Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that’s perfect for topping and for snacking! These crispy roasted shawarma chickpeas are addictively delicious!

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that's perfect for topping and for snacking! These crispy roasted shawarma chickpeas are addictively delicious!

I legit cannot get my healthy chicken shawarma bowls off my mind. I finished up the last of the leftovers for lunch the other day and immediately added the ingredients back onto my grocery list for the upcoming week. I may mix it up this time, swapping the fluffy quinoa for a bed of leafy greens (shawarma salad FTW!) but the flavor profile will remain the same: delicious!

Because I’m impulsive and can’t wait for my weekly grocery run, I decided to shawarmatize (pretend that’s a word) some crunchy roasted chickpeas.

Can I get a heck yes?

Heck YESSSSSS!

Wait, was I the only one shouting that? How embarrassing.

Anywho! Let’s quit the chitchat and move on to the easy peasy recipe!

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that's perfect for topping and for snacking! These crispy roasted shawarma chickpeas are addictively delicious!

Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that’s perfect for topping and for snacking! Using dried chickpeas instead of canned? Fabulous! That simply means you can make MORE! Woot!

Make a little, or a lot! Just make them, mmk?

Gluten-Free :: Vegetarian :: Vegan

Easy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas
4.84 from 6 votes
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Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that's perfect for topping and for snacking! These crispy roasted shawarma chickpeas are addictively delicious!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 207 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can of chickpeas or equivalent
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F
  2. Drain the chickpeas in a colander or sieve and rinse well.
  3. Pat the chickpeas very dry with a clean dishtowel. The drier the chickpeas are, the crispier your end result. If you have time, leave them to air-dry for a few minutes.
  4. Next toss the chickpeas with olive/avocado oil and salt until lighlty coated, then arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet.  
  5. Roast on the center rack for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Stir or shake the pan of chickpeas at the 10 minute mark for even crispiness.
  6. While still hot from the oven, add to a bowl with your spices then mix with a spatula or spoon. Hand mixing works too but if you stick your hands in this shawarmatastic seasoning your fingers will most definitely turn yellow from the turmeric. (my hands were legit yellow for a day! lol!)
  7. Serve while the chickpeas are still warm and crispy. As they cool the crispiness will be replaced by a nutty chewiness which I think is equally awesome. Feel free to try them both ways! I've gotten into the habit of eating a few handfuls straight from the oven and saving some to snack on or top dishes with later.

Recipe Notes

The cayenne pepper controls the heat of these so use a little less (or skip) for mild chickpeas and use extra for a fiery treat!

See post below for tasty serving suggestions and be sure to try them in place of the chicken in my healthy chicken shawarma quinoa bowls recipe!

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 153mg 6%
Potassium 309mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 18.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas :: spice it up!

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that's perfect for topping and for snacking! These crispy roasted shawarma chickpeas are addictively delicious!

Transform an unsuspecting can of chickpeas into a crispity crunchity flavor bomb that's perfect for topping and for snacking! These crispy roasted shawarma chickpeas are addictively delicious!

so. . . how were they?!

Phenomenal! They’re a wee bit fiery from the cayenne (YES PLEASE!) and gloriously addictive. The zesty blend of spices were spot on and I can say hands-down these are lead contender my favorite chickpeas of all time. Aside from THIS chickpea, of course. Duh.

I cannot be trusted around a tray of these, I’ll legit eat the entire thing in a sitting.

Occasionally I’ll exercise control and only eat half a tray at a time, but let it be known that I don’t stop thinking about the remaining half until I finally get to deliver it into my face.

I have issues.

I also have more chickpeas to roast, huzzah!

sering suggestions:

  • salads
  • sandwiches/pitas/wraps
  • rice bowls
  • shawarma bowls <— YES!
  • soup garnish/topping
  • snacking
  • seriously, by the fistful!
  • DO IT
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Comments

  • Thank you! Needed another appetizer for a
    dinner with a friend who’s given up dairy, gluten, and all processed foods – and I was stuck!
    Perfection!!

    • Ahhh yay! Hope they’re a hit – we flipping LOVE these crispy chickpeas!

  • Wilhelmina Wessel

    Crunchy chickpeas are my favorite snack!

  • Julie Evink

    Loved this for a snack idea! I always have the munchies in the afternoon and these were AMAZING!

  • Becky

    You don’t list cayenne pepper in the ingredients list/directions. It only appears in the notes warning us to use more or less depending on our desired level of spiciness. Need to update your recipe.

    • Hi Becky! I did a quick double-take but it’s absolutely there right after the turmeric. I have the spices listed in order of amount used. Feel free to use more or less to taste!

  • Sues

    I’m totally going to use the word “shawarmatize” from now on. And give me ALL these chickpeas! So perfect for nonstop snacking 🙂

  • amanda livesay

    I have been obsessed with shawarma for months but my favorite place is all the way in Austin! There will totally fix my craving.

  • I love this idea so much, such a nice snack idea.

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks Rachael! These chickpeas are def my go-to snack lately and they’re so easy to make!

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