I love pita chips, but every time I buy a bag, no matter how well I hide them, my kids inhale them. At upwards of $4 a bag that is an expensive treat that might last 60 seconds. I found some day old pita bread at my grocery store on clearance for $1.50 and thought what the heck. By making my own chips I can decide what goes on them and don’t have to worry about the preservatives and other chemicals sometimes found in packaged food to prolong the shelf life.
These chips are super easy to make and you can literally use any type of herb or spice, sweet to salty, on them and the kids can help. Most pita chips that are store bought have one layer meaning that the pita was separated into two round pieces of bread before cutting. For crunchier chips all the way through you can do this too. I left my pita together before I cut it and the chips came out with a tiny bit of soft center to them. If you opt for “1 ply” chips you will want to bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. If you opt for “2 ply” chips you want to bake for 12-17 minutes until golden.
Easy Pita Chips
5 pieces of pita bread
3 tablespoons of olive oil or you can use a cooking spray
salt to taste
herbs and spices of your choice (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. With a pizza wheel or sharp knife (kids can tear them too) cut each pita into 8 triangles and place in a large mixing bowl.
3. Drizzle olive oil while tossing bread so that everyone gets a little oil.
4. Optional – toss bread with salt and herbs or spices. I used an Italian seasoning mix with a little salt. Pumpkin spice and brown sugar would be yummy for a fall treat.
5. Lay out wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven.
6. You want your chips a golden brown color. Bake between 10- 17 minutes.
7. When they are to the crispness you like pull them out of the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack or plate.
You can keep chips in an air tight container for up to five days …. if they last that long!