Sweet and Spicy Butter Roasted Chickpeas

Makes about 1 ½ cups, but this recipe can be easily doubled or tripled

2 (14 oz) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons five spice powder
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drain the chickpeas and rinse well, patting gently with a paper or lint-free towel to remove excess water and stray bean skins, if desired. Toss dry chickpeas with melted butter, salt, sugar, and five spice powder and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Roast for 40 minutes to an hour, shaking the pan and testing occasionally, until chickpeas are crisp and golden, and no longer soft in the middle.
Place hot, roasted chickpeas in a small bowl and coat evenly with honey. Spread chickpeas back out on baking sheet and allow them to dry.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


hersheychase said...

Thanks for this great alternative snack idea! I made the recipe, but I found the oven temperature too low at 350 degrees, so after 45 minutes the chickpeas weren't crispy or done. I had to increase the oven temperature to 425 for an additional ten minutes to get the chickpeas to the texture they should be.

Lo said...

@hersheychase - Thanks for your feedback! A few things to keep in mind regarding this recipe:

1) Home ovens tend to operate with variables, so knowing your oven, and whether it runs hot or cooler than normal, is key.

2) The drier the chickpeas are, the faster they'll crisp up. So, make sure they're as dry as possible.

3) The key to this recipe is low and slow with regard to temperature. Sustained higher temperatures will caramelize and burn the sugar, resulting in a bitter end product. So, keeping the heat as low as possible, and increasing the cooking time as needed, is important.

Thanks again for visiting!

Jane said...

This looks like something I would like to try. What is 5 spice powder?

Lo said...

@Jane - Five-spice is an Asian spice blend. Spices used are usually ground star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel. But, there are variations. You should be able to purchase it at a local spice vendor, or through online sites like Penzey's -- which happens to be local to those of us in Wisconsin :)

Jane said...

I am in very rural Nevada but two of my kids are going into Reno this weekend so maybe I will bug them to pick me up some at WholeFoods Market or somewhere.