I've got a whole bunch of chilli seeds from a dried chilli pack that I bought. They look golden brown and it seems they have been dried using heat, so I'm not sure if they have any chance of germinating.
Does anyone know if these can germinate?
There is always a chance, but if they have been dried using heat, that chance is small to vanishingly small depending on how hot! - see this link - although they are specifying Ghost peppers, the advice would be the same. [ You might be better off trying dried peppers then dried pepper seeds if you are desperate for a cheap solution ]
FWIW, I am doing a similar experiment with dried (for eating) Goji Berries (like peppers, members of the Nightshade family)- and I can confirm that I've just checked them and it looks like a small percentage of the seeds have just started to germinate. (I am using a variant on the Baggie Method with a better and more controlled heat source as its winter and to cold to put on the fridge), and its been about a week - I'd expect peppers to take 2-4 weeks to germinate if kept at 20-24 degrees C.