These chickpea fries are a great alternative to french fries and can be air fried, baked or pan fried. Create a slurry of chickpea flour and water, bring to a boil, then allow it to cool and solidify. Cut into strips and choose your baking method. Enjoy these fries with a yogurt-tahini sauce or whatever sauce you love with french fries!
I’ve been making an effort to cut down on refined carbs and put more green stuff in my diet over the past few months. I definitely sleep better, which is worth abandoning hash browns, fries and crackers. I also got a Vitamix which helps, and green smoothies and shakes have replaced my usual refined-carb heavy breakfasts.
Chickpea fries: Protein-rich fries that are healthier than french fries
Rethinking meals and reducing or removing refined carbs is a bit of a creativity killer though. Or is it just my attitude? These protein-packed fries are attitude-adjusted, easy to make and super similar to potato-based fries. Chickpea flour is rich and satisfying, while this tangy and rich sauce helps balance everything out.
How to make these chickpea fries
After boiling and cooling your slurry, place the block onto your countertop. Slice into 1/2-inch thick strips. They don’t need to be perfect.
How to cook these chickpea fries
You can air fry these chickpea fries in an air fryer at 400 for 10 minutes.
These fries can be baked at 400 in an oven until golden all over.
Pan-fry them if you’d like. Wait until all sides are golden before removing from the pan.
Whatever method you choose, you need to use plenty of spray oil in order for the outside to develop that crispy, golden crust. Don’t skimp on this or your fried will be pale and sad.
How to Make the Sauce
I used Kite Hill’s Greek-Style plain+unsweetened yogurt and tahini for a rich and tangy sauce, although ketchup or any other sauce that loves fries will do.
The texture of the chickpea fries
The outside is oh-so-crispy, while the interior is pillowy and soft. Serve piping hot for best results!
What to serve with these fries? Check these recipes out!
Whether you are enjoying a burger or sandwich, these fries make a wonderful addition to your plate. Here are some dishes that would go great with these fries!
- These Sweet Potato Bean Burgers are so fun to make. All burgers love fries, and these are no exception.
- I love these Farro and Beet Burgers! Their texture is amazing and these fries would be perfect on the side.
- All savory sandwiches love fries and this Vegan Reuben with Mandolined Portobello would be great with them!
- This decadent Buffalo Cauliflower Steaks recipe is great with these fries. Scoop up some of the buffalo sauce and vegan bleu cheese dressing with them.
- This deeply flavorful Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches is fine on its own, but adding these fries would go well with it, and the BBQ sauce would make a perfect dipping sauce.
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Chickpea fries with yogurt-tahini sauce is a healthier version of french fries. Made from chickpea flour and water, this batter is heated then cooled to set. It’s then cut into strips and air-fried. Serve with this yogurt-tahini sauce or whatever sauce you like!
for the chickpea fries
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 2 cups water
- 4 TB olive oil, divided
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- cooking spray
for the yogurt-tahini sauce
- I used one 5.3 oz package of Kite Hill Greek-style yogurt, but any plain+unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt will do.
- 1 TB tahni
- juice from half a lemon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- a few pinches of smoked paprika
- 1–2 TB chopped parsley
- lemon wedges
to make the chickpea batter
- Whisk the chickpea flour, water, 2 TB of the oil and salt and pepper in a bowl until smooth.
- Warm the remaining 2 TB oil in a medium-sized heavy pot over medium-high heat.
- Add in the batter, wait until it starts to bubble, then whisk for 3-4 minutes, until the batter slightly thickens, turning the heat down as needed if it starts to sputter.
- Spray a medium-sized pyrex with some of the cooking spray. Working quickly, transfer the batter to the pyrex, smoothing it down with a spatula.
- Allow to cool, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
to make the yogurt-tahini sauce
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients. Chill until ready to use.
to prepare the fries
- transfer the chilled batter to a cutting board, slicing it into 1/2-inch wide strips, cutting in half if desired.
- Lightly spray with a little oil and place into an air fryer in a single layer (I had to do these in two separate batches) at 400 for about 10 minutes, flipping over halfway through, and adding a little more oil and salt if desired.
- Serve immediately with the sauce, topping with smoked paprika if desired. Add parsley and lemon wedges.
The chickpea fries can be baked, chilled and reheated in an air fryer for about 5 minutes at 400.
The chickpea fries can also be deep-fried, pan-fried or baked at 400 until golden all over.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Chill Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side, Appetizer
- Method: Air Fried
- Cuisine: Italian, French, American
Keywords: chickpea french fries, recipes using chickpea flour, protein fries