Recipe: Fried Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Fried Chickpeas, Courtesy:
Fried Chickpeas, Courtesy:

This is a quick and easy snack recipe that is sure to be a new favorite in your house. Fried chickpeas (also knows as garbanzo beans) are filling and nutritious. Rather than snacking on salty nuts or fatty chips, try this alternative. You can vary the amount of oil and spices to your liking, and you’ll know exactly what you’re eating.

2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 Tbps. extra-virgin olive oil
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained, patted very dry
Kosher salt
2 tsp. finely grated lime zest


  1. Combine paprika and cayenne in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Working in two batches, add chickpeas to skillet and sauté, stirring frequently, until golden and crispy, 15–20 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chickpeas to paper towels to drain briefly.
  5. Place chickpeas in a medium bowl. Sprinkle paprika mixture over; toss to coat.
  6. Season to taste with salt.
  7. Toss with lime zest and serve.

 Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  •  Next time, I would use a bit less oil, as these seemed to be a bit greasy, although they tasted great.
  • For best results, thoroughly pat dray the chickpeas before heating them.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Source:, originally from Bon Appetit, October, 2011 by The Bon Appetit Kitchen



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