Roasted Chickpeas with Tomato Bits

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Roasted Chickpeas With Tomato Bits

Roasted Chickpeas With Tomato Bits

Satisfy those afternoon cravings with a healthy dose of protein to boost your adrenals and maintain a good constant level of energy.    I was introduced to roasted chickpeas a couple of years ago and was surprised at how tasty they actually were when seasoned and roasted.

A chickpea is a legume that is very high in protein.  The really neat thing about roasted chickpeas is that you can mix and match the seasonings and create a wide variety of flavors.  You can do savory, spicy, peppery, tangy or even sweet.  The possibilities are endless.

There are dozens if not hundreds of recipes out on the web for roasting chickpeas.  You will see oven temps  ranging from 350 degrees to 450 degrees.  I have experimented with several batches and my favorite is at 400 degrees.  Also, depending on if you like your snacks to be mildly crunchy or more crunchy will depend on the time left in the oven.  Also I have experimented on when to add the seasonings, before, during or after.

So after several tries, this is my favorite.  The tomato add was just a seasonal spontaneous thing as my tomato plants were very good to me this year.

You will need to plan ahead.  Rinse and drain the chickpeas in a colander for awhile.  Some recipes suggest laying them on a flat surface to dry, but I find if you gently scoop them up with a paper towel and toss, the moisture will stick to paper towel and your chickpeas will drain nicely.

When you are ready lay out nicely on a cookie sheet.

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I line mine with parchment paper.  My preferred method of cooking is to put the bare chickpeas in the oven for 15 minutes.  This will give them time to dry out completely.  Then I remove them from the oven and pour them into my seasoning bowl and gently toss.

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Return them to the cooking sheet and return to oven and cook to desired firmness.

 Spices for this batch

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Remember….NO RULES on spices.  Create your own flavors.  It is the cooking method on this recipe that I like the best.

ROASTED CHICKPEAS WITH TOMATO BITS

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Rinse and drain 1 can chickpeas.  Let drain for about 30 minutes.   Chop several cherry tomatoes into bite size pieces.  Lay both on cookie sheet.  Place in oven for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Remove chickpeas and tomatoes from oven and add to seasoning bowl.  Gently toss till coated.  Return to cookie sheet and make sure they are evenly separated.

Cook at additional 15 minutes for a semi crunchy texture.  Chickpeas will be slightly soft in the center.  For a more crunchy treat continue cooking an additional 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and enjoy your flavorful healthy snack.

One thought on “Roasted Chickpeas with Tomato Bits

  1. Jessica Peeling

    July 29, 2014 at 8:13pm

    The only time that I have enjoyed chick peas is in hummus. I actually have a jar that I bought for a recipe and never ended up using — I think I might want to give this recipe a try instead! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathy

      July 29, 2014 at 10:47pm

      They are actually in the peanut family. Hummus is made from chickpeas also. Doctor them up and quite tasty.

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  2. Dawn

    July 29, 2014 at 9:25pm

    I love chickpeas. They have such a great flavor. I’ll definitely be making this. It looks delicious.

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  3. samantha

    July 30, 2014 at 12:33am

    having just researched things with the hubby we found that chick peas would be a great thing to add to what we eat, both being disabled, there are so many great things chick peas help with, once a meh bean turned into drops of gold in our house, we are going to start trying to buy the dry bean and do recipes like this. great post and i cant wait to try iy

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  4. Kungphoo

    July 30, 2014 at 12:54am

    I like chickpeas allot.. this seems like a really great recipe! something to give a try!

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  5. jenivieve

    July 30, 2014 at 1:53am

    I love hummus but i have never seen chick peas used in this way. it looks super yummy!!!

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  6. Chrissy Mazzocchi

    July 30, 2014 at 2:22am

    I have never tried chick peas, they sounds delicious especially with this recipe!

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  7. Rochelle

    July 30, 2014 at 3:18am

    Looks good! I’ll pass this on to my mother in law who is obsessed with chickpeas anything!

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  8. Chasity Boatman

    July 30, 2014 at 3:20am

    Good tasting and healthy. There’s no better combination.

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  9. Michelle F.

    July 30, 2014 at 3:49am

    That looks so good and healthy. I love snacking on roasted chickpeas.

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  10. Danielle

    July 30, 2014 at 4:21am

    I have never eaten chickpeas before but these look really really good.

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  11. jane

    July 30, 2014 at 11:29am

    yummy! i love chickpeas and my husband too another recipe to try

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  12. Rebecca Swenor

    July 30, 2014 at 1:54pm

    This actually looks really good. I will have to try to make this dish. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Jenny

    July 30, 2014 at 3:01pm

    what are chick peas? it looks good though. i’d definitely give it a try.

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  14. mary

    July 30, 2014 at 3:04pm

    I have never tried ROASTED chickpeas. I love this recipe and will add it to my list to try this week. thanks

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  15. Christie

    July 30, 2014 at 3:24pm

    I’ve never roasted chick peas before. This looks yum

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  16. Rosey

    July 30, 2014 at 3:54pm

    I do love me some chickpeas. I’ve never tried them roasted.

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  17. Risa

    July 30, 2014 at 4:15pm

    I have never tried chickpeas before but I am looking for some new tastes in the kitchen. May have to give it a try.

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  18. Emilee

    July 31, 2014 at 1:24am

    I tried roasting chickpeas once. It didn’t turn out quite the way I expected. I was hoping for more crunch. Maybe I didn’t leave them in long enough.

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      Kathy

      July 31, 2014 at 5:30pm

      Getting the right ‘crunch’ is the challenge. Check every 5 minutes, eat one and then remove from oven when you it is the right crunch for you.

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  19. Leira Pagaspas

    July 31, 2014 at 1:32am

    This looks really yummy!! here in Manila they cook the chickpea sugar and make it into a dessert.

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  20. Dawn

    July 31, 2014 at 3:57am

    I think the garlic powder sounds nice with it! This looks delicious! My family and I have become vegetarians, so we have been looking for more tasty vegetarian foods!

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      Kathy

      July 31, 2014 at 5:26pm

      I think they go nicely mixed in with salads also.

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  21. Natalie

    August 1, 2014 at 3:13am

    I’ve never had chickpeas before, but I hear a lot about them being healthy for you.

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  22. cococute life

    August 1, 2014 at 10:09am

    I must know first where can I get chickpeas here and I am gonna give this one a shot.

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      Kathy

      August 2, 2014 at 7:01pm

      They are canned and with the canned beans at most grocery stores.

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  23. Ashley Nicholas

    August 3, 2014 at 8:33pm

    YUM! Tomatoes and chickpeas are two of my favorite foods! I think I’m going to love this recipe!

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