AIR FRYER CHICKPEA RECIPE (No-Oil, Healthy, Vegan)

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Got an air fryer but not really sure what to do with it? You’re not alone!! You can cook sooooo many things in them, but this air fryer chickpea recipe is one of my favourites!

It’s a really quick and easy recipe with next to no prep needed. It makes for a perfect oil-free, healthy snack. Just grab a handful from the fridge any you’re good. It’s also a perfect topper for salads, wraps, tacos… anything that would benefit from a bit of crunch!

Chickpeas are a fantastic staple on a vegan diet. They’re high in protein and fiber. The fiber makes you feel full for longer and it’s also well known to keep things, ahem… regular.

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What Kit do I Need to Make This Air Fryer Chickpea Recipe?

An air fryer is about the only thing you need for this recipe! There are loads out there now but I’m a strong believer that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a really decent model. 

The way they work is just by blowing really hot air around your food – simple! So, as long as it does that, the only other important thing to think about when buying an air fryer is size. Think about how many people it needs to be making food for, and what kind of food you will be cooking.

This article from Peta goes through a load more ideas of what you can cook in an air fryer. Just in case you needed even more ideas. There’s also plenty of Bombveg recipes to choose from too so don’t forget to check them out…

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Other than an air fryer, make sure you have some measuring spoons and an airtight container for storing the chickpeas in. They last several days when stored correctly which makes them a perfect grab-on-the-go snack. You don’t need anything fancy, but opt for an airtight container over open to keep them crispy for longer.

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What’s in this Air Fryer Chickpea Recipe?

To keep this recipe quick and easy, I’ve used tinned chickpeas and dried spices. You might notice there’s zero oil in this air fryer chickpea recipe – that’s to keep the calories down. The best thing about air fryer cooking is that you can get lovely crispy, golden food without any oil at all!

  • Chickpeas – Get the ones that come in unsalted liquid. You add salt into the recipe so you need to control how much you put in to stop it from being overly salty.
  • Smoked Paprika – One of my favorite spices! Using regular, unsmoked paprika will work just fine for this recipe if that’s all you have.
  • Cumin – I really get through cumin. It’s high in vitamins and minerals 
  • Dried Parsley – My current obsession. If you have some fresh parsley in the garden you can use it instead of the dried stuff. Wait until you’ve cooked the chickpeas, finely chop, and sprinkle it on once the chickpeas have cooled.
  • Garlic Powder – Remember that a little goes a long way. 
  • Chili Powder – I use the mild stuff because my two-year-old loves it this way. If you’re looking for more of a kick then level up to the regular or hot varieties.
  • Sea Salt – So important in this recipe! I forgot it once and you could really tell. It brings out all of the other flavors beautifully. You can also add in a bit more after cooking the chickpeas to match your own tastes if you want more.
ingredients for the air fryer chickpea recipe laid out on a cream dish cloth next to some measuring spoons.

How to Make the Recipe

Although this recipe is really simple, there are a few sneaky pro tips for getting the best possible air fryer chickpeas you can.

  • Mix the chickpeas and spices in a bowl, not the air fryer – This is because you don’t want all of the spices falling off the chickpeas and through the bottom of the air fryer. If you mix in a bowl they will stick to the chickpeas and end up with more flavor.
  • Only shake them once when cooking, halfway through – For the same reason above. The less shaking you do the less spice you will lose = yummier chickpeas.
  • Let them cool – They are good when warm, but if you’re after the crunchy, crispy texture then letting them cool is the way to go. They will crisp up nicely if you leave them for around 20-30 minutes.
a bowl of the cooked air fryer chickpe recipe with a copper spoon resting in it

Storage

These crispy chickpeas are great because they last for a good 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Just be aware that they do lose a little of that crunchy texture as time goes on.

This air fryer chickpea recipe is great for batch cooking because they last so long in the fridge and go with so many things. I do a couple of tins of chickpeas at a time and double the recipe below.

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AIR FRYER CHICKPEA RECIPE (no-oil, healthy, vegan)

Snack like a boss… spicy, no fuss chickpeas.
Servings 6 Servings
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tin Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Parsley (dried)
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp Chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas then set them aside while you prepare the spice mix.
    In a medium-sized bowl, add in all of the spices and mix well.
    Add in the chickpeas and stir until they are well coated.
    a bowl of chickpeas that have been stirred into the spice mix, with a wooden spoon in the bowl
  • Put the spice-covered chickpeas into the air fryer. Be a little gentle with them at this stage so as much spice mix stays on them as possible.
    Cook them on a 190°C/370°F setting for ten minutes.
    After this time, give them a good shake and pop them back in the air fryer for a further two minutes.
    the air fryer chickpeas half way through cooking, in the air fryer tray.
  • Take them out and allow them to cool, this makes them crisp up nicely.
    Eat them as a snack, or use them to jazz up your salads, wraps, or pasta dishes.
    a bowl of cooked air fryer chickpeas on a cream cloth
Calories: 48kcal
Course: Side Dish, Salad, Snack, Lunch
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten free, Oil-free, Nut-Free
Keyword: Quick & Easy, Quick Meal, Post Workout, Energy, High Protien, Air Fryer, Healthy, Oil-Free, Batch Cook, Vegan

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