Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

My kids went nuts over these chickpeas. Between the three of them, they ate the entire batch (about two cups worth) in less than 10 minutes. After I saw how many they were eating, I decided to call that lunch. I just added some veggies and dip and they were happy with their "meal."

I roasted these on a whim the other day, because I keep seeing food bloggers talking about roasted chickpeas. I'm not sure why I thought that roasting them would remove all chickpea flavor, but just so you know, it does not. If you like chickpeas though, you will probably really like these. With just a bit of a crunchy shell and a softer center, my boys thought these were a great treat.

I almost didn't post this recipe, because my husband and I are not fans of the chickpea, roasted or otherwise. When my kids requested that I make them again, I decided to post this for any of you who might actually LIKE chickpeas. Question: DO you like chickpeas? Am I alone in my disdain of this sad little bean? I love hummus, but the chickpea by itself is not a favorite.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
inspired by Mallory, Carrie, Julia, and Brian - just to name a few
(printable recipe)

1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chickpeas in a small bowl and set aside. Mix together the sugar and the pepper and then sprinkle on top of the chickpeas, tossing well to coat them all thoroughly.

Spread the chickpeas across a baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes. I stirred them across the pan a couple times, because they looked like they were getting too brown on the pan side. Check frequently after about 25 minutes, to prevent burning.

The chickpeas will be soft when removed from the oven, but will be more crunchy after they cool. Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. I love roasted chickpeas! They are such an awesome addition to a salad, or, as your kids found out - eating them on their own!!

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  2. I am quite the chickpea fiend so these seem like the perfect snack to me! Normally I just munch on almonds but I'm almost out...and next week....THESE are in.

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  3. I'm with you.. I love hummus but chickpeas by themselves?? Not so much.... and it's too bad that roasting them doesn't change the flavor, I've been wanting to try it too.. now I will probably pass! Thanks for experimenting for me! :)

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  4. I like roasted chickpeas but I can't get into hummus.

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  5. I love roasted chickpeas! I like the sweet and spicy idea here.

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  6. lovely flavors - roasting them makes all the difference - great snack!
    Mary x

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  7. I love chickpeas, I like calling them garbanzo beans. :) I love them in hummus, I love them on my salads, but I've never tried roasting them. I will definitely have to try this one! My motto when it comes to not knowing what to do with something is, "when in doubt, roast!"

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  8. I do, I love chickpeas! I can eat them plain, in salads, smashed, in soup, where ever. These look and sound very good. I must admit I've never roasted them but you are inspiring me ... again!

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  9. what nice look these I love chickpeas!!

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  10. What a great idea... I bet we would love them here too.

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  11. These sounds great. I've made roasted chickpeas but coated in oil first then seasoned with spices. Didn't realise you could make oil free sweet version, have to try this.

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  12. I loooove chick peas and I'm so glad you posted this because I wasn't sure how to roast them... if they were supposed to get crunchy, or what. These would be a great addition to a cheese plate.

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  13. I've seen a few people roast chickpeas as well. Thanks for reminding me that I need to try this out sooner rather than later. :-)

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  14. Hi I am new to your blog and love your space. I like (not LIKE) chickpeas. I have always had savoury chickpeas dishes and never with sugar...a new taste possibility...:-)

    Cheers

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  15. I've made those before and I didn't think they were as good as I thought they would have been.

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