My Chickpea Love Continues: Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Back in February, I blogged about trying to overcome my aversion to chickpeas. Growing up , we ate them in, on top or under everything possible. I never knew if it was my mother’s love for the little morsels or an attempt to stretch their hard earned dollars but whatever the reason, I have had more than enough ‘cecis’ to fill a lifetime.   However, recently I decided it was time to reconcile with my little healthful pals and give them another culinary chance.  I spotted a few recipes recently for roasted chickpeas and thought the crunchy flavorful bite would make for a yummy, healthful snack. And they were indeed – I munched them all afternoon.  Very tasty! Use whatever spices float your boat.  And be sure to dry the chickpeas well after you rinse them.  From what I have read, they jump around in the oven like little jumping beans if you do not dry them thoroughly (actually sounds kinda fun!) Enjoy!

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas


2 15-ounce can chickpeas

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

3/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Pat dry using a kitchen towel.  In a large bowl, gently toss together the chickpeas, oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt.

3. Transfer the chickpeas to a rimmed baking sheet. Spread them out in a single layer.

4. Bake until golden and crispy, stirring halfway through cooking, about 25-30 minutes.

5. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Join the Conversation

  1. Thank you for this super idea. I’m going to try it. I also have a lovely recipe for chickpeas dressed with lemon, olive oil, flat leaf parsley and ground black pepper. I enjoyed this as a starter in a little restaurant in the south of France years ago.

    1. Yum, your recipe sounds wonderful! I will have to try. Grazie!

  2. Can’t wait to try!

  3. Wow what an interesting idea!

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