Roast Chickpeas In The Air Fryer For A Quick And Easy Crunchy Snack

With their irresistible crunch and ability to be seasoned in many different ways, crispy chickpeas are a versatile food to have at the ready. They can be enjoyed as a part of a meal or simply as a savory snack on their own. But until recently, achieving the ideal crispiness was a labor of love, requiring around 20 to 30 minutes of roasting in the oven. 

Now, with the prevalence of air fryers, that wait time has been whittled down to mere minutes. Renowned for its convenience, speed, and health benefits, the air fryer turns the tedious task of roasting chickpeas until crunchy into a quick, effortless endeavor. 

To make crispy chickpeas in an air fryer, start by preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the appliance has been heated, add your seasoned chickpeas, and set a timer for 10 minutes. Remember to give the basket a couple of tosses every five minutes. This simple step ensures even roasting, leaving you with perfectly crisp chickpeas every time.

Tips for making the most of the air fryer

While roasting chickpeas into perfectly crunchy morsels has never been easier, there are a few tips to keep in mind for the best results. The first is to thoroughly rinse and dry canned chickpeas. Any retained moisture will hinder the crisping process, so take your time here. 

Once dried, toss the chickpeas with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and your choice of seasoning. For a classic flavor, a combination of paprika and garlic powder is a classic choice. Don't be afraid to try a dash of turmeric, cumin, or other spices you enjoy. From a simple sprinkle of cracked pepper to a dash of za'atar or furikake, the possibilities are endless.

Beyond snack time, their crunchiness lends a delightful texture contrast to salads, acting as a healthier crouton alternative. You could also use them as a flavorful topping for side dishes, soup, or pasta. Regardless of how you enjoy them, one bite and you'll understand why they are increasingly popular. With the air fryer at your side and a humble can of chickpeas on hand, you're in for a treat.