Home > Appetizers > Pita Chips (Air Fry or Bake!) Pita Chips (Air Fry or Bake!) October 29, 2022 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Homemade Pita Chips are out-of-this-world delicious! These big, thick, crunchy chips are the perfect vehicle for a good dip and the ultimate addition to a fun Mediterranean spread. Pita Chips Recipe You can buy pita chips in most grocery stores, and I’ll tell you right now — Stacy’s® Pita Chips are incredible — one of my favorite snacks to buy! And today we’re sharing how to make pita chips in two different ways. First, similar to Stacy’s — thin and crispy; and second, we’re using much thicker pita bread which results in big, soft pita chips. And as much as I love Stacy’s, nothing beats these homemade ones! Pita Chips Ingredients Pita: This is my favorite pita to use. If you want thin pita chips, you’ll want to grab a pocket pita so you can cut it in half and pull it apart first. I’ve also tried Joseph’s® pita bread which is great if you’re looking for healthy pita chips/watching carbs/calories. The flavor isn’t near as good, but for the nutrient breakdown, it’s not too bad! Olive oil: The better the oil, the better the flavor! Use extra-virgin olive oil for the best results. Salt and pepper: These two ingredients breathe life into the baked pita — always start with less because it’s easy to add more at the end while the chips are still hot. Garlic powder: We love the subtle flavor of garlic powder, but if you aren’t a fan, leave it out! Other seasonings: If you’d like to jazz up your chips or make them to specifically accompany a dish, feel free to add in a few other seasonings. Remember, a little goes a long way when making seasoned Pita Chips! What To Eat With Pita Chips Spinach artichoke dip. The restaurant I used to work at was known for their big, thick pita chips (which are exactly like the thick version I’m sharing here!) and spinach artichoke dip. The two are meant to go together! Hummus. A veggie hummus, chickpea hummus, black-bean hummus — whatever hummus you have makes a great Pita Chip dip. Tzatziki sauce. Drizzle on this sauce and go to town! Salsa. A fresh, chunky salsa like this Pico De Gallo or Avocado Salsa is great with these chips. Soup. Dip ’em in a creamy soup like this spiced Carrot Soup or Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup — delish! Salad. Serve as croutons on a salad (Cut ’em smaller if planning to do this!) or dip in this tasty Greek Salad. How To Make Pita Chips These chips can be prepared in the oven or the air fryer. Honestly, nothing beats the texture you’ll get from air frying! Pita Chips in an air fryer not only cook quicker — but you also don’t have to wait for the oven to preheat. That said, the down side to the air fryer is how many pitas can fit in the basket at a time. So if you want to make a lot of chips at one time, the oven is better in that regard. QUICK TIP Not sure about air fryers? Check out our Air Fryer Guide! Here’s the exact air fryer I use and love. Air fryers do vary a bit from brand to brand, so the timing may need to be slightly tweaked for your specific model. Luckily it’s easy to do– taste a pita chip after the minimum time and then add time as needed, based on personal crispiness preference. Pita Chips FAQs1What's a pita chip?Pita chips are slices/triangles of cut pita bread that are baked or fried (or air fried) until nice and crunchy. They’re typically enjoyed as a snack or appetizer with a dip. You can find savory or sweet pita chips in the grocery store or easily make them yourself! 2Are pita chips gluten-free?Typically,pita chips are not gluten free, since they’re made with wheat flour. If you can find gluten-free pita and use that in this recipe then you’d have your own homemade gluten-free pita chips! 3Are pita chips healthy?Since they’re typically baked instead of fried, you can consider pita chips to be a step above potato chips! They’re also typically paired with more nutrient-dense dips (like hummus or tzatziki). That said, they’re basically wheat bread, made primarily with refined flours, and don’t have a whole lot of nutrient-dense ingredients on their own. They’re a great part of a healthful diet in moderation! Especially with some hummus! 4What is a pita chip made of?These chips are made from pita bread that has been cut in triangles, tossed in oil and seasonings and then baked or fried (or air fried!). Pita bread, like most breads, is made from flour, yeast, water, olive oil, a pinch of sugar, and salt. STORAGE Storage The key here is to avoid any moisture — once these chips come in contact with moisture they’ll lose their crunch (and become prone to molding)! Cool completely before adding to an air-tight container or bag (removing as much air as possible before storing). Don’t store in the fridge, but rather in a cool, dark, dry place or freeze for 4-6 weeks. (Frozen pita will likely need to be crisped up again in the oven or air fryer after thawing.) Complete A Mediterranean Spread: Tabouli (Tabbouleh)– cucumber and tomato salad made with fresh chopped herbs Air Fryer Falafel —with a quick, homemade Tzatziki Sauce Vegetable Masala —loaded with veggies in a creamy tomato sauce Curry Lentil Soup —with coconut milk And don’t forget some dessert: Chocolate Covered Dates FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pita Chips 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Homemade Pita Chips are out-of-this-world delicious! These big, thick, crunchy chips are the perfect vehicle for a good dip and the ultimate addition to a fun Mediterranean spread. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pita Chips 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Homemade Pita Chips are out-of-this-world delicious! These big, thick, crunchy chips are the perfect vehicle for a good dip and the ultimate addition to a fun Mediterranean spread. Course Appetizer, Bread, Dip, Snack Cuisine Mediterranean, Vegetarian Keyword pita chip, pita chips, pita chips recipe Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 4 cups Calories 249kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $3.21 Ingredients▢ 4 pita breads thick pitas or pocket pitas, depending on preference (See Note 1)▢ 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil▢ 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt▢ 1/2 teaspoon pepper▢ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional▢ Serve with: the BEST hummus recipe! InstructionsPREP: If using the oven, preheat to 400 degrees F. Thick pitas: Cut pita into 8 triangles. (Cut in half, then half again to get 4 quarters. Then cut each quarter in half to get 8 triangles.) Thin pitas: Use pocket pita for thinner pita chips; start by gently coaxing apart the pita into 2 pieces and then cut each piece into 8 triangles for a total of 16 triangles. TOSS: In a large bowl, add all the pita triangles. Drizzle on oil and add all the seasonings. Toss well to coat (I use my hands to vigorously toss the pitas until all are evenly coated). BAKE: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Add pitas in an even layer (none overlapping) and bake at 400 degrees F: Thick pitas: Bake for 5 minutes and then flip. Bake 5 more minutes, flip, and bake 2-4 more minutes or until crisp (they do crisp up more as they cool). Thin pitas: Bake for 5 minutes, flip, and then bake for 3-5 more minutes or until crisp (they do crisp up more as they cool). AIR FRY method: Add a single layer of pita triangles to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 320 degrees F. Thick pitas: Air fry 5 minutes, flip, and air fry for 5 more minutes or until crisp (they do crisp up more as they cool). Thin pitas: Air fry for 4 minutes, flip, and then air fry for 3 more minutes or until crisp (they do crisp up more as they cool). See Note 2. ENJOY: Cool completely (they'll crisp up more as they sit). Enjoy with your favorite sauces/dips -- we love them best with hummus! STORAGE: If you live in a dry area, these chips will stay crisp longer. Regardless, store in an airtight container at room temperature. Pita Chips can be frozen, but will most likely need to be re-crisped after thawing. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Pitas: For thick pita chips, this is my favorite pita to use. If you want thin pita chips, you'll want to grab pocket pitas so you can cut them in half, pulling each one apart first into 2 individual pieces before cutting into 8 triangles (for 16 triangles total). I've also tried Joseph's pita bread which is great if you're watching carbs/calories. Flavor isn't near as good, but for the nutrient breakdown, it's not too bad! Nothing beats the texture of air-fried pitas, but it's difficult to make a lot in a single batch since they don't fry well if crowded or overlapping. So, if you don't want to be sitting at the air fryer making Pita Chips in 3-4 batches, feel free to cut the recipe down and only air fry 1 pita bread (8 triangles). Note 2: Timing: Depending on the pita used (thick or thin) and oven variance, the timing can vary a bit. So base the baking time on the color and texture of the pita pieces -- watching carefully for them to gain color (becoming golden) and being crispy when finished. Know that if you're using thin pitas, they'll bake quickly while thicker pitas will take a bit longer. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. 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