Crispy, crunchy air fried chickpeas with Cajun seasoning are my new favorite snack. They are naturally gluten free, dairy free and perfect for any vegetarian or vegan diet. I’ve tried to make these in the oven, but it seemed to take forever and my chickpeas never really turned out super crispy.
Well, the air fryer changes all that and turns out perfectly crunchy chickpeas every time!
How Many Calories and WW Points in Crispy Cajun Chickpeas?
According to my calculations, each serving has about 118 calories.
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
1 pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Avocado oil spray (or olive oil spray)
How to Make Air Fried Crispy Cajun Chickpeas, Step-by-Step
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients. Preheat air fryer to 385F degrees. (I used my Cosori TurboBlaze™)
Step 2: Place chickpeas on a paper towel and pat dry.
Step 3: In a medium mixing bowl, add the chickpeas, salt, cajun seasoning and give a couple sprays of avocado oil. Stir with a spoon until thoroughly combined.
Step 4: Pour the chickpeas into air fryer basket and smooth into a single layer. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches.)
Step 5: On the Cosori, press “Air Fry” and cook for about 10 minutes – stopping to shake the basket after 5 minutes. Adjust cooking time as necessary, until chickpeas are crunchy and golden brown.
Step 6: Allow to cool and remove to a serving bowl.
Step 7: Store any leftover crispy chickpeas in an airtight container at room temperature.
Not a fan of Cajun Seasoning? Substitute with your favorite savory seasoning, or combination of seasonings:
Old Bay seasoning
Naturally gluten-free, crunchy air fryer chickpeas can be enjoyed by themselves, as a part of your trail mix, or sprinkled over your favorite salad or soup.
Ways to Use Leftovers
They would also make a great topper for this Chunky Tomato Soup.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.
Do I have to preheat my air fryer to make these crispy, crunchy chickpeas?
Generally, preheating your air fryer will help reduce the amount of cooking time required. And for this recipes, it is a super-easy timesaver to preheat your air fryer while you are preparing the chickpeas. If you decide to not preheat your air fryer, you may need to add a few minutes of cooking time to achieve your desired level of crunch.
I made this granola in my new basket-style Cosori TurboBlaze™ Air Fryer. Air fryers are not standard, so the recipe instructions may vary based on your type of air fryer—basket (affiliate link), dual-basket (affiliate link) or oven-style (affiliate link).
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Air Fryer Crispy Cajun Chickpeas
Old Bay seasoning
Serving size: about ½ cup
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3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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