How to Make Crispy Rosemary Chickpeas

Updated on January 6, 2018
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Crispy rosemary chickpeas? Such a great snack! Toasty, rosemary scented chickpeas are crispy, nutty, buttery and delicious. Eat them as they are, or throw them in a salad for a flavor and protein boost!
Crispy rosemary chickpeas? Such a great snack! Toasty, rosemary scented chickpeas are crispy, nutty, buttery and delicious. Eat them as they are, or throw them in a salad for a flavor and protein boost!

We love chickpeas, which are also known as garbanzo beans. They have a nutty, buttery taste and texture, especially when toasted.

I've been moving my family away from packaged food as much as possible, including limiting (or forbidding!) all commercial snack foods. This doesn't mean kids don't want to snack though. So I'm on the hunt for delicious, satisfying homemade treats.

This recipe for crispy rosemary chickpeas is everything I want. The kids get something delicious and I know they're eating a much more nutritious food. Winner-winner! Especially since this is inexpensive and lightning fast to make. It can't get any better than that!

Try it yourself - you'll have a great recipe you'll feel good about eating or giving your family, and they'll love eating it!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, dried
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas. Try to get them as dry as possible. I like to spread them out on a plate and pat them with a paper towel. The drying is important - the less moisture, the crispier the chickpeas will get. If you leave the water on them they'll simply steam in the pan, so don't skip that step.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet (I love cast iron) over medium-high heat. Let the oil heat until it shimmers or 'smiles' when the pan is tilted. The higher heat will also help crispy the exterior of the chickpeas.
  3. Toss in the salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder and cayenne. Stir the chickpeas to get them well coated with the seasonings, then let them sit as they crisp up. Cook them about 10 minutes or so - you're looking for a deep, golden brown. That's it!
  4. Use the crispy chickpeas as they are as a great snack. Or you can add them to any number of green salads for an extra hit of protein, flavor and texture.

Heat Olive Oil

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Sometimes this is referred to as the oil 'smiling' which I rather like. Happy oil! But that happy oil will create a crispy snack that you'll adore.
Heat the olive oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Sometimes this is referred to as the oil 'smiling' which I rather like. Happy oil! But that happy oil will create a crispy snack that you'll adore.

Drain, Rinse and Pat Dry

I use canned chickpeas - also sold as garbanzo beans. Drain them, rinse them and take a moment to dry them. The drier they are before cooking, the crispier they'll get. Wet ones will simply steam.
I use canned chickpeas - also sold as garbanzo beans. Drain them, rinse them and take a moment to dry them. The drier they are before cooking, the crispier they'll get. Wet ones will simply steam.

Add the Seasonings

Go ahead and toss on the seasonings. They'll adhere to the chickpeas because of the oil, but they'll also toast themselves. The rosemary especially will become fragrant as it 'blooms' in the hot oil.
Go ahead and toss on the seasonings. They'll adhere to the chickpeas because of the oil, but they'll also toast themselves. The rosemary especially will become fragrant as it 'blooms' in the hot oil.

Cook Until Golden Brown

Cook the chickpeas until they reach golden brown - a nice rich color. Get them as dark as you like without letting them scorch. Color here means flavor!
Cook the chickpeas until they reach golden brown - a nice rich color. Get them as dark as you like without letting them scorch. Color here means flavor!

A Perfect Snack

A perfect little snack you'll feel good about, and which is good for you! Crispy rosemary chickpeas are everything you should be eating. Try them straight or in a salad - you'll be hooked.
A perfect little snack you'll feel good about, and which is good for you! Crispy rosemary chickpeas are everything you should be eating. Try them straight or in a salad - you'll be hooked.

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