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These quick and easy air fryer chickpeas are absolutely delicious and completely oil-free. Choose from this tasty assortment of flavors!

crispy roasted chickpeas in white bowl and basket with meassuring spoon and spices

My air fryer gets a workout every week, at least once. I use it for a lot of different recipes like tempura, black bean burgers, and french fries. When it comes to snacks though, this crispy chickpeas snack can NOT be beaten!

The great thing about roasted chickpeas is that there is zero guilt because they are low in fat, high in fiber, and are cooked without any oil at all.

chickpea snack in basket on red checker napkin

You’ll love these air fryer chickpeas because they’re …

  • Crunchy
  • Herby
  • Wholesome
  • Oil-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Filling
  • Delicious

Though you can use your oven, an air fryer is better suited because it gives much more consistent cooking results with each bean being cooked perfectly crisp.

How to make crispy air fryer chickpeas

You will want to start with about 1-2 cups of cooked chickpeas. These can be made from scratch very quickly in an InstantPot or simply use cooked canned chickpeas from your local grocery store.

If you’re using canned beans, be sure to drain them by dumping the can contents into a colander or strainer. Rinse them under warm water.

chickpeas draining in strainer with handle

Dump the beans into your air fryer and spread them out so that they don’t overlap. This cooking step is to dry out the chickpeas before seasoning.

chickpeas in air fryer overhead

Set the air fryer temperature to 390°F and the time to 10 minutes. Allow the beans to cook and, halfway through at the 5-minute mark, remove the basket and shake to redistribute the beans. Continue cooking for the last 5-minutes.

Remove the beans and place them in a bowl. Mist with water, lime juice, or maple syrup, depending on the flavor you choose from the recipes. Then, sprinkle on half of the seasoning listed in each recipe below. Stir to coat well.

Applying only half of the seasoning at this time allows the chickpeas to roast without burning the seasonings or causing them to fall off.

clear glass bowl with chickpeas and spices and bottle of lime juice with spray top

Place the seasoned beans back into the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 390°F, and the time to 6-8 minutes.

Test to make sure they are as crunchy as desired. If not, allow to cook a little longer. Air fryer cooking temperatures vary.

Once completely cooked, add the other half of the seasoning, mix around in a bowl to coat well, and serve.

roasted chickpeas in white bowl with basked of chickpeas in background

Tips for air fryer chickpeas

Cooking times will vary with different air fryers, so check them about every 5 minutes through each cooking cycle.

Remember to reserve half of the seasoning for the final step after cooking. This ensures that you’ll get lots of flavor with every bite.

These can be stored in an airtight container and reheated in the air fryer or oven if they need to be crisped back up. They should last about 2-3 days.

Other delicious seasonings to use are Tajin, turmeric, season salt, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, smoked paprika, pickle juice, and True Lime.

Be creative with seasonings and experiment to find your favorite!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

These quick and easy air fryer chickpeas are absolutely delicious and completely oil-free. Choose from this tasty assortment of flavors!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

Chili Lime

  • lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp season salt or regular salt

Maple Cinnamon

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

BBQ

Instructions

    1. If you’re using canned beans, be sure to drain them by dumping the can contents into a colander or strainer. Rinse them under warm water.
    2. Dump them into your air fryer and spread them out so that they don’t overlap. This cooking step is to dry out the chickpeas before seasoning.
    3. Set the air fryer temperature to 390°F and the time to 10 minutes. Allow the beans to cook and, halfway through at the 5-minute mark, remove the basket and shake to redistribute the beans. Continue cooking for the last 5-minutes.
    4. Remove the beans and place them in a bowl. Mist with water, lime juice, or maple syrup, depending on the flavor you choose from the recipe list above. Then, sprinkle on half of the seasoning listed in each recipe. Stir to coat well.
    5. Place the seasoned beans back into the air fryer basket, set temperature 390°F, and set the time to 6-8 minutes.
    6. Test to make sure they are as crunchy as desired. If not, allow to cook a little longer. Air fryer cooking temperatures vary.
    7. Once completely cooked, add the other half of the seasoning, mix around in a bowl to coat well, and serve.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 8gProtein: 8g

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Genevieve

Friday 26th of February 2021

How do you mist them with maple syrup? Do you dilute it first?

Terri Edwards

Friday 26th of February 2021

Hi Genevieve- For maple syrup, I would add a few drops to the chickpeas in a bowl before cooking. Use a spoon to roll them around a bit in it, and then sprinkle with any seasonings desired.

Susan

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

These are Very tasty!! 5 stars I mixed them in a baggie.

They seem to soften up if left in a baggie, better to put them in a glass resealable.

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