Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas


Try this satisfying snack instead of nuts. The tasty legumes are lower in calories and packed with fiber.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
Photo: Diana Chistruga
Active Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings

Tips for the Best Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are easy to make. They make a great salad topper, sandwich filling or plant-based snack. For the best results, follow these simple tips.

Prep Your Chickpeas

Canned chickpeas come swimming in a thick liquid called aquafaba. This liquid behaves somewhat like egg whites in recipes like Vegan Meringue Cookies, but if you're roasting chickpeas, you'll want to rinse it off. After rinsing the chickpeas, you'll need to dry them well with a paper towel so they go into the oven with as little liquid sticking to them as possible. If they go into the oven wet they'll steam, not roast. Canned chickpeas can harbor lots of sodium, so we opt for no-salt-added chickpeas and add just a little salt to the outside before roasting. We coat the chickpeas in cooking spray to give them a thin film of oil spread evenly that lightly fries the outside.

Flavor Variations to Try

This roasted chickpeas recipe features just a little bit of salt as a flavoring, but you can add additional spices to suit your taste. Chili powder, cumin, curry powder, smoked paprika and even a little cinnamon sugar are all great options. If you're going to flavor your chickpeas, toss them in a teaspoon or two of spices about 5 minutes before they're done roasting and return them to the oven. This will allow the spices to stick to the chickpeas without burning.

Storing Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas can lose their crunch pretty quickly. We recommend using them right away for maximum crispiness. If you need to store them, let them cool completely, then store them in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 day. Storing for a few days past this point won't spoil them, but they may lose their crunch.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Pat chickpeas dry with paper towels; place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Bake until crunchy, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
2g Fat
17g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 2g 2%
Sodium 170mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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