Cinnamon: This isn't just for sweet stuff. A little cinnamon can add a warm, sweet twist to your chickpeas.
- Brown Sugar: Speaking of sweet, a sprinkle of brown sugar can create a nice caramelized flavor when you roast the chickpeas.
- Spice Blends: Don't forget about pre-made spice blends. Things like chicken seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or even Italian seasoning can be really handy when making roasted spicy chickpeas.
- Tahini: Okay, it's not a spice, but it's great with garbanzo beans. Who doesn't love their combination in a hummus? So why don't we drizzle a little tahini over our roasted garbanzo beans?
How To Make The Recipe
Alright, here's how you make these spicy roasted chickpeas:
- Start with the Oven: First things first, get your oven warming up. Set it to 200°C (that's about 400°F).
- Dry the Chickpeas: Before roasting chickpeas, grab a kitchen towel or some paper towels and pat them dry. You want them as dry as possible. This step helps them get nice and crispy.
- First Roasting Round: Once they're dry, spread the chickpeas out on a baking sheet. No need to oil them just yet. Pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. This starts the crisping process.
- Add Olive Oil: After the first 15 minutes, take them out of the oven. Drizzle some olive oil over them. Then, get your hands in there and mix them around. You want each chickpea to get a little coat of oil.
- Season Them Up: Now for the fun part. Sprinkle salt, paprika, and cumin over the chickpeas. Give them another good mix with your hands. Make sure every chickpea gets some spice love.
- Roast Again: Back they go into the oven for another 15 minutes. This second roast will really crisp them up.
- Check the Crunch: After 15 minutes, check them. If they're not quite crispy enough for you, give them another 5 minutes in the oven.
Serving your spicy chickpeas can be a lot of fun because they're so versatile. Here are some great ways to enjoy them:
- As a Snack: Just grab a bowl and munch away! They're perfect for those times when you want something crunchy and satisfying.
- With Salads: Sprinkle them over your salads for a crunchy twist. They add a nice texture and a burst of flavor that can really liven up a green salad like our arugula fig salad.
- In Soups: You can also toss them into soups. They work like croutons, adding a bit of crunch and spice.
- With Grain Bowls: For some extra protein and crunch, add roasted chickpeas to grain bowls. They are great on our wheat salad and buckwheat salad.
- As a Side Dish: Serve them alongside your main meal as a flavorful, crunchy side.
How To Store Them
A lot of people have a misconception about how to store spicy roasted chickpeas. You should NOT place the chickpeas in an airtight container or bag. Cooked chickpeas, like all types of cooked legumes, should be allowed to breathe when stored.
When covering the oven-roasted chickpeas, it also causes them to sweat and lose all of their crispiness.
The best way to keep your chickpeas crispy during storage time is to simply place them in a container at room temperature without a lid. You can cover them with a sheet of paper towel or kitchen towel if you like. This allows them to breathe without losing their crispness.
When storing the chickpeas this way, it is highly recommended to consume them within 24 hours, but to be honest, these delicious crunchy chickpeas won’t even last that long!
When following this method, the chickpeas will last about 3-4 days, but will lose their crispness the longer they are stored.
How To Reheat Them
There are a couple of ways you can reheat these easy baked chickpea snacks.
Microwave: The easiest and quickest way is to heat them in a microwave. Make sure you use a microwave-safe bowl or plate, and reheat them for roughly 1-2 minutes.
Stovetop: Place the chickpeas in a non-stick frying pan, add a bit of olive oil and allow them to reheat over medium-high heat. Make sure to stir them to prevent them from sticking or burning on one side. Reheating them by pan will take about 5-6 minutes.
Oven: Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C), place the chickpeas into a lined baking tray, and bake them for roughly 10 minutes or until fully heated through.
For making the best crispy and spicy roasted chickpeas, here are the most important tips:
- Dry Chickpeas Thoroughly: Whether canned or cooked, ensure your chickpeas are patted dry. This is key for crispiness.
- Season Well: Coat the chickpeas evenly with oil and spices for uniform flavor.
- Don’t Overcrowd: Spread them in a single layer for even cooking and crispiness.
- Watch the Time: Keep an eye on them, especially towards the end, to prevent burning.
Dry them well, give them space on the baking sheet for even roasting, and do a second roast after adding oil and spices.
You can quickly re-crisp them in the oven. Just heat them at a low temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Roasted chickpeas can be a healthier alternative to some nuts. They're lower in calories and fat but high in protein and fiber. However, nuts also have their own health benefits, like healthy fats. It really depends on your dietary needs and preferences.
To help chickpeas absorb more flavor, make sure they are thoroughly dry before you add the spices. The oil helps the spices stick and roast into the chickpeas, enhancing the flavor absorption. Also, letting them sit for a few minutes after roasting can help the flavors meld together.
If you're using dried chickpeas, soaking them overnight and then cooking them thoroughly can help reduce gassiness. Rinsing canned chickpeas well also helps.
Yes, you can! Preheat your air fryer to around 190°C (375°F). Once it's heated, add the spiced chickpeas to the basket in a single layer. Air fry for 10-15 minutes, shaking every 5 minutes.
As always: If you make this recipe, let us know what you think by rating it and leaving a comment below. And post a pic on Instagram too—tag @give_recipe so we can see!
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
These oven-roasted chickpeas are so crispy and tasty with paprika and cumin.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 2 cups boiled chickpeas
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 and ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Preheat oven at 200 C.
- Using a kitchen towel or paper towel, pat dry the chickpeas until they are as dry as possible.
- Transfer the chickpeas on a baking sheet.
- Roast them in oven for 15 minutes.
- Take them from the oven. Drizzle olive oil on the chickpeas and mix them around with your hands so that they are all evenly coated.
- Sprinkle salt, paprika and cumin and repeat the same step. Make sure they are all evenly coated with these spices.
- Place back in the oven and roast for another 15 minutes.
- Check them after 15 min. and if they are not crispy enough, bake for another 5 minutes.
- Whether canned or cooked, ensure your chickpeas are patted dry. This is key for crispiness.
- Spread them in a single layer for even cooking and crispiness.
- The duration of the second roasting might change depending on the size or type of chickpeas and your oven. So check and roast longer if the chickpeas are not crunchy as desired.
- Never store crispy chickpeas in airtight containers. Keep them in a bowl or in jars without a lid. Otherwise, they lose their crispness.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 70
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 458 mg
- Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 8.4 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: spicy roasted chickpeas, baked chickpeas
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