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Chipotle Lime Chickpeas

By BakeandDestroy Published: September 7, 2015

  • Yield: 4 cups

Marinade these for a few hours, then use them cold as salad toppers or a fresh side dish. Or, roast them for a crunchy snack.



  1. Rinse and drain the beans and set aside.
  2. Mix all of the other ingredients together in a bowl. Add the chickpeas and stir to coat.
  3. Chill for a few hours in the refrigerator, occasionally stirring. Use on salads or eat as a side dish.
  4. To roast the chickpeas, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper.
  5. Marinate as directed above, then drain. spread the beans in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Roast for about 30 minutes, keeping an eye on the beans so they don't dry out too much or burn.

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