Air Fryer Chickpeas

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Want something tasty to munch on that is a little more healthy than traditional fried snacks? Air fryer chickpeas might be for you!

Air fried chickpeas – also known as air fryer garbanzo beans – are a crispy and delicious snack to eat.

However, crispy chickpeas are also a great addition to lots of different dishes!

bowl of cooked chickpeas with towel behind
Crispy and packed with flavor – air fried chickpeas are great!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

Before you head off to make this air fryer chickpeas recipe, have a read through important recipe tips for best results:

  • You can use chickpeas from a can or you can use dried chickpeas. If you use dried chickpeas, you’ll need to soak them in a container with some water for at least 12 hours and then boil them until soft before you can use them for this recipe.
  • We use avocado oil in the air fryer because it has a higher smoking point and it works great.
  • You can spice the chickpeas however you like – our recipe is for a tasty but not overly strong flavor. If you want a little spicy kick, you can always add some hot paprika powder or more cayenne pepper.

Step by Step Instructions

If you want visuals for how to air fry chickpeas, you can find the step-by-step recipe process photos in this section.

This way, you can have a look to see exactly how we made our crispy chickpeas!

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Wash the chickpeas.

First, rinse the chickpeas under running water.

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Dry the chickpeas.

Then dry them really well. This is important since you don’t want extra moisture to get into the air fryer.

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Season the chickpeas.

Add the chickpeas to a bowl. Also add the oil, paprika, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional – for a little spicy kick).

Of course you can adjust the spices you use to suit your personal preferences.

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Mix, mix, mix.

Toss – or stir – until the chickpeas are evenly coated.

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Place the chickpeas into the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit. When the air fryer is hot, evenly spread the seasoned chickpeas out onto the tray.

They should be in one layer and not overlap. If your air fryer is too small for that, then fry the chickpeas in two batches. Otherwise they might not get really crispy.

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Cook the chickpeas.

Cook the chickpeas for 14-16 minutes until crispy. Shake them approximately every 5 minutes for even cooking.

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Crispy air fried chickpeas ready to be munched on!

Remove the chickpeas from the air fryer and place them into a bowl. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

When you make roasted chickpeas in the air fryer, they are definitely best enjoyed fresh and crispy. Over time, they get a little moister and can soften up.

To store any leftover chickpeas, place them in a sealed container. They’ll last for 2-3 days but definitely eat them sooner rather than later for best flavor.

What to Serve Air Fryer Chickpeas With

Crispy chickpeas are best eaten on their own as a simple snack – and there are so many different ways to season them.

You could also use air fried chickpeas as an ingredient in another recipe.

For example, they work well in different salads, can work in a trail mix type of snack, and could also be tossed into different Middle Eastern-inspired dishes for added crunch.

Related Recipes

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crispy chickpeas in white bowl with towel behind

Air Fryer Chickpeas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Love chickpeas? Then you'll love air fryer chickpeas! Made from chickpeas and some common spices, this simple-to-make snack is crispy and filling!

Ingredients

  • 19 fl oz can of chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chickpeas under running water and dry them well.
  2. Add the chickpeas to a bowl. Also add oil, paprika, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional - for a little spicy kick). Toss until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. When the air fryer is hot, evenly spread the seasoned chickpeas out onto the tray.
  5. Cook them for 14-16 minutes. Shake every 5 minutes for even cooking.

Notes

  • Instead of canned chickpeas, you can also use dry chickpeas. Soak them in a container with water in the fridge for at least 12 hours before boiling them until tender. Then you can strain the chickpeas and continue on with this recipe.
  • We don't recommend using virgin olive oil in the air fryer since it has a low smoking point. We use avocado oil but canola oil and even sesame oil are good oil options for air fryer use.
  • It's also important not to overcrowd the air fryer. We have a 6-quart capacity so if you have a smaller air fryer you may need to do this amount of chickpeas in two batches.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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