Roasted chickpeas just won’t stay crunchy for long. As they cool they get soft and mushy. Ewwwww! The only way to get really crunchy, really great chickpeas is to deep-fry them. Then hit them with your favorite seasonings. Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper are perfect. Then devour.
I suggest you double the recipe when making these deep-fried chickpeas as you’ll eat half of them while you are finishing cooking the other half. They’ll stay crunchy longer than roasted peas, but they will get softer as time goes on. You won’t have to worry about that because they won’t last that long.
Also try my Kale chips.
- 1 can chickpeas
- Vegetable oil
- Your favorite seasonings
- Empty can into a sieve. Rinse and drain well.
- Dump beans out onto a kitchen towel or a few layers of paper towels. Pat beans dry. Be thorough - they need to be as dry as possible.
- Heat 1/2" of oil in a Dutch oven to 325 F.
- Working in batches, SLOWLY add the beans to the hot oil. The beans will most likely splatter, specially if they aren't very dry, so keep your face and hands back as you add them to the hot oil.
- Fry for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Sprinkle with seasoning while they are still hot.
- Serve hot or cooled.