These homemade fried pita chips are quick, easy, and absolutely delicious! Pita chips are like the Middle Eastern equivalent of potato chips. And if you've got some pita bread on hand, you can whip up some in no time.
Sometimes fresh pita bread is hard to find. I recommend buying several loaves and storing them in the freezer. That way, you have fresh pita bread on hand whenever needed. Here are some more pita bread recipes to try with that extra bread!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
This recipe comes together in about 10 minutes and only uses three ingredients: pita bread, frying oil, and salt. These fried pita bread chips are delicious and perfect for homemade labneh, fattoush, olive tapenade, hummus, or roasted mint eggplant dip!
- Pita bread: I like to use Lebanese pita bread because it's thin. The thin bread makes the chips more like a chip. Most of the pita bread chips you buy in the supermarket are made from thicker pita bread. If all you can get your hands on is thick pita bread, that will do just fine.
- Frying oil: Use any type of frying oil.
- Salt: I prefer flaked salt or sea salt for my chips.
How to Make Fried Pita Chips
Split the pita bread. The pita bread when baked has an air pocket that creates a top and bottom part of the pita bread. Split the pita bread so the top and bottom separate.
Cut the pita bread into squares. Using kitchen scissors, cut the pita bread into 2" squares.
Heat the oil to medium heat. If the oil is too hot, the pita bread will cook faster than you can remove from the oil, leaving you with burned pita chips. The oil is the proper temperature if you dip the bread and some bubble action starts to happen. Once the pita bread turns golden, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil.
Place the homemade pita chips on a paper towel-lined bowl or plate. Salt the chips immediately after removing them from the oil.
Tips and Tricks
- Fry the pita bread in a high-rimmed pot. As a young adult, I had a bad experience frying french fries once (I set my stove on fire), so I take hot oil seriously. Although pita bread is dry and will likely not boil over, I don't take any chances. Use a high-rimmed pot.
- Salt the chips after removing them from the oil.
- Make sure the oil isn't too hot. Pita bread fries quickly, so adjust the temperature appropriately.
Substitutions and Variations
- Use any type of pita bread. There are different versions of pita bread, some thicker and some thinner. Use whatever you have on hand.
- Bake the pita bread chips in lieu of frying.
- Add some different dry seasonings like za'atar are sumac spice to flavor the chips.
- If you don't have kitchen scissors, you can tear the pita bread into sections.
A pita chip is made from pita bread. They can be baked or fried.
It depends on how it is prepared. If they are fried, then they are similar to other fried chips.
Yes, they take only 10 minutes to make.
- High-rimmed pot and frying spatula (for frying)
- Scissors to cut the pita bread into squares
- Paper towel-lined bowl
Allow the chips to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
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Homemade Fried Pita Chips
- 2 large pita bread or 4 small pita bread, see note 3
- oil for frying
- salt to taste
- Split the pita bread. Cut the pita bread into 2" squares using kitchen scissors.
- In a high-rimmed pot, fill with oil. Heat oil on medium heat.
- Add 1 pita worth of pita pieces into the hot oil. Once the pita chips have turned golden brown, remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon. Place the pita chips on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Once the pita chips have cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
- I prefer to use sunflower oil or vegetable oil when frying the pita chips.
- Large pita bread is about 10" to 14" in diameter. Small pita bread is about 8" in diameter.