Air Fryer BBQ Chickpeas

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Bold, earthy, and smoky are all here in this air fryer BBQ chickpeas recipe. For me, that’s a trio that creates pure eating satisfaction. Add to it how quick these are to make (and healthier too than fried chips), it’s a total win to satisfy those snack cravings.

Air Fryer BBQ Chickpeas
Air fryer BBQ chickpeas, plated and ready to serve

Let’s talk about what brings the BBQ flavor to these chickpeas. Smoked paprika is a Spanish spice that is made by smoking and grinding red peppers. It’s known for its complex flavor that is both sweet and smoky. In this recipe, it adds a depth of flavor that is truly tantalizing, giving the chickpeas a BBQ-like taste that is rich and satisfying. And chili powder adds an earthy, warm taste that perfectly complements the smoky sweetness of the paprika.

Neither chili powder or smoked paprika are particularly hot (unless you’ve purchased a version labeled so), so this recipe provides more of a warm tickle than a fiery bite. Read: family-friendly. Even those who tend to not like spicy food will find these crave-worthy.

The spices are ready to make these chickpeas especially memorable!

Air frying the chickpeas gives them the perfect crunchy exterior and a soft interior. This contrast in textures helps make them so incredibly snackable. They’re the perfect bite-sized treat that you can munch on while watching a movie, working, or just hanging out with friends. But don’t overlook their versatility. They work just as well as a topper for salads, soups, or even as a crunchy addition to your favorite wrap or sandwich.

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Air Fryer BBQ Chickpeas

Air Fryer BBQ Chick Peas

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 104 kcal


  • Air Fryer



  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 F.
  • Dump the chickpeas in a colander, rinse, and gently dry with paper towel.
  • Air fry the chickpeas for 14 minutes, shaking the basket every 3-4 minutes.
  • Once the chickpeas are finished cooking, pour them into a bowl, and allow them to dry for 1 hour.
  • Toss in the olive oil.
  • Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl, then pour over the chickpeas and stir well to combine.
  • Store for up to 1 week in an airtight jar.


Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 310mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 5gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 214IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 8, 2024 to include new content.
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