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chili lime roasted chickpeas on plate with adjacent baking sheet | flexitarian diet

Chili Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Melanie Lorick
The smoky spice of chili powder and red pepper flakes perfectly compliment fresh lime and cilantro to make these roasted chickpeas a flavor-packed snack that will have you reaching for more. Wonderful on their own, or added to a salad or grain bowl. Enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • zest 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili seasoning blend can substitute with chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 15.5 ounces can of chickpeas rinsed, drained, and patted dry

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven too 400ºF.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, salt, chili seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Stir thoroughly to evenly coat the chickpeas. Tip: I add the spices in small amounts, as I stir the chickpeas to help ensure each chickpea gets coated.
  • Pour onto a baking sheet and spread the chickpeas out so they aren't clumped together, preventing them from steaming. Sprinkle with a little more coarse sea salt, if desired.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through to allow a little more even cooking. The chickpeas are done and ready to remove from the oven when they start to develop a crispy texture and areas of darker brown spots on the legumes themselves. Remove from oven.
  • In the same bowl used earlier, add lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro. Add the roasted chickpeas to the bowl and stir to combine. After ingredients are combined, pour back onto the baking sheet and allow to cool. Enjoy on their own, or in a salad or grain bowl!

Notes

Red pepper flakes are optional, but add just a little kick to compliment the other flavors. 
You are welcome to adjust quantities to suit your preferences, but be cautious adding much more olive oil. A little goes a long way. 
Keyword appetizer, chickpeas, cilantro, flexitarian, gluten free, healthy, snack, vegan
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