Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Kristia

Crunchy roasted chickpeas are an addictive snack that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Chickpeas are high in protein and dietary fiber, yet low in calories and fat. They are also inexpensive, especially if you cook dried beans yourself.

The key to crunchy chickpeas is to dry them well before you add the oil and spices. If they are wet, they will steam in the oven instead of roast. This recipe can easily be altered to your taste, so experiment with your favorite spices. It can also be doubled.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas


  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Dry well using paper towels. Discard any loose skins.
  3. Put chickpeas in a small bowl and coat them evenly with the olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the chickpeas into a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Shake the pan several times throughout the baking. Towards the end of roasting, you want to check on the chickpeas often as they can burn quickly.
  5. Allow the chickpeas to cool in the pan after removing from the oven.


Spicy: Use 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon chili, pinch of cayenne, salt, and pepper. Honey Cinnamon: Use 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon honey.

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  1. How long can these be stored? and where? I made some once that got fuzzy within just a few days, but I was hesitant to store them in the refrigerator for fear they’d lose their crunch.

  2. Honestly these have not lasted long at my house. We usually eat them right away and I only roast one can at a time, because they don’t stay fresh long. They really taste best when eaten right away.

  3. Ours completely burned! Next time we’ll cut the temperature and check on them earlier. They do look delicious…but not when they are black. 🙂

  4. Are they supposed to foam when washing them? I looked away when my 5 year old was helping. I told her we have to awash them. I couldn’t figure out if she used soap or not.

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