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Air Fryer Chickpeas Recipe

bowl of chickpeas that were cooked in an air fryer

Crispy Spiced Air Fryer Chickpeas



Introduction

Transform canned chickpeas into a crunchy, flavorful snack with this Crispy Spiced Air Fryer Chickpeas recipe. Perfect for healthy snacking, topping salads, or adding a crispy element to bowls, these chickpeas come out of the air fryer with a satisfying crunch and a coat of savory spices.


This recipe is not only simple but also customizable with your favorite seasonings, making it a versatile option for any palate. Enjoy these chickpeas as a guilt-free, protein-packed snack any time of the day.



Ingredients List - Air Fryer Chickpeas Recipe

  • 2 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper for heat



Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep the Chickpeas: Ensure the chickpeas are thoroughly drained, rinsed, and patted dry. Removing as much moisture as possible is key to achieving maximum crispiness.

  2. Season: In a bowl, toss the chickpeas with olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using) until evenly coated.

  3. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (200°C) for about 3 minutes.

  4. Cook: Spread the chickpeas in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don't overcrowd for even cooking. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes, until the chickpeas are golden and crispy.

  5. Serve: Let the chickpeas cool slightly before serving. They will continue to crisp up as they cool.


batch of chickpeas in an air fryer basket

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • Experiment with different spice blends to match these chickpeas to your meal themes, such as using curry powder for an Indian-inspired snack or za'atar for a Middle Eastern twist.

  • These crispy chickpeas make an excellent nutritious snack on their own but can also add a delightful crunch to salads, soups, or as a topping for creamy dips.

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain their crispiness for a few days.



Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • For a sweet version, toss the chickpeas with cinnamon and a light sprinkle of sugar before air frying.

  • Add a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of chili powder after cooking for a tangy, spicy snack.

  • Mix the cooked chickpeas with chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro for added freshness.



Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Crispy Spiced Air Fryer Chickpeas offer a delicious, healthy alternative to traditional snack foods, packed with protein and fiber.

  • Air frying the chickpeas brings out their natural nuttiness while adding a crave-worthy crunch without the need for deep frying.

  • A serving of these spiced chickpeas is approximately 150-200 calories, making them a filling yet low-calorie snack option.



Conclusion

The Crispy Spiced Air Fryer Chickpeas recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy a healthy, crunchy snack that's both satisfying and nutritious. With the air fryer, you can easily transform simple canned chickpeas into a gourmet treat that's versatile enough to be customized with your favorite flavors.


Whether you're looking for a quick snack, a salad topping, or a crispy addition to your meals, these air-fried chickpeas are sure to impress with their flavor and texture.


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