This easy recipe for Crispy Chick Peas turns a humble can of healthy garbanzo beans into an addictive, salty snack food! It's simple to make and results in the lightest, crispiest, most addictive crispy chick peas on the planet! They make a wonderful snack and are great for topping salads and soups.
I love a good crispy chick pea. Never had one before? Then you’re in for a treat! They're a healthy salty snack that's packed with protein and fiber. They're also really easy to make.
Whoever would have thought that eating something fried could be healthy?! This snack boasts fiber and protein from the chick peas, plus monounsaturated fat and antioxidants from olive oil. Snack on these babies all day
It's traditional in Spain to fry them, but the trend as of lately has been to bake them in the oven. Both methods produce good enough results, but I’ve found a combination of the two results in the crispiest chick pea with the best overall texture.
I like to start by frying the chick peas in hot cast iron pan with extra virgin olive oil, then finish them in the oven. Starting them off in hot oil allows the crisping process to begin, while the circular heat from the oven helps dehydrate and crisp them throughout. It’s the best of both worlds!
I prefer to make these in either a cast iron pan or a skillet that can be transferred from the stove to the oven. I love cast iron because of how well it distributes heat, which is very important when frying.
You could easily season these simply with salt and they would still be completely addictive. But I love the complexity that comes with the addition of a few spices and fresh herbs. The ancho chile powder adds a rich chile flavor with the tiniest bit of heat, while the garlic and smoked paprika gives a classic Spanish flavor profile. The basil adds freshness and a mellow herbal perfume.
Either way, the guests at your next cocktail party will be gobbling them up and begging you for the recipe. They’re that good!Print