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Vegan Air Fryer Chickpeas - Crispy & Spicy

Learn how to make crispy Chickpeas in air fryer - a perfect guilt-free snack. Mealthy crisp lid and oven bake instructions are also given in the recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickpeas curry, crispy chickpeas, Mealthy Crisp Lid, spicy chickpeas recipe, Vegan Air Fryer Chickpeas
Servings: 4
Author: simplyvegetarian777

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Kitchen Colander

Ingredients

  • 1 can of 15.5 ounce Chickpeas low sodium or no salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Few Sprays of Cooking Oil or Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Drain the chickpeas in a colander from the can and wash them under running water. Keep them aside for a few minutes till water is drained completely.
  • Place the Air-Fryer on the Kitchen counter. Plug it in. Spread out the Chickpeas on the Air fryer basket. Place it inside the air-fryer.
  • Set the temperature at 390*F/200*C for 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the seasoning of cayenne pepper, cumin powder, granulated salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • After 5-7 minutes, take out the basket. The chickpeas are somewhat dry at this point. Spray the chickpeas with oil using either a Pam Spray or Oil Spraying Bottle. And sprinkle 1/3rd of the seasoning on it. Stir with a spoon. Place the basket back in the air-fryer. Take out the basket every 5 minutes and give a good shake. 
  • It should take somewhere from 15-20 minutes for Chickpeas to crisp up. It depends upon the outside weather and the kind of chickpeas you have used as well. Check at 15 minutes for the doneness. Mine were super crisp at 20 minutes exact. Therefore keep an eye.
  • Once these are crisp to your desired liking, take these out and toss them with the rest of the seasoning. You may adjust the spice and salt level to your personal liking too.

Making Crispy Chickpeas in Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid & Mealthy CrispLid - Watch the full video in the post for detailed instructions.

  • Place the 6 quarts Instant Pot on the kitchen counter and place the inner pot inside. Now place the trivet and basket inside the Inner pot.
    how to make Crispy Chickpeas in Mealthy Crisp Lid
  • Spread out the drained chickpeas on the basket evenly. Place the Air fryer lid or Mealthy CrispLid on top of your Instant Pot and plug it in. Set the handle of the Crisp Lid down in order to start it. If the handle is up straight, it won't start.
    What is Mealthy Crisp Lid?
  • Set the temperature to 400*F/200*C and timer to 20 minutes. Watch the video.
  • After 5-7 minutes, remove the lid and place it on its silicon mat. The chickpeas are somewhat dry at this point. Spray the chickpeas with oil using either a Pam Spray or Oil Spraying Bottle. And sprinkle 1/3rd of the seasoning on it. Stir with a spoon. Place the lid back on top of the instant pot. Remove the lid every 5 minutes and stir with a spoon. 
  • This should be done in 15-20 minutes depending upon the kind/brand of chickpeas used. Check at 15 minutes for the crispness. Mine were almost done at 15 minutes. For the last 3 minutes, I increased the temperature of the Mealthy Crisp Lid to 425*F for that perfect crispness.
  • Once done, take them out in a bowl and season with the rest of the seasoning. You may adjust the salt and spice to your liking.

Crispy Chickpeas in the Oven

  • Preheat the oven at 400*F/200*C. Spread out the drained chickpeas on a cookie baking tray. Bake them in the oven for about 5-7 minutes. Take out the tray, spray with some oil and sprinkle some seasoning. Toss well. Spread it out again evenly. Bake for about 25-30 minutes in total till they are done crispy to your liking.

Seasoning Options

  • 1. I have used Cayenne & Cumin to season mine. Other options are -
  • 2. Use Jerk Seasoning
  • 3. Cool Ranch seasoning
  • 4. Lime & Honey
  • 5. Spicy Buffalo
  • 6. Indian Curry Seasoning and so much more

How to Store Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas?

  • Once at the room temperature, store them in an airtight container in the pantry. They survive well in a closed container.

How to Use Crispy Chickpeas in a Recipe

  • 1. Eat these as a protein and fiber-rich snack.
  • 2. Top your salads with these to add more textures.
  • 3. Add some onions, tomatoes and a dash of lime to these and your delicious mini salad is ready.
  • 4. Take them as a hostess gift to a party.

Can I double the recipe?

  • Yes, you can. If you have a small air fryer, you might have to make it in 2 batches. For a larger air fryer, you probably can make it in 1 go.
  • You can do the double batch in 1 go in a Mealthy Crisp Lid and Oven.

Can I make these Crispy Chickpeas in Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid or Vortex?

  • Yes you can. Spread out the Chickpeas on the Air fryer basket. Set the temperature at 390*F/200*C for 20 minutes. Prepare the seasoning of cayenne peppercumin powdergranulated salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • After 5-7 minutes, take out the basket. The chickpeas are somewhat dry at this point. Spray the chickpeas with oil using either a Pam Spray or Oil Spraying Bottle. And sprinkle 1/3rd of the seasoning on it. Stir with a spoon. Place the basket back in the air-fryer. Take out the basket every 5 minutes and give a good shake. 
  • It should take somewhere from 15-20 minutes for Chickpeas to crisp up. It depends upon the outside weather and the kind of chickpeas you have used as well. Check at 15 minutes for the doneness. Mine were super crisp at 20 minutes exact. Therefore keep an eye.
  • Once these are crisp to your desired liking, take these out and toss them with the rest of the seasoning. You may adjust the spice and salt level to your personal liking too.

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