They're crispy. They're crunchy. They're chickpea fries with rosemary garlic aioli! Hold the phone. You can make fries out of chickpeas? Yup! And you're about to find out how.
Let's do this!
Hold the Potato
When we first tried chickpea fries at a local restaurant in Kelowna, we were in disbelief. The waiter suggested them as an appetizer, and we ordered them to humor him (even though we both thought chickpea fries wouldn't be that great).
Boy, were we ever wrong! We're not sure what we were expecting, but they were incredibly delicious. In fact, we ended up ordering a second one! You'll probably want to do the same thing after making this recipe, so just go ahead and prep a double batch.
We prefer the health benefits of chickpeas to potatoes since they have such a high protein and fiber content. They also have a uniquely pleasant flavor, especially when dipped into our creamy rosemary garlic aioli.
It's hard to believe you can make fries out of chickpeas, but we promise you won't regret trying them. Their crispy exterior surrounds a perfectly tender and fluffy interior to create the ultimate snack.
Plus, they're vegan and gluten-free! This just keeps getting better and better.
Key Ingredients for Chickpea Fries With Rosemary Garlic Aioli
- Chickpea flour: if you haven't worked with chickpea flour, don't fret! It's very straightforward to cook with (you also can't have chickpea fries without it...). It wouldn't be chickpea flour without some killer health benefits like 20g of protein per cup! Chickpea flour provides a neutral, nutty, and beany flavor, which works surprisingly well in both sweet and savory dishes.
- Rosemary: to elevate these chickpea fries, we use rosemary, which is one of our favorite herbs. It's earthy, herbaceous, and fragrant. It's widely used in cooking and medicine for a variety of reasons. Did you know it can improve your memory and balance your mood? Pretty incredible!
- Garlic: for an extra punch, we use garlic in both the chickpea fries and the aioli. The fragrant garlic flavor perfectly complements the creamy aioli base. Garlic is known for its powerful antibacterial properties due to compounds like allicin. So, always try to include garlic in your daily cooking (especially in the winter months).
- Lemon: what better way to round out a creamy, rich aioli than with the acidity of a lemon. We love adding citrus to pretty much anything we cook since it gives a zesty, bright, and fresh flavor. Plus, lemon is high in vitamin C, so it’s an ingredient we use to stay healthy!
How to Make Chickpea Fries With Rosemary Garlic Aioli
To begin this recipe, lightly grease a medium (we use an 8x8) casserole dish with a neutral oil of your choice (we use a spray avocado oil). Set that aside while you make the batter.
Whisk the chickpea flour, salt, and garlic together in a medium bowl. Once mixed, bring your water to a low simmer in a pot. Whisk in the dry ingredients and keep whisking until the mixture is smooth and thickened (this takes us about 3-5 minutes). Note: you should be continuously stirring the whole time!
Next, transfer the batter to your greased casserole dish, then smooth it with a spatula. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, press it down so it's touching the chickpea batter, then transfer the dish to your fridge to chill for 4 hours (or even overnight).
In the meantime, prepare the rosemary garlic aioli by finely mincing the rosemary or crushing it in a mortar and pestle. Then, mix rosemary, minced garlic, lemon juice, and vegan mayo together in a small container. Cover and transfer to your fridge to allow the flavors to meld together.
After the chickpea batter has firmed up for a few hours, turn the dish upside down on a cutting board and knock the mixture out (you may have to pull it away slightly from the edges to break it free). Slice into approximately 24 rectangle pieces (pictured below).
If you are frying these, heat about a cup of neutral frying oil in a pan over medium-high. You’ll know the oil is hot enough when you stick a wooden handle in and you see bubbles forming around it.
Fry the pieces for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until they appear golden brown. Transfer your fries to a paper towel-lined plate to get rid of any excess oil.
If you own an air fryer, lightly spray both the fries and air fryer with a neutral oil (we use spray avocado oil). Then, set the air fryer to 400 degrees F if you have that option, and spread the chickpea fries out evenly in a single layer. Note: we have an oscillating fryer, but we don't use it for this recipe since the fries are somewhat fragile when uncooked.
Air fry the chickpea fries for about 5 minutes, flip them and cook for 5-7 minutes more. If things are looking dry in the air fryer, add a little more oil as needed. You may need to cook the fries in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
Serve chickpea fries immediately with a side of rosemary garlic aioli for a delicious appetizer or snack!
How to Store Chickpea Fries With Rosemary Garlic Aioli
These chickpea fries are best when eaten immediately after frying. However, you can keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days. They will lose their crispiness, but you can toast them up again in an oven on 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes.
You can make the batter a few days in advance, then fry it whenever you are ready to serve. The aioli will keep in a container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Why You'll Love These Chickpea Fries With Rosemary Garlic Aioli
You're going to fall in love with this version of a French fry just like we did! Chickpea fries are:
- Crunchy on the outside
- Tender on the inside
- Perfectly salted
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
Other Snacks & Appetizers You'll Enjoy
- Crispy Homemade Potato Wedges
- Cheesy Vegan Popcorn
- Crispy Vegan "Chicken" Tenders
- Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
4 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories338
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 3.4g 17%
- Sodium 110.8mg 5%
- Potassium 207.0mg 6%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
- Sugars 2.9g
- Protein 5.4g 11%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can I bake these fries?
Yes, you can bake these fries. If you do not want to fry or air fry them, brush them with a few tbsp of olive oil and bake them for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F, flipping halfway. Note: they will not end up as crispy.
My chickpea batter isn't firming up. What did I do wrong?
If your chickpea batter isn't firming up, it most likely means you didn't whisk it with the water long enough. Before transferring it to the fridge, it should be quite thick (like polenta) in your pot.
Are these chickpea fries healthy?
While these chickpea fries do contain healthy ingredients, any food that is fried should only be consumed in moderation. If you want to make the healthiest version of these fries, opt for baking or air frying to use the least amount of oil.