Roasted Chickpeas (Nance & Robyn make the same recipe)

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Roasted Chickpeas, found over at The Oprah Blog. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.

Robyn’s Take:

The recipe this week was my choice, and I’ll be honest – it was only because I had a shitload of canned chickpeas in the pantry. They’ve been sitting there for YEARS, and I wanted to get rid of them. So I googled around and thought and pondered and made a batch of avocado hummus, and then I decided to ask if Nance wanted to make roasted chickpeas and she was all “Yeah, whatever”, and so that’s how I chose this week’s recipe. There are 35 million versions of this recipe, but I chose this one because it was straightforward and easy. I mean, that doesn’t mean I didn’t fuck it up, but imagine how badly it would have gone if I’d chosen one that was complicated.


1 can of chickpeas/ garbanzo beans, olive oil, spices of your choice. I tasked Fred with choosing the spices we were going to use, and he chose Morton’s Hot Salt and Creole seasoning, but then put the Hot Salt back after I snapped this picture.

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Open the can and rinse the chickpeas in a colander.

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Dump the chickpeas onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels.

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Shake the sheet so that the chickpeas roll around and get mostly dry. I also took a small piece of paper towel and ran it over the top of the chickpeas to help the drying process. Then I realized that, hey. There was still plenty of room left on that baking sheet, so I opened a second can of chickpeas and did it all over again.

Remove the paper towel. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the chickpeas.

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I didn’t measure the amount of olive oil I used, and as a result I used too much and had to grab yet ANOTHER piece of paper towel to soak up some of the olive oil. You want your chickpeas to be lightly coated with olive oil, not swimming in it.

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Then, because I have zero reading comprehension skills, I sprinkled the Creole seasoning over the chickpeas. I failed to take a picture of this, and I shouldn’t even tell y’all that I did it, because YOU would never know. But you’re intended to wait ’til the chickpeas are done and THEN sprinkle seasoning over them, like with popcorn. Honestly, I don’t think it makes a difference whether you do it before roasting or after.

Chickpeas, roasted:

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I roasted mine for 35 minutes, took them out, let them cool a bit, then found that they were still too soft. Whereupon I stuck them back in the oven for another 10 minutes. SIGH.

Roasted chickpeas, in a bowl

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What do the cats think?

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Newt was all “I’ll just chew on that piece of rusted metal, lady, THANKS ANYWAY.”

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Elwood said “I’m not going to eat it. You eat it.”
Kara said “Oh, HELLZ NO.”

What did the people think? They were good. I don’t know that I’m ever going to CRAVE them or anything, but for a crunchy, spicy snack on a Saturday night while watching a bad movie, they’re perfect.


Nance’s take:

Robyn picks the strangest recipes, man. Everyone knows that I never refuse Robyn’s recipe choices because I told her way back in the day that I will not tandem cook any seafood with her. I’m starting to wonder if this is her way of paying me back…


This is the second can of chickpeas that has ever been in my house. The first can was when I decided I needed more protein and added them to my salad. Yeah, that went over well. My brain was all, “Whee, this will be a great source of protein!” but my taste buds told me to go fuck myself and eat more cheese.


I was a little weirded out by the floaties in there.


Up-close they kind of reminded me of slimy kidney stones. Can you imagine passing kidney stones that looked like this…if you were a guy? Ha! I have no idea why I just went there. And now I am sitting here wondering if I have man-hating issues deep in my brain that I should maybe deal with. Although I could just be sitting here losing my mind because it’s late and I’m tired. I’ll figure it all out tomorrow.


Shower time!


Getting ready to dump them on to the paper towel like the “recipe” said.


I just knew this was going to be a pain in the ass.


I ended up just ripping the paper towel out from under them and hand-drying the freaking things.


It’s really hard to hold a camera in one hand while pouring olive oil with the other. I probably used more than what the recipe called for.  True confession:  I did not cover the chickpeas with the oil by rolling my cookie sheet back and forth.  I did get fed up and rolled those little fuckers in the oil with my bare hands.


I need you to know that I set off the upstairs smoke alarm TWO freaking times during this little chickpea episode. That’s two times more than I wanted to deal with.  And yes, I did salt the shit out of them because hello, they are chickpeas.  I knew a miracle was not going to occur in the oven that would make them taste like chocolate so I decided to hope for potato chips.


Here they are in a pretty bowl. Guess what? They tasted like shit. Oven-baked little turd balls.  Nobody in the house liked them and we all agreed that chickpeas just do not belong in our lives.

Not a winner this time, but I do appreciate knowing that my smoke alarm is looking out for me and mine.

Roasted Chickpeas (Nance & Robyn make the same recipe)
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  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 T olive oil
  • seasonings of your choice
  1. Rinse chickpeas in a colander.
  2. Put chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towel. Shake the pan lightly to dry off the chickpeas. Remove the paper towel.
  3. Pour 1 T olive oil over the chickpeas, shake the pan to coat the chickpeas.
  4. Bake at 450ºF for 30 - 40 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice to move the chickpeas around.
  5. Chickpeas are done when they're slightly puckered and blistered.
  6. Shake the seasoning of your choice over the chickpeas. Cool and eat.

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Roasted Chickpeas (Nance & Robyn make the same recipe) — 17 Comments

  1. I love chickpeas, so I will be trying this one.

    I do have to say though, that when you need to coat something in olive oil, it’s easier to put whatever it is in a bowl, drizzle the olive oil on top, then toss the bowl. I usually season at the same time and toss to get everything coated. Any excess olive oil goes to the bottom of the bowl, and I don’t have to worry about the food swimming in it.

    • I actually meant to mention that next time I make these, I’m going to toss them in the olive oil in a separate bowl first. Doing everything on the baking sheet was kind of a pain.

      • I actually like baked chick peas! Try using spray olive oil or canola oil and not bottled oil. You use less, and it coats the peas better. It’s not about the oil, it’s about getting a crunch!

  2. I don’t like chickpeas in salads or pasta dishes–I think it’s the texture–but I do love them roasted. I like to use chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Great snack but they take so long to make that I end up grabbing some pretzels or something!

      • Use spray olive or canola oil instead of bottled. You’ll get less oil on the peas. It’s about the crunch, not the oil:)

  3. MORTON HOT SALT! I can’t get that shit up here! Tim and I have been looking for it for months after we saw a “How It’s Made” about it. Why is Kansas excluded from the Morton Hot Salt distribution? Are we bland or something? Wait, don’t answer that.

    These look good to me and somehow I expect them to taste like Corn Nuts.

    • Reading this comment makes me want to go buy some Corn Nuts.

      Also, I’ll pick you up some Morton Hot Salt next time I’m at the grocery store. I don’t know that I’ve ever used it, but Fred speaks glowingly of the stuff, so I’m guessing I must have.

  4. What a fun idea for a blog! I like it.

    Tiny note on the blueberry pudding cake, there is a typo in Robyn’s section: next part of the recipe calls for you to mix 1 cup with 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch.. which implies you use a boatload of cornstarch.. further reading suggests if not downright says it should be 1 cup of sugar..

  5. I love roasted chick peas! And so does my cat. He’s been known to steal them off my plate. I don’t use anything hot on them, though, so maybe that makes the difference.

  6. Ooo… love garbanzo beans! I am a rebel not calling them chickpeas. I have some Smokey Mesquite seasoning that will do quite nicely!

    • I spent my entire life calling them garbanzo beans and was confused as heck when grocery stores started carrying “chick peas”.

  7. Robyn, I think the reason that Nance didn’t care for them is that she just used salt on them and no other seasoning. A recipe for failure IMO. Hee.

    Could you demonstrate how you make Sweet Potato Crack? It’s another simple recipe, but I can’t seem to get the sweet potatoes to caramelize right. It’s till good, just not as great as the first time I made it … a long time ago.

    • I will definitely demonstrate Sweet Potato Crack – but it won’t be in the near future. We’re so busy eating squash and cucumbers and green beans that there’s no room in our diet for sweet potatoes at the moment. I’m putting it on my list, though. It’s been way too long since we’ve had it!