Crispy chickpeas - help needed!

claireychn074
claireychn074 Posts: 793 Member
Okay how do you guys get your chickpeas crispy? I’ve tried a few recipes to bake them in the oven, with coatings and without, and I can either get them burnt (which I guess is crispy, but just not tasty) or soggy. I’ve had them in cafes and I love them but I cannot get them right at home.

Any recipes and cooking advice?

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  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 40,858 Member
    My wife makes them in the air-fryer. She uses this recipe I believe...

    https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/crispy-air-fryer-chickpeas/
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 793 Member
    Should have said - I don’t have an air fryer! I’ll have a look at the recipe though 👍
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 40,858 Member
    Should have said - I don’t have an air fryer! I’ll have a look at the recipe though 👍

    She could never get them right in the oven. We just bought an air-fryer a couple of weeks ago...I was pretty skeptical, but it's actually been a really awesome appliance. "Fish fry" and chicken thighs rock on that thing. Did a bunch of green beans in it last night with our steak and they came out awesome and way faster than oven roasting.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 24,732 Member
    I made some in the oven that came out OK. It's been a while, but I think it was this recipe:

    https://www.theleangreenbean.com/how-to-roast-chickpeas/

    They weren't crispy to the point of dry like the commercial ones, but they were definitely crispy and not burned.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 24,732 Member
    I made some in the oven that came out OK. It's been a while, but I think it was this recipe:

    https://www.theleangreenbean.com/how-to-roast-chickpeas/

    They weren't crispy to the point of dry like the commercial ones, but they were definitely crispy and not burned.
  • Susanna527
    Susanna527 Posts: 353 Member
    I could never get them quite right in the oven - best luck I had was with an air-fryer, which I wound up giving away. I've been thinking of attempting them again and think this time I will start off with a sheet pan that's been put into the oven to get hot first and definitely coat the chickpeas with a tiny bit of oil to help get them crispy. Good luck!
  • perryc05
    perryc05 Posts: 134 Member
    edited May 28
    If you have access to an Indian grocery store you could ask if they have ready made roasted chickpeas. I purchase these ones and they can be tossed with a dash of oil and various seasonings and quickly heated without all the hassle of cooking the tinned ones:
    https://floraindiangroceries.com.au/products/maharajas-choice-roasted-chickpeas-with-skin-salted-500g
    These are a super overpriced online example but I buy them at my local Indian grocery for not very much.
    They taste a bit like peanuts and are also good scattered on salads as is.
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 793 Member
    perryc05 wrote: »
    If you have access to an Indian grocery store you could ask if they have ready made roasted chickpeas. I purchase these ones and they can be tossed with a dash of oil and various seasonings and quickly heated without all the hassle of cooking the tinned ones:
    https://floraindiangroceries.com.au/products/maharajas-choice-roasted-chickpeas-with-skin-salted-500g
    These are a super overpriced online example but I buy them at my local Indian grocery for not very much.
    They taste a bit like peanuts and are also good scattered on salads as is.

    That sounds fabulous but sadly I live in a semi-rural area in England. The most exotic food store I have is a co-op which sells milk, bread and Haribo 🤣 I’ll have a look online though - good idea so thanks!
  • avatiach
    avatiach Posts: 163 Member
    I spray them with oil. Add salt and cumin and maybe onion powder. Shake them every five-ten minutes. Hot oven. Baking sheet.
  • COGypsy
    COGypsy Posts: 751 Member
    Whether I use the air fryer or the oven, I've found the chickpeas need to be really, really dry outside before tossing in some oil and seasonings. I drain and rinse the chickpeas and then lay them in a single layer on a clean kitchen towel and walk away. From time to time, I place a paper towel over the top of them and roll them around with the palm of my hand. It's one of those things where I lay out the chickpeas in the middle of the afternoon and do the roasting when I start putting dinner together.
  • Xellercin
    Xellercin Posts: 769 Member
    edited May 31
    I dry them in the oven at low heat first, then toss them in oil and roast them.

    ETA: I found this recipe that explains the steps. If you don't dry them and cool them first, they'll never be crispy because they're wet.

    https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/246372/perfectly-dry-roasted-chickpeas/
  • royekd
    royekd Posts: 1 Member
    Try rubbing them in a dish towel to remove the exterior "skin" on the beans before cooking. It really helps them get crisp.
  • sduran2
    sduran2 Posts: 1 Member
    Microwave the chickpeas for 10 minutes to burst them open and release the interior moisture. Then bake at 350F for 20+/- minutes to your doneness. Credit given to America's Test Kitchen for their suggestion. I have prepared chickpeas using this method and agree this is the best method. Results were light and crunchy chickpeas :-)