Down at the bottom there’s an awesome recipe for Cajun spiced crunchy chickpeas…but first, can I be honest? Those Popeyes ads really get me. I’ve never been to one and I for real doubt I’ll ever go to one, but in the ads their food looks like crispy Cajun seasoned magic.
But wait, I have a way better solution than going to another state and eating fast food. I don’t have time for either of those things right now, but you know what I have time for all day? These Cajun spiced crunchy chickpeas. They fill my need for crispy to capacity, and the way I do them they’re absolutely blasting Cajun spice flavor all over the place.
And they’re a healthy way to get that crispy Cajun fix! They taste kind of like deep fried batter bitsies only way crisper, which is wonderful, without being deep fried or batter bitsies. It’s crunchy chickpeas, and they’re crunchy because they’re baked in olive oil and spices! In the grand scale of snacks, these little dudes rank high in healtholiciousness.
Healtholiciousness? Is that a thing? I guess it is now!
I didn’t even know I loved Cajun seasoning until my boyfriend’s mom laid some on me for Christmas last year. After she gave it to me I went months without trying it because somewhere in my murky food past I got this idea that I didn’t like Cajun flavor. I don’t know where that came from, but I’ve put it behind me. I’m now embracing Cajun seasoning as the loveable taste sensation it is, and suddenly Popeyes seems infinitely more tempting.
And hey, you don’t even need to buy Cajun seasoning! I found a DIY Cajun spice mix on allrecipes.com, so you can make your own. I haven’t tried it myself but it’s getting good reviews, so I think it’s a good bet. Looks like there’s a lot of salt in there though, so you might want to scale that back a lot.
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Cajun Spiced Crunchy Chickpeas get deep fried Cajun flavor all over healthy chickpeas. And it's awesome.
2 minPrep Time
35 minCook Time
37 minTotal Time
- about 1 1/2 c or 1 15 oz. can cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained (get low sodium if using canned)
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- dash salt
- pinch or two red pepper flakes
- fresh black pepper to taste
- Heat the oven to 400. If the chickpeas are damp, pat them dry with a paper towel. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine well. Make sure all the chickpeas are evenly coated with oil and spice.
- Arrange the chickpeas in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once. Turn the oven off and leave the chickpeas inside for another 15 minutes.
- You can eat the chickpeas as soon as you take them out of the oven, but they achieve maximum crispiness after standing at room temperature about 30 minutes. It's worth waiting for if you can.