These crispy air-fried chickpeas make a delicious healthy snack in just 15 minutes. You can season them any way you like. I used curry and turmeric, giving them a beautiful golden color! If you haven’t tried air frying garbanzo beans, you must because this crunchy snack is so easy to make.

Roasted chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) make a crunchy, delicious snack that can’t be beaten! My kids thought I was nuts when I decided to make a healthier snack. I told them this air-fried snack would be so much better than oily chips.

They were skeptical until they tried some of the fun flavors. So far, the winner seems to be ranch with the kids.

If you love healthy snacks, you will love making your homemade gluten free granola and gluten free granola bars too!

If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.

Why this air fryer snack is so great:

  1. These roasted curried chickpeas are naturally gluten free, vegan, and dairy-free.
  2. You can customize the spice mix and make these crispy garbanzo beans any flavor.
  3. This snack is high in protein and low in fat.
  4. They are easy to pack in a lunchbox or backpack. Just pop them into a baggie!

If you use your air fryer as much as I do, I have many delicious, easy gluten free air fryer recipes to try!

Ingredient notes:

  1. This recipe calls for chickpeas. You can use canned as I did, or you can cook dried garbanzo beans until they are soft.
  2. Use an oil that tolerates high heat. I like to use avocado oil but canola also works well.
  3. See the variations section for a lot of fun flavor combinations!

What air fryer is best for crispy chickpeas?

To be honest, any air fryer is great for making tasty air-fried gluten free foods. I have two air fryers, the Corsori 3.4 qt, and the Ninja Air Fryer 8 qt. They both work really well. I will be testing the Sur de Table air fryer in the next couple of weeks.

Recipe step-by-step directions:

I used canned garbanzo beans. If you are also using canned garbanzo beans, put them in a colander. Rinse them well. Dry them with a paper towel!

If you want to use cooked garbanzo beans, here is a great tutorial on how to cook garbanzo beans.

The chickpeas in a large silver bowl.

Step 1: Add your dried chickpeas to a bowl. Add the oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.

HINT: Be sure to really dry your chickpeas!! This is a must or your chickpeas will not get super crispy. To dry them, rinse them in a colander. Use a paper towel to really dry them.

The garbanzo beans in an air fryer basket ready to roast.

Step 2: Preheat the air fryer to 390º F for 4-5 minutes. Place the garbanzo beans into your air fryer.

Be sure they are not piled too high. If you make more than one can at a time, they won’t cook thoroughly, so it is best to air fry them in two batches unless you use a very large air fryer.

Note: I do not recommend flavor seasoning on the garbanzo beans before air frying them. Many spices can get bitter and rancid from high heat.

Step 3: Air fry the chickpeas for 15-18 minutes. The longer you air fry them, the crispier they will turn out. At the 8-minute mark, open the air fryer quickly and stir the chickpeas so they cook evenly on all sides.

Step 4: Pour the air-fried chickpeas into a large bowl and quickly add your seasonings. Toss to coat. Enjoy!

Oven baking directions:

No air fryer? No problem! It is straightforward to make these crispy garbanzo beans in the oven, too!

  • Follow the directions above to rinse, dry, and oil the beans.
  • Place your chickpeas on a metal baking sheet. I do not recommend parchment paper as it can make chickpeas less crispy.
  • Bake at 400º F for 12 minutes. Stir them and then bake 10-12 minutes until they are your desired crispiness.
  • Pour them into a bowl and add the seasoning. Toss them to coat.

Flavor variations:

  • Ranch – Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Penzey’s Ranch Seasoning. This is an unsolicited plug for a fabulous spice company. Their spices are gluten free, and you can make endless fun flavors of roasted chickpeas with them.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Curry – I made this recipe with 1 teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of curry powder.
  • Parmesan – Toss your chickpeas with grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Taco – Use 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite taco seasoning and sprinkle it over your chickpeas. If you like spicy, add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper too!

Storage:

Store these air-fried chickpeas in an air-tight container or mason jar. These crunchy roasted garbanzo beans will keep fresh in your pantry up to a week.

A wooden bowl full of crunchy garbanzo beans.

Crispy Chickpeas Tips and Recipe FAQ:

How to serve them?

You can serve these delicious roasted chickpeas any way you like. They make a great salad topper. Try it on my delicious Kale and Apple Salad recipe!

How long do you air fry chickpeas to get them crunchy?

The longer you air fry the chickpeas, the crunchier they turn out. I like to air fry mine for 17-18 minutes.

Do you need to boil chickpeas before roasting them?

You do not need to boil your chickpeas unless you use dried ones. Otherwise, the canned chickpeas are fine to wash, dry, and use.

Are roasted chickpeas hard?

Yes, roasted chickpeas are hard and crunchy. They make an incredible snack!

More gluten free snack ideas:

a wooden spoon full of air fried garbanzo beans

Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

Sandi Gaertner
These crispy air fryer chickpeas can be seasoned in so many delicious ways. They cook in just minutes!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Gluten Free Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 30 ounces garbanzo beans 2 cans
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder

Instructions
 

  • Open the canned garbanzo beans. Place into a colander and rinse well.
  • Use a paper towel to really dry the beans.
  • Add your dried chickpeas to a bowl. Add the oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • HINT: Be sure to really dry your chickpeas!! This is a must or your chickpeas will not get super crispy. To dry them, rinse them in a colander. Use a paper towel to really dry them.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390º F for 4-5 minutes. Place the garbanzo beans into your air fryer.
  • Do not pile the chickpeas too high. If you are making more than one can at a time, they won't cook thoroughly so it is best to air fry them in two batches unless you are using a very large air fryer.
  • Note: I do not recommend using flavor seasoning on the garbanzo beans before air frying them. Many spices can get bitter and rancid from high heat.
  • Air fry the chickpeas for 15-18 minutes. The longer you air fry them, the crispier they will turn out. At the 8 minute mark, open the air fryer quickly and stir the chickpeas so they cook evenly on all sides.
  • Pour the air fried chickpeas into a large bowl and quickly add your seasonings. Toss to coat. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are using dried garbanzo beans, you will need to soak and boil them until they are softened first.
  • These crispy chickpeas will keep fresh for up to a week in an air-tight container.

Oven baking directions:

No air fryer? No problem! It is really simple to make these crispy garbanzo beans in the oven too!
  • Follow all of the directions above to rinse, dry, and oil the beans.
  • Place your chickpeas on a metal baking sheet. I do not recommend parchment paper as it can make your chickpeas less crispy.
  • Bake at 400º F for 12 minutes. Stir them and then bake an additional 10-12 minutes until they are your desired crispiness.
  • Pour them into a bowl and add the seasoning. Toss them to coat.

Flavor Variations:

  • Ranch – Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Penzey’s Ranch Seasoning. This is an unsolicited plug for a fabulous spice company. Their spices are gluten free, and you can make endless fun flavors of roasted chickpeas with them.
  • Anti Inflammatory Turmeric and Curry – I made this recipe with 1 teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of curry powder.
  • Parmesan – Toss your chickpeas with grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Taco – Use 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite taco seasoning and sprinkle it over your chickpeas. If you like spicy, add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper too!

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 5ouncesCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 13gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 204mgPotassium: 424mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 4mg
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