Homemade pita chips are easy to make, flavorful, healthier than store-bought, and give you the freedom to flavor them however you like. All you need is some pita bread, olive oil, a baking sheet and a wire rack. 

Why This Recipe Works

We developed this recipe because we needed thin yet crunchy pita chips for our Fattoush Salad. Most store-bought pita chips are too thick, overly oily, or both. Homemade was the perfect solution, plus they’re quick to make, so it doesn’t add too much cook time to the recipe. 

In order to achieve the perfect thickness and texture we separate each pita bread into two rounds by gently peeling the bread apart. Then tear or cut the halves into wedges or bite-pieces. 

We also bake the chips on a wire rack set inside a baking sheet—this allows the hot oven air to circulate around the bread pieces, ensuring an even bake on all the chips. 

pita bread, oil and salt arranged on a counter

Ingredient Notes

Pita Bread

We tested this recipe with both regular and whole-wheat pita bread. Either work well for this recipe, so use what you like and what you can find. If you plan on using the chips in a salad, like our Fattoush Salad, we recommend using regular pita bread because it holds up to moisture better.

Look for pita bread in the bakery section of your grocery store.  

Oil 

Olive oil is our go-to oil for pita chips. No need to use extra-virgin olive oil as the baking will strip most of the fruity flavor out of the oil. Just use regular olive oil. 

Seasoning 

Our base recipe keeps the seasoning simple with just kosher salt and black pepper. Feel free to add other herb and spice blends such as za’atar (a blend of sumac, oregano, thyme and sesame seeds), Everything seasoning, smoked paprika, cumin seeds, onion powder and garlic powder. 

You could even make sweet dessert-inspired pita chips. Try cinnamon sugar, a combination of any warm spices, or simply turbinado sugar. Serve with your favorite sweet cream cheese dip or turn into dessert nachos with melted chocolate, nuts, and whipped cream or ice cream. 

Tips for Making the Best Pita Chips 

Halving the Pita

It’s extremely important to halve the pita bread into two equal rounds. You can either use kitchen shears to cut along the outer edge seam or you can cut the pita bread in half and gently peel the layers apart with your fingers. 

Use a Wire Rack

Set a wire rack inside a baking sheet then arrange the pita pieces in an even layer on the rack. This setup allows hot air to circulate all around each bite of bread, instead of the bread laying on the hot baking sheet and toasting unevenly. 

Cool Completely Before Storing

Ensure the pita chips are fully cooled before transferring to a container. If the chips are still warm when placed in an airtight container the chips will essentially steam and lose all their crispness. 

Storage Instructions

We recommend storing homemade pita chips in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week. You can also use resealable zipper-lock bags, but we find the chips stay more crisp in a glass container. Just make sure the chips are fully cooled before storing! 

pita and vegetable salad in a shallot white bowl with a red-handled spoon set in it

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Homemade Pita Chips

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Yield 4 servings
Category Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean-American

Description

A quick and easy recipe for homemade pita chips made with just 3 ingredients, the options are endless when it comes to seasonings. 

Ingredients

  • 2 pita breads, separated in half and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375ºF with rack set in middle position.
  • Separate pita breads into two thin rounds by peeling apart (cut edges with kitchen shears if needed).
    pita bread separated into two thinner halves
  • In a large bowl, toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil then season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.
    pieces of pita bread tossed in a glass bowl with oil, salt and pepper
  • Arrange pita pieces smooth side down on a wire rack set inside a sheet pan.
    pieces of pita bread arranged on a wire rack set inside a baking shet
  • Bake until pita pieces are crisp and golden brown, 12–15 minutes. Let cool on rack.
    baked pita chips on a wire rack set inside a baking sheet
  • Store pita chips in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week.

Notes

We tested this recipe with both regular pita bread and whole wheat pita bread—both work great. We prefer regular pita because it retains its crunch well.
Store pita chips in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the recipeCalories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 301mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.3g
Keywords Pita Chips
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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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