Crispy Pan-Fried Chickpeas

by | Apr 15, 2015 | Blog, Cooking Demonstrations, Healthy Recipes, Volunteers | 0 comments

These pan-fried chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are great as a healthy snack. Pan-frying is also quicker than roasting in the oven. Start with the chickpeas and oil, and then customize with your favorite spices!

Makes 4 servings


Basic Ingredients         

2 tablespoons oil (olive, coconut, etc.),

       or enough oil to coat bottom of pan

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1/4 teaspoon salt


For curried chickpeas:                            For smoky lime chickpeas:

  1 teaspoon curry powder                         1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  1/4 teaspoon cumin                                 1 teaspoon chili powder

  1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper                 1/2 of a lime



  1. Drain chickpeas in a colander and rinse with water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Melt oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until oil begins to shimmer. Carefully add chickpeas and salt to pan and distribute chickpeas in a single, even layer.
  3. Let chickpeas cook for 2 minutes, then stir. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  4. Remove chickpeas from heat and stir in your chosen spice mixture.
  5. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. If using lime, squeeze the lime juice and grate the skin of the lime (zest) over the chickpeas. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then serve.


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