Air Fry Chickpeas

air fry chickpeas
air fry chickpeas

Looking for a healthy and delicious snack or salad topper? Look no further than crispy air fryer chickpeas! These nutty and crunchy bites are incredibly easy to make in the air fryer, and they offer a wealth of culinary possibilities. At Takeout Food, we’re always excited to share new air fryer recipes, and these crispy air fryer chickpeas are no exception. They not only make a fantastic snack but also add a delightful crunch to salads and bowls.

Air Fryer Chickpeas

If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the deliciousness of roasted chickpeas by following our recipe for Roasted Chickpeas in the oven. However, we highly recommend trying them in the air fryer for that extra crispiness and flavor. While creating our air fryer cookbook, we tested several air fryers and found that the 7-quart GoWISE Air Fryer stood out with its powerful performance and affordability. Its large basket can accommodate more food, including a whole chicken.

Why We Love Making Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with crispy air fryer chickpeas. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Nutrition: Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are not only delicious but also packed with nutrition. They are an excellent source of fiber and protein, making them a satisfying and healthy snack option. Additionally, they contain essential vitamins and minerals like zinc and folate.
  • Vegetarian: If you’re looking for a meatless protein option, chickpeas are a fantastic choice. They offer a substantial plant-based protein source that can be enjoyed in various dishes.
  • Affordability: Making your own crispy chickpeas at home is not only delicious but also budget-friendly. A can of chickpeas costs around a dollar, significantly cheaper than pre-packaged crunchy chickpeas available in stores.

Air Fryer Chickpea Seasoning Ideas

One of the best things about making crispy chickpeas in the air fryer is the ability to customize the seasoning to your liking. The possibilities are endless! Here are some seasoning ideas to get you started:

  • Cajun seasoning
  • Garlic salt
  • Blackened seasoning
  • Montreal steak seasoning
  • Za’atar
  • Tajin
  • Curry powder
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Ranch seasoning (garlic and onion powders, salt, pepper, dried parsley, and dill)

With these options, you can create a flavor combination that suits your taste buds perfectly.

How to Roast Chickpeas in the Air Fryer

Now that you have your seasonings ready, let’s dive into the process of roasting chickpeas in the air fryer. Follow these simple steps for perfectly crispy chickpeas:

  1. Start with dry chickpeas: It’s essential to begin with dry chickpeas to ensure they become crispy in the air fryer. Rinse and drain the chickpeas, then let them dry on paper towels for about an hour. This drying process will remove excess moisture and help achieve that desired crunch.

  2. Air Fry: Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F. Place the chickpeas in the air fryer basket and air fry them for 12 to 14 minutes, shaking the basket every five minutes. Keep an eye on them until they turn crunchy and golden brown.

  3. Season After: Transfer the roasted chickpeas into a bowl. While they are still hot, spritz them with olive oil and season them with your chosen spices. This order prevents the spices from burning during the air frying process.

Air Fryer Chickpeas

Crispy Chickpea Tips

To ensure your chickpeas turn out perfectly crispy, here are a couple of helpful tips:

  • Start with dry chickpeas: Before cooking, make sure to air dry the canned chickpeas on paper towels. Wet or damp chickpeas won’t crisp up properly, and even if they do, they won’t stay crispy for long. Spread the chickpeas on dry paper towels and place another towel on top. Gently move the towel across the chickpeas to absorb any remaining moisture.

  • Air Dry: If time permits, let the chickpeas sit on your counter for at least an hour to air dry thoroughly. This step will contribute to their overall crispiness.

  • Re-crisp: If you have any leftover chickpeas that have lost their crispness, simply pop them back into the air fryer for 2 to 3 minutes to re-crisp them. This trick will revive their crunchiness.

Air Fryer Chickpeas
Salad topped with air fryer chickpeas

More Chickpea Recipes You’ll Love

If you can’t get enough of chickpeas, here are a few more mouthwatering recipes to satisfy your cravings:

For even more air fryer recipes and inspiration, check out our latest cookbook, Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners!

FAQs

Q1: Can I use canned chickpeas for this recipe?
A1: Absolutely! Canned chickpeas work perfectly fine for making crispy air fryer chickpeas. Just make sure to rinse and dry them thoroughly before air frying.

Q2: Can I store the leftover chickpeas?
A2: Yes, you can store leftover chickpeas in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. If they happen to lose their crispness, you can re-crisp them in the air fryer for a few minutes.

With these tips and ideas, you’re ready to embark on your crispy air fryer chickpea adventure. Enjoy the delightful crunch and delicious flavors while exploring the endless possibilities of this versatile snack. For more culinary inspiration and delightful recipes, visit Takeout Food. Happy cooking and snacking!

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