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Crunchy Air Fryer Pita Chips (Using Leftover Pita Bread)

Pita Chips are one of my major weaknesses. If I sit down with a bag of pita chips and some hummus, you’re going to have to try really hard to pull me away from that bag.

Did you know that making your own crunchy pita chips at home is incredibly easy? All you need is some leftover pita bread, an air fryer, and about 5 minutes.

Holding a crunchy pita chip

We ordered Mediterranean food recently, and we were left with a whole bunch of leftover pita bread. Rather than let them go to waste (pita bread spoils very quickly), we turned them into crunchy pita chips!

Can you make pita chips completely from scratch? You certainly can, but I love how quickly and easily this comes together.

If you want to go the extra length of making your own pita bread, you can follow my own quick pita recipe.

But for these purposes, I am using a large store-bought (or restaurant-bought) pita, and the process could not be simpler.

Take your pita bread, cut it into strips, then cut across to create square chips. If the pita bread you are starting with is very small, you can cut it into triangles (like with my pita dippers), but I chose to go with squares to be like store-bought pita chips.

Add the sliced pita bread to your air fryer, creating one single layer in the air fryer basket. Be careful not to overcrowd the air fryer basket or the pita chips will cook very unevenly. Depending on your air fryer size, you can plan to do multiple batches.

Lightly spray with cooking spray, sprinkle salt over the top, and air fry at 350 degrees F for 5-6 minutes.

The exact cooking time will depend on how thick your pita bread is and how full your air fryer basket is, so you may need to slightly adjust. I opened the air fryer basket and gave it a shake every 2 minutes to see if it needed more time, but 5 minutes was nearly perfect for every batch I made.

Continue until you’ve used up all your pita bread, top with some sea salt, and then enjoy your crunchy air fryer pita chips!

Bowl of crunchy pita chips

Sometimes with thicker pita bread, it will feel like the chips aren’t especially crunchy right out of the air fryer. Pita chips will crisp up as they cool, so after about 10 minutes, they should be perfectly crunchy.

If you want to save these pita chips, portion them out into bags or store them in an airtight container to enjoy throughout the week. Just like that, you’ve got a delicious, easy snack for the week.

This is a bag of some homemade cinnamon sugar pita chips, which I enjoy even more than plain pita chips…


How to Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

If you’re in the mood for a sweet snack, you can very easily turn your pita bread into cinnamon sugar pita chips as well!

Simply lay your pita bread out on a plate (either your homemade pita bread or store-bought) spray it with cooking spray, and then sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. Flip over each pita chip and repeat the process to fully coat the other side.

You can make your own cinnamon-sugar coating by just mixing sugar (or sugar substitute) with a little bit of cinnamon until you have the desired ratio you’re after.

For these, I took a shortcut and just used “Cinnadust” as my coating, because it is insanely delicious.

Following the air fryer directions above, air fry these cinnamon sugar pita chips at 350 degrees F for 5-6 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket halfway through.

Let the pita chips cool for about 10 minutes to fully crisp up, then serve ’em up!

Cinnamon sugar pita chip


Need More Bread in Your Life? I’ve Got You Covered.

Pita chips are only the tip of the carb-loving iceberg. If you want more bread-centric healthy recipes, I have plenty to choose from:


Bowl of air fryer pita chips

Crunchy Air Fryer Pita Chips

Yield: 48 Pita Chips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

These homemade air fryer pita chips don't require any yeast, and you can have them ready to serve in under 30 minutes- completely from scratch! Serve alongside my Spicy Feta Dip for a real crowd-pleaser.


  • 1 Large Greek Pita (also known as pocket pita)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Sea Salt
  • Optional: Cinnamon Sugar


    1. Take your pita bread, cut it into strips, then cut across the strips to create small pita chip squares.
    2. Add to your air fryer basket, lightly spray with cooking spray, and sprinkle with sea salt.
    3. Air fry at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
    4. Allow the pita chips to cool and crisp up for about 10 minutes, then dig in!
    5. Store leftovers in an airtight container or sealable bag and enjoy throughout the week.

    To make cinnamon sugar pita chips: Lay your full pita down, spray with nonstick cooking spray, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Flip the pita over, then repeat for the other side. Slice the pita bread into squares, then follow the same cooking instructions.


  • Nutrition facts will depend on the size and brand of the pita bread you use. Large restaurant-style pita bread is typically around 200 calories for the entire pita.
  • If you prefer soft pita, check out my pita chip dippers appetizer.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size About 15 Chips
Amount Per Serving Calories 100Total Fat 1gCarbohydrates 20gProtein 4g

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