Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

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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 snacky meal.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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.

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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 big fans of chickpeas, roasted or otherwise. When my kids requested that I make them again, I decided to post this for any of you who might actually enjoy 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.

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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

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  • 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!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Joanne says

    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.

  2. Jenn says

    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! 🙂

  3. Athena says

    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!"

  4. Suchi says

    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…:-)


  5. Cristeen Cullens says

    I have not had a chance to try any of your recipes yet, but your photos are absolutely delicious 🙂 I look forward to perusing your site and the roasted chickpeas will be my first pick to try this week.5 stars