Savoury Roasted Chickpeas

by Jo Kenny

Savoury roasted chickpeas are wonderfully nutritious as well as incredibly versatile. They can of course be enjoyed in their original, soft form, or famously blended into delicious creamy humous. However, chickpeas can also do more than this, and when roasted they transform from soft and creamy into a deliciously light and crunchy snack.

Forget popcorn. Chickpeas are just as versatile as corn is for creating a crunchy base onto which all kinds of flavours can be added. For me nothing beats savoury roasted chickpeas. I love to add a blend of spices to compliment that delicate nutty flavour of chickpeas. Yep – this is the perfect savoury snack and better yet they are so simple to make. Snacks shouldn’t have you waiting, after all!

Savoury Roasted Chickpeas Recipe


The beauty of roasted chickpeas is how easy they are to make. You can apply all kinds of flavours to them. My personal favourite for savoury roasted chickpeas is so add curry spices.


  • Serves 6
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and dried.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (as mild or hot as you like)


To make your savoury roasted chickpeas you will need a non stick baking tray. Pre heat your oven to 170c and begin by preparing the chickpeas.

Drain the chickpeas of their water and using either a clean tea towel or some kitchen roll pat them dry. Add to a bowl and coat evenly with the olive oil, ground cumin and curry powder. Give them a good ol’ stir to evenly coat the chickpeas in all the ingredients.

Tip the savoury chickpeas out onto your baking tray and give the tray a shake to get an even spread. No chickpeas should be on top of each other to ensure even roasting. Pop them in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Be sure to give them a shake halfway to get them evenly crispy.

Wait until the roasted chickpeas are completely cool and then transfer to an airtight container to store.

Recipe Overview

Savoury Roasted Chickpeas

Light and crunchy - a delicious snack or addition to salads
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chickpeas, roasted chickpeas
Servings: 6
Calories: 62kcal
Cost: £0.50


  • 1 Can of chickpeas, drained and dried
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder (spice level of your choice)


  • Preheat your oven to 170c
  • Drain the chickpeas and dry with a clean tea towel of some kitchen roll
  • Add to a bowl with the olive oil, ground cumin and curry powder. Stir to evenly coat.
  • Tip onto a baking tray and evenly spread. Roast for 20 minutes giving them a shake halfway through.

Storing roasted chickpeas

You will need to keep your savoury roasted chickpeas in an airtight container to ensure that they maintain their lovely crispiness. Stale, soft roasted chickpeas are not the one! Make sure they are fully cooled before transferring to a container. I love to use glass airtight containers and I think that have got a great selection at really reasonable prices.

Provided your roasted chickpeas are nice and dry they should keep in an airtight container for one month… whether you can make this tasty snack last that long is another story!

What to do with roasted chickpeas?

Okay so you’ve made them… now wondering how to eat them? Well, you stick ’em in your mouth and chew of course BUT what about other ways to eat them than just on their own as a snack? There are plenty of ways to enjoy these roasted chickpeas:

  • Sprinkle them onto salads – roasted chickpeas make an incredible alternative to croutons with a light crunch and more nutritional value as a bonus.
  • Top soups – these go wonderfully with my curried parsnip soup recipe!
  • Add them to sandwiches – yep you heard that right. Love crisps in your sarny? Then try roasting your chickpeas for a little less time so they aren’t quite so crunchy (no surprises for your teeth) and then add some to a sandwich for a really interesting texture.
  • Top dips – make that bowl of humous look really attractive by topping it with olive oil and a sprinkling of these roasted chickpeas. This really elevates the look and appeal of dips for parties and gatherings.

Like I say, savoury roasted chickpeas are so wonderfully versatile! Got any other ways that you would love to try them?

The benefits of chickpeas?

Chickpeas are a lovely food to get into your regular diet. First of all they’re incredibly cheap. A can at Tesco costs just 44p and you’ll get plenty of servings out of this. Chickpeas are also really filling with a pretty decent protein content which in my books is important for keeping hunger at bay.

Chickpeas are also a great source of iron and vitamin B6. And so they are much more nutritious to add to your salads than a boring ol’ crouton!

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