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Smoky Air Fried Chickpeas

posted by Melissa Huggins March 16, 2018 3 Comments
Air Fried Chickpeas in a black bowl. Lemon and paprika on the side.

Up your snacking game with these Smoky Air Fried Chickpeas. They are quick, easy, healthy and a little bit addicting. No air fryer? No worries, I’ve included an oven method too.

Vertical photo of air fried chickpeas in a black bowl. Topped with fresh parsley.

If you’re a serial snacker like me, you might want to try these healthy Air Fried Chickpeas. They are crispy, smoky, tangy, spicy and just absurdly delicious!

I never thought I would succumb to the air fryer craze, but I totally caved. I liked the idea of a healthier alternative to frying, but I reeaally LOVED the idea of it cooking food FAST!

I’ve been a member of Vegan Air Frying Enthusiasts on Facebook for a while and I just couldn’t believe what everyone was cooking in their air fryer. I needed to join the fun!

You can make all sorts of typical fried foods in a much healthier way. BUT, you can also cook up things like Orange Tofu, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Taco Crunch Wraps, Casseroles, Sushi Rolls, Veggies, Grilled Cheese Sangys, Croutons, Taquitos and even Baked Sweets. The sky’s the limit!

I’m going to try my Vegan Crab Cakes and Vegan Mozzarella Sticks next. I’ll keep you posted!

After some research, I decided to purchase the Philips Air Fryer model. It had great reviews and had a bit more room than other brands. I’ve been super happy with it and it has been working flawlessly. I’m hooked!

One of my first recipes in the air fryer were these smoky chickpeas. They are just as healthy and delicious baked in the oven, but so much faster in the fryer. It usually takes about 15-18 minutes for crunchy perfection.

Closeup photo air fried chickpeas. Smoked paprika and lemon wedges on the side.

Basic ingredients

You won’t have to buy any fancy ingredients, you’ll just need some common kitchen staples and your air fryer (*oven method below). Here’s what you’ll need:

Chickpeas (a.k.a garbanzo beans)
Sunflower oil (or preferred oil)
Lemon juice
Smoked paprika
Ground cumin
Granulated garlic
Granulated onion
Sea salt
Cayenne pepper (*optional)

Air fried chickpeas in a black bowl, topped with fresh parsley.

Air fryer method

To start, rinse and drain the chickpeas well. I don’t usually remove the skins because I’m lazy, but you can peel them if preferred. Place them inside a dry towel and gently roll around. Most of the skins will loosen.

Now set your Air Fryer to 390 ° F and prepare your seasoning mixture. In a medium/large bowl, add the oil, lemon juice and all seasonings. Whisk to combine well and set aside.

Place the plain chickpeas in the basket and fry for 15 minutes. Shake basket once at the midway mark. The chickpeas should be dry at this point.

Carefully add dried chickpeas to the bowl of seasoning mixture. Stir to combine well and place the seasoned chickpeas back in your air fryer basket. Air fry for 2-3 minutes until desired crispiness is reached. Shake basket once at the midway mark. * Watch carefully at this point to prevent burning.

Taste for seasoning and add if needed. Enjoy right away or store in airtight container for 3-5 days. Let completely cool before storing.

* If your air fryer is small, you may need to work in batches to ensure even crisping.

Horizontal photo of air fried chickpeas in a black bowl on top of grey napkin.
Oven method

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can still enjoy this tasty snack using your oven. The time will take a little longer, but the method is just as easy.

– Preheat your oven to 375 ° F
– Rinse and drain the chickpeas
– In a medium/large bowl, add the oil, lemon and all seasonings. Whisk to combine well. Set aside.
– Place plain chickpeas on a baking sheet in a single layer.
– Bake for 20-30 minutes until dry throughout. Move beans around every 10 minutes or so.
– Carefully add the dried chickpeas to the prepared bowl of seasonings. Stir to combine well.
– Place back on baking sheet and cook for another 15-20 minutes until desired consistency is reached.

* For super crispy chickpeas, turn off oven and leave the door slightly ajar. Let them sit for 30-60 minutes more. Store in airtight container.

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I’d love to hear from you

If you make these Air Fried Chickpeas, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

 

Smoky Air Fried Chickpeas
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
23 mins
 

Up your snacking game with these Smoky Air Fried Chickpeas. They are quick, easy, healthy and a little bit addicting. No air fryer? No worries, I've included an oven method too.

Course: Snack
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 3
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas , rinsed and drained well
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil (or preferred oil)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt , more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (*optional)
Instructions
  1. Set your Air Fryer to 390 ° F. 

  2. In a medium/large bowl, add the oil, lemon and all seasonings. Whisk to combine well. Set aside. 

  3. Place the plain chickpeas in the basket and fry for 15 minutes. Shake basket once at the midway mark. 

  4. Carefully add chickpeas to the bowl of seasonings. Stir to combine well. 

  5. Place the seasoned chickpeas back in your air fryer basket. Fry for 2-3 minutes until desired crispiness is reached. Shake basket once at the midway mark. *Watch carefully at this point to prevent burning. 

  6. Taste for seasoning and add if needed. Enjoy right away or store in airtight container for 3-5 days. Let completely cool before storing. 

Recipe Notes

* If your air fryer is small, you may need to work in batches to ensure even crisping. 

Oven Method:

- Preheat your oven to 375 ° F
- In a medium/large bowl, add the oil, lemon and all seasonings. Whisk to combine well. Set aside. 
- Place drained chickpeas on a baking sheet in a single layer. 
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until dry throughout. Move beans around every 10 minutes or so. 
- Add dried chickpeas to the prepared bowl of seasonings. Stir to combine well. 
- Place back on baking sheet and cook for another 15-20 minutes until desired consistency is reached.
* For super crispy chickpeas, turn off oven and leave the door slightly ajar. Let them sit for 30-60 minutes more. Store in airtight container. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Air Fried Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 Comments

Cadry March 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

These sound so tasty! I love adding fried or roasted chickpeas to salads or even just to snack on. I look forward to seeing what you make next from your air fryer!

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Melissa Huggins March 31, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Thank you, Cadry! Yeah, they are the best on salads. So easy in the air fryer too 🙂

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