Healthy Fried Chickpeas Recipe with Coconul Oil - Dr. Axe

Healthy Fried Chickpeas Recipe

Fried chickpeas - Dr. Axe

“Fried” often gets a dirty rap, but there’s a difference, of course, between using refined oils like canola and soybean to make deep-fried foods like potato chips and chowing down on healthy fried foods. And yes, these do exist — in fact, these fried chickpeas are one of those healthy fried options.

I love them because they’re made wholly from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), coconut oil and seasonings. Nutrition-rich chickpeas are a terrific source of animal-free protein and full of fiber. And if you haven’t tried them, they are delicious when cooked and crispy, like in this recipe.

Slip these fried chickpeas in a sealed plastic bag as an on-the-go snack or enjoy them while watching your favorite TV program. You’ll never go back to those unhealthy chips again.

Key Ingredients

Are fried chickpeas good for you? They certainly can be.

These pan-fried chickpeas balls take the negatives of fried foods out of the equation thanks to healthy ingredients this recipe calls for, starting with the star of the show:

  • Chickpeas. Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas aren’t only loaded with protein, but also high in manganese, folate, copper, phosphorus, and several other vitamins and minerals. As such, they benefit blood sugar control, weight maintenance, digestion, immunity and more.
  • Coconut oil. Coconut oil benefits extend to many aspects of health. This source of healthy fat can help with brain, heart, kidney, liver joint, immune, digestive, bone, skin, oral, hair and hormone health.
  • Spices. Cumin aids digestion, immunity, respiratory issues, skin, sleep, bone health and cholesterol, while antioxidant-rich paprika is a spice that can help the entire body. Of course, we already know garlic is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Fried chickpeas ingredients - Dr. Axe

How to Make Fried Chickpeas

Wondering how to cook chickpeas? Frying is one method for how to cook garbanzo beans, which is what this fried chickpeas recipe calls for.

Start by heating the benefit-rich coconut oil in a large frying pan over low heat. While that happens, pat the chickpeas dry with a paper towel to blot out any excess moisture.

Fried chickpeas recipe - Dr. Axe

Next, add the chickpeas and spices to the pan, and turn the heat up higher to medium.

Fried chickpeas recipe - Dr. Axe

Fry the chickpeas for 10–12 minutes until they’ve reached your desired crispiness level. Personally, I like mine pretty crunchy and toasty. Serve in bowls and eat!

This fried chickpeas snack is an easy-to-make recipe and very customizable. Swapping out the spices can give these crispy chickpeas a whole new tastes, too — make curry-flavored ones or Italian-spiced ones. However you choose to jazz these chickpeas up, they’re going to taste great.

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Cooking chickpeas is a great way to get these healthy legumes in your diet. Try these chickpeas recipes for healthy chickpea snacks and dishes:

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Fried chickpeas - Dr. Axe

Healthy Fried Chickpeas Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These fried chickpeas are one of those healthy fried options. I love them because they’re made from chickpeas, coconut oil and seasonings.


  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of each: cumin, chili powder, garlic, smoked paprika, sea salt, pepper


  1. Dry the chickpeas with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium low heat, melt the coconut oil.
  3. Add the chickpeas and spices to the pan, and turn the heat to medium. Fry for 10–12 minutes or until desired crispiness.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • You can adjust the spices to customize your fried chickpeas. Try curry-flavored ones or Italian-spiced ones.
  • You can swap the coconut oil for the cooking oil of your choice, though it will change the nutrition a bit.
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 1,057mg
  • Fat: 8.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Protein: 4.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. Dorothy Kaufmann on

    It’s just after 2:00AM and I usually wake up about this time and scroll through email and stuff for a couple hours until I’m sleepy again. And yes, sometimes I take natural OTC sleeping tablets that work just fine but I done like to be physically or mentally dependent on them. It only becomes important if I have something I need to do in the morning. That said, I’m definitely going to try the recommended recipe for sleep…… yawn, sleepy time is soon here. 🐼🌷

  2. Christine on

    I have never tried chick peas before this recipe, I enjoyed these and will be making again! Thank you for a healthy and tasty alternative!

  3. Carlos on

    I don’t even like chickpeas and I love these! The flavor is awesome! I had to cook them for a while to give them the crunch I wanted (about 30 minutes in a cast iron pan), but it is worth it! After that I put them in snack bags in the fridge to snack on. They didn’t keep their crunchiness, but the flavor was still there so I actually didn’t mind eating them without the crutch.

    Going to make another batch now!

    Does anyone know a way to keep these crunchy?

    • Savitrita on

      In order to be crunchy you can’t use canned chick peas. You need to soak raw chickpeas overnight, for at least 12 hours, then drain water and pat dry with paper towels.Next deep,fry in coconut oil until crispy and cooked.(about 7 mins)Then remove from fry pan and place in a bowl.Immediately add spices so it will be absorbed.

  4. Charlotte L Powers on

    I have seen this somewhere and meant to try these. I’ll save it now and get my Chickpeas out of the cabinet! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Milli on

      Salt can actually be good for you contrary to what we’ve been taught if your drinking the proper amount of water daily and your flushing your systems with your balanced healthy meal plan

  5. Helen on

    I have to try this. I’ve been looking for an alternative for chips (which I love but have given up to be more healthy). I can’t wait to try it.


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