Today I’m sharing a recipe for air fried chickpeas. These garbanzo beans are seasoned with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes, granulated onion (like onion powder but less powdery), and a pinch of salt. Vegan & gluten-free.
It doesn’t appear that my air fryer is going to lose its spot on the counter anytime soon.
Yes, it’s a bit on the large side. But since I’m using it multiple times a day, there’s really no reason to tote it around the house or find a cupboard where I can hide it.
(What is an air fryer? It’s an appliance for the countertop that cooks by circulating hot air around food. You can find lots of vegan air fryer recipes <– here.)
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a stream of tasty treats.
I’ve made some straight-from-the freezer products, and revisited old homemade favorites in a new way.
Take roasted chickpeas. They have been one of my regular, go-to snacks for about 10 years, the entire time I’ve been vegan.
Ways to use fried chickpeas
They’re great right out of a bowl by the handful, like a beany alternative to popcorn.
They’re also wonderful as a topper on things like salad. I served them here with stuffed grape leaves, a romaine lettuce salad, and creamy cashew dressing.
For most of the time I’ve been making roasted chickpeas, it’s been in the oven on a sheet of parchment paper. (You can find that recipe here.)
Now that old favorite is moving to the air fryer.
Cut cooking time with the air fryer
In the air fryer, the chickpeas don’t require drying ahead of time since I’m putting them into an appliance that blows hot air all around them.
(Although, if you’d prefer, you certainly can dry them off with a towel first. No harm in that.)
They also cook more quickly than they do in the oven. Plus, no preheating is required.
The air fried chickpeas get a nice crackling crunch on the outside, while still being creamy on the inside.
If you prefer a crunchier chickpea that’s more akin to a corn nut, you’ll want to cook them a little longer. Just keep an eye on them, so that they don’t burn.
Fried chickpeas in the air fryer
- Put the drained chickpeas into the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer for 400 degrees and 12 minutes.
- Cook the plain chickpeas for the first 5 minutes. This will dry them out.
- Then open the basket, spritz the chickpeas with oil, give a shake, and spritz them again. Sprinkle on nutritional yeast flakes, granulated onion, and a pinch of salt.
- Return the basket to the air fryer and cook for the remaining 7 minutes.
- Test a chickpea to see if it's done enough for you. Depending on your air fryer, the dampness of your chickpeas, and your personal preferences, you may want to cook them an additional 3 to 5 minutes. If desired, add another pinch of salt before serving.