The Best Air Fryer Pita Chips
It’s so easy to make Air Fryer Pita Chips! All you really need is 12 minutes and three easy ingredients. Top your homemade pita chips with your favorite toppings and serve with your choice of dip!
The absolute perfect dipping scoop to serve with a bowl of hummus!
These air fryer pita chips take in the ballpark of 10 minutes to make and require just three simple ingredients – pitas, olive oil, and some sea salt. Now, of course, you can make them with a tablespoon of za’atar, a sprinkling of rosemary, sesame seeds, use your favorite homemade or store-bought spice blends, or go the sweet route and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when they’re warm from the air fryer.
Regardless of how you top them, the homemade version is far superior. Making pita chips is my favorite way to use up store-bought pita bread. When my pita bread is drying out from sitting on the counter after I’ve bought way too much for homemade gyros, kofta pita sandwiches, or arayes, I turn them into my cheater’s version of Manakish, on a Fattoush salad, or these air fryer pita chips. Usually, it’s the latter because the prep time on these is nonexistent.
You just have to make small pita wedges and drizzle them with oil and let them air fry until crispy! Snacks that take no time to make? YES PLEASE.
Ingredients for Homemade Pita Chips
- Homemade or store-bought pita: If you’re wondering what kind of bread works best, the answer is most pita bread will work for this recipe. If you have Lebanese flatbread (the type in which you wrap your shawarma), you can use that. But you can also use thick pita pockets here. You can use whole wheat pitas too! All of these will work, but Lebanese pita bread will take 6-8 minutes to crisp up, while Greek pita will take closer to 10 minutes.
- Olive oil: Use good quality olive oil here. Something you’d use for sauteeing would work well for this recipe—no need to spring for extra virgin olive oil.
- Kosher salt: You’ll want to use a good sprinkle of salt on these. Feel free to get creative! I found some applewood smoked sea salt in the back of the cabinet, and I’m trying that next.
- Seasonings of choice: Now, this is entirely optional! Because the fact of the matter is that I typically serve homemade or store-bought pita chips with a dip. A dip that usually is packed with flavor. So I don’t need to make these a particular flavor. More often than not, I sprinkle them with kosher salt and call it a day.
How to Make Air Fryer Pita Chips
- Cut pita triangles. Start by placing 4-6 pocket pitas in front of you. Cut them into wedges with a sharp knife, or use a pizza cutter. I typically cut the pitas into 1½-inch pieces. You want the pieces to be about the same size to brown evenly.
- Toss them and season them generously. You’ll want to add the pita wedges to a large bowl. Combine the oil and any seasonings you’d like to use in a small bowl. Drizzle this all over the pitas and stir to ensure all the pita chips are coated.
- Get them golden and crispy. Preheat the air fryer. I like to line the air fryer basket with a parchment liner and then place the removable wire rack on top. This makes clean-up so much easier – especially if you used za’atar or a seasoning blend. Bake the pita chips in the oven. If you used four pitas, typically, you could be able to air fry them all at once. For six pitas, I prefer to air fry them in at least two batches so that you can get the pita chips in a single layer. Remember, thin Lebanese pitas will take less time to bake, while thicker pocket pitas, will take longer. Serve up these chips as an appetizer with your favorite dip!
Serving suggestions for homemade pita chips
- Extra Smooth Hummus
- Fattoush Salad
- Homemade Baba Ganoush
- Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Jammy Hot Caramelized Onion Dip with Gruyere
- Baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
FAQs about this recipe
Once cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. If you find the chips are softening (if it’s humid where you live, you’re probably used to this) just refresh them at 250ºF in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes.
I love using zaatar or serving these plain! You can also use lemon pepper seasoning, Italian seasoning, an umami blend, a dash of cayenne pepper, rosemary + thyme with sea salt, or just some garlic powder and cracked pepper. You could also use sesame seeds or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when they’re hot from the oven.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the pitas to the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes flipping halfway through (leave them a little longer for thicker Greek pitas.)
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- 4-6 pita pockets
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2-3 teaspoons zaatar seasoning, optional
- PITA TRIANGLES: Cut the pita pockets into 8-12 pieces depending on how big they are. You want to make about 1½-inch pieces.
- TOSS: Add the oil, za’atar (or salt, pepper, garlic, powder, etc.) to the oil and stir to combine. Add the pita chips to a large bowl and drizzle the oil over the pita pieces. Toss the pita chips to ensure that they are coated well in the oil.
- AIR FRY: Heat the air fryer to 325ºF for at least 5 minutes. Add the pita pieces to the air fryer. You can add up to 4 pitas at once, for 6 pitas, I suggest splitting the batch in two. Spray the tops with cooking spray if the pita looks dry, and cook for 4 minutes. Gently toss or flip and continue to cook for another 3-8 minutes or until the pita pieces are golden and crispy. Thicker pocket pitas will take longer, thin Lebanese pita will cook quicker. Serve pita chips with homemade hummus or crushed up in a fattoush salad!
- Storage: Once cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. If you find the chips are softening (if it's humid where you live, you're probably used to this) just refresh them at 250ºF in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes.
- Other seasonings: I love using zaatar or serving these plain! You can also use lemon pepper seasoning, Italian seasoning, an umami blend, rosemary + thyme with sea salt, or just some garlic powder and cracked pepper. You could also use sesame seeds or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when they're hot from the oven.
- Oven instructions: Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the pitas to the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes flipping halfway through (leave them a little longer for thicker Greek pitas.)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 10gCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gProtein: 6g
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