BBQ Roasted Chickpeas // Wit & Vinegar

Look how nail painting emoji I’m being with a BBQ theme in October. I feel totally fine because truth is it still still feels like a perfect toaster here in Southern California and truth is I couldn’t not share this recipe from Jessica’s new book.

I’m showing up fashionably late to the party because Jessica’s book came out a few weeks ago but it’s fine because I’ve got these chickpeas and a copy for you to win! Plus maybe I just needed to make sure I looked extra good in my party dress.

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas // Wit & Vinegar

This book is everything you’d expect from Jessica. It’s funny, bright, semi trashed up and it feels like I’m sitting there talking with her drinking some sparkly ass drinks. It’s fabulous. I do this nerdy freak thing when I get new cookbooks or magazines where I post it note all the recipes I want to make asap. Those up there were just noting the recipes I could make and shoot for you guys.

Obviously there’s more now.

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas // Wit & Vinegar

Now we can move on to what I’m calling faux-rn nuts because I can, plus that shit was big in middle school and it’s all I could think about while eating these. Camp BBQ/Ranch/Nacho Cheese if I was feeling good that day.

These chickpeas are crunchy and addictive and a little spicy, like me, and there’s bonus points for the little bit of leftover spice mix that I want to maybe throw on some tater tots. Sexy, sexy that’s all I do.

If you want to enter to win a copy of Seriously Delish leave a comment below with the middle school junk food snack that your life depended on that maybe we need to try and make at home. Winner will be chosen at random, giveaway’s only open to US residents, and you have until Friday!   Congrats to Bobbye!

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

from Seriously Delish

Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 T smoked paprika

1 T onion powder

1 1/2 t brown sugar

1 1/2 t garlic salt (use actual garlic salt, don’t try and doctor your own)

1/2 t chili powder

1/2 t black pepper

1 14oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry with a paper towel.

1 T olive oil


Preheat the oven to 425

Whisk together all the spices in a small bowl.

Remove any loose skins from the chickpeas and toss with olive oil in a medium size bowl. Toss with 2 T (about half) of the seasoning and spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Try to make sure nobody’s too friendly, the more space between the chickpeas the crunchier the end result.

Roast for 15 min, shimmy with a spatula, roast for another 15 – 20 min. If you had a larger baking sheet where there was enough room then 15 should be fine but if everyone’s a little closer then go for 20.

Let chickpeas cool completely and taste for seasoning. I didn’t need to add any more but that’s my preference. Safe the rest for another batch or use on steak fries, popcorn, your face, etc.


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  • these look delish! i’d have to say my favorite go-to middle school snack was gushers.. but how the heck do you make those at home?!

  • I remember loving corn nuts, too! It is a miracle I never chipped a tooth. I’m all about this crispy chickpea version, though. In middle school I usually brought my lunch, but every so often I’d get these long white breadsticks with marinara on da side which seemed so great, but they were probably awful.

  • Mia

    Craisins! I was incredibly addicted, so much so that they were the subject of some projects in art class… These chickpeas look great, thanks for sharing!

  • Brian

    My go to snack was definitely chips and salsa! And it still is, but hopefully a little more grown up since. These chickpeas look like an amazing replacement though

  • I scraped together the coins at the bottom of my back-pack to buy those Little Debbie fudge brownies with chopped nuts on top. My mom always packed me such a wholesome lunch, all I wanted was the processedness of those brownies! I’m sure eating them now would be a disappointment, so I’ll continue to bake the more amazing brownies I’ve had since 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  • banana + pb! or graham crackers

  • krystal

    I can take down a bag of chips but I don’t think that is completely age-dependent. What I loved then and don’t eat now – anything chewy, gummy, and fruity – GUSHERS, FRUIT BY THE FOOT, and DEM FRUIT ROLL UPS. Sooooo goooooodddddd!

  • I was obsessed with Cheetos my whole childhood!
    These chickpeas look yummy.

  • I was soooo into popcorn, for dayssss

  • Ahhhh, you made an exclamation point out of roasted chickpeas! I love you!

  • Beth H

    Zebra cakes were my (and my brother’s) favorite snack/treat. Whenever my mom would buy them we would try and hide them from each other. 😉

  • Bobbye

    Oh my! Another wonderful creation from Jessica!!
    I hadn’t thought about it in years but….my favorite
    middle school snack obsession was Chick O Sticks.

  • Bobbye

    Yummy! My snack obsession in junior high school was Chick O Sticks….

  • Steph

    My mom always used to pack graham crackers with frosting in the middle as a treat in my lunch. although i will say nothing beats the frosted animal crackers with the little round sprinkles!

  • Shelby

    Hmm…jr high? I think I was all about cheetos then. Still am! 🙂

  • Dude, when I was in junior high (which we don’t have in Australia – everything is just High School) my sister and I would come home and eat jacket potatoes after school. Is that weird? It seems really fucking weird in hindsight. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

  • Abby

    This is so random, but I used to have a cow tail-those caramel candies with cream in the middle- everyday after school. So weird, but so good!

  • christina

    mozzarella sticks!!!

  • I grew up eating a shit ton of Korean moon pies and kimchi ramen from Lotte (or available at almost any Korean dominated asian market <3).

  • cori

    I looooved dunkaroos!

  • Bagels with butter. Saltine crackers with butter. Carbs and butter.

  • Holly B

    Doritos. God those tasted great with my sandwich.

  • Mary Frances

    I used to love eating grapes after school – which seems odd now. How healthy of me.

  • Meg

    Hot fries!! I remember people thought it was weird that I liked something so hot, but I loved them. And still do. Every now and then I’ll grab them as a snack for car rides.

  • Bethany Kocher

    Little Debbie swiss cake rolls… i used to have one for lunch every day.

  • Pretty sure I lived on pop tarts in middle school.

  • c n


  • emily

    Oh god. Listen. Growing up my mum didn’t let me eat junk food UNLESS it was of the Cheez-It variety. They had these things called TwisterZ (seen here: that were my LIIIIIFE. They were just twisty dusty cheesy cracker things but damn like… never forget.

  • Lyn mackay

    I grew up in Scotland and as a treat once and a while we would get to go to the local fish and chip shop & I loved chips

  • Kristina N.

    Chex mix all the way. I really need to try making it at home, but it’s so freakin easy to just buy a bag.

  • Kevin McClurg

    These are so, so good, and the spice mix is spot-on. I’ve been trying to convert my husband to the wonders of roasted chickpeas–this finally did it!

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