Crispy Roasted Chickpeas made in an Air Fryer! You wont believe how incredibly easy and delicious this healthy snack is to make, with very little oil!

Veggies First Then Dessert: Roasted Chickpeas Made In An Air Fryer

I have wanted an Air Fryer since they first came out like 10 years ago, along with an Instant Pot too. But my stingy, budget strict self just wouldn't allow me to to buy either one.

Until a few months ago when I was drooling over a recipe one of my friends posted, of some sweet potato fries she had made in her air fryer.

Well, I guess it was finally time to get one, because later that day I went shopping at Aldi's, and guess what they had on sale? Yep, air fryers! It was for a great price, so of course I grabbed one.


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WHAT IS AN AIR FRYER?

An air fryer is basically a convection style oven. It circulates hot air around a metal basket which creates a crispy outer layer. What does that mean for you? It means you can get things browned and crispy, without having to “fry” everything in a ton of oil.

WHAT CAN I MAKE IN AN AIR FRYER?

I use it for everything from sweet potato fries and roasted chickpeas for myself, to pizza rolls and chicken wings for my husband. The air fryer gets them so crispy, much more than your oven can, and is super easy!

HOW TO AIR FRY CHICKPEAS

  1. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, and pat dry with a paper towel. You want to remove as much moisture as possible form the chickpeas, so they can become crispy.
  2. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and gently toss with a little pure olive oil, and your choice of seasonings. (I'll share some suggestions down below.)
  3. Pour the chickpeas into the fryer basket, making sure not to crowd them, and cook for around 15 minutes at 400 degrees. 
  4. Every 5 minutes while they are cooking, remove the basket and shake them around a little, to ensure even browning.
  5. Once they are brown and crispy, remove them to a serving bowl to cool slightly before enjoying.

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Salt and Pepper Airfryer Roasted Chickpeas


SPICE IDEAS FOR AIR FRYER CHICKPEAS

  • Salt and pepper (One of my favorites, they remind me of the little packs of corn nuts I enjoyed as a child.)
  • Garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
  • Chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and salt for a Spanish kick.
  • Replace 1/4 teaspoon of the olive oil with sesame oil, and season with ground ginger, garlic powder, and salt for an Asian flair.
  • Or make them sweet with olive oil, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Watching your sodium intake? Try one of the salt-free seasoning blends from Mrs. Dash.
The possibilities are endless!


Printable Recipe

Roasted Chickpeas Made In An Air fryer

Ingredients

1 - 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons of pure olive oil
Seasonings of choice (See note above - for this batch I used sea salt and vegan bacon seasoning, to taste)

Directions

Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
Spread the chickpeas onto a plate and gently pat dry with a paper towel. (Remove any loose skins you may see.)
Place chickpeas in a large bowl and toss with oil and seasonings.
Cook in the air fryer for 5 minute intervals, removing the basket each time to gently shake the chickpeas around for even browning. (You may hear a chickpea pop occasionally like popcorn, this is totally normal.)
Continue cooking for a total of 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Be careful! They can burn quickly after the first 15 minutes.
Carefully remove chickpeas to a serving bowl and allow to cool slightly. Taste for seasonings, adding a little more if needed.

Veggies First Then Dessert: Roasted Chickpeas Made In An Air Fryer


NOTES:

  • How long to cook the chickpeas will depend on Air Fryer brand and size. I suggest checking the doneness of your chickpeas after 15 minutes, and proceed from there.
  • I like using pure olive oil, but feel free to use any neutral flavored oil you would like. Avocado is a good one. Prefer to use even less oil than what is stated in the recipe? I've never done it, but many people have had success using cooking oil spray.
  • Some air fryers have an indicator, letting you know when it is preheated. If your's doesn't, just give it 10 minutes to heat up.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO COOK IN AN AIR FRYER?


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