How to Make Roasted Chickpeas

How to Make Roasted Chickpeas

I have never been a fan of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans.  When someone told me I should try roasted chickpeas my first instinct was to say no thank you, but shortly after that I had the opportunity to try some and I was surprised at how much I liked them.

The roasted chickpeas I tried were light and crunchy, and lightly seasoned with garlic salt.  They certainly satisfied my craving for a crunchy snack and are definitely better for me than potato chips!

They were so good I went out and bought a couple of cans and started experimenting.

Ingredients Needed for Roasted Chickpeas:

  • 1 Can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasoning (See Ideas Below)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

The first thing you need to do is to pour the chickpeas into a strainer and rinse them.  Line a cookie sheet with a layer of paper towels and pour the chickpeas onto the towels.  Grab another paper towel and pat the top of the chickpeas. You want to get them as dry as possible before you put them in the oven.

Once they are all dry, remove the paper towels. Drizzle some olive oil over the chickpeas. Gently shake the pan back and forth to try to evenly distribute the olive oil.  If you prefer, you can use a spatula to stir the chickpeas around the oil.

Place the pan in the hot oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. After this time, remove the pan from the oven and mix around the chickpeas. Place them back in the oven for another 15 minutes. Again, remove them from the oven and mix them up.

Continue this until the chickpeas are roasted all of the way through. This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Watch them to make sure they do not burn.

hidden valley ranch dipWhile you are waiting for your chickpeas to get done, decide what seasoning you want to use on them. Here are some great options:

  • Sprinkle on some dry Hidden Valley Ranch flavored dip mix (this is my favorite topping).
  • Simply sprinkle on some sea salt.
  • Try some garlic salt.
  • Lowry’s Seasoned Salt is pretty tasty.
  • I look forward to trying parmesan cheese with a little salt.
  • Here are 15 More Ways to Flavor Roasted Chickpeas.

Which  flavor sounds best to you? If you have any other flavor ideas, please share them with us.