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Fried chickpeas in the air fryer

These "fried" chickpeas are a wonderful salad topping or snack in their own right. When you are bored of popcorn, give chickpeas a whirl instead. Or use them as a salad topper! Makes about 1 1/2 cups of fried chickpeas.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: air fryer recipe, gluten free, salad topping
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson



  • 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 softness 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.


Chickpeas vary in softness. Homemade chickpeas will vary depending on how long they cooked, and canned chickpeas vary by brand. Softer chickpeas will take longer to get crispy, while firmer chickpeas will take less time.
I've found that Trader Joe's brand of chickpeas are on the firm side, and they will be quite crispy in the listed amount of time in this recipe. While Field Day brand is on the softer side, and they will be crisp on the outside & creamy on the inside in the listed time. Be sure to check the chickpeas as they're close to being done, so that you can get just the right amount of crispiness to suit your preferences.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.8mg