Air Fryer Chickpeas

published Apr 4, 2022
Air Fryer Chickpeas Recipe

There’s a whole wide world out there for chickpeas beyond hummus, and it can start as easily as putting them in your air fryer.

Makesabout 2 cups

Prep5 minutes

Cook20 minutes

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air fried chickpeas.
Credit: Laura Manzano

There’s a whole wide world out there for chickpeas beyond hummus — and it can start with something as simple as putting them in your air fryer. Air-fried chickpeas are completely transformed, taking on a crunchy, starchy quality that are as irresistible as they are easy. 

Are Air Fryer Chickpeas Good for You?

Anything prepared in the air fryer will typically use less oil and fat than a deep fryer. These chickpeas are a great alternative to croutons when you’re looking for something crunchy on salads, and all legumes are a good source of fiber and protein.

How Do I Prepare Chickpeas Before Air Frying?

Using canned chickpeas (as opposed to soaking dried beans) is a smooth ride on easy street for this quick and clever recipe. There is, however, some important prep required first. The goal when air frying chickpeas is to get them as dry as possible so they don’t pop all over the air fryer basket. Once you’ve rinsed your chickpeas in a strainer, drying them on paper towels or a clean tea towel helps to eliminate any moisture that causes the popping. Don’t skip this step! 

How to Season Air Fryer Chickpeas

In this recipe, ras el hanout is a Moroccan spice blend whose earthiness lends a great profile to chickpeas. Play around with different spice blends, such as curry powder or chili powder, to give this blank canvas a distinct flavor profile.

Credit: Laura Manzano

Ways to Eat Air Fryer Chickpeas

Air Fryer Chickpeas Recipe

There’s a whole wide world out there for chickpeas beyond hummus, and it can start as easily as putting them in your air fryer.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes

Makes about 2 cups

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 (about 15-ounce) cans

    chickpeas

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons

    ras el hanout, or other spice blend such as curry powder, baharat, or chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat an air fryer to 400ºF. Meanwhie, drain and rinse 2 (about 15-ounce) cans chickpeas. Line a plate or baking sheet with paper towels, place the chickpeas on the towels, and pat very dry with more towels.

  2. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons ras el hanout, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Stir well to combine.

  3. Transfer the chickpeas into an air fryer basket. Air fry, shaking halfway through, until the chickpeas are deeply golden and crisp, about 20 minutes total. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store once completely cooled (so they don’t steam) in an airtight container in a dry place at room temperature for up to 3 days.