Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

These crispy air fryer chickpeas are the snack you’ve been waiting for. Crisp and crunchy, and so customizable, these chickpeas are done in an instant. They can be combined with any seasoning blends for so many different flavor combinations.

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Unconventional as it may be, these legumes make for the perfect quick snack.

The next time you’re searching for easy recipes for a simple snack, try these incredible delicious chickpeas in the air fryer.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Chickpeas

Whether you typically love chickpeas or not, once they’re crispy and seasoned they’re as (or more) delicious than popcorn or chips for an easy, filling snack. 

  • Easy – This is the easiest healthy snack you can make! Just a can of beans, a bit of oil from your pantry, and the seasonings that you love will make the best protein-packed snack. 
  • Convenient – All of the ingredients are easily accessible and it’s also perfect to pack for lunch, a hike, or a day at the beach. 
  • Unique – This handy snack is great to keep around for snacking on the fly but it’s also an original snack to serve at parties.
air fryer chickpeas in bowl with seasoning


Just a few simple ingredients will yield a quick, great air fried snack. 

  • Can of chickpeas – Be sure to completely drain the chickpeas and pat dry. Different brands have varying textures. Find one you like and stick to it. Some are creamier, while others more hard.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – This is our favorite but you can use your own favorite oil like avocado oil or canola oil.
  • Seasoning – Any seasonings you want will work well with this. Use a seasoning mix or choose your own favorites. I have some suggestions below.
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Variations for Chickpeas in the Air Fryer

You can make so many different versions of these tasty chickpeas.

  • Seasonings – We love a bit of lime juice and a bit of salt on top to season chickpeas. Seasoning can be any blend of dried herbs and spices. Some of our favorites include Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, fajita seasoning, taco seasoning, zatar, blackened seasoning, Chinese five spice, montreal steak seasoning, Salad Supreme, garlic salt, seasoned salt, celery salt, curry powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper or even nutritional yeast to flavor these chickpeas. Any combination of spices that you love will work for these tasty treats.
  • Sweetness – If you want a sweet treat, try dusting the chickpeas with cinnamon sugar.
  • Canned beans – Use other beans that you love!
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How to Make Air Fryer Chickpeas

Just a couple steps — could this be any easier?

  1. Air fry. Place prepared chickpeas in the air fryer basket sprayed with cooking spray in a single layer and cook for the recommended time. You can also use an easy parchment liner.
  2. Toss in seasoning. After removing from the air fryer, toss in a bowl with oil and seasoning.

What to Serve with Chickpeas from the Air Fryer

Serve these tasty bites with anything you like — if you’re eating them solo while doing some streaming service binging, have some bacon caramel popcorn and cheesy pigs in a blanket for a comfy night under the blankets with snacks. They also make a great salad topper.

You can also serve them as an appetizer at a party alongside wings or other snacks like spring rolls or baked jalapeno poppers. You can always look for more air fryer recipes too!

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Storage and Freezing

Store these crunchy peas for a few days for quick snacking or salad garnishing.

If you’re looking to serve these as a party snack, you can make them a day or so ahead of time.

How to Store This Chickpeas Recipe

After they’ve cooled to room temperature, keep these in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Can I Freeze These Roasted Chickpeas?

You can freeze them for up to 6 months; however, we don’t recommend it based on the potential for the texture to change afterwards. 

Common Questions About Air Fryer Chickpeas

Why are my chickpeas popping in the air fryer?

This is normal — you will hear some popping sounds. But when they’re finished the deliciousness will be worth the noise. 

Why are my chickpeas not crispy?

The secret to crispy chickpeas is to make sure they lack any moisture before cooking. Be sure to keep them completely dry to avoid mushiness — blotting with paper towels helps to avoid incorporating moisture.

Are chickpeas a healthy snack?

Full of fiber and protein, chickpeas are one of the best snacks you can indulge in.

Are garbanzo beans the same as chickpeas?

Yes, they are the same and commonly called garbanzo in Spanish dishes. Italians sometimes call them chichi beans and they are also known as Egyptian peas.

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Air Fryer Chickpeas Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Crispy and crunchy, and so customizable, these Air Fryer Chickpeas are done in an instant and can be combined with any seasoning blends!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 2 cups



  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Spread them out on a paper towel lined plate and pat dry.
  • Place the dried chickpeas in an air fryer basket and set to 380°F for 12-14 minutes, shaking half way.
  • Remove from the air fryer and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Toss with the olive oil to fully coat.
  • When fully coated, toss them with the seasoning of your choice.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.



Seasoning can be any blend of dried herbs and spices. Some of our favorites include Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, fajita seasoning, taco seasoning, zatar, blackened seasoning, Chinese five spice, montreal steak seasoning, Salad Supreme, garlic salt, seasoned salt and celery salt.


Calories: 226 kcal, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Sodium: 591 mg, Potassium: 322 mg, Fiber: 10 g, Sugar: 0.1 g, Vitamin A: 53 IU, Vitamin C: 0.2 mg, Calcium: 94 mg, Iron: 3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 226
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chickpeas
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    These little chickpeas are my new go-to snack! I love how crispy and crunchy they are and they are packed with nutrition! I added a garlic seasoning and it was DELISH!

  2. 5 stars
    What a super simple recipe. Love that it uses the air fryer and that I can switch up the seasonings based on my cravings.

  3. 5 stars
    These air fryer chickpeas added the perfect amount of crunch to my salad, a great replacement for croutons.