Fried Chickpeas Recipe

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Close up view of Fried Chickpeas

Looking to optimize your snacks? Try our Fried Chickpeas. They're crispy, salty, spicy, and irresistible - you'll keep popping them in your mouth. Yet, they're good for you, too. They contain plant-based protein, fiber, iron, and bone-building minerals like magnesium and phosphorus. 

And instead of using a skillet to make them, we used an air fryer to contain way less fat than regular fried chickpeas. 

Looking for some more healthy munchies? Try our Air Fryer Zucchini Chips!

Are fried chickpeas good for you?

Yes, fried chickpeas are good for you. They are packed with protein and are excellent sources of fiber. One serving provides 22% of your daily fiber needs. They also contain iron, which is vital for blood production. 

Fried chickpeas also contain magnesium and phosphorus, essential for healthy bones. And because we made these fried chickpeas in the air fryer, we used a fraction of the oil, so unlike regular fried chickpeas, these are low in fat.

What are the disadvantages of eating chickpeas?

The main disadvantage of chickpeas is that they tend to cause bloating and gas, mainly if you overeat in one sitting.

Does boiling chickpeas reduce protein?

Boiling chickpeas reduces protein content, but only minimally, i.e., less than 4%. On the other hand, boiling chickpeas increases the digestibility of the protein by more than 10%, so your body is better able to use the protein.

Can I eat chickpeas every day?

Yes, you can eat chickpeas every day, and it's beneficial to do so. Studies show that eating at least one serving of legumes such as chickpeas daily can reduce LDL cholesterol, aka "bad cholesterol," thus reducing your risk of heart disease.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
3 persons


  • 1 (15 oz) can of Chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

  • Fresh Cilantro for garnish (Optional)

  • Lime slice for serving (Optional)


Preheat the air fryer to 400 °F. 

Prepare Air fryer

Add chickpeas to a medium bowl. Pat dry with paper towels. Then, add olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt. Toss until the chickpeas are coated evenly.

Chickpeas and the seasonings in a basin

Transfer coated chickpeas to an air fryer, spreading in a single layer. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until crispy and brown.

Cook chickpeas in the air fryer

Transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with fresh lemon.

Serving Fried Chickpeas
Chigoziri Nwachuku

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