Ready in just 12 minutes, these super crunchy Air Fryer Pita Chips are perfectly seasoned and require only 4 ingredients! It's hard to believe these gourmet-quality chips are homemade!
What are Air Fryer Pita Chips?
Air Fryer Pita Chips are a crispy and flavorful snack made by air frying sliced pieces of pita bread seasoned with a mixture of olive oil and seasonings until they turn golden brown and crispy. It is a perfect recipe for using up extra pita bread. Homemade pita chips can be seasoned and air-fried to your preference, making them a versatile and healthier alternative to store-bought chips. They are perfect for dipping into your favorite sauces, spreads, or enjoying on their own as a tasty snack.
Why make Air Fryer Pita Chips?
Air Fryer Pita Chips offer a healthier, customizable, and cost-effective option that offers a fresher and tastier alternative to store-bought chips.
Better than store-bought: Homemade air fryer pita chips are delightfully crunchy and taste fresher than store-bought pita chips. You can customize this air fryer pita chips recipe to your liking, whether you prefer them savory, spicy, or with a hint of herbs and spices..
Healthier choice: By making the pita chips yourself, you can control the ingredients, especially the amount and type of oil used in making the pita chips. These crispy air fryer pita chips serve as a delicious alternative to potato chips. You can also use healthy whole wheat pitas or high fiber pita bread is you wish.
Cost-efficient: Making your own pita chips is usually more cost-effective than purchasing pre-packaged ones. You can make a generous batch of homemade chips for a fraction of the price, which is especially beneficial for budget-conscious individuals or families.
Quick and convenient: Air fryers make the cooking process quick and hassle-free. You can have a batch of crispy pita chips ready in just a few minutes, making it a convenient option for snacking or serving unexpected guests.
Versatile Snacking: Air Fryer Pita Chips are incredibly versatile. They can be eaten alone or served with various dips, such as hummus, tzatziki, salsa, guacamole or whatever you might have on hand.
Use up leftover pitas: Making crunchy pita chips is a great way to use up leftover pita pockets or an extra bag of pita bread that you might have in the fridge.
- Pita bread: This recipe works with different varieties of pita bread. You can make a regular pita bread from scratch or any store-bought pita bread. The type of pita bread, e.g., whole wheat pitas versus flavored does not matter. You can also substitute tortillas to make air fryer tortilla chips.
- Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil because I love the flavor, but any kind of oil will do. You can also use vegetable oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and melted butter in this air fryer pita chips recipe.
- Table salt: While I use table salt, this recipe can also be made with sea salt or kosher salt. Just remember that larger salt granules may not evenly distribute in the oil so it might be better to sprinkle the salt on the pita chips once they are baked.
- Black pepper: I like using freshly ground black pepper because it has a subtle hot and biting flavor. For a hotter flavor, substitute the black pepper with cayenne pepper or chili powder.
- Garlic powder: I prefer using garlic powder to freshly minced garlic because it is more intense and distributed evenly without adding additional moisture.
- Cilantro: I use chopped cilantro as a garnish, mainly for the visual appeal. You could also use your favorite Italian seasoning like dried basil or oregano.
How to make Air Fryer Pita Chips
Step one: Mix the olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Cut the pita bread into 8 triangles. Toss the pita triangles with the olive oil mixture until they are evenly coated.
Step two: Transfer the coated pita triangles to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 325°F for 8 minutes. Flip the pita triangles about half-way through. For optimal flavor, serve the warm pita chips immediately.
Tips to make the best Air Fryer Pita Chips
- Use fresh pita bread: Using a fresh, high quality pita bread like our Homemade Pita Bread will result in a tastier pita chip because the freshly baked flavor makes a huge difference.
- Mix the seasoning thoroughly: Make sure you whisk the olive oil and seasoning to make sure that the flavors are distributed evenly.
- Brush don't toss the pita in the seasoning: When you toss the pita in seasoning, the pita pieces may not get evenly coated. It is better, whenever possible, to brush the pita pieces with the seasoning.
- Place the pita triangles in a single layer: For maximum crunchiness, place the pita triangles in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This allows the hot air to overlap evenly around each chip.
- To limit the amount of oil, use a cooking spray: If you wish to limit the amount of oil used in the air frying process, you can also use a cooking spray to coat the pita triangles, then sprinkle the seasoning on top.
- Flip midway: To maximize even cooking and crunchiness, flip the pita triangles midway.
A single serving of these delicious air fryer pita chips has about 287 calories, 14.7 g of fat and 34g of carbohydrates.
This recipe yields approximately two servings. The nutrition guidance is intended for informational purposes only. Use it as a general guideline. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should independently verify it using your preferred tool.
Once cooled, these easy homemade pita chips last for 3-5 days in an airtight container when stored at room temperature.
Here are some delicious seasoning ideas to try:
- Savory garlic and herb: Olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano and salt
- Red hot paprika: Olive oil, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper or chili powder (to taste), garlic powder and salt
- Cinnamon sugar: Melted butter, ground cinnamon, white granulated sugar, pinch of salt
- Ranch: Olive oil, ranch seasoning mix, garlic powder and salt.
- Barbeque: Olive oil, barbeque seasoning blend and brown sugar (to taste).
- Taco: Olive oil, taco seasoning mix, chili powder (to taste).
How to serve Air Fryer Pita Chips
Air Fryer Pita Chips can be enjoyed on their own or in a variety of delectable pairings:
- Chips and dips: Serve pita chips with a range of creamy or savory dips, such as hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, salsa, harissa, or spinach-artichoke dip. The triangular shape of these chips is perfect for scooping, and their delightful crunchiness provides a satisfying contrast.
- Mezze or cheese platter: Elevate your snacking experience with a Mediterranean-inspired mezze platter. Combine them with salty olives, crumbled feta cheese, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus, and baba ghanoush. Alternatively, create an enticing cheese platter by pairing them with a selection of cheeses, grapes, nuts, and jams.
- Salad croutons: Enhance your salads by using whole or crushed pita chips as delectable croutons. Air Fryer Pita Chips complement our homemade Kani Salad recipe particularly well.
- Side dish: Air fryer pita chips make an excellent side dish to accompany soups like our lunch-friendly French Onion Soup Without Wine. They serve as a superb alternative to bread or crackers.
You can warm pita bread in an air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes.
Air fry at 325°F for 8 minutes. Flip the pita triangles about half-way through.
Yes to crisp up bread in an air fryer, lightly coat with oil and seasoning then air fry at 325°F for 8 minutes. Flip the bread half-way through.
Air Fryer Pita Chips
- 2 pita breads
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- ½ teaspoon garlic
- ½ teaspoon cilantro
- Mix the olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Cut the pita bread into 8 triangles. Toss the pita triangles with the olive oil mixture until they are evenly coated.
- Transfer the coated pita triangles to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 325°F for 8 minutes. Flip the pita triangles about half-way through. For optimal flavor, serve the warm pita chips immediately.