Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
by: Ruth-Anne Penner
Just because you've decided to eat healthy that doesn't mean you cannot snack. In fact if you live a busy, and or active life, snacking might be the key to keeping you from over indulging when hunger strikes.
Today's feature snack recipe comes from thekitchn.com. The neat thing about Crispy Roasted Chickpeas are you can make a number of combinations. If you are feeling sweet, spicy, savoury etc you can make them exactly how you want them.
They can also be eaten on their own or in combination with other recipes. For example, sometimes I like a little crunch in my salad, instead of croutons I put on some Crispy Roasted Chickpeas and it's exactly what I needed to complete my salad.
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Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
Makes about 2 cups
- 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 to 4 teaspoons spices or finely chopped fresh herbs, like chili powder, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, smoked paprika, rosemary, thyme, or other favorite spices and herbs
- Heat the oven to 400°F:Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven.
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas: Open the cans of chickpeas and pour the chickpeas into a strainer in the sink. Rinse thoroughly under running water.
- Dry the chickpeas: Pat the chickpeas very dry with a clean dishtowel or paper towels. They should look matte and feel dry to the touch; if you have time, leave them to air-dry for a few minutes. Remove any chickpea skins that come off while drying, but otherwise don’t worry about them.
- Toss the chickpeas with olive oil and salt: Spread the chickpeas out in an even layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Stir with your hands or a spatula to make sure the chickpeas are evenly coated.
- Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes: Stir the chickpeas or shake the pan every 10 minutes. A few chickpeas may pop – that’s normal. The chickpeas are done when golden and slightly darkened, dry and crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle.
- Toss the chickpeas with the spices: Sprinkle the spices over the chickpeas and stir to coat evenly. Serve while the chickpeas are still warm and crispy. They will gradually lose their crispiness as they cool, becoming addictively chewy.
- Besides eating these chickpeas as a snack, you can toss them with salads or sprinkle over soup in place of croutons.
For 15 More Ways to Flavor Roasted Chickpeas visit thekitchn.com