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Spicy Chickpea Snack

What you need: 

2-4 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon Cajun spice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pour oil into baking pan, add spices, mix well.
2. Add chickpeas and mix until well coated.
3. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until crunchy. Stir once half way. Enjoy cold or hot.
I like to eat these instead of chips or other junk while I watch a movie.

Preparation Time: 
3 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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These were awesome!
I almost got them confused with cat food though! Oops!

Ha ha!  The other day I caught one of my cats biting on one that had fallen! :)

I really do love these chick peas as a snack, they've become a staple food in my diet; I've been roasting them on a weekly basis, sometimes two or three times a week (probably one of the reasons my furball found one on the ground ::) ) 

There are so many tasty variations possible, in terms of spices and oils...  A little vinegar is ok sometimes too, I prefer oil.  If I happen to over-bake them and they're too dry, I make a sauce for them and mix them in.  Yum!  Now I want some tonight.  If you haven't tried these, go for it!

I wonder about roasting other tasties, like peas....


Awesome! I added cayenne pepper for an extra kick, and omitted the salt since my chili powder and cajun seasoning already have salt.  Very addicting!  ;)


I tried making these without oil in my toaster oven and they came out just fine except that the spice didn't stick too well. So my guess is that the oil helps the seasoning stay on the chickpeas. Otherwise, these were perfect. I used dried and pressure cooked chickpeas and spiced them with garam masala, chili powder and salt. I did another batch with cinnamon and sugar and those were great too. In order to get even cooking, you really need to stir the chickpeas around about every 10 min.


A friend of mine made some at some point and I really liked them. Your recipe just reminded me of it.  :) Now, I know what to bring to work to munch on, because let's face it. The vending machines at work don't give us employees too much choice. Awesome recipe!


I made these tonite as a snack to take for the weekend.  They are great.  I omitted the salt and baked them for an hour.  Our 19 month old liked them as well.  Thanks! ;)b


These were so good. I used lemon pepper, oregano, and garlic powder. They were in the oven for about 45 minutes and then my friend and I ate them all in one go.


what would be the outcome of these if i completely nixed the oil? I want to make these for my sister who is trying not to ingest any added oils.

my guess is they'd burn and shrivel if there's not at least a little oil. there doesn't have to be a lot, just enough to give them a light coating should do the trick. maybe try one of those oil sprays?


If I had to describe these in one word I would say they are addictive. I too had a hard time stopping myself from eating them all!



Delicious. I made one can worth. I ate them all...Couldn't stop myself. 


I tried doubling the recipe and cooking for twice as long... they didn't get very crunchy.  The burnt ones were the only crunchy ones.  I guess it probably works better with one can of chickpeas.  I covered them with foil and ate them at work the next day and they were moist... maybe the water vapor from covering them.

Anyway, is there a trick to making them more crunchy?  You are supposed to use soaked beans out of a can, right?

if you are using canned beans, esp, make sure that you rinse them and dry them well, with a towel. i usually spray mine w/ a little oil spray so its just a small coating, to get the spices to adhere.
if you are doubling the recipe, make sure that you have enough room on your baking need to allow them to spread out so they bake and dont steam in the oven.
i have also baked mine at 400 degrees for about 40 mins, stirring once or twice. and try letting them cool before putting them in an airtight container. hopefully it will help!



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