3 Ways to Prepare Canned Chickpeas

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3 Ways to Prepare Canned Chickpeas
3 Ways to Prepare Canned Chickpeas

Chickpea is a healthy and versatile legume. You can taste it neat, added to salads, along with chicken, etc. Canned chickpeas have the advantage of being quick to prepare and cook. You can cook it in the pan, in the oven or in the microwave and have a practical and delicious accompaniment!


  • Canned chickpeas.
  • Seasonings of your choice.


Method 1 of 3: Cooking Canned Chickpeas

Cook Canned Chickpeas Step 1

Step 1. Open the can of chickpeas and drain the liquid, pouring it into the sink

Put the chickpeas in a sieve and shake it gently to get the rest of the aquafaba, which is this thick, sticky liquid out of the can. Afterwards, place the strainer in the sink so that the liquid finishes draining by itself.

  • Aquafaba is rich in starch and sodium.
  • Position the opener in the corner of the can, pierce it and turn the can until you finish the circumference.
  • If you don't have a can opener, use other kitchen utensils, such as a spoon.

Step 2. Wash the chickpeas

Pass tap water through the sieve with the chickpeas until all the aquafaba comes out. To speed up the rinsing process, use your hands to stir the pulses while washing them.

Leave the faucet wide open so that the water pressure is higher, speeding up the wash

Step 3. Transfer the chickpeas to a pan

Spread it out in a single layer. If there are still some beans on top of the others, use a larger pot.

Chickpeas need to be in a single layer to cook evenly

Step 4. Fill the pan with water

The amount of water used depends on how much chickpeas you intend to prepare. Cover it with water, but don't let the beans float.

Use a larger pot if your current one doesn't hold the chickpeas and water

Step 5. Heat the pan for five minutes over medium heat

Keep an eye on the pan while the chickpeas cook. If the water starts to boil too much and wants to overflow, lower the heat.

Step 6. Drain the cooked chickpeas

Pass it to a sieve again and let the water drain. If you're going to use the same sieve as before, don't forget to wash it first, as it's dirty with aquafaba.

Is chickpea still wet after draining? Dry it with a paper towel or a clean tea towel

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Step 7. Serve the chickpeas or save them for later

You can add the legume to a salad, taste it straight, add it to sauces, and so on. If you're not going to eat right away, place the chickpeas in the refrigerator in a glass or plastic container with a lid.

In the fridge, it lasts for up to a week

Method 2 of 3: Roasting Chickpeas

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Step 1. Preheat oven to 180 °C

While you're preparing the chickpeas, start heating the oven to speed up the process. Schedule an alarm to remind.

Step 2. Dry the washed and drained chickpeas

Place them between sheets of paper towels or clean tea towels. If they get too wet, change them to keep drying.

Chickpeas need to be very dry to be crispy in the oven. If it's still wet when it's baked, it can become shriveled and limp

Step 3. Arrange the chickpeas on a baking sheet

Use your hands to spread it in a single layer on the surface of the baking sheet. Do not leave some beans on top of the others, as they do not cook evenly.

To make cleaning the baking sheet easier later on, line it with baking paper

Step 4. Drizzle olive oil over the grains

Olive oil is essential to ensure proper cooking of the legume. In addition to adding a touch of flavor, it contributes to the ideal texture, which is crunchy.

You can substitute olive oil for any other oil, such as canola, sesame or avocado

Step 5. Season if you like

There is no right seasoning for chickpeas, but a possible option is powdered coriander and chili pepper. Be careful with too much salt, as canned chickpeas already contain sodium.

Another suggestion is to add a little salt, black pepper and garlic powder

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Step 6. Bake for an hour

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven carefully. Then set an alarm to remind you to get her out of there in an hour.

  • Keep an eye on the chickpeas during the oven time to prevent them from burning.
  • Is it still not crispy after an hour? Wait longer.
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Step 7. Take the chickpeas out of the oven

Wearing gloves to protect your hands, take the baking sheet out of the oven and place it on a heat-proof surface such as a stove or a pot rest.

Don't forget to turn off the oven as soon as you remove the pan

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Step 8. Wait for the chickpeas to cool a little and serve

Once it has cooled down, serve it alone or with your favorite dish! If you have a little left over, refrigerate it for up to a week in a glass or plastic container with a lid.

If you like, heat leftovers in the oven or microwave

Method 3 of 3: Preparing Chickpeas in the Microwave

Step 1. Mix chickpeas with olive oil in a bowl

The bowl should be large so the chickpeas don't fall out when you mix them. Use your hands or a spoon.

Not really into the taste of olive oil? Use avocado or sesame oil instead

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Step 2. Season if you like

This step is not mandatory, but it adds a touch of flavor. You can use a little salt, pepper and paprika. Another suggestion is a mix of spices of your choice, such as garlic powder, onion powder, dehydrated parsley, black pepper, etc.

Use your hands or a spoon to mix the seasoning into the chickpeas

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Step 3. Place it in a microwave-safe container

Spread the chickpeas in a single layer so that it cooks well. To make cleaning easier later, line the plate with a sheet of paper towels before adding the legume.

  • If you put in more sheets, cleaning is easier.
  • Use only a microwave-safe container.

Step 4. Heat the dish for three minutes

Keep an eye on it during this period and after three minutes, take it out of the microwave.

Step 5. Shake the chickpeas

Shake the container to stir the chickpeas. If it starts to fall off the plate, use a spoon.

This step serves to redistribute moisture, spread the seasoning, and help maintain even cooking

Step 6. Heat the chickpeas for another three minutes

Keep an eye on the equipment. Finally, take the container out of the microwave and place it on a heat-resistant surface such as a pot rest.

The container or dish can get very hot, so it's best to put on oven mitts before picking it up

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Step 7. Serve or save for later

Before eating your snack, wait a few hours for the chickpeas to cool and become even crispier. Another idea is to store it in an airtight container at room temperature.

Microwave chickpeas are good for up to two days if stored this way


  • Dry the chickpeas as much as possible before preparing them in the oven or microwave.
  • Let all the liquid in the can drain.
  • Save aquafaba to use as a substitute in vegan recipes.


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