These quick, pan fried chickpeas have only 4 ingredients and are ready in 10 minutes, making them a fast and easy appetizer, snack, or salad topper! (Can use fresh or canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans)
Recently, some friends went to a local farmer’s market and brought me a sack full of fresh chickpeas (garbanzo beans) which, I’m embarrassed to say, I had never seen before!
It sounds dumb now but I literally thought, “There are fresh chickpeas??”
Oh yes there are, and they’re gorgeous!
I love chickpeas stirred into a salad or roasted in the oven for a crispy snack. But, I try to limit my use of canned foods, so we don’t have them very often. Fresh chickpeas come into season late spring and are a perfect solution to avoid BPA linings and other downfalls of canned beans.
Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are loaded with nutrients!
- Prebiotic fiber (17 grams per 1/2 cup serving) – great for gut health, hormone balance, and more!
- Calcium (100 mg per 1/2 cups serving) – good for our teeth and bones, as well as heart health!
- Magnesium (28% of your daily needs per 1/2 cup serving) – most of us don’t get enough of this important mineral that helps with hormone balance, bone health, and muscle relaxation. Increasing magnesium intake can be especially helpful for those dealing with anxiety, poor sleep, or migraines.
- Vitamin B-6 (25% of your daily needs per 1/2 cup serving) – B vitamins are especially helpful for energy production, immune function, optimal mood, and brain and nerve health, among others.
- Protein (19 grams per 1/2 cup serving) – adequate protein intake throughout the day can help balance blood sugar and promote optimal gut health, immune function, lean body mass, and more!
Tips for Making Quick, Pan Fried Chickpeas
- Chickpeas are legumes so they grow in pods, very similar to soybeans. They can be steamed in the pod just like edamame but, if you plan to roast or pan fry them, you’ll want to pop them out of their pods first. This is a great activity for kids to help with!
- Fresh chickpeas can be eaten straight out of the pod, but I’m not a big fan of the raw pea flavor.
- This pan fry method is fast, easy, and irresistible! You may want to consider doubling it if We knocked out the entire batch in minutes!
- This recipe is very flexible – you can use fresh or canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans; you can use whatever high heat oil you prefer (or reserved bacon drippings – my personal favorite); and you can change up the dried spices and seasonings to your liking!
- Leftovers can be reheated in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
How to Make Quick, Pan Fried Chickpeas in 10 minutes
This “recipe” is so easy, it’s almost not a recipe at all! Just heat up your oil or bacon drippings, brown the chickpeas, stirring occasionally (should take 5-10 minutes), then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you like. I used some garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne.
Quick, pan fried chickpeas cook in just a few minutes, making them a fast and easy appetizer, snack, or salad topper! (Can use fresh or canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans)
Drain peas, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels, removing any loose skins.
Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chickpeas, stirring to coat all in the oil.
Mix together the dried seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the chickpeas, stirring to coat them all evenly.
Continue to cook, stirring constantly for 5-8 minutes, or until chickpeas are browned to your liking.
Tips for Making Quick, Pan Fried Chickpeas
- If using fresh chickpeas/Garbanzo beans, you'll need to pop them out of their pods first. This is a great activity for kids to help with!
- Fresh chickpeas can be eaten straight out of the pod, but I'm not a big fan of the raw pea flavor.
- This pan fry method is fast, easy, and irresistible! They're not quite as crispy as oven roasted peas, but they're close!
- I use avocado oil, but you can use whatever high heat oil you prefer (reserved bacon drippings tastes great too!)
- Change up the dried spices and seasonings to your liking!
- These can be stored in a sealed container on the countertop, but they'll lose their crisp over time. They can be reheated in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.