Easy Air Fryer chickpeas recipe 

Tasty, crunchy, and totally delicious Crispy golden air fryer chickpeas. These roasted chickpeas make the best healthy snack and they’re ready to eat in just 15 minutes. 

Jump to Recipe

If you are looking for a savory healthy vegan snack then this air fryer chickpeas recipe is the stuff of your dreams. Think crispy golden nuggets of savory chickpeas that are just the right amount of crispy and crunchy mixed with smoky paprika flavors. Eat these crispy roasted chickpeas as a delicious healthy snack, serve them for game day, or use them as a salad topping. The possibilities are endless and they are all absolutely delicious. 

Why do you have to make crispy air fryer chickpeas

Making chickpeas crispy can be a tricky process usually. Getting the grilled to crispy nuggets without burning them can be difficult in a regular oven. Plus you need to fry them off before cooking and make sure everything is just right…and still getting crispy chickpeas doesn’t always work out as it should. For whatever reason making crispy chickpeas in an oven seems to require a lot of effort and you are never truly sure of the results. But that’s where air fryer chickpeas are different. 

Making chickpeas in an air fryer takes the hassle out of the process and streamlines it into a super easy 3 step to guaranteed golden savory and crispy chickpeas. It’s a game-changer. 

With air fryer cooking you no longer need to pat the chickpeas dry before cooking. It’s super simple and oh so delicious. In 15 minutes you will be ready to snack on your own homemade golden crispy chickpeas. 

How to make crispy air fryer chickpeas 

The trick to delicious crunchy chickpeas is all in the way they are prepared. And making them in an air fryer is the way to go. 

Roasted chickpeas in an air fryer – the best healthy snack 

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a crunchy salty snack when you’re feeling hungry for a snack. And these roasted air fryer chickpeas are everything your savory cravings need. Plus, they are loaded with plant-based protein and lots of healthy nutrients. It doesn’t get much better if you’re looking for a healthy snack recipe that will fit almost any diet be it vegan, keto, whole30, Mediterranean diet, and gluten-free. 

What’s great about air fryer chickpeas 

  • Just about everything 
  • Savory crunchy snack
  • A great healthy snack choice that fits almost any diet
  • Easy to make
  • Great road trip healthy snack choice
  • A healthy nutritional substitute for popcorn and chips
  • Amazing game day snack
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free 
  • Works on the Mediterranean diet, whole30, Keto, and more
  • Makes a great salad topping
  • Meal prep friendly 

What ingredients do you need to make air fryer chickpeas 

Not a lot. The most important part of making air fryer chickpeas is to use canned chickpeas to ensure they are completely tender on the inside. Although you can use chickpeas you cook yourself, I can’t guarantee the results will be as tasty or the chickpeas will be just the right amount of crispy.

So let’s look at what ingredients you need to make these air fryer chickpeas:

  • 1 19 ounces can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp salt

And that’s it. It doesn’t get much more simple than this easy recipe.

How to make air fryer chickpeas in 15 minutes 

Making air fryer chickpeas is one of the quickest and simplest ways to get a healthy low-calorie snack in just 15 minutes. It requires no real cooking skills as all you need is to toss the chickpeas with the seasoning and cook them in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes.

Let’s break the process into easy steps:

  • Heat your air fryer to 390F (200 Celsius).
  • Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas to a bowl and season with olive oil and spices. Toss to coat the chickpeas in the seasoning.
  • Next, pour all the chickpeas into the air fryer basket. Cook for 12-15 minutes (shake the basket a couple of times throughout cooking for best results).
  • Once the chickpeas are golden and crispy on the outside, remove them from the air fryer. Let them cool a little before eating.
  • Season with extra salt if needed and enjoy.

Air fryer chickpeas seasoning ideas:

Ranch seasoning:

1/2 tsp dried dill, 1/2 tsp dried chives, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2/3 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper.

Mediterranean seasoning:

1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder 

Holiday seasoning:

1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar (can be regular or coconut sugar)

What is the best healthy snack?

If you’re asking me then these air fryer chickpeas are the answer. They are full of healthy nutrients like potassium and calcium and they have a balanced carbohydrate and protein relationship making them the ideal healthy snack for any diet. Plus, they are loaded with savory flavors. From satisfying salty cravings to making you feel full for longer air fryer chickpeas have officially made it to the top of the healthy vegan snack list as one of the best diet snacks ever.

Frequently asked questions 

How long do air fryer chickpeas last?

These amazing crispy golden chickpeas last for up to 1 week in a cupboard…if you can manage not to eat them in the meantime 

How can I serve air fryer chickpeas?

You can serve these golden savory nuggets as a snack just as is (they’re great as a healthy game night snack)…or serve them topped on any salads as a healthy protein addition – try topping them on my easy colorful couscous salad or my 

Can I use another type of seasoning?

Yes. Any seasoning will work great on these chickpeas. I can also recommend trying them with a:

  • cinnamon/sugar sprinkle for the festive season
  • Garlic powder and curry powder 
  • Mediterranean spice mix
  • …and the list could go on because everything tastes good on these roasted chickpeas.

Are air fryer chickpeas meal prep friendly?

Yes. They make a great healthy meal prep snack. Just store them in an open bowl or jar to keep them crispy and crunchy. Placing them in a closed container will make the skins soften as it locks in any moisture.

How many calories are in air fryer chickpeas?

One serving (1/4 of this batch size) comes in at just around 250 calories that are high in potassium, and calcium and contain around 11g of protein, making it a great healthy vegan snack.

Are air fryer chickpeas good on the Mediterranean diet?

Yes. Air fryer chickpeas are great if you’re on the Mediterranean diet because chickpeas are naturally stable in the Mediterranean diet.

Can I eat chickpeas on the Keto diet?

Chickpeas contain a lot of protein but they are also high in carbohydrates, meaning you can only eat a handful of chickpeas if you’re on the Keto Diet.

Are chickpeas gluten-free?

Yes. Chickpeas are naturally gluten-free and make a great snack if you are allergic to gluten.

Easy Air Fryer Chickpeas Recipe

Tasty, crunchy, and totally delicious Crispy golden air fryer chickpeas. These roasted chickpeas make the best healthy snack and they’re ready to eat in just 15 minutes. 
If you are looking for a savory healthy vegan snack then this air fryer chickpeas recipe is the stuff of your dreams. Think crispy golden nuggets of savory chickpeas that are just the right amount of crispy and crunchy mixed with smoky paprika flavors. Eat these crispy roasted chickpeas as a delicious healthy snack, serve them for game day, or use them as a salad topping. The possibilities are endless and they are all absolutely delicious
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 19 ounces
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 19oz can Chickpeas Rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Heat your air fryer to 390F (200 Celsius).
  • Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas to a bowl and season with olive oil and spices. Toss to coat the chickpeas in the seasoning.
  • Next, pour all the chickpeas into the air fryer basket. Cook for 12-15 minutes (shake the basket a couple of times throughout cooking for best results).
    Once the chickpeas are golden and crispy on the outside, remove them from the air fryer. Let them cool a little before eating.
    Season with extra salt if needed and enjoy.

Notes

Store in an open container to keep the chickpeas crunchy.
Can be served hot or cold as you please.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating