December 10, 2011

Spicy & Sweet Roasted Chickpeas

Roasting chickpeas is so 2007. At least, that was the year everyone rediscovered these crunchy, protein packed wonders. I had my first (and best) roasted chickpea years ago when I spent every Thursday evening eating dinner with a tight knit and loving Iranian family. The mother did all of the cooking, and I began to crave everything she made with a wild abandon. I still do. Her roasted chickpeas were simply salted and roasted dry. 


This recipe is simple, to the point, and impeccable. The honey and spice soaks in as they roast and encases each chickpea in a candy coating. If you are looking for a unique bowl of goodies at your next cocktail party, try this simple recipe for a big wow factor. 

Spicy and Sweet Roasted Chickpeas

2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
¼ cup clover honey
1 clove garlic, grated
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
5 teaspoons adobo sauce
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Be sure to pat the chickpeas with a paper towel so they are completely dry. In a sauce pan combine the honey, garlic, jalapeno, chipotle, adobo sauce and a pinch of salt; simmer for 5 minutes until sauce slightly thickens. Toss the chickpeas with the sauce and spread in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 50-60 minutes, tossing often, until brown and crunchy. 

*Cooks Note* Typically, chickpeas are roasted at a higher temperature but the honey in this recipe can burn. Turn the heat down, and toss the chickpeas frequently while they roast in order to get the right texture.


  1. Wow... these are truly making my mouth water. I bet they are fantastic! Mmmmm! I love chickpeas... you dialed my number right here. :)

  2. What an amazing snack! And a nice break from all the sugar laden holiday goodies :)

  3. When I read this post, I actually said out loud, "Wow!" Those look absolutely amazing! I am a fan of chick peas and that's a terrific snack! Thanks!

  4. ya! that goes well with a jug of beer.

  5. Hot, sweet, garlicky, and kinda healthy - these are definitely going on my Chistmas snack list.

  6. Must be exploding with flavors when eaten. To me, sweetness and heat is always a good fair when it comes to flavor. Thank you!

    ~ ray ~

  7. I love chickpeas, this recipe is amazing !!!

  8. Gorgeous! I love the and spicy kick! I can tell they have a high addiction factor :)

  9. I've never heard of such a thing before, but they sound like an amazing snack! And so good for you too, like a double bonus!

  10. Heat and sweet, these look delicious. These are the perfect thing to sneak into the movies to snack on-even though it is a no no! They need to package and sell these, until then I am sneaking them!

  11. Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks! I did mine with Indian spices, but I love this more "Mexican" version. They are next on my list. :)

  12. Lovely recipe and great pictures. This is nice right now. We're so over-run with heavy food with the holidays coming up.

  13. I am not sure whether I can find the adobo ingredients but sure a lovely treat, especially one that is spicy to me munch into.

  14. Love the addition of honey on these chickpeas. Yummy!

  15. I am a big fan of roasted chickpeas as well ... it's a shame that such a timeless food goes in and out of fashion. This should be enjoyed all the time! Like truffle oil : )

  16. These look so delicious! I love chickpeas and I can't believe that I have never tried roasting them!

  17. These look great! I love anything with chipotle peppers.

    Happy 2012!

    : )

  18. I have been wanting to try roasting chickpea's Im so curious as how they will taste. I think I am going to try this!


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