Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

These Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas are made for last-minute holiday guest appearances. They're quick to make and are best served as soon as they're made. Season them up however you like and in ten minutes you'll have a crunchy, savory snack ready to go.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups; 2 to 4 for snacking

Ingredients

For the chickpeas:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

Za'atar seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 teaspoon za’atar seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Spicy seasoning:

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

French herb seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Italian seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or equal parts oregano, thyme, basil, and marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Special equipment:

Method

1 Preheat the air fryer to 390°F for 10 minutes, or according to the manufacturer's instructions.

2 Prep the chickpeas: Dry the chickpeas thoroughly on a paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. You can even dry them in a salad spinner, but you might lose a few depending on the design of your spinner. Discard any skins that come off of the chickpeas during this step.

Crispy Air Fried Chickpeas dry the chickpeas

3 Season the chickpeas: Combine the oil and spice mix in a bowl and whisk to combine. Gently incorporate the chickpeas until coated.

Crispy Chickpeas in the Air Fryer

4 Air fry the chickpeas: Transfer to the preheated air fryer and air fry for 8 to 10 minutes until crispy. Taste one of the chickpeas; if it's not as crispy as you'd like, then continue to cook for another 1 to 3 minutes.

Some of the chickpeas may look as though they have “popped.” Don’t fret if that happens!

Roasted Chickpeas in the Air Fryer transfer to air fryer

5 Season and serve: Remove from the basket to a bowl, taste, and add more salt, pepper or seasoning to your liking. Serve immediately; the crispy chickpeas will not keep.

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Comments

  • L

    Will they not keep because they lose their crisp or because they go bad? My parents have an air fryer and I would like to make these to bring back to college if possible.

    • Carrie Havranek

      Hello! Carrie Havranek here, associate editor for Simply Recipes. They simply lose their crispiness. I don’t think they will travel very well in terms of the crispiness, but they would certainly still taste good!