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Crispy Air Fried Chickpeas – A Beautiful Mess

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am pretty obsessed with our air fryer. Did anyone get one for Christmas last month? Today, I thought I’d share how to make crispy air fried chickpeas.

These are such an easy and healthy snack you can throw together with very few ingredients. And they only take about 20 minutes to make total, including prep time! I love them!

plate of snacks including a clementine, air fried chickpeas, pretzels and trail mix.


I did a little experiment recently. I wanted to know if you can air fry chickpeas with no oil, and if so, would they be just as crispy as when I air fry them with a little oil? Here’s what I found:

If you want crispy and little bit crunchy chickpeas toss them in a little oil before air frying (see the recipe card below for measurements).

That being said, you absolutely can air fry chickpeas with no oil. They still turn out very delicious, but not quite as crispy.

bowl or air fried chickpeas

Customize Your Air Fried Chickpeas

I like to season air fried chickpeas with a little Lawry’s seasoning salt, garlic powder, and cayenne. If I have some fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme, I’ll toss a couple chopped teaspoons of that in as well.

But, you can season these with even less, like just salt and pepper, or try any combination of other things.

Air fried chickpeas taste slightly nutty, or kind of like tahini. If you like the taste of hummus you will probably like these crispy air fried chickpeas.

chickpeas in an air fryer

For me, these make a great high fiber snack for a small get together or for just snacking in front of the TV. They’d be great in a trail mix too or as a salad topper!

Here are some other lighter/healthier snacks I love:

bowl of air fried chickpeas

I hope you enjoy these crispy air fried chickpeas! If you make them, let me know what you think in the comments. xo. Emma

Crispy Air Fried Chickpeas

a quick and easy snack you make in the air fryer

  • 15
    one can
  • 2
    olive oil
  • ½
    seasoning salt
  • ½
    garlic powder
  • ¼
  • 1-2
    chopped rosemary or thyme

  1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas. You don’t need to completely dry them after.

  2. Toss in the seasoning salt, garlic powder, and cayenne.

  3. Air fry at 390°F for 16-18 minutes. Pausing and tossing every 5 minutes or so.

  4. Sprinkle on the fresh herbs, if using, in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

You can omit the oil and these will still turn out delicious but not quite as crispy. 

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