Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I can’t believe I’m sharing a recipe for Spicy Roasted Chickpeas. Because when I was a kid I hated chickpeas. I believe we called them by their alternate name, garbanzo beans. Either way, I thought they looked absolutely gross. To be completely honest, I thought they were something only old women liked because that’s the only people I would see eating them, usually adding them on top of their salads.

I don’t know what this means for me today, because now I love them. I feel like Forrest Gump of the chickpea. I like ’em in a veggie burger. I eat them in hummus and gravy. Heck, I even make a faux “tuna” salad with them. I could write a cookbook on a 100 things to do with chickpeas.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, a tasty vegan treat

Today’s recipe is one of my favorites because it’s so easy and so delicious. My daughter and her friends love these bite-size morsels. You could make a double batch and take them as an appetizer to a party, or just have them on hand as a healthy snack at home.

Roasted Chickpeas are also versatile. You can use chipotle seasoning for a spicy flair, garlic and rosemary for an Italian flavor, sprinkled curry for an Indian spice-infused treat, or even try some sage/thyme to give them a good old home cooking kind of feel.

100 Things to do with Chickpeas, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas.

Loaded with protein and fiber and lots of other good nutrients, chickpeas are something you can feel great about serving to your family any time. Who knows, if I could have tried this recipe I might have even liked chickpeas when I was a kid. Move over old ladies; chickpeas are now a treat for the whole family.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 -4


  • 15-ounce can Chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning (or your choice of seasonings described above)


  1. Heat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Drain the chickpeas and let them sit in cool water for a minute or so to release some of the sodium (That's a tip I read in Jane Brody's Good Food Book).
  3. Place chickpeas in a strainer to drain. Give that strainer a good shake to remove excess water. Spread the chickpeas out on your pan. You can either dry the chickpeas with a paper towel, or go the low-tech route and let them sit for a few minutes to dry out. I always have a million things going on so letting them sit while I do other things is my preferred method.
  4. Here's where it gets fun. Sprinkle the chickpeas with the olive oil and toss them around a bit so that they're all thoroughly coated. I happened to have some olive oil cooking spray so I used some of that as well.
  5. Place the pan in the heated oven and roast the chickpeas for 40 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and spices.

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Posted 5 years ago by Marly on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 · Permalink

24 Responses to Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

  1. You hated chickpeas for the same reason I did. Because the only chickpeas anyone ever served came from a can, and were cold, slimy, grainy in texture, and over-salted.

    It was a revelation the first time I first had them fresh. Like lentils.

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more, I could eat chickpeas in just about everything!! I LOVE them!! And these roast chickpeas look so golden & delish!

  3. Now I know what to do with the chickpeas other than using them for salad. Thanks! The roasted peas look very appealing!

  4. What an awesome snack for my little one. Minus the chipotle …

    Mmmmmmm ….

  5. love these!

  6. Roasted chickpeas are a wonderful snack. I like to use a mixture of rosemary, brown sugar & cayenne pepper.

  7. This looks delicious! Only, as a Forrest Gump freak, I feel obligated to say this. It was Bubba, not Forrest, who was obsessed with shrimp (if that’s what you’re referencing). Haha this really isn’t that important though

    • It’s a great point to make because I would much rather be the Bubba of Chickpeas! It has a much better ring to it, don’t you think? Thanks for setting me straight!

  8. Mmm, I’d sprinkle mine with Old Bay…

  9. I love roasted chickpeas, what a great snack, the spicier the better!

  10. yum! I recently ate fried chickpeas at a restaurant and I have not stopped thinking about them. I am going to get these in the oven a.s.a.p.!

  11. I was looking for inspiration for a party I’m going to this evening and kaboosh here it is! Thanks Marly x

  12. I am in agreement in every way with the chickpeas. But since I have found several delicious ways to use them, I now crave them! I love the spicy chickpeas to add into salads now and other veggie dishes. They are simply
    delish! Please do share your other favorite ways to use them as they are
    such a healthful bean. And who knew they could be so versatile from the
    ole hummus dips.

    • They are so easy to work with! What a great idea to add these spicy chickpeas to salads. I’ll be adding more of my favorites soon!

  13. I make these all the time! but I haven’t done chipotle, I usually use chili powder.

  14. I’ve loved chickpeas ever since I fell in love with falafel. :) I actually just roasted a can of chickpeas now per your instructions, but a lot of them came out extremely hard and crunchy, like the consistency of popping a bunch of unpopped corn kernels in your mouth. Some of them were soft. Are they supposed to be hard and crunchy or is my oven on the fritz?

    Thanks, and either way I love the idea of chickpeas as a quick snack!

    • Well, you could bake them longer if you wanted them to be a bit crunchier. I usually have one or two crunchy chickpeas in a batch, but for the most part they’ve got a crusty edge to them but still tender on the inside.

  15. Marley, these chickpeas would be perfect for the appetizer portion of the Get Grillin’ event I am hosting with Cookin’ Canuck. Please submit this and any two others if you wish :)

  16. Michelle

    These are the perfect thing to make for today’s 4th of July BBQ! I too am vegan and try to bring along a few different items so I can eat and share my vegan lifestyle!

    Thank you!

  17. I made these last night minus the oil. They were fantastic ~ a new movie night snack! Thank you for this recipe!

    • That is a great idea to make these for a movie night snack! They’re probably even better for you than popcorn. OK. Bring on the movie nights and Roasted Chickpeas! Thanks, Lisa!

  18. at a Greek Kabob restaurant I was severed humus I fell in love. I liked chickpeas in a 3 bean salad my father in law liked. I would eat them on a salad at a restaurant. My daughter in law will love this reccipe too.

  19. I’ve always hated chickpeas for the same reason I hate raw bananas: the gummy pastey texture. And fal-awful – yuck. Just yuck! At the same time, I know about all the nutritional goodness and health benefits of chickpeas and wish they weren’t so icky. Since it’s the texture of raw chickpeas that triggers my gag reflex, I’m wondering if I can get past that with this recipe in the same way as I can with say, banana bread. I’m willing to give it a try. Wish me luck! :)

    • They are pretty good when they’re roasted like this. I hope you like them!