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Air fryer Spicy Chickpea Pasta Chips

Crispy, spicy and crunchy Air fryer pasta chips made with protein and fiber rich Chickpea pasta. They are super easy to make and are a perfect and healthy movie night snack!

Air fryer pasta chips in a bowl and salsa dip in a bowl.

Pasta chips were always around but they were deep fried, air frying the pasta is a new and trending recipe these days. You can make these pasta chips with any pasta you have on hand, but making with chickpea pasta is so much better and healthier because of the high protein and fiber content in the chickpea pasta. They almost taste like spicy, crunchy roasted chickpeas!

Using an air fryer makes life so easy, especially for deep frying stuff. I make all my fried food in an air fryer and it gets the job done so good! I love my Air Fryer!

How to make the Air Fryer Chickpea pasta chips?

Its so easy! First we boil the pasta, drain it, season it and “Fry” it in the air fryer. You can use the regular boiling method to cook your pasta but I love using my Instant pot. It gets the job done without boiling and checking the pasta all the time. Please use whatever method you are comfortable with.

  • First, cook the pasta Al Dente. Since, I am using chickpea pasta, I cook for only 2 minutes in my Instant pot. If you are using regular pasta, cook for half the time mentioned on the package minus 2 minutes for Al dente pasta. If you not using Instant pot, cook the pasta as per the box instructions.
  • Add pasta, water, a splash of olive oil and salt to the pot.
  • Close the lid and set the time to 2 minutes in pressure cook/ Manual mode, vent in sealing position.
  • As soon as the timer is done, Quick release very carefully. Drain the pasta and rinse it with cold water. Normally, I wouldn’t do that with pasta dishes but for air frying, we need the pasta really firm and just done.
Cooking the chickpea pasta in Instant pot.
  • Transfer the drained pasta to a bowl. Add a splash of oil, flavorings and spices of your choice and gently toss the pasta to coat it evenly. I add paprika or red chili powder, garlic powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Add the pasta to air fryer and Air fry at 370 Fahrenheit(190 Celsius) for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is crispy. Shake the basket and toss the pasta every 5 minutes. Each air fryer is different, so the timings might vary depending on the type of the pasta used. Adjust the timings as needed, until the pasta is as crispy as you like.
Air frying the pasta chips process.

A few quick FAQs about pasta chips:

Can I make the pasta chips with regular pasta?

Yes, definitely! The regular pasta or all-purpose flour pasta chips are even better, crunchier and lighter.

Do I need Instant pot to cook the pasta?

I like using Instant pot because its so easy! You can make the pasta on stovetop using the box instructions. Just make sure the pasta is firm and just done and not mushy.

Can I make the pasta chips without Air fryer?

Yes, you can bake these in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 min or until they are crispy. Or you can deep fry them in oil for a perfect texture.

What kind of pasta works for the pasta chips?

Any kind! I like using Rotini because they are fun and look like curly fries. You can use any pasta you like. Bow ties or Rigatoni work great, broken lasagna noodle are so easy to handle, pick one and have fun making these crunchy chips.
Dipping the pasta chip in salsa.

What other flavorings can I use on Pasta chips?

The pasta chips can be flavored with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning or some nutritional yeast. You can put any spices you like, garlic powder, onion powder or any other flavorings of your choice, they all taste amazing!

Yield: 1 cup

Air fryer Spicy Chickpea Pasta Chips

Air fryer pasta chips in a bowl and salsa dip in a bowl.

Easy Air fryer pasta chips made with protein-rich Chickpea pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time in Instant pot 10 minutes
Cook time in Air fryer 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Cooking the Pasta:

  1. Add the pasta, water, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pot. Make sure the pasta is all under water.
  2. Close the lid and set the time to 2 minutes in pressure cook/ Manual mode, vent in sealing position.
  3. As soon as the timer is done, Quick release very carefully. Drain the pasta and rinse it with cold water.

Air Frying the pasta:

  1. Transfer the drained pasta to a bowl. Add the remaining oil, red chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
  2. Add the pasta to air fryer and Air fry at 370° F (or 190° C) for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is crispy. Shake the basket and toss the pasta every 5 minutes.

Notes

  • Each air fryer is different, so the timings might vary depending on the type of the pasta used. Adjust the timings as needed, until the pasta is as crispy as you like.
  • You can use the regular boiling method to cook your pasta as per the box instructions. Please use whatever method you are comfortable with.
  • If you are using regular pasta, cook for half the time mentioned on the package minus 2 minutes for Al dente pasta.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 593mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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