These crispy air fryer chickpeas are crunchy, delicious and cook up in under 15 minutes. They’re great for snacking or topping salads and with the five different flavor options you’ll never get bored.
I’ve been obsessed with making simple recipes in my air fryer recently and these air fryer chickpeas have quickly become one of my favorite snacks. This recipe comes together in no time at all and results in perfectly crispy chickpeas that you’ll want to eat by the handful!
Why You’ll Love These Crunchy Chickpeas
Easy to prep! Just add your chickpeas to a bowl, toss in oil with your seasoning of choice and cook. You’ll have a delicious, crunchy snack in under 15 minutes!
Minimal ingredients! All you need is one can of chickpeas, oil, salt and your seasoning of choice.
They’re completely customizable. The basic variation with just salt is delicious or you can use any of the 4 flavors I have listed below. Feel free to also get creative with your seasonings.
They’re healthy and filling. One serving packs 7 grams of protein!
Like with most of my air fryer recipes this one requires just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen:
cannedchickpeas –also known as garbanzo beans. After draining and rinsing your canned chickpeas, you’ll pat them dry, coat with a little oil and seasonings of choice. Then you’ll air fry them until crisp and crunchy!
olive oil or avocado oil – to help the seasonings stick and make the chickpeas extra crispy!
salt – we’re using just salt as the seasoning for the basic variation, but it’s also used in the other seasoning combos to help bring all the flavors together.
seasoning of choice – feel free to get creative here, but see below for how to make bbq, chili lime, ranch and honey flavors!
How to Make Air Fryer Chickpeas
This recipe couldn’t get any simpler! It only requires a few easy steps and comes together in about 15 minutes.
Prep chickpeas: You’ll want to drain and rinse your canned chickpeas. Drain them again and then pat the chickpeas dry with a paper towel. You want to make sure they’re nice and dry.
Toss with seasonings: Add chickpeas to a large mixing bowl with oil, salt and seasonings of choice and toss to combine.
Cook: Preheat air fryer if required. Place seasoned chickpeas in air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 400°F for 12-14 minutes, tossing once halfway until golden brown and crispy.
Keep an eye on the chickpeas towards the end of the cook time to make sure your seasonings don’t burn!
The flavor variations are endless when it comes to air fryer chickpeas, but below I’m sharing my four go-to flavors: bbq, chili lime, ranch and honey!
If you’re like me and love smoky, sweet BBQ flavor, this seasoning mix will be your jam!
Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar), 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon mustard powder, ¼ teaspoonblack pepper, and ¼ teaspooncayenne pepper, if you want the chickpeas to have a little kick.
These chili lime chickpeas have a robust flavor with a zesty finish. It’s a combo I can’t get enough of.
Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon lime zest.
Ranch is such a classic seasoning for savory snacks like chips and crackers and it works great on chickpeas too. I love all the herbs!
Craving something sweet? These honey flavor chickpeas will hit the spot.
Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon honey and 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar.
Tips For Success
Make sure to pat your chickpeas dry after draining and rinsing. This will help to ensure your chickpeas get extra crisp!
The cook time will vary depending on your air fryer. Be sure to keep an eye on them after the 10 minute mark to avoid burning!
Make sure your chickpeas have cooled completely before storing, otherwise they will loose crispness and could get soggy if stored when they’re still warm.
If you want to double the recipe I would cook one batch at a time in your air fryer. You don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer otherwise your chickpeas won’t crisp up!
Are air fryer chickpeas healthy?
Yes! Air fryer chickpeas are definitely a healthy snack in my book! They’re low in calories, but still salty and crunchy making them a great replacement for chips. Plus, one serving is packed with 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
Why did my chickpeas not crisp up?
If your chickpeas didn’t crisp up very well it’s likely that they didn’t cook long enough or that your air fryer basket was too crowded.
Can I re-crisp my chickpeas?
Totally! If your chickpeas lose some of their crispness after a day or two, pop them back in your air fryer for a few minutes to crisp back up!
How to Serve Chickpeas
I love eating these air fryer chickpeas by the handful for a snack, but you can use them like any roasted chickpeas – they would make for a great salad or soup topping! Here are some recipes that would be tasty topped with crispy chickpeas.
After allowing the chickpeas to cool completely, store them in a bowl or container, not covered. This will help preserve their crispness. They should stay fresh for up to one week at room temperature. I don’t recommend storing these in the fridge as they will become chewy and less crisp.
These crispy air fryer chickpeas are crunchy, delicious and cook up in under 15 minutes. They're great for snacking or topping salads and with the five different flavor options you'll never get bored. Vegan + gluten-free.
Drain, rinse and pat chickpeas dry with a paper towel.
Add chickpeas to a large mixing bowl with oil and salt and toss to combine. Move on to Step 3 if you’re making the basic sea salt version. For any of the other versions, add the additional seasonings and toss to combine, then move on to Step 3.
Preheat air fryer if required. Place chickpeas in air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 400°F for 12-14 minutes, tossing once halfway until golden brown and crispy. Keep an eye on the chickpeas towards the end to make sure your seasonings don’t burn!
Once chickpeas are cooked to your liking, remove them from the air fryer and season to taste. Serve immediately or let cool completely and store in a bowl, not covered.