Crispy Buffalo Roast Chickpeas (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)

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Spicy Buffalo roasted chickpeas are a great healthy snack! You’ll love their bold, spicy flavor.

crispy Buffalo roast chickpeas in a white bowl

I’m back again with another spicy Buffalo-inspired snack recipe. Can’t stop, won’t stop. What more can I say? I hope you all like Buffalo sauce as much as I do!

This time, we’re making crispy roast chickpeas that are supercharged with bold, spicy flavor. If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of roasted chickpeas. They’re a great healthy snack packed with protein and tons of crunch. 

If you love Buffalo wings, you’ll definitely love these!

buffalo sauce and spices on chickpeas, ready to be baes until they're crispy and crunchy

Buffalo Roast Chickpeas

Since chickpeas have a pretty neutral flavor on their own, you can get really creative with seasonings. I’ve flavored them with everything from salt and vinegar to turmeric to lemon and za’atar

For this recipe, I spice things up with big Buffalo flavor. 

Start with your favorite hot sauce. For me, that’s Frank’s Red Hot. Maybe you have some leftover from making my low carb buffalo chicken dip or buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. Or maybe you’re like me and always have a bottle (or two!) in your fridge. 

Then, bump up the flavor even more by adding smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Did I mention these baked chickpeas are spicy? If you like spicy food, ½ teaspoon of cayenne is a good place to start, but if you can’t handle heat ¼ teaspoon of cayenne will be more your speed. 

Tips for Making Crispy Chickpeas

Drain and rinse your chickpeas, then dry them thoroughly with a paper towel. The drier you can get them the better! This will help the seasonings stick and will also help them get super crunchy. Any water that clings to the beans will steam in the oven, which can make the chickpeas soft. 

Spreading the chickpeas into a single layer will also help ensure they crisp up rather than steam. Use two baking sheets if yours are small. More space is definitely better!

Keep a close eye on the chickpeas as they bake – especially during the last few minutes. They can go from a delicious, crispy snack to a burnt mess pretty quickly if you’re not paying attention. 

crunchy chickpeas snack with buffalo seasoning on a baking sheet

Can I Air Fry these Crispy Chickpeas?

Yes, totally! Air fry them at 370 degrees, shaking the basket halfway through.

I love making these in my air fryer, but the one downside is that you can’t fit as many in there as you can on a baking sheet. If you decided to air fry your beans, I recommend scaling the recipe down by half or working in batches. 

How to Eat Roast Chickpeas

This chickpea snack is great on its own. I eat them like popcorn! They’re also great on a salad. A bed of romaine hearts or iceberg lettuce topped with these shredded carrots, cucumber, Buffalo chickpeas, and blue cheese crumbles would make a great vegetarian alternative to Buffalo chicken salad! They’re also great sprinkled onto soup. These spicy chickpeas are especially great when used to cut through rich soups, like potato soup or creamy chowder

How to Store Crispy Chickpeas

Buffalo chickpeas will stay crispy for about a week when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

closeup photo of buffalo roasted chickpeas in a bowl
Spicy Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Spicy Buffalo roasted chickpeas are a great healthy snack! You'll love their bold, spicy flavor.


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas beans (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    1. Heat your oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    2. Pat the chickpeas dry with paper towels. Add them to a large bowl, then stir in the hot sauce, oil, and spices. Stir well so the chickpeas are evenly coated.
    3. Arrange the chickpeas in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper.
    4. Bake 40 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until crisp. 
    5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely - the chickpeas will continue to crisp as they cool.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 66Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 169mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 2g

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By on January 29th, 2020

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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3 thoughts on “Crispy Buffalo Roast Chickpeas (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)”

  1. You never say where/when to use the oil? Do you add with spices or is the sheet pan coated with it?

    • Thanks for pointing that out – I just updated it. The oil should be added along with the spices.


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