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These simple roasted chickpeas are crunchy, savory, and oh-so-easy to make. Enjoy them as a healthy snack or use them to add a delicious crunch to salads, soups, and stews. They take only five ingredients to make, and you'll likely find them all in your pantry!
If you're big on crunch (like us), you're going to love this recipe for roasted chickpeas. They're simple to make with just a handful of pantry ingredients. Like tiny croutons, they jazz up salads, soups, and stews by adding wonderful texture and flavor.
Chickpeas are full of fiber and protein so we like to make a big batch for healthy snacking, too. They’re perfect for parties, road trips, movie nights, and so much more!
They also make a great birthday, hostess, or holiday gift. Simply package them in a glass jar and tie a ribbon around it for a special DIY present!
We keep things simple and make these tasty roasted chickpeas using only five basic ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
- Chickpeas – cooked or canned both work well. One 19-ounce can of chickpeas yields about two cups, exactly what is needed for this recipe.
- Olive oil – don't skim on the olive oil, this is what helps make them crispy.
- Garlic powder – make sure it's garlic powder, not fresh as it will burn in the oven.
- Nutritional yeast – this gives them a unique savory flavor, with the added benefit of B12.
- Sea salt – enhances all the other flavors and makes them pop!
How to make roasted chickpeas
It's easy to make these oven-roasted chickpeas! Here's how to do it in a few simple steps:
- Start by rinsing your chickpeas and drying them really well. We like to dry them in a salad spinner as it's super easy, but paper towels will work, too.
- Place the chickpeas on a parchment-lined baking sheet and toss them with the rest of the ingredients.
- Then, roast the chickpeas for 35-40 minutes until they are completely dry and crispy.
- Once cooled, store them in a sealed jar or container. That's it!
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
Variations to try
This is a recipe for basic roasted chickpeas, so feel free to experiment with the spices and put your own spin on them:
- Add your favorite spice blend like our Italian seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning, cajun seasoning, or herbs de provence.
- A simple spice combination we love is smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne.
- Make them sweet. Swap the nutritional yeast and garlic powder for cinnamon and sugar for a tasty little treat!
Tips for the best-roasted chickpeas
We like when our chickpeas turn out extra crispy. Here are some tips for roasting chickpeas that we've learned along the way:
- Make sure your chickpeas are really dry – this is the key to making them extra crunchy.
- Don't skimp on the olive oil. It helps coat the chickpeas and makes them crispy.
- When they're done cooking, turn the oven off, crack the door open slightly, and leave the chickpeas inside while the oven cools. This optional step helps them get crunchier.
- Make sure that the chickpeas are completely cool before you store them. If you store them while they are warm (even a little bit) they will become chewy.
Roasted Chickpeas: FAQS
Should I refrigerate them?
No, we don't recommend storing the roasted chickpeas in the fridge because they will become chewy. Store them at room temperature.
How long do they last?
If properly dried, roasted chickpeas will keep well for months stored in a sealed jar. They need to be completely dry and wonderfully crispy in order to store them for a while. If you notice that after a few days the chickpeas are soft and chewy, it's because they weren't fully dry before they were stored. In this case, either put them back into the oven to dry or use them within 5 days.
Ideas for serving roasted chickpeas
Enjoy them on their own as a delicious salty snack, or in one of these recipes:
Use them as a salad topper; they'll boost nutrition and add a wonderful crunch.
- Bacon Caesar Salad
- Creamy Kale Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing
- Spring Mix Salad
- Arugula and Wild Rice Salad
- Summer Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Almonds
Use them like little croutons in one of these blended vegetable soups.
- Garlic Soup
- Roasted Fennel Black Garlic Soup
- Coconut Curried Cauliflower Soup
- Asparagus Soup
- Cozy Celery Soup
Add a tasty texture to stews
More healthy snack recipes
- 2 cup cooked chickpeas (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse the chickpeas well then dry them using a salad spinner (easiest!) or with paper towels.2 cup cooked chickpeas
- Place the chickpeas on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and toss them with olive oil, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and salt.1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast, ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until they are completely dry and crispy. See notes.
- Store the chickpeas on your counter in a glass jar or bowl.
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