This is a great little snack to serve for unexpected guests or anytime. We all have a can of chickpeas in our cupboard that is usually hidden in the back and forgotten about. Here is simple, delicious recipe that is ready in no time.
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup flour or cornstarch (cornstarch produces a crisper chickpea)
1/2 teaspoon each, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, dried thyme
(you can literally use any spices or dried herbs you like)
zest of 1/2 lemon (optional)
Mix spices and herbs with flour (or cornstarch) in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a saute pan large enough to hold all the chickpeas in a single layer, or fry in batches. Toss chickpeas in the flour mixture and evenly coat them. Pour them into a strainer and shake off excess flour. Spread them out in the saute pan in a single layer. Allow them to get a golden crust on one side before moving them. Shake pan or use a spatula to turn them over to crisp up all sides. Pour into a dish or platter and sprinkle zest over top.
Optional: I add a handful of olives and almonds to the pan at the end, to warm them up along side the chickpeas. They are great served together.