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Spicy Chickpeas

These Spicy Chickpeas are a light and healthy snack that is the perfect savory topping to add to a salad or serve in a gyro. Crispy, flavorful, and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy chickpeas
Servings: 4
Calories: 64kcal


  • 15 ounces (1 can) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Begin the recipe by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Drain and dry the 1-15 ounce can of chickpeas with a kitchen towel or paper towel and add them to a small bowl.
  • To the small bowl with the drained and dried chickpeas, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
  • Pour the seasoned chickpeas onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them out into a single even layer. Be sure to space them out well on the baking sheet.
  • Place into the oven and allow them to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and crispy on the outside. Carefully remove from the oven and pour into a bowl to serve as a snack, on top of a salad, or in a gyro. Enjoy!
  • These spicy chickpeas are best served the same day they are prepared, but feel free to store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


  • Drain and rinse canned chickpeas well. I prefer to add them into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse them well under running water from the kitchen sink.
  • Dry the chickpeas thoroughly! Use a clean kitchen towel or thick paper towel to dry the chickpeas well. This will remove any excess liquid and ensure the chickpeas crisp up while roasting in the oven.
  • Peel and discard any excess skin on the chickpeas that you may notice.
  • Use a large sheet pan and be sure to leave plenty of space to allow the chickpeas to roast and not steam.
  • Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F. for about 30 minutes and stop to check them after 15 minutes. Feel free to give them a stir during this time to make sure they bake evenly.


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 347IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg