Easy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas

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


  • 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


  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*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 309mg9%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.