These air fryer pita chips have offically become my favorite appetizer.
They’re not pita chips like you’d buy from a bag at the grocery store. Oh no, these air fryer pita chips have a crisp on the outside, but they’re still light and fluffy on the inside.
The inspiration for these pita chips came from a local Greek restaurant here in Michigan. Shoutout to Kouzina for having incredible pita chips on the menu, but Olga’s deserves an honorable mention as well!
These air fryer pita chips can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes (yes, completely from scratch) and pair perfectly with my spicy feta dip.
If you need an appetizer to impress your guests with, whip up some of that spicy feta dip and serve with these pita chips, and they’re going to think you are a culinary genius.
How to make air fryer pita chips
These pita chips are going to be made the same way as my simple Pita Bread Without Yeast recipe, with one tiny difference.
For the original pita bread recipe, we let the dough sit before baking, which is how we achieve that “poof” we’re after.
For these air fryer pita chips, we’re not after that same puffiness, so we don’t have to let the dough sit at all.
That means that these pita chips can be whipped up in a matter of minutes!
Or, if you want to take the ultimate shortcut, you can buy pita bread from the store and use that here instead.
To make our own pita bread, all we have to do is mix up the pita bread ingredients until it forms a dough, then break that into 6 smaller pieces of dough.
Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin, then add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
I didn’t worry about each pita being perfectly round, because I’m never chasing perfection. If you want to smooth out the edges, you certainly can, but I didn’t worry about it.
Bake for 8 minutes, then let the pita bread cool for a few minutes. You’ll get a slight puff to some of the pita, but not a whole lot, which is to be expected.
We want these to be thicker than the original pita bread recipe since we’re going to be eating them as chips.
You can cut the pita bread into as many pita chips as you’d like. I tried two different ways: 8 smallers slices, and 4 larger slices.
Depending on how large you made the pita to begin with, that will likely dictate how many pita chips you cut.
No matter how many you cut, the rest of the process will be exactly the same.
We’re going to toss the pita chips in a little bit of olive oil to lightly coat them before air frying. You may be tempted to skip out on this to save some calories, but trust me, the final texture is going to be much better with a little bit of olive oil.
Plus, it’s only one tablespoon for the whole recipe, which only adds 120 calories in total.
I didn’t want to overcrowd the air fryer, so I air fried my pita chips in two batches to make sure they would cook evenly all the way around.
3 minutes in the air fryer (at 370 degrees F) is all it takes!
Once the air fryer pita chips are ready to go, we just need to give them a quick toss in our seasoning. Add the pita chips to a large bowl and toss them around while sprinkling the seasoning on top until they are coated as much as you’d like.
Let the pita chips cool for a few minutes on a cooling rack, then they are ready to serve.
Serve these air fryer pita chips with my spicy feta dip for the perfect pairing!
Or if you want to try out a different dip, check out my friend Mason Woodruff’s Whipped Feta Dip.
More air fryer recipes
I love using the air fryer because it makes recipes so quick and easy. Here are a few more simple, delicious air fryer recipes to try:
- Air Fryer Protein Bagels
- Crispy Protein Churro Donuts
- Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Sandwich
- Healthier Cinnamon Crunch Bagels
- Healthier Air Fryer Donut Holes
- 180g (1.5 Cups) All-Purpose Flour (can also use self-rising flour)
- 180g (2/3 Cup) Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp Baking Powder (omit if using self-rising flour)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (for tossing pita chips)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt (can use regular salt as well)
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/8 tsp Chili Powder
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
- Add all your dry pita ingredients to a large bowl and mix them up.
- Add the Greek yogurt to the bowl, then use a silicone spatula to mix everything up. Once it starts to come together, use your hands to form it into a ball of dough in your bowl.
- Add the dough to a lightly floured surface.
- Break the dough into 6 equal-sized pieces. You can weigh the dough out and divide that by 6 if you want to be exact, but I typically just eyeball it because I don't mind if they are slightly different sizes.
- Knead each piece of dough for just one minute and roll them in your hands until they become smooth dough balls.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out each pita. Don't worry about rolling them out super thin- we want some thickness to them. Unlike my pita bread recipe, we're not looking for a ton of rising with these.
- Bake for 8 minutes. After 4-5 minutes, rotate the pan if you notice some pita cooking faster than others.
- While the pita bake, mix together all of your seasoning ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Remove the pita bread from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. While the pita cools, plug in your air fryer and let it preheat at 370 degrees F.
- Slice your pita. You can slice each pita into 4-8 chips, depending on how large you'd like them. Add half of the pita chips to a large bowl and toss them in 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Air fry the pita chips for 3 minutes at 370 degrees F.
- Remove the pita chips from the air fryer and add them to a bowl. Sprinkle in some of your seasonings and toss to coat, then let the pita chips cool on a cooling rack. Repeat for the rest of your pita chips, then serve with my spicy feta dip.
- These pita chips are meant to be crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. If you want crunchy pita chips like you buy at the store, you can air fry these for about double the time. Just be sure to flip the chips halfway to prevent burning.
- You may be tempted to skip the olive oil to save calories, but trust me on this one. Without the small bit of oil, we won't achieve that texture we're after.
- If you don't want to make your own pita bread, you can use the air fryer instructions to fry up pita chips using store-bought pita bread. I recommend a thicker flatbread like Naan to get the proper texture.
- You can use any seasoning you'd like here if you do not want to make your own!
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Servings Serving Size 1/6 of Recipe (8 Pita Chips)
Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 2.5gCarbohydrates 23gProtein 6g