Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas make a tasty snack or crunchy addition to your favorite salad or bowl. In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have crispy chickpeas for the whole week!
They’re made with canned chickpeas and a few staple spices, making them an easy pantry snack to make any day.
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Crispy Chickpeas Recipe
As most of you know, I love air fryer recipes. Air frying is a great way to make simple foods like Frozen Mozzarella Sticks or Frozen Egg Rolls even better. They come out way crispier than they would in the oven.
There are so many things you can do with an air fryer, including preparing a quick snack at home.
If you are looking for a delicious and crispy snack, these air fryer chickpeas are bursting with flavor, super tasty, and make for an incredibly crunchy snack!
The best part is they can be made on the fly; all you need is a can of chickpeas and a few spices.
Ingredients to Mke Air Fryer Chickpea Recipe
Chickpeas: to make this crispy creation, grab a can of chickpeas! For best, and crispiest, results, strain them first and pat them dry with paper towels before air frying.
Seasoning: season your chickpeas with a classic seasoning mix of kosher salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Try other seasoning options like ranch seasoning or other favorite seasonings of your choice!
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
How to make Crunchy Chickpeas in the Air Fryer
1. Preheat the air fryer to 300° F and drain the chickpeas.
2. Season the chickpeas. Place the drained chickpeas in a large bowl and season with salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Toss to combine.
3. Air fry chickpeas. Place the seasoned chickpeas in the air fryer basket in a single layer and air fry for 6 minutes. Lightly spritz with olive oil, toss, and continue cooking for 5-6 more minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown.
4. Enjoy! Remove chickpeas from the air fryer and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or add to salads or grain bowls.
Garbanzo Beans vs Chickpeas
Did you know chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same things?
It’s true; believe it or not, garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the exact same thing; it’s just a matter of preference.
The word “chickpea,” is a Latin word, whereas the word “garbanzo” comes from a Spanish background.
Do you have to rinse chickpeas?
You don’t have to rinse chickpeas. However, if you are using canned chickpeas, you’ll want to drain and rinse them with cold water to cut the sodium in half.
If you rinse them in cold water it will even make your chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) easier to digest.
How Long do Chickpeas Last in the Fridge?
After being cooked, grab an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. When stored properly, the chickpeas will last in the fridge for about 3 to 5 days.
I don’t recommend freezing chickpeas after they have been air-fried. However, if you are looking to freeze chickpeas until you are ready to use them, you can store soaked chickpeas with or without the skin on them in an airtight container for about 12 months.
How to Store Roasted Chickpeas
To store crispy chickpeas, place them in a glass container with the lid slightly open. This will allow for air to circulate around them, keeping them drier and crispier.
Once they are in a container, you can store them in one of two ways; the fridge for about 3-5 days or room temperature for 1-2 days.
Substitute for Chickpeas
For this particular recipe, there is no substitute because you can’t make crispy chickpeas without chickpeas! However, if you are looking for a substitute for another recipe, for example, a salad, consider the following options:
- Black beans
- White beans
- Cannellini beans
Shake up your chickpeas … literally … with different seasonings like ranch seasoning, taco seasoning, chili lime seasoning, pumpkin pie seasoning in the Fall, and more!
Looking to change up the flavor but keep it more subtle? Consider trying simple ingredients like Italian seasoning and black pepper, garlic seasoning, lime juice, or lemon juice
Helpful Kitchen Tools
Air fryer: I love this air fryer because it has multiple settings, a large basket, and has a top lid opening that makes it easy to check on your food while it’s cooking.
Air fryer parchment paper: these parchment paper sheets are designed specifically for your air fryer basket. They have holes in them to allow for air circulation while helping to keep the basket clean from grease.
Mason jar: this is my favorite way to store crispy chickpeas! I’ll usually place a cheesecloth on top with a rubber band around the neck of the jar. Don’t have a mason jar? You can store your chickpeas in whatever air-tight container you have handy.
Bowl: If you are looking to serve these chickpeas to a crowd, toss them in a pretty medium bowl or small-sized serving bowl like this with a nice serving spoon.
Baking Sheet: If you don’t have an air fryer, make this recipe in the oven on a baking sheet. They won’t come out as crispy as they will in an air fryer, but they will be just as delicious.
Clean Kitchen Towel: We are all bound to make a mess cooking at some point. I love to keep these towels handy for easy clean-up.
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Air Fryer Chickpeas
- 19 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the air fryer to 300° F and drain the chickpeas.
- Place the drained chickpeas in a mixing bowl and season with salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Toss to combine.
- Place the chickpeas in the air fryer basket and air fry for 6 minutes. Lightly spritz with olive oil, toss, and continue cooking for 5-6 more minutes or until crispy.
- Remove chickpeas from the air fryer and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool. Enjoy them as a snack or add to salads or grain bowls.
Such a wonderful snack! I love grilled chickpeas but this is a wonderfully quick and easy version for a crispier snack.
The perfect snack that totally satisfies my crunchy salty cravings. And so easy!
These are a perfect snack. Delicious and nutritious. Thank you for the recipe!
Such a great fun snack! I used Ranch seasoning as you suggested and even the kids loved them!
These chickpeas have quickly become my favorite snack! They’re so easy to make and addictingly delicious!