I wanted to share this flavorful Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas (garbanzo) recipe with you guys because it’s literally my new favorite snack to munch on. Let me tell you how this recipe came about first.
Last month I joined WW because I want to lose some weight. Thirty-five pounds, to be exact. This has been my only formulated diet in the past decade. I’ve tried to lose weight in the past but have failed several times because I’ve attempted to do it independently.
It’s only been a month in, and I will tell you it’s a challenge. Now somethings are easy like the WW app tells you exactly what and how much to eat, and I can honestly say I haven’t really been hungry, no real cravings, and my energy level is a lot better.
However, the challenge comes when I have pre-plan meals and snacks, and with three kids distance learning from home and me trying to meet deadlines with work stuff, it seems like an uphill battle every week.
I will try and stick this through, I need to make a positive change for my health, and I promised myself at the beginning of 2021 that this year I was going to do just that.
I feel that this is the perfect snack for me because I’m one of those people who needs to be snacking when I sit down to watch tv. This right here has been why I am now 35 pounds over-weight heavier over the course of the last 6 years. I wish I could blame it on pregnancy or sitting at my desk, working daily. Nope, it’s been the snacking. I was able to recognize that 20 pounds ago :/
I love this Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas recipe because I use no oil, only my EVOO Pam spray, and you can season this with your own flavors. Literally any flavor you fancy, ok! Think of parmesan cheese, chili lime, herbs, or simply salt and pepper.
I used a blend of my own spices based on the flavors I love; garlic, onion, paprika, chili, black pepper, red chili flakes, sea salt. You guessed it; this will definitely have a kick to it, so scale back if your taste buds can’t handle it.
Many of the recipes I’ve come across on Pinterest share how to bake these or deep oil fry them, so I’ve never really tried those to compare. I can tell you from experience that anything deep fried is freakin amazing and addictive for me, but you know that’s why I’m on a diet today!
After trying this recipe the first time, I realized it needed some tweaks, so here are some tips to ensure you make it successfully.
- The chickpeas need to be completely dry before frying for extra crispness.
- Fry in batches to prevent overcrowding and so that each bean cooks evenly.
- Shake or toss the chickpeas half-way through frying.
These crispy air fryer chickpeas need to be stored in a sealed airtight container to keep them crispy and fresh. I wouldn’t keep them longer than a week (personally, they won’t last that long anyway, lol). You can use a cookie tin, these mason jars, or this airtight plastic canister if you like the cute panty organized look.
Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas (Garbanzo)
I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you try it with your own flavors, please drop me a comment below and let me know so I can try it too. If you enjoyed this post or know someone who would love this recipe, it would mean so much to me if you shared it. Don’t forget to PIN it for later too.
Truly addicting, you won't be able to stop munching on these crispy air fryer chickpeas (garbanzo). Each mouthful is a burst of flavor.
- 1 Can Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
- EVOO Spray
- Chili Powder
- Black Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt
- Dried Parsley
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- Drain and rinse chickpeas and lay them out on a paper towel to completely dry before frying.
- You can pre-heat your air fryer, but I didn't with mine—set the temperature on your air fryer to 400 degrees Farenheight.
- In a bowl, toss in the dried chickpeas.
- Add chili powder, paprika, black pepper, onion, garlic powder, and shake around well.
- Next, spray the air fryer basket with EVOO and add the seasoned chickpeas.
- Air fry for 15 minutes
- Remove and toss with sea salt, dried parsley, and red pepper flakes as you like.
Shake halfway through frying for best results, you may have to fry in batches if you do more than one can of chickpeas.