Air Fryer Chickpeas:
This a wonderful crunchy high protein snack full of flavor and has lots of crunchy texture. Using the Air Fryer to make these tasty snacks that’s low in Weight Watcher Points and less expensive then buying store bought.
The recipe all starts by using dry garbanzo beans aka Chickpeas. The cost of pound of dry garbanzo beans is about $1 a pound. That’s enough to make 2 to 3 batches of Air Fryer Chickpeas. But it does take a little time to make, but oh it’s totally worth the extra effort. The recipe can be custom revised to your taste preference. This is concept recipe with almost infinite possibilities.
How to prepare Chickpeas:
The dry garbanzo beans need to be soaked for at least 1 hour. The recommendations is to soak the dry garbanzo beans overnight for best results. But they can be speed soaked by boiling them in water for 1 minute. Then covering the pot with lid and let the beans soak in hot water for hour, off the heat. Next drain soaking liquid from the beans and rinse with cold water to remove any excess starches. The beans are now ready to be cooked.
Cooking the chickpeas with stock is best flavor result, but just plain water with lots of seasoning will produce good results also. So no worries if you don’t have stock, water will work fine. Just be sure to have over 1 inch of cooking liquid over the beans as they cook. The first round of Air Fryer Chickpeas used Cajun Seasoning and Bay Leave. This produced a slightly spicy and super crunchy chickpeas, but caution they then to burn quickly, because of the paprika in Cajun Seasoning. Testing them out on fellow Weight Watchers some said they where way too spicy other totally love the spicy crunchy taste.
To speed up the cooking process by using Instant Pot set for 30 minutes saving a lot of time. Making cooking process of the Chickpeas aka garbanzo beans set-it and forget it task done in short order.
Using the Air Fryer to Fry the Chickpeas:
After the chickpeas are cooked they need to be fried in the Air Fryer. Set Air Fryer to 400°F or as high as your Air Fryer goes. Next set the timer for 12 minutes, place one batch of cooked seasoned chickpeas in Air Fryer and spray the cooked chickpeas with oil. I use EVO sprayer with canola oil, every pull of sprayer only sprays a quarter teaspoon of oil. Depending on size of Air Fryer and amount of chickpeas that you are going to fry 2 to 4 sprays is all you need to achieve crunchy texture. The reason for using a small amount of oil is that the oil acts as carrier of heat to chickpeas. This is why the chickpeas comes out super crunchy.
About half way into the Air Frying remove basket of Air Fryer and give the chickpeas a good shake. This moves chickpeas around so they brown more evenly. After 12 minutes test chickpeas they should be nice and crunchy. If they seem to have a little moisture, give them good shake and Air Fry them 2 to 3 minutes longer. Caution they do burn easy so don’t air fry too long.