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Crispy Chickpeas in Air Fryer

by Karly

The air fryer is a great way to make CRISPY CHICKPEAS! Crispy, crunchy, and seasoned with a chili lime blend. The perfect snack!

close up of chickpeas in a clear glass bowl

Chickpeas are a wonderful marvel of the food world. They are the foundation of some famous world wide foods such as hummus and falafel. (Speaking of falafel – I have an air fryer version of that too!)

They can be made to have a number of different flavors and textures depending on the type of chickpea, or garbanzo bean, that you purchase and how you cook it.

The other thing is they are a healthy food option. So anytime you can have something that is healthy, and also tastes good it is an important recipe to keep close!

My preferred way to indulge in them is to use canned beans, as they are easiest to cook, and use the air fryer make them crispy. I add a little lime zest and some spice for a bit of a flavor enhancement.

Close up of cooked chickpeas in a glass bowl next to a sliced lime.

How to cook chickpeas in an air fryer:

  • Heat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. If you go higher, too many of your chickpeas will explode. As cool as that sounds, it hurts the texture of your servings. Don’t cheat on this portion of the recipe.
  • Drain, rinse, and pat dry the canned chickpeas. This does two things. First it removes excess sodium. Second it helps improve the texture making them a little bit crispier.
overhead view of separated chickpea ingredients
  • Add the beans to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with salt, chili powder, cayenne powder, and lime zest.
overhead view of chickpeas in a clear glass bowl
  • Pour the chickpeas into the air fryer basket leaving room around them for air movement. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Cook for 20 minutes shaking the basket half way through.
  • Serve immediately and garish with more lime zest to taste!
Overhead view of chickpeas spread out in an air fryer basket

Chickpea FAQ:

How do I store leftover chickpeas?

You’ll want to store these at room temperature and eat them within 1-2 days or they’ll lose their crispy crunch.

Are chickpeas and garbanzo beans the same thing?

Yep! One is based on the Latin name and one is based on the Spanish name.

Can dogs eat chickpeas?

Yep, chickpeas can be a good snack for dogs. However, they shouldn’t be seasoned, like they are in this recipe. The beans from the can after rinsing and drying are a good snack, in moderation, for your furry friends. But do not feed them hummus or chickpeas seasoned with garlic, onion, or excess salt.

Are chickpeas keto?

No. Legumes have a higher carb count than you’d want for keto. That said, they are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein so they are a great option for other lifestyles.

chickpeas spilling out of a clear glass bowl

Air Fryer Selection:

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Many recipes you encounter with your air fryer will require air movement around your foods being cooked. This recipe is one of them.

That being said, you will want to choose an air fryer appropriate for your most common serving size. For me, I have a family of four and have found that using a six-quart air fryer is the best for us.

I also find value in having a dishwasher-safe air fryer basket. For these two reasons, I use this OMORC air fryer. You can use any air fryer you want. I have never had a bad experience with one. Some are louder, some quieter, but they all work well!

A lime cut in half next to a bowl of chickpeas

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Overhead view of seasoned chickpeas in a small glass bowl

Chile Lime Chickpeas in the Air Fryer

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chickpeas are a healthy snack for your family! They are loaded with nutrients and with this Tex-Mex inspired recipe, they will taste great!


  • 15 ounces canned chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, see note
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • Zest of half a lime


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F for 4 minutes.
  2. While the air fryer heats up, rinse and drain the chickpeas and then pat them dry.
  3. Add the chickpeas to a bowl and drizzle on the olive oil. Toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, chili powder, cayenne powder and lime zest. Stir well.
  5. Pour the seasoned chickpeas into the preheated air fryer with room around them for the air to circulate. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the chickpeas in 2 batches.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes total, shaking the basket after about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately and garnish with more lime zest if desired!


Leftover chickpeas may be stored in an airtight container lined with parchment paper at room temperature. The parchment paper will help them stay nice and crispy.

If lime zest is added after cooking, the chickpeas should be eaten right away, the extra lime zest takes away the crispiness if stored.

If using low sodium chickpeas, increase salt to 1 teaspoon or to taste.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 536mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

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Lorraine December 18, 2020 - 2:52 pm

I have been hesitant to bake Chickpeas in the oven because of the word explode. You also mention explode!
That would cause quite a mess. I would love to try a chickpeas recipe but I don’t want to worry about cleaning up the mess.
Any hints on how to avoid an explosion……

Karly December 19, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Make sure they’re dry and that should help. Otherwise, just using the air fryer helps…if they do pop, they’re all in a small basket anyway. 🙂

Chris Askin-LeClerc December 3, 2020 - 4:47 pm

Just recently purchased air fryer, so am interested in all the recepes and love both of your blogs!! I like chickpeas , But don’t like spicey Tex-Mex flavours. Wondering if I could switch out those spices for ones of my choice like garlic and onion, italian seasoning , etc. ? What your thoughts/suggestions

Karly December 3, 2020 - 9:11 pm

Hi Chris! So glad you like the recipes! 🙂 You should be fine with any mix of seasoning that you prefer.


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