Crispy Air Fryer Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

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These Crispy Air Fryer Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are a fun, healthy snack made in the air fryer in less than 20 minutes. Crispy air fryer chickpeas turn out golden brown and crunchy on the outside and just a little soft on the inside making this a perfect snack for any healthy diet. Serve these spicy crispy chickpeas instead of French fries or potato chips with a hamburger or use this air-fryer snack as a salad topper instead of croutons.

Close up of finished spicy crunchy chickpeas with jalapenos.


  • Healthier snack option: Air fryer crispy chickpeas are a crunch, salty snack that uses a lot less oil without sacrificing taste. Also known as garbanzo beans, they are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, which keeps full and satisfied between meals. 
  • So many flavor variations: Experimenting with different seasonings, spices, or herbs can be fun. Make them sweet like a honey-cinnamon combination or a curry blend like in this recipe. 
  • Air Fry Chickpeas are more than just a tasty snack: They make great salad toppers, a protein substitute in wraps, or a delicious replacement for soup toppers like croutons.
  • Kid-Friendly Snack: Kids love these crispy chickpeas. Serve them up for a quick snack after school instead of unhealthy chips. The great thing about this delicious snack is they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and packed with protein. Perfect for your babe’s overall health.

Why an Air Fryer?

Air fryers use significantly less oil to achieve a crispy texture. The air fryer’s power magically transforms the lowly canned chickpeas into a spicy, crunchy snack that’s irresistible.

These crunchy chickpeas come out super crispy in a fourth of the time a conventional oven would take.

Upside… it’s not heavy at all and it’s easy to store! Downside… it’s another small appliance, on top of your counter. 

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overhead shot of finished spicy roasted chickpeas with jalapenos in a white bowl with a blue and white towel.


Close up of canned chickpeas draining in a metal colander.


  1. Drain the canned chickpeas in a colander. Then place on paper towels or clean kitchen towels until the chickpeas are dry. Move them around for all the chickpea surfaces will be moisture-free.
  2. Place the chickpeas and minced jalapenos in a large bowl. Spray cooking oil over the chickpeas…approximately 3 seconds and stir. If using olive oil, drizzle with oil and then toss chickpeas. Add the seasonings and toss the chickpeas and peppers again.

Canned chickpeas with chopped jalapeno in an air fryer basket before cooking.
  1. Preheat the Air Fryer to 400o degrees for about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the seasoned chickpeas to the air fryer basket. Make sure they are evenly distributed.
  3. Set the Air Fryer to 400o degrees for about 12 minutes.
  4. At 6 minutes, stir or shake chickpeas. Resume cooking for the remaining 6 minutes.
  5. Check for your desired crispy, crunchy texture. If they’re not to your crunch level, cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add extra seasoning, if needed, while they are still hot. Toss.

Tips for Air Fried Spicy Chickpeas with Jalapenos

  • Make sure the chickpeas are dry before you air fry them. 
  • Toss chickpeas well. Every chickpea should be coated with seasoning.
  • Toss or shake the chickpeas a couple of times during air frying. 
  • When Air Frying make sure you take them out halfway and either give them a really good stir or shake them in the pan. Don’t be afraid to do this a couple of times.
  • When you hear popping, they’re done.
close up of finished golden brown spicy chickpeas with jalapenos.


Follow all the instructions above but use the conventional oven. Place them on a baking sheet. Set the oven to 300o degrees and slow roast.

This will take about 40 minutes. Stir a couple of times during the baking process. 


Air-fried chickpeas stay crispy for about 2 days in an airtight container.


Q. Can I use dried chickpeas instead of canned for air frying?

A. Yes, you can. Soak the dry chickpeas overnight, then cook them until tender before air frying. Then follow this recipe.

Q. Can I reheat air fried chickpeas?

A. Yes, you can reheat air fried chickpeas by placing them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes until they reach the desired temperature. Note: they might not be as crispy as when freshly cooked


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crunchy roasted chickpeas with jalapenos in a white bowl on a turquoise blue dish towel

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Jalapenos

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Jalapenos only take about 20 mins from start to finish. Easy, quick and super healthy.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 65 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 2 can 2 cans of Chickpeas…drained and dried
  • 2 tsp Spray Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Jalapeno Garlic Seasoning more or less to taste
  • 1 or 2 Jalapeno, fresh and large cut up, small or large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt more or less to taste


  • Drain in a colander then on paper towels until chickpeas are dry and place them in a bowl.
  • Add spray oil or olive oil and mix.
  • Add the seasonings and mix gently again.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the seasoned and mixed peas to the Air Fryer tray making sure they are evenly distributed.
  • Set the Air Fryer to 400 degrees for about 12 minutes and cook.
  • Stir or shake peas at about 6 minutes, resume cooking for the last 6 minutes.
  • When done check for desired crispy, crunchy texture. If not to your crunch level, cook for another 2 minutes .Add extra seasoning if needed after they're done cooking and while they are still hot.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 65kcal
Keyword 0 weight watchers, gluten free, healthy, jalapeno, low fat
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