Welcome to my Air Fried Chickpeas recipe. A delicious blend of Mediterranean spices, a touch of olive oil and my trusted Air Fryer. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians, healthy eaters, kids and adults alike.
The worst thing about following the Whole30 or the Paleo diet has to be the lack of pulses. I love my beans and my peas. I love how easy they are to cook with and how they make a fine alternative to using pasta or rice in dishes.
I also find that they fill me up for longer, thanks to their fibre content. But the best thing of all about them is that they can bulk up a meal.
You could simply add some chickpeas (or some other peas or beans) to a vegetable dish and suddenly you have a lot more food to go at and it no longer feels like you have a limited supply.
My favourites are chickpeas and black beans. Both of them are very versatile and I can air fry them in a whole range of different dishes. Though I must confess that most of the time it involves burgers!
But what if you used chickpeas properly as an alternative to rice? What if you had it at the bottom of your plate as your fake rice. Then you air fried the chickpeas for this delicious meal?
Air fried chickpeas is just so fast to make (and easy too) that it is truly a case of blink and you will miss it.
You simply cook the chickpeas in your baking pan, inside your Airfryer for 5 minutes to give it a head start. The baking pan is like an oven dish to the Airfryer so they wont make a dreadful mess in the bottom of your Airfryer. This will also harden them up and dry them out, making them like a crunchy alternative to fries.
Then after this add your seasoning to your air fried chickpeas, a little oil and then cook some more.
Then hey presto you have air fried chickpeas of your dreams.
I made mine with a touch of India. That is because I had just been out for a delicious Indian Buffet a week or two before and they had delicious deep fried chickpeas and I wanted to make something a little healthier.
So these Indian Air Fried Chickpeas came out to play instead!
You could of course make them with any of your favourite flavourings. Do a Mediterranean flavour, a spicy one or even with just salt and pepper.
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- Place your chickpeas into a sieve and rinse them with cold water until they are clean and drained.
- Place the chickpeas into the Airfryer baking pan and cook in the Airfryer at 200c/400f for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the Airfryer, add the oil and seasoning, give a good shake and then cook for a further 7 minutes at 200c.
You will need an Airfryer Baking Pan (or similar) to cook your chickpeas in. Otherwise a lot of the chickpeas will fall into the bottom of your Airfryer. I get my tins of chickpeas in a big 520g can.
I used just under half a can and it’s amazing how many it makes. For the best results carry out instruction 1 an hour before cooking them. This will help them dry out more and give a more crispy end result.
I recommend you check out our Air Fryer Accessories to see what accessories you need.
Slimming World Air Fried Chickpeas
These air fried chickpeas are just perfect for Slimming World thanks to how low in Syns they are and how very little olive oil they use. There is just 6 Syns for the olive oil and this works out 1.5 Syns per person.
Or if you’re a calorie counter then they work out at just 260 calories per person.
Though I must admit they did more air fried chickpeas than I originally planned to make and you could divide the chickpeas between 6 of you for a delicious salad topping.
Air Fried Chickpeas Podcast
We also have created a short version of the Air Fried Chickpeas recipe into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.