Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Long time back in one of Rachael Ray’s show I saw her making roasted chickpeas by simply frying canned chickpeas on stove top and she was mentioning that it’s a nice, fat-free and crispy snack. I always thought that chickpeas and green peas were deep fried in oil to get that crunchiness. I didn’t know that toasted chickpeas would be has good as the deep fried ones.

I used to love these while growing up. Fried Chickpeas a.k.a. roasted garbanzo beans was my grandmother’s favorite snack too but we never made it at home.

We always got it from stores. After seeing the show I also wanted to prepare the healthy roasted chickpeas but somehow did not get to it until last week. Instead of sauteeing it in a pan, I decided to roast it in the oven.

Otherwise you would have to stand nearby and keep stirring it. So I went looking for roasted chickpeas recipe. I Googled to see if somebody has already made oven roasted chickpeas and found a lot of results.

Here I thought I was the smart one, with this brilliant idea! So I was going through a lot of those roasted chickpeas recipes and found that the oven temperatures, time to roast were different in each case and the reviews of the result were also mixed.

So, I decided to follow my own method and was really surprised that it worked out very well. My kids generally like cooked chickpeas by itself, but they like these baked/roasted chickpeas no oil even better.

If you are wondering how to roast chickpeas without oil, the recipe is very simple, actually it’s not a recipe at all. You have to just keep in mind the oven temperature and the time to roast it.

The amount of chickpeas you want to roast, the seasonings are truly your call. As mentioned before you can roast it in a frying pan on stove top itself.

So, finally a fat-free, oil free crispy chickpeas crunchy snack. Yes it is! It’s oil-free roasted chickpeas yet with the same taste and texture as deep fried. Who doesn’t like it!

This baked baked chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) is a nice snack by itself or you can use it in your salads instead of bread croutons to get that nice crunchy texture.You can also try using this roasted chick peas recipe with other cooked legumes.

Just be cautious about the oven temperature and time to roast because each legume might need alteration depending on its texture.If roasting is your favorite, then don’t miss this oven roasted cauliflower and baked tofu recipe.

How to bake chickpeas without oil?

Here are the step-by-step instructions on roasting chickpeas without oil.

Canned Garbanzo Beans

1. Take 1 Garbanzo beans can.

Spread them on a baking sheet

2. Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet.

Add Garlic Powder/Herbal Salt

3. Add garlic powder/Herbal salt.

Add Garam Masala

4. Add Garam masala for extra flavors.

Add Chilli Powder

5. Add some Chilli powder as per your taste.

Mix/Spread them well

6. Mix and spread them well. Bake them for about 35-38 mins.

oil free roasted chickpeas

7. Crunchy, guilt-free, fat-free healthy oven-roasted chickpeas is ready!


Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins38 Mins + 10 Mins Cooling5 Servings
Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
4.9 from 10 reviews
Wondering how to make oil free roasted chickpeas? No other recipe can be as simple as this oven roasted chickpeas recipe. Give a crispy makeover to the boring and mushy chickpeas by roasting it in the oven. Even kids would love this crunchy garbanzo bean snack recipe.
  • 3 and 1/2 cups Cooked Chickpeas,
  • As Per Your Taste Red Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder (Optional)
  • As Per Your Taste Salt
Here are the step by step instructions for making roasted chickpeas:

  1. Preheat oven at 425F for 15 minutes.
  2. If using canned chickpeas, open the can, drain it in a colander, rinse it with water. Dab the chickpeas with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Don’t wipe it dry, little moisture is recommended so that the seasonings stick to the chickpeas.
  3. Transfer the chickpeas to a large baking sheet and add the chili powder and garlic powder. I did not use salt because I was using canned chickpeas which has salt in it already. I also read in another place that adding salt initially will not quicken the process of roasting because it will release moisture. So add it after roasting or better cook the chickpeas with little salt if you are not using the canned ones.
  4. Leave it in the oven for 35-38 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If you want crunchy chickpeas roast it for 38 minutes. My husband likes the crunchy-chewy texture, so 35 minutes was perfect. SO I took out some after 35 minutes and roasted the balance for another 3-4 minutes. Again keep in mind that oven temperatures vary, so check yours around 35 minutes first and then decide either to roast it further or not.
  5. After 35 or 38 minutes, switch off the oven and leave the baking tray in the oven itself for another 10 minutes.
  6. Fat free, guilt free roasted chickpeas are ready to be snacked on. It was so crunchy and addictive. We couldn’t stop nibbling on. Anyhow I managed to save some for the next day to see if it remained crunchy even then. I stored these ‘no oil roasted chickpeas‘ in a closed container and left it on the counter. The crunchy ones were perfect the next day too, but the chewy-crunchy ones were bit difficult to chew.
My Notes:
  1. The only thing which I wish I done differently in this roasted chickpeas without oil was lining the baking sheet with aluminum foil. It was very difficult to get rid of the burnt chickpea marks from the sheet. (Update: See the step-by-step pictures above using the aluminum foil on the baking sheet)

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 88
Total Fat 0.7g1%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 259mg11%
Potassium 12mg0%
Total Carb 14.1g5%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5.8g
Vitamin A 0% – Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 1% – Iron 7%
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This recipe has been updated and republished from 2009 archives.

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  1. Kevin

    I tried this out and accidentally took too much water off so my chickpeas were plain. That’s fine since I can eat them out of the can if I wanted to. Thanks for the recipe. This is probably the healthiest snack you can make. In my case it was a meal since I made 2 cans worth!

    • Madhuram

      That’s great! 🙂

      • Kevin

        I tried it again right after posting, and I used 2 cans again. I found that it was successful to pad them dry like I did the first time and then use soy sauce for the moisture for the seasoning to stick onto the bean. It worked out a lot better than the first time!

        • Madhuram

          Interesting idea Kevin!

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  3. Urmi

    Ilike ur muffin recipes and roasted chickpeas it’s amazing
    Thank u

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Urmi.

  4. neeta

    hi madhu,

    did you try this with soaking the chickpeas instead using the canned chana?

  5. Ram

    Hi Madhu,

    Accidentally came across your article. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this at home. On another note, have you tried roasting dry lentils (Toor daal, Channa daal, Urad daal etc) in oven?

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Ram. Do you mean roasting soaked daal? I haven’t tried it.

  6. Gita

    Hi madhu

    I tried this for our weekend snacking. It was great. I made it little bit spicy but the texture was awesome.

    Thanks for the recipe.


    You’re welcome Gita.