These homemade pita chips only take a couple of minutes to make. Why buy pita chips in the grocery store when you can make them just as easily at home? You’re going to love how crunchy and crispy these little delights are!
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Homemade Pita Chips recipe
When my sister was visiting recently, she whipped up a massive batch of baked pita chips for a party we hosted. We served them alongside a big bowl of white bean hummus and a charcuterie board for people to snack on while they mingled.
These crispy chips went so quickly! She left a few days later and I totally forgot to ask her for the recipe. But I noticed a few pita pockets were leftover, so I decided to give it try and recreate the easy homemade pita chips recipe she’d made.
My sister and I often cook the same way, without measuring, so I was pretty sure I could closely match the ones she made. (Later, she told me her secret is za’atar seasoning, but you can really use any seasoning you like!) And wouldn’t you know it, after baking them in a preheated oven they turned out to be the most lovely crunchy pita chips.
Sure, you can buy a box of pita chips at the grocery store. But why? You can easily make four times as many for a much more affordable price.
Buy a stack of fresh pita bread to cut up, season and then bake them yourself! These homemade baked pita chips are amazing as a snack all on their own, but you could also serve them with party dips like whipped feta dip.
Why you’ll love this recipe
You really can’t go wrong making your own pita chips. There’s no downside, only a delicious snack!
- This is a great way to to use up leftover pita bread before it gets stale. Just repurpose them and make some crunchy chips!
- It only takes a few minutes to make warm homemade chips loaded with drool worthy Mediterranean herbs.
- You can make these chips ahead of time if you’re planning a party. Store them for up to a week and they’ll stay fresh and crispy!
It’s really easy to make the most delicious pita chip to use in your favorite dips. Everything you need can be found in any of your local grocery stores. Here is what you’ll need:
- pita pockets
- za’atar seasoning
- sea salt
- ground black pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
Substitutions & variations
You can season your homemade baked pita chips with anything you want. Here are a few ideas:
- Za’atar seasoning substitute: You can use a mixture of dried thyme and sesame seeds.
- Spicy pita chips: Add a spicy kick with a dash of cayenne pepper.
- Garlicky pita chips: Make an extra bold flavor with garlic powder and onion powder.
- Cinnamon sugar pita chips: You could even use cinnamon sugar if you’ve got a sweet tooth!
- Lemon pita chips: Make a simple lemon-herb version of these pita chips using lemon juice and Italian seasoning.
For thicker chips just use thicker pita bread. If you would like thinner chips, try to find thinner pita bread. You can make your own pita bread too!
Change up the kind of pita bread you use if you want. Whole wheat pita bread will make chips that are just as delicious!
How to make pita chips
Here’s how to make this easy pita chip recipe:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (20°C) and then grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Using kitchen shears, a knife or a pizza cutter, slice each pita into eight small triangles. Tear each of the pita pieces at the outer fold. You’ll end up with 16 wedges per pita pocket.
Arrange the pita triangles, rough side up, on the previously prepared baking sheet. They can overlap slightly but not too much. Then, drizzle with olive oil over top.
Brush the wedges generously with olive oil, then sprinkle the seasoning, salt and pepper over top.
Bake the pita chips for 5-8 minutes until golden brown and crispy. If you prefer a crunchy chip, bake closer to 8 minutes. For softer, more chewy chips bake them closer to 5 minutes.
Remove chips from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before servings.
How to store Homemade Pita Chips
Place into an airtight container or zip top plastic bag with the air squeezed out. Store at room temperature in cool, dry place for up to a week. It is important to make sure the chip are completely cool before storing so that leftover steam does not make them stale.
What to serve with Homemade Pita Chips
Not only will these homemade baked pita chips be one of your favorite snacks with dip, they’d be fabulous alongside a bowl of chicken tortilla soup.
Tips & tricks
Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:
- Make sure to keep the pita bread in mostly a single layer on the baking sheets, but it’s okay if they overlap a bit! You’ll just want to arrange them so that they bake evenly.
- It is important that each pita piece is covered in olive oil. After drizzling it on, use a pastry brush to spread the oil across each triangle to ensure they are all covered.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to make clean-up easier and to avoid the potential of chips sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Although neither chip has much nutritional value, pita chips do tend to be a more healthy option. They often have less fat content because they are baked instead of fried like tortilla chips. However, if you are looking for a healthy item to eat with your favorite dips, reach for vegetables instead!
If you end up with pita chips that did not crisp up, you likely did not bake them long enough or at the correct temperature. You may not have made them thin enough either! Try making the bread pieces more thin, and then make sure you are baking your pita chips for the correct bake time.
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- 4 pita pockets
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 teaspoons za'atar seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F (20°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut each pita into 8 wedges, then tear each at the outer fold. (You'll end up with 16 wedges total per pita.)
- Arrange the wedges rough side up on the baking sheets, overlapping slightly.
- Drizzle olive oil over top and brush to coat each wedge generously with olive oil. Sprinkle with za'atar seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes, until browned and crispy. Bake closer to 8 minutes for very crispy chips or closer to 5 for softer, chewier ones. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container.
You may need to make them in two batches, depending on the size of your baking sheets.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 chips
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 495mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g