Air Fryer Chickpeas (5 Ways)

These crispy air fryer chickpeas are crunchy, delicious and cook up in under 15 minutes. They’re great for snacking or topping salads and with the five different flavor options you’ll never get bored.

I’ve been obsessed with making simple recipes in my air fryer recently and these air fryer chickpeas have quickly become one of my favorite snacks. This recipe comes together in no time at all and results in perfectly crispy chickpeas that you’ll want to eat by the handful!

Salted air fried chickpeas in a glass bowl.

Why You’ll Love These Crunchy Chickpeas

  • Easy to prep! Just add your chickpeas to a bowl, toss in oil with your seasoning of choice and cook. You’ll have a delicious, crunchy snack in under 15 minutes!
  • Minimal ingredients! All you need is one can of chickpeas, oil, salt and your seasoning of choice.
  • They’re completely customizable. The basic variation with just salt is delicious or you can use any of the 4 flavors I have listed below. Feel free to also get creative with your seasonings.
  • They’re healthy and filling. One serving packs 7 grams of protein!
Ingredients measured out to make air fryer chickpeas: canned chickpeas, olive oil, salt, bbq seasoning, chili lime seasoning, ranch seasoning and honey seasoning.

Ingredients Needed

Like with most of my air fryer recipes this one requires just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen:

  • cannedchickpeas  also known as garbanzo beans. After draining and rinsing your canned chickpeas, you’ll pat them dry, coat with a little oil and seasonings of choice. Then you’ll air fry them until crisp and crunchy!
  • olive oil or avocado oil – to help the seasonings stick and make the chickpeas extra crispy!
  • salt – we’re using just salt as the seasoning for the basic variation, but it’s also used in the other seasoning combos to help bring all the flavors together.
  • seasoning of choice – feel free to get creative here, but see below for how to make bbq, chili lime, ranch and honey flavors!
Three photos showing the process to make air fryer chickpeas: season chickpeas in a bowl, add to an air fryer basket and air fry until crispy.

How to Make Air Fryer Chickpeas

This recipe couldn’t get any simpler! It only requires a few easy steps and comes together in about 15 minutes.

  • Prep chickpeas: You’ll want to drain and rinse your canned chickpeas. Drain them again and then pat the chickpeas dry with a paper towel. You want to make sure they’re nice and dry.
  • Toss with seasonings: Add chickpeas to a large mixing bowl with oil, salt and seasonings of choice and toss to combine.
  • Cook: Preheat air fryer if required. Place seasoned chickpeas in air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 400°F for 12-14 minutes, tossing once halfway until golden brown and crispy.
pro tip! Keep an eye on the chickpeas towards the end of the cook time to make sure your seasonings don’t burn!
Five bowls of different flavored seasoned air fried chickpeas: basic, honey, bbq, chili lime and ranch.

Flavor Variations

The flavor variations are endless when it comes to air fryer chickpeas, but below I’m sharing my four go-to flavors: bbq, chili lime, ranch and honey!

Air fried BBQ chickpeas in a glass bowl.

BBQ

If you’re like me and love smoky, sweet BBQ flavor, this seasoning mix will be your jam!

Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar), 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon mustard powder, ¼ teaspoonblack pepper, and ¼ teaspooncayenne pepper, if you want the chickpeas to have a little kick.

Air fried chili lime chickpeas in a glass bowl.

Chili Lime

These chili lime chickpeas have a robust flavor with a zesty finish. It’s a combo I can’t get enough of.

Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon lime zest.

Air fried ranch chickpeas in a glass bowl.

Ranch

Ranch is such a classic seasoning for savory snacks like chips and crackers and it works great on chickpeas too. I love all the herbs!

Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon dill, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1 teaspoon chives, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder and ¼ tsp pepper.

Air fried honey chickpeas in a glass bowl.

Honey

Craving something sweet? These honey flavor chickpeas will hit the spot.

Toss chickpeas in 1 Tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon honey and 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar.

Five glass bowls holding five differently flavored air fried chickpeas.

Tips For Success

  • Make sure to pat your chickpeas dry after draining and rinsing. This will help to ensure your chickpeas get extra crisp!
  • The cook time will vary depending on your air fryer. Be sure to keep an eye on them after the 10 minute mark to avoid burning!
  • Make sure your chickpeas have cooled completely before storing, otherwise they will loose crispness and could get soggy if stored when they’re still warm.
  • If you want to double the recipe I would cook one batch at a time in your air fryer. You don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer otherwise your chickpeas won’t crisp up!

FAQ’s

Are air fryer chickpeas healthy?

Yes! Air fryer chickpeas are definitely a healthy snack in my book! They’re low in calories, but still salty and crunchy making them a great replacement for chips. Plus, one serving is packed with 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.

Why did my chickpeas not crisp up?

If your chickpeas didn’t crisp up very well it’s likely that they didn’t cook long enough or that your air fryer basket was too crowded.

Can I re-crisp my chickpeas?

Totally! If your chickpeas lose some of their crispness after a day or two, pop them back in your air fryer for a few minutes to crisp back up!

How to Serve Chickpeas

I love eating these air fryer chickpeas by the handful for a snack, but you can use them like any roasted chickpeas – they would make for a great salad or soup topping! Here are some recipes that would be tasty topped with crispy chickpeas.

How to Store Air Fryer Chickpeas

After allowing the chickpeas to cool completely, store them in a bowl or container, not covered. This will help preserve their crispness. They should stay fresh for up to one week at room temperature. I don’t recommend storing these in the fridge as they will become chewy and less crisp.

Other Air Fryer Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all of the chickpea recipes on EBF as well as my full collection of air fryer recipes.

Air Fryer Chickpeas (5 Ways)

5 from 6 votes
These crispy air fryer chickpeas are crunchy, delicious and cook up in under 15 minutes. They're great for snacking or topping salads and with the five different flavor options you'll never get bored. Vegan + gluten-free.
Salted air fried chickpeas in a glass bowl.
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Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 12minutes
Total Time 17minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

Basic Recipe

  • 1 15 ozcan of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1Tablespoonavocado or olive oil
  • ½teaspoonsalt, plus more to taste

BBQ

  • 2teaspoonscoconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2teaspoonssmoked paprika
  • 1teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1teaspoononion powder
  • ½teaspoonmustard powder
  • ¼teaspoonblack pepper
  • ¼tspcayenne, optional

Chili Lime

  • 2teaspoonschili powder
  • 1teaspooncumin
  • ½teaspoongarlic powder
  • Juice from 1 medium lime, about 2 teaspoons
  • Zest from 1 lime, about 1 teaspoon

Ranch

  • 1Tablespoonnutritional yeast
  • 1teaspoondill
  • 1teaspoonparsley
  • 1teaspoonchives
  • 1teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1teaspoononion powder
  • ¼tsppepper

Honey

  • 1Tablespoonhoney
  • 1Tablespoongranulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • Drain, rinse and pat chickpeas dry with a paper towel.
  • Add chickpeas to a large mixing bowl with oil and salt and toss to combine. Move on to Step 3 if you’re making the basic sea salt version. For any of the other versions, add the additional seasonings and toss to combine, then move on to Step 3.
    Chickpeas in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer if required. Place chickpeas in air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 400°F for 12-14 minutes, tossing once halfway until golden brown and crispy. Keep an eye on the chickpeas towards the end to make sure your seasonings don’t burn!
    Air fried chickpeas in an air fryer basket.
  • Once chickpeas are cooked to your liking, remove them from the air fryer and season to taste. Serve immediately or let cool completely and store in a bowl, not covered.

Equipment

  • air fryer

Nutrition

Serving: 1/3 recipeCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 784mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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    10 comments
    1. Caroline
      April 24, 2022 AT 5:11 pm

      Do you think this would work in an oven air fryer? I have an air fryer setting on my oven…I hope so, they sound delish!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 25, 2022 AT 7:47 am

        Hi, Caroline. I’m not sure, I haven’t used an in oven air fryer before. Let me know how they turn out if you try it!

        Reply
    2. Tayyaba
      April 17, 2022 AT 9:27 pm

      5 stars
      Yummy recipe..Thank you for sharing such delicious recipe.

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 18, 2022 AT 7:24 am

        Woo! So glad these chickpeas were a success for you, Tayyaba 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

        Reply
    3. Keli T Vice
      February 25, 2022 AT 12:24 pm

      I love your recipes but the number of pop up ads that show while scrolling is pretty over the top. 13 on this “Air Fryer Chick peas” post.

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 25, 2022 AT 1:00 pm

        Hi Keli! I’m so sorry about the ads. Just to confirm, did you see 13 popup ads while looking at this post? Or were some of those in-content (not popups that you had to X out of). I want to look into this!

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        1. KELI
          February 25, 2022 AT 2:00 pm

          Yes – 13 ads on this page alone – in content / side bar / pop up side bar / bottom banner. I know that’s where the $ comes from and that’s cool, but it’s a lil overwhelming :-). Be well! Love your site.

          Reply
    4. helene
      February 20, 2022 AT 3:03 am

      5 stars
      excellent post thank you for sharing

      Reply
    5. Lucy
      February 17, 2022 AT 4:40 pm

      5 stars
      Brittany

      I just saw your Instagram post about these air fryer chickpeas! Oh my goodness! They are delicious! I didn’t have all the ingredients for the ranch recipe. So I used some Hidden Valley Ranch dip powder I had on hand. Want to make the sweet ones next time!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2022 AT 1:07 pm

        Woo! So glad this recipe worked out for you, Lucy! The Hidden Valley Ranch dip powder sounds like the perfect shortcut, thanks for sharing. And thanks for coming back to leave a review and star rating, I really appreciate it.

        Reply
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