Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend. There’s a lot of variation in it’s preparation, but it almost always includes thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. In the U.S., you can buy it at many chain grocery stores, at international grocers, or online. You can also make it from scratch.
Chickpeas taste awesome marinated in za’atar. In fact, these easy marinated chickpeas taste delicious without the air fryer! Add them to an air fryer, and they have a second life, as a crispy, tasty treat. These vegan air fryer chickpeas work well as a snack, on salads, with pitas and more.
So how easy is easy? Add 6 ingredients to a sealable container, wait overnight to allow it to marinate, and air fry for 12 minutes. If you like them a bit more crisp, add another minute or two to the air fryer time. This recipe makes ~1 cup.
Air Fryer Za’atar Chickpeas
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
15.5 ounce can (OR ~1 ¾ cup) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp salt free za’atar (see above)
½ tsp salt
1. In a sealable container, add all the ingredients listed above, and mix together. Seal with the lid, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add to an air fryer in a single layer. Air fry at 400º F for 12 minutes. At the half way point, stir them around, so the air can circulate on all sides and maximize crispiness.
3. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy as a snack, on salads, or on a pita.