I LOVE chickpeas, almost to the point of obsession.   I love ’em pureed into a dip, raw in a salad or roasted like I am going to do today.  A can of chickpeas goes a  long way.   Just rinse and drain and you’re off to many culinary adventures.   Plus, there tiny pulses are loaded with health benefits – they are total body food, for sure!

Check out another of my chickpea favorites: Pecan Pesto Chana.


It’s super easy to roast chickpeas.  They are great snack to serve to family and friends, too.  A few great tips that I learned about how to roast chickpeas from the culinary website, Kitchn are:

  • dry your chickpeas as much as possible before tossing in oil and putting in the oven. You can pat them with a paper towel while they are still in the colander after rinsing and draining.

  • add your flavor boosts (herbs and spices) after roasting or they will burn and taste off.

  • serve warm right from the oven for the best texture (although you can eat them later, too – the texture will be softer, though).


To roast these chickpeas, I toss raw chickpeas with almond oil as it imparts a delicate flavor; plus, it has a high smoke point so it stands up to heat well.  Almond oil is high in heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.  You can use extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, too. Toss with coarse salt, such as Himalayan Pink Salt – it’s unrefined and packed with minerals and trace elements for a nutritional boost!

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At this time of year clementines are so juicy and delicious.  I love adding citrus notes to this dish – plus coupled with fresh rosemary, it’s a great flavor sensation.

Roasted Chickpeas with Citrus and Rosemary



Roasted Chickpeas with Citrus and Rosemary

Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
Crunchy and protein-packed, these roasted chickpeas are a great snack or appetizer. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 5 1/2 cup servings


  • 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas rinse and drain
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 mandarin orange zest and juice
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary coarsely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, toss chickpeas with oil and salt.  Place on a non-stick cookie sheet and place in the oven.  After 10 minutes, check and toss. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes. 
  • Remove chickpeas from the oven when golden brown.  Pour them into a bowl  and add zest and juice along with rosemary.  Toss until well coated. 
  • Enjoy immediately.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the cool, dark place.  Best if eaten within 2 to 3 days. 
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Enjoy eating simply,