Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy roasted chickpeas are crunchy, healthy, and delicious. This healthy treat is oven-roasted with herbs and oil, creating a crunchy texture and flavor. Crispy chickpeas add essential fiber and protein to your diet.

Roasted chickpeas are in a bowl with a measuring spoon of spices beside it. There are more roasted chickpeas on a pan in the background.

I can’t believe I’m sharing a recipe for spicy roasted chickpeas (also referred to as roasted garbanzo beans). Because when I was a kid, I hated chickpeas. Now I’m a complete convert. In fact, I have so many recipes that use chickpeas. Everything from Green Monster Hummus to Blondies, to Veggie Burgers. When I’m in, I’m all in!

When I was a kid, I believe we called these white legumes by their other name, garbanzo beans. Now it’s cooler to call them chickpeas.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Patting drained chickpeas until dry helps make the perfect crunchy texture after baking
  • Drizzling olive oil over patted-dry chickpeas helps the seasoning to adhere to the chickpeas
  • Baking the chickpeas to perfection creates a crunchy texture and infuses them with delicious seasonings.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Chickpeas — You’ll need a 15-ounce can of chickpeas.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Seasoning — You can use Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning or substitute chili powder, smoked paprika, ground turmeric, and cumin.

How to Make Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Baked Chickpea snacks are a favorite because they’re easy to make and delicious. I love sharing with you how to make roasted chickpeas because it takes only a few steps. Let’s get started:

  1. Spread the chickpeas out on a paper towel and pat dry.
  2. Coat chickpeas with oil and place the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chickpeas are crispy on the outside.
  4. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and add spices.
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions:

Step One: Drain and Dry Chickpeas

Start with a can of chickpeas. I use regular garbanzo beans, but you can also use the low sodium variety.

Drain the chickpeas and transfer them to a kitchen towel or paper towels and pat them dry. Alternatively, let them sit out for several minutes to air dry.

Step Two: Add Oil & Spices

Pour olive oil into a bowl and add the chickpeas. Stir until all the chickpeas are coated.

Combine the spices together in a bowl and sprinkle them over the chickpeas. Give them a quick stir to coat, then transfer them to a pan lined with parchment paper.

A hand pours spices over chickpeas in a bowl.

I love using Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning, but you can also make your own by combining the following: chili powder, smoked paprika, turmeric, and cumin.

Step Three: Bake

Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for around 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Storage Tips

Store toasted chickpeas in a sealed container in the fridge. You should reheat them in a toaster oven or oven to restore their crispiness.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are in a bowl with a measuring spoon of spices beside it.

Marly’s Tips

  • You could go the extra mile and remove the chickpea skins when you’re patting them dry
  • Be sure each of the chickpeas is coated in oil before baking
  • You can bake these a little longer for an even crispier, crunchy chickpeas snack
  • Add more or less spice based on your preferences
  • Make a double batch of this oven-roasted chickpeas snack and take them as an appetizer to a party, or just have them on hand as a healthy snack at home.
  • Looking for a different way to make your roasted chickpeas? Try using an air fryer! Yes, Air Fryer Chickpeas are a thing and they’re nothing short of amazing!

Plant-Based Appetizers

These spicy roasted chickpeas are amazing. If you want eve more tasty, plant-based appetizers, here are some favorites!

Two hands hold a bowl full of roasted chickpeas.

That’s it for these spicy roasted chickpeas. Enjoy!

A bowl is full of roasted chickpeas with a teaspoon of seasoning beside it.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Enjoy these spicy roasted chickpeas as a nutritious and crunchy snack. Make your own homemade spices or use my trick of buying a perfect seasoning mix.
5 from 6 votes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 113kcal


  • 15- ounce can Chickpeas
  • 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Easy Version: 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning or your choice of seasonings described above
  • Scratch Version: 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon turmeric, and ¼ teaspoon cumin


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F/204°C. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Drain the chickpeas in a strainer, shaking it to remove excess water. Spread the chickpeas out on a paper towel and pat dry. You can also just let them sit out for a few minutes to air dry.
  • Pour the olive oil into a bowl and add the chickpeas. Stir until each chickpea is coated with oil.
  • Easy Version: Sprinkle Mrs. Dash seasoning over the chickpeas. Stir until thoroughly coated.
  • Scratch Version: combine the spices in a bowl. Sprinkle over chickpeas, stirring until each is thoroughly coated.
  • Pour chickpeas on the prepared pan, spreading them out so they're not touching. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chickpeas are crispy on the outside.
  • Remove the chickpeas from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before adding salt and pepper to taste.

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Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2011 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

26 Responses to Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlysusan Reply

    yum! I recently ate fried chickpeas at a restaurant and I have not stopped thinking about them. I am going to get these in the oven a.s.a.p.!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJeanette Reply

    I love roasted chickpeas, what a great snack, the spicier the better!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyFeast on the Cheap Reply

    Mmm, I’d sprinkle mine with Old Bay…

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMelanie Reply

    This looks delicious! Only, as a Forrest Gump freak, I feel obligated to say this. It was Bubba, not Forrest, who was obsessed with shrimp (if that’s what you’re referencing). Haha this really isn’t that important though

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It’s a great point to make because I would much rather be the Bubba of Chickpeas! It has a much better ring to it, don’t you think? Thanks for setting me straight!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCookin' Canuck Reply

    Roasted chickpeas are a wonderful snack. I like to use a mixture of rosemary, brown sugar & cayenne pepper.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlison @ingredients, Inc. Reply

    love these!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmanda @ Easy Peasy Organic Reply

    What an awesome snack for my little one. Minus the chipotle …

    Mmmmmmm ….

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyArudhi@Aboxofkitchen Reply

    5 stars
    Now I know what to do with the chickpeas other than using them for salad. Thanks! The roasted peas look very appealing!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTrudy ~ Veggie num num Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more, I could eat chickpeas in just about everything!! I LOVE them!! And these roast chickpeas look so golden & delish!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJason Reply

    You hated chickpeas for the same reason I did. Because the only chickpeas anyone ever served came from a can, and were cold, slimy, grainy in texture, and over-salted.

    It was a revelation the first time I first had them fresh. Like lentils.

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