Monday, September 26, 2011

Pan Fried Chickpeas (Secret Recipe Club)

I feel I owe you an apology. I sort of dropped from the face of the earth for a couple of weeks without so much as a word of explanation.

Much as I know you've got other things on your mind, other blogs to visit, other ways to fill your evening hours, it seems rude to leave you hanging.

Life's been even crazier than ever. Just when I thought it could get no busier, it did. In a good way. I accepted a promotion at work which means I'm working harder than ever. More hours at the office. Less hours at home. More stress. Less time to cook. And blog.

If things are a little quiet around here, please understand. I'm figuring out a new balance between work, home, and personal time. I hope things will settle soon. Thanks for your patience till they do.

On to my recipe of the week. This month, I was SO pleased to get Kitchen Belleicious as my Secret Recipe Club pick. I have been following Jessica's lovely blog for quite some time and had dozens of recipes bookmarked already. It wasn't easy to settle on one, but this recipe was a natural choice. It's super easy, and my kids are WILD over anything with chickpeas.

Pan Fried Chickpeas, adapted from Kitchen Belleicious 
Serves 4 as a side dish or snack

The original recipe calls for Cajun Seasoning, which I didn't have, but since we don't like things really spicy anyway, I left it out, and it was perfect. Let me know if you try it with. Here's my variation. 

1 can of chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for finishing
3 tablespoons olive oil

Drain the chickpeas and spread them out on a dishtowel to dry for about 1/2 hour. In a large plastic bag, combine the spices, salt and flour. Mix well. Throw the chickpeas in the bag and mix them around so they are well coated.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and then shallow fry the beans in two batches. Shake the beans around every couple of minutes to be sure they fry evenly, and remove them with a slotted spoon when they look done (mine took a bit less than 5 minutes). Let them drain on paper towels for a few minutes.

Season with extra kosher salt and ENJOY! Jessica's recipe says that these will save in a ziploc bag or container for up to 1 week, although I have no evidence of that. They were devoured in less than five minutes.


  1. It's hard to find that balance, isn't it? Honestly, I like blogs with less frequent postings better, because I feel like I can keep up. And I struggle to manage one post a week on my own.

  2. How funny! I can't believe you got me! I love it and I LOVE your version of the recipe. They look delicious and i hope ya'll liked them as much as we did. No worries on the blogging_ i am just glad you are back- I struggle with blogging more than people realize so I know how you feel! Great job

  3. This looks lovely, ideal to have a bowlfull of these gems when you have company. I can't wait to try these out!

  4. Congrats on the promotion! I understand how more work means less play! These would make a great game day snack or on top of a salad...I'm going to check my pantry to see if I have any chickpeas in there...

  5. I have got to try me some of these chickpeas! I love them and so I am not sure why I haven't just fried some up yet!

  6. I love chickpeas! I am going to have to try this recipe. Great SRC post. (Hope things get less crazy for you soon!)

  7. Yummy! We're switching over to a vegan diet at the moment, and so it's great to have these sort of delicious looking recipes in my recipe ideas list :)

  8. Work does get in the way of life, doesn't it?

  9. These look was worth the wait. Congratulations - hope you figure out the balance soon.

  10. What a great blog you got for SRC. You picked a good recipe also. You cant go wrong with Chickpeas. There is a great appetizer idea right there. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. I hate when work gets in the way of blogging! The chickpeas look really good.

  12. Congrats on the promotion! Changes in life tend to ripple around and affect everything else...and that's ok, it takes time to get into a rhythm!
    Thanks for the awesome sounding recipe :)

  13. Sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging and such!

    These look good, I have made them oven roasted before. I like the seasoning you used. I have to be careful of too spicy seasoning, my husband doesn;t like it hot either. I used chipotle pepper powder and sea salt on mine.

  14. Congrats on your promotion! I have definitely been missing your blog :-) Great SRC choice, I love chickpeas!

  15. This looks really yummy . . . Congratulations on the promotion and Shana Tova!!

  16. Roasted chickpeas are the perfect snack!!!

    Glad to be in Group C with you!!

  17. Congratulations on your promotion! I hope you get it all balanced out soon. Roasted chickpeas are one of the greatest things on Earth - I love the spices in these!

  18. Congratulations! I've only had chickpeas in salads and hummus. This is a great idea!

  19. This is one of our favorite snacks :)
    Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post from group C -

  20. Congrats on the promotion!

    I love chick peas. Never made them in a pan though!

  21. I love this dish and plan to try it.

    Congrats on the promotion but how are you doing it, this time of the year. Don't overdo, please.

    A good and sweet year.

  22. I tried once baked version, this one looks perfect. I will give it try.

  23. Congrats on the promotion! I am all about fried chickpeas.

  24. Totally understand babe! You do what you have to do and we will still be here when things slow down! Congrats!

    These fried chickpeas seem like the perfect snack or salad mix-ins!

  25. Congrats dear!, it's wonderful to know and blog really can wait!, I do it a lot of times!, but I think blogger friends do understand.., lovely chickpeas and clicks, love your blog dear.., have a lovely year ahead, best of luck for your new responsibilities and for your future, It is so nice to be with you in SRC

  26. Mmmmm, looks so good!

    It can be so hard to balance everything. As women, I think we're especially likely to fall prey to the I'm-going-to-do-everything-even-if-it-kills-me syndrome. Sometimes, something has to give. If you slept instead of blogging, good choice!

  27. Mmmmm, looks amazing.

    I know that I have a hard time NOT doing everything on my list, even if it means that I'm going to bed impossibly late every night of the week, etc. But we all have our limits, and sometimes something has to give. Kol hakavod for taking a blogging break when you needed it!

  28. Dropped by to say hi! I hope you're doing well!

  29. I'm totally addicted to chickpeas at the moment! This looks great.

  30. So interesting, I saw a recipe for fried chickpeas as bar snacks in Bon Appetit today, and then I saw these... I think they're calling my name! My kids, too, love chickpeas, and I do believe this is going to be cooked up soon.

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