Savor the zesty twist of Citrus-scented Sumac and rich Middle Eastern spices in our irresistible Roasted Chickpeas – perfection in every bite!
Looking for a snack that’s as flavorful as it is satisfying? These chickpeas, roasted to golden perfection, not only boast a crispy exterior but also a tender, nutty core. What makes these little guys truly epic is the infusion of citrus-scented Sumac and a medley of warm Middle Eastern spices. Perfect for on-the-go nibbling or Netflix marathons, these Roasted Chickpeas are the snack that will never fail you. Get ready to snack like you mean it!
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What Are Roasted Chickpeas?
Roasted chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a crunchy, nutritious snack. They’re created by baking cooked garbanzo beans until they achieve a crisp and golden exterior. Typically tossed with oil and a blend of seasonings before roasting, they develop a satisfying texture and a rich, toasty flavor. These roasted legumes are a healthy alternative to chips for their high protein and fiber content. They also pair well with favored snacks, soups, or salads in various cuisines.
Reasons to Love These Chickpeas
- The satisfying crunch of Roasted Chickpeas makes them a perfect alternative to less healthy snacks.
- A great option for vegans looking for tasty, plant-based protein sources.
- Easy to pack and take on-the-go, these chickpeas are portable snacks – perfect for busy lifestyles.
- A guilt-free snack that’s lower in calories than many other options.
- Chickpeas: They offer a hearty, nutty flavor and a firm yet creamy texture when roasted.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Provides a subtle, fruity undertone. It enhances the overall richness and ensures a crisp exterior.
- Sumac: Ground sumac adds a tangy, lemon-like zest that contributes to a unique and refreshing flavor profile to the chickpeas.
- Paprika: Imparts a sweet and smoky taste, adding depth and a warm color to the roasted chickpeas.
- Cayenne Pepper: Delivers a spicy kick and elevates the snack with a bold flavor.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
- Chili Powder: Substitute cayenne pepper with chili powder for a milder heat.
- Red Pepper Flakes: Use red pepper flakes in place of cayenne for a different heat profile.
- Garam Masala: Mix in garam masala for a complex, warm spice blend that complements the chickpeas.
- More Flavor: I love adding a bit of garam marsala, curry powder or ground ginger for an extra hit of flavor.
How to Make Roasted Chickpeas
Step #1: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step #2: Place the rinsed chickpeas in a flour sack or other absorbent kitchen towel. Gently roll and pat until the clean kitchen towel has absorbed all the excess moisture from the chickpeas.
Step #3: In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and spices. Add the chickpeas and toss well to coat them with the spices. Transfer the seasoned chickpeas to the baking sheet and arrange them in a single layer.
Step #4: Roast for 20-30 minutes, checking halfway through to shake the pan and turn the chickpeas. Remove from the oven once the chickpeas are light and crispy. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Preparing Your Chickpeas: For the best texture, you can peel the chickpeas, but this is optional. Gently roll them between layers of paper towel or dish towel to loosen the skins. Peel away as many as possible; the more chickpea skins you remove, the crispier your chickpeas will be.
- Check Frequently: Keep an eye on them during the last 10 minutes of roasting to prevent burning.
- Use Parchment Paper: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper helps in even roasting and easy cleanup.
- Shake the Pan: Halfway through roasting, shake the pan to turn the chickpeas for even cooking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, dried chickpeas are a great option. Soak them overnight in plenty of water, then boil them for about 1-2 hours, or until tender, before drying and roasting.
Yes, an air fryer chickpeas are also good. Set the air fryer to 390°F (200°C) and cook for about 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
Yes, it’s easy to double. Just ensure that you spread the chickpeas out in an even layer on a larger baking sheet or roast in multiple batches.
Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite spices and herbs. Common additions include garlic powder, onion powder, or even a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Thoroughly dry the chickpeas before roasting, use a high oven temperature, and avoid overcrowding on the baking sheet. Letting them cool in the oven after turning it off can add extra crispiness.
Store your roasted chickpeas in an airtight container at room temperature; they’ll stay fresh and crunchy for about a week. Freezing isn’t recommended, as they tend to lose their crispiness. If they do soften, you can revive them by reheating them in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet. Roast for 5-10 minutes or until they’re crispy again. This method helps to restore their original texture and crunch.
Sumac and Spice Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
- 2 14- ounce cans chickpeas - drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons sumac
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the rinsed chickpeas in a flour sack or other absorbent kitchen towel. Gently roll and pat until the clean kitchen towel has absorbed all the excess moisture from the chickpeas.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and spices. Add the chickpeas and toss well to coat them with the spices. Transfer the seasoned chickpeas to the baking sheet and arrange them in a single layer.
- Roast for 20-30 minutes, checking halfway through to shake the pan and turn the chickpeas. Remove from the oven once the chickpeas are light and crispy. Serve warm or at room temperature.