20 February 2013

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas {Recipe}

One perk of having my husband away at work and my children at school is that I am in control of the television remote. My go to channels are usually the Lifestyle Channel (106) or the Food Network Channel (118). If I’m home alone, I have the television cooking shows playing in the background. The sound keeps me company and who knows, I may pick up a tid-bit here or there.

Yesterday, I was inspired. I was watching 5 Ingredients on the Food channel. The host is Claire Robinson and the show is all about making delicious dishes with only 5 ingredients (or less). She’s an enthusiastic cook and I sat captivated watching and learning how to make Roasted Spiced Chickpeas – they’re a great party food apparently.

The show finished, so I headed to the kitchen and started making up a batch. I didn’t have all of the required ingredients, so I made up my own version with what I did have available.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas SameliasMum

425g tin of chickpeas
1/2 tbsp. paprika (I used smoked Spanish paprika)
1/2 tbsp. cumin
1/4 tbsp. ground coriander seed
Pinch of salt and pepper
A splosh of Olive Oil (approximately 1 tbsp.) but depends on the size of the bowl used.

* Cayenne pepper (this was used on the show instead of the coriander seed, but I didn’t have any in my pantry. I went out and bought some today – for my next batch of roasted chickpeas)

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas 2 - SameliasMum

Pre-heat the oven to 210 degrees celcius
Add all of the spices and oil to small mixing bowl.
Strain the chickpeas and then rinse them in cold water.
Dry the chickpeas on some paper towel or a tea towel. The drier, the better they’ll turn out in the end.
Pour the chickpeas into the bowl and stir through the spicy oil until they’re all coated.
Lay the chickpeas onto a lined baking tray and roast in the oven until they’re toasted and crunchy - approximately 40 – 45 minutes.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas 3 - SameliasMum

Eat them straight off the pan, or save them to munch on after the kids are in bed. They’re a great alternative to chips.

Once they’re cool – store in a zip lock bag.

I’ve been told that a few kernels of air popped corn in the bag help the chickpeas retain their crunch.

Roasted Spiced ChickPeas 5 - SameliasMum

If you make Roasted Spiced Chickpeas, using this recipe, let me know what you think.


  1. They look yummy, think I have a tin of chickpeas stashed away somewhere.

  2. I might have to try this one Anorina! Five ingredients sounds perfect for me. I hate having to deal with too's an instant recipe turn off. These would be great as a school snack too.

    1. Yes, absolutely perfect for school. Just remove the word "spice" - mine won't touch anything with the word "spice".

  3. Must give this a try! I love chickpeas and I love all the spices, so it will be a winner, no doubt!

    1. I hope you do and that you love them. This spice mix is one of my all time favourites.

  4. You know I've bought these from the supermarket before and they're delicious. I've always wanted to know how to make them. I love Claire Robinson too. Very similar to the way we cook here in Australia. She's funny too.

    Anne xx

  5. If you want them crispier, lower your oven temp. (I use 350 F, so that would be about 175 C) & make sure not to crowd your pan.

    Also there are different varieties of paprika (hot, smoked, & sweet) so if you don't like it one way, you can try it another.

    These alse work with cinnamon (apple/pumpkin pie spice mix) for a less savory snack.

    I've never heard the popcorn trick, I'll have to add that to my bag of tricks.

  6. Yum, I will be making these - they look so easy!

  7. Can't say chickpeas are my go to snack food, but you've made me want to branch out of my comfort zone! Great post!

    (I too watch a lot of the lifestyle channels during the day - I wonder if my 8 month old will one day grow up to be a chef or an interior designer based on all the shows he's had to listen to!)

  8. Hi Anorina,
    Thanks for the recipe. I gave them ago. used cayenne pepper, Cumin and smoked paprika so they are a tad bity. Very nice thou.
    Cheers K

  9. There must be something going around at the moment! I recently started making them again! My recipe is slightly different to this, but roasted chickpeas are just delicious!

  10. Hi Anorina. I love this recipe. It sounds so good. I'm featuring it at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursday party. Thanks so much for linking up.

    Anne xx


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