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. RedChillies

    Thanks for the recipe. I tried this on Sunday and we loved it. I have posted it on my blog for T&T.

    You’re welcome RC.

  2. Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas/ Garbanzo Beans (for T&T)

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  3. Sonal

    Madhu, I tried this and all my american coworkers are loving it. I am eating it while typing this. 🙂

    Thanks Sonal.

  4. Kirby!

    I love roasted chickpeas! I like them with garam masala… they’re like chewy little hummus balls!

  5. Charu


    I tried this today and it was fabulous! Thanks for this healthy and yummy snack. My husband is a garbanzo/protein freak and he loved it too. 🙂

    Charu, thanks for the feedback. I’m glad both of you liked the roasted chickpeas.

  6. bee

    i tried this once, yummy. thanks for the reminder.

  7. ms

    Hi madhuram
    what a nice and healthy entry for JFI Chickpea! Thank you very much for this entry.

  8. Purnima

    Madhu, wonderful snack here, read very carefully ..shall atempt this. Tks again..(shall surely use a foil on my tray 🙂 )

  9. sangeeth

    hey madhu super idea…I’ll surely try it asap…luv chickpeas 🙂

  10. 9to5to9

    What a great idea! I love that the roasting instead of deep-frying makes this a much more healthful snack. And one of my sons — the one who will actually eat hummus — will love it, too. I’m definitely going to try this.

  11. Srivalli

    that was great madhu..will surely try this..thanks for the entry!

  12. anudivya

    Made it and have been snacking on it all day today! Loved it Madhuram… Thanks! 😀

    That was very quick Anu. Thank you very much for the feedback.

  13. Bharti

    I’ve been meaning to try this out. Oven toasting is a great idea.

  14. Happy Cook

    Wow after all the parties it isnice to know about a sncak like this which is healthy and delicious.

  15. Vidya

    I have not tried this yet either. Looks good and the procedure is really simple and it’s healthy too 🙂

  16. Sunshinemom

    I saw this too on some other blog but haven’t tried it as yet. Looks good and I like the fact that it is healthy! Egg replacers this time for the event makes it all the more difficult!

  17. Sandhiya

    That’s one good idea of having healthy snack…It does look like UppuKadalai available on the street shop…Nice Entry

  18. jayasree

    Thats one healthy snack. I am going to try it soon. Thanks for all the little notes you have added.

    Noticed the change in header. (Am I too late???) Its looking nice.

  19. anudivya

    This is brilliant. I am a garbanzo fanatic and can eat it any way I can… I so love them crispy, but always thought it would burst open if I baked them.
    This is my weekend snack, meaning tomorrow. Thanks so much!

    You’re welcome Anu. Some of the beans do burst open.

  20. PG

    that#s a wonderful idea. Will try it for sunny boy too. But, Nowthat you write about it, try sprouting black chickpea or also the regular garbanzo beans and then you only need to either microwave it or bake in the oven like above. Cooking won’t be required. I used to do it…uhh…I don’t even remember when…:D it was before sunny boy was born, but I made it quite often. Have to start it again.

  21. Priya

    WOw this is one of my fav snacks..oven fried chickpeas looks too prefectly as they r deep fried..

  22. Sweatha

    Lovely and healthy.I make with soybeans,never tried chickpeas.I too love them.yum 😛

  23. ambika

    me too madhu i have made them before and loved just salted one. i too got this from salt roasted snacks which i used to buy from a snack shop near my house..But havent tried with chilli powder…will try this soon

  24. Asha

    Looks incredibly delicious. I used to eat brown channa roasted like these. great snack for winter! :))

    Happy new year.

  25. Cilantro

    I have made them before. Love them with just salt and pepper or chilli powder. I got the idea from Costco`s soy beans.

    I have also made with soy beans and mung beans before. But the difference is, I did not cook the beans earlier. I simply soaked the soy and mung beans and roasted them.