Homemade pita chips are so easy to make in the air fryer or oven. In just minutes, you can have crispy chips – perfect for dunking into hummus or baba ganoush.
I also like to add homemade pita chips to salads, as a crunchy alternative to vegan croutons. They go especially well in a Fattoush-style salad.
Homemade pita chips
To make homemade pita chips, I use store-bought pita bread.
It’s very handy, because you can use some of the bread for warm pita chips. And you can use the rest for making gyros, pita pizzas, and pita pockets. So many different options from one bag of pita bread!
Pita bread tends to be vegan. But obviously it’s best to read the ingredient label to know for sure. The ingredients are usually things like whole wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt.
Before I got an air fryer, I always made homemade pita chips in the oven. Today I’m sharing directions to make homemade pita chips either in the air fryer or the oven.
How to make homemade pita chips in the air fryer or oven
Cut two slices of pita bread into wedges – like a real life Trivial Pursuit game piece. You can cut the pita bread with a knife or kitchen shears (my preferred way).
If you’d prefer oil free chips, you can stop right there. And just throw them in the air fryer or onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet to cook in the oven.
But if you don’t mind a little oil, continue on.
Toss the pita chips in a mixing bowl with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of granulated onion, dried basil, and dried oregano.
Feel free to omit or change the spices to suit your preferences with alternatives like za’atar, salt, pepper, dried parsley, granulated garlic…
To air fry the pita chips, put the seasoned pita wedges into the air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 degrees for 6 to 7 minutes, stopping occasionally to shake the basket.
To bake the pita chips, bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, stopping once halfway through to flip the pita wedges over.
How to get lighter pita chips
If you’d prefer a lighter chip, simply peel the pita wedges in half before air frying or baking. So instead of a pocket, each pita would be one single layer. It means that you get twice the dipping for the same amount of pita.
I make homemade pita chips both ways, depending on my mood. Sometimes I feel like something really hearty and super dunkable, so I go with a double layered chip. Other times, I prefer a lighter chip with a single layer, which gives more of the focus to the dip.
What to serve with pita chips:
- Easy hummus recipe
- Air fryer eggplant dip (baba ganoush)
- Pizza hummus (sun-dried tomato hummus)
- Kalamata olive hummus with artichokes
- Warm vegan spinach artichoke dip
- Easy guacamole recipe
- Jacked up vegan crab dip
- Vegan tuna salad
- Curried tofu salad
- Add to a mezze platter
Homemade pita chips in the air fryer or oven
- If you are going to bake the pita chips in the oven, preheat it to 400 degrees. If you are going to cook them in the air fryer, skip this step.
- Put pita wedges in a big mixing bowl. Top them with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, dried basil, dried oregano, and granulated onion. Use your hands to toss the pita wedges, and get them evenly coated.
- TO MAKE IN THE AIR FRYER: Put the pita into an air fryer. Air fry at 400 degrees for 6 to 7 minutes, stopping occasionally to shake the basket.
- TO MAKE IN THE OVEN: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly space the pita wedges across the baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, stopping once halfway through to turn the pita chips over. You want them to be evenly browned on both sides.
- Once the pita chips are nicely browned, remove them from the air fryer basket or oven, and serve.