(Air Fryer) Blackened Crispy Chickpeas

Who knew that chickpeas (garbanzo beans) cooked in an air fryer would emerge crisp and make a great tasting, healthy snack! They have a nice bbq flavor with a subtle amount of heat. If you don’t have an air fryer, see prep tips below for how to bake these beans in the oven. Each serving has 104 calories and 3 grams of fat. 
(Air Fryer) Blackened Crispy Chickpeas

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 1½ cups. Makes 6 servings. Each ¼ cup.

Food Facts
Chickpeas are sometimes known as garbanzo beans. 
They are featured extensively in the Mediterranean diet and Middle-Eastern food.

Healthy Benefits
Chickpeas are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Shopping Tips
I love the flavor of smoked paprika so much more than regular paprika! It smells like BBQ flavors and really enhances the flavor of any recipe that uses paprika. I strongly recommend using it in this recipe. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the spice aisle. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

Prep Tips for Baking in Oven

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prep beans in directions above.
2. Spread beans on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 1-Blue
WW SmartPoints 3-Green
WW Points Plus 3
SKINNY FACTS: for ¼ cup serving
104 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat.fat, 4g prot, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 403mg sod, 0g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
20 calories, 0g sat. fat, 0g protein, 0g sugar


(Air Fryer) Blackened Crispy Chickpeas

(Air Fryer) Blackened Crispy Chickpeas

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 104 kcal


Ingredients for Chickpeas:

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried with paper towels
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Ingredients for Seasonings:

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, see shopping tips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne pepper)


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Add dried chickpeas to a bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat. In a small dish, blend seasonings. Add 2 teaspoons to chickpeas and toss well. If you like yours more seasoned, add 1 additional teaspoon.
  • Working in 2 batches, since air frying one batch at a time as to not overcrowd them. Place ½ chickpeas in fry basket and insert into air fryer. Cook until chickpeas are crisp, about 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking. Repeat with each batch until done. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • To store: cool chickpeas in a single layer on paper towels or parchment sheets before storing in an airtight container. Use items like a deli container or mason jar to store in the pantry. These will keep for at least a month.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 403mgFiber: 3gBlue Smart Points: 1Green Smart Points: 3Plus Points: 3
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  1. I want to try these but don’t have an air fryer. Do you have any suggestions for making this recipe in a conventional oven?


  2. Jeanne, I just added to the recipe how to bake these in the oven.
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prep beans in directions above.
    2. Spread beans on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy.

    Have fun!
    My best,

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