Spicy, crispy baked chickpeas are an awesome, healthy snack that are so incredibly addicting to eat. Chickpeas, a teeny amount of olive oil and some spices are all you need to bake these chickpeas up for a snack perfect for yourself or perfect for snacking on while watching the big game (which is coming up soon)! These would also be a great alternative to croutons in a salad!
I guarantee that once you bake these chickpeas up, no one will: 1. know they are chickpeas and 2. think they are actually healthy! These would be a great snack or appetizer to make for a party or when you have company over, when you are going on a road trip and need to pack a healthy snack or when you are Netflixing on the couch….anytime really! I am trying to incorporate healthier snack recipes and some healthy, easy dinner recipes here on the blog. I enjoy baking from scratch as much as I enjoy cooking from scratch, it’s just that baking is my passion, which is why my blog is kind of focused on the sweet stuff! But that doesn’t mean I can’t switch it up and share some savory recipes with you too! I know it’s easier sometimes to just grab pre-made meals (or hit the drive thru—I’m not judging—unless your name is James, then right now I am totally yelling at you), but hopefully I can change your mind with some easy recipes I plan on sharing with you!
These crispy baked chickpeas are super easy to make and if you have the spices in your pantry already, then they really will only cost you about a $1 for the can of chickpeas. Cheap eats y’all!
Here are my chickpeas, all seasoned up and ready for the oven! Make sure you use a baking pan with a rim around it, or your chickpeas will roll right off!
Spicy Crispy Baked ChickpeasPrint Recipe
- 1 (15.5-ounce can) chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh, ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Place a Silpat on a large, rimmed baking pan. You can also use a piece of parchment paper or foil on the bottom of a rimmed baking pan, but spray with baking spray. Set aside.
Open the can of chickpeas, drain the fluid and rinse the chickpeas under running water. Drop rinsed chickpeas on paper towels to dry the chickpeas as much as possible (this will help the spice mixture adhere better, as well as crisp up in the oven). In a small bowl, add the chickpeas, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, pepper and olive oil. Stir until the chickpeas are well coated with the spice-oil mixture.
Pour chickpeas out onto prepared baking pan, in a single layer. Option to sprinkle chickpeas with a bit more cayenne pepper if you like them spicy! Bake in 400-degree oven for 45-50 minutes, stirring the chickpeas every 20-minutes so they bake evenly on all sides. Bake until you have reached your desired crunchiness. Sneak a chickpea off the baking sheet and pop it in your mouth. If the middle is still too chewy, then put them back in the oven until totally crispy! Mine took 50-minutes to get super crunchy. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional salt (if you love salt like I do) and let the chickpeas cool in the pan.
Store at room temperature in an air tight container. These are at their crunchiest the day they are baked, but will stay crisp for a few days after.
The chickpea skins may come off and get really crispy after baking. You can either toss ’em or eat ’em! Then put your chickpeas in a pretty little bowl for snacking on! Loving this bowl from Wilmax! Ain’t it the coolest?!?!
These chickpeas baked up into nice and crunchy little morsels and the spice level was there, but not too overpowering. Of course, you can add as much or as little spice as you want! If you like salty snacks, but are looking to eat more healthily, then these are prefect for you! Way fewer calories than eating a handful of nuts, but you still get that crunch and salty flavor you may be craving! These are at their crunchiest the same day they are baked, but are still crispy a day or two after. If making for a party, I would recommend baking them the day of for maximum crunchiness! You can totally double or triple this recipe too, as long as you have a baking sheet big enough that the chickpeas get to bake in a single layer.
Y’all definitely gotta give these a try!! If there are any dinner recipes you want me to try and health-ify and add to the blog, leave me a comment below by clicking on the little bubble at the VERY end of the post! And don’t forget to sign up to receive free emails of the blog posts, so you never miss a thing!
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