Sweet Potato Chips

I occasionally see sensational headlines about how you can make potato chips in your microwave.  That is bunkum, I say.  I tried it out, just to be sure, and the results were as ridiculous as I expected.  I got cardboardy, chewy potato slices with some occasional hard spots.  My kids did eat them (I mean, I called them “chips,” so what’s not to like?), but they weren’t good.  And they took a while to make, what with having to check and remove “crisp” specimens then re-microwave the rest.  Luckily you can only make a plate at a time, so the damage was limited to half a potato.

You want chips without a deep fryer?  THIS is the recipe for you.  We do this with regular potato slices as well (I keep promising that potato chip pizza recipe), but for eating on their own these sweet potato chips are the best.  They crisp up right through, you can make two big trays at a time in the oven, and they are a sweet and salty side or snack.  Crunch, crunch, crunch.Baked Sweet Potato Chips: Slice as many sweet potatoes as you want into 2mm slices.  Toss and rub well with a drizzle of olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt.  Spread in a single layer on one or more cookie sheets.  Bake at 450 until crisp, checking frequently after the first 10 minutes, and rotating pans top to bottom if you have more than one.  Remove chips as they crisp up and return the rest to the oven to continue baking (you may learn where the hot spots are in your oven!).

26 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Chips

  1. Michelle

    I figured that microwave potato chip stuff had to be bunkum (great word by the way). But glad you checked it out to be sure so I don’t have to!

  2. baconbiscuit212

    I love potato chips! I haven’t made them at home before, and I never really gave much thought to how easy (and much healthier) they are to make in the oven! Thanks for the great recipe. I will be making these soon!

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Enjoy! They really are easy to toss in the oven while you’re working on something else. Or trying to entertain your guests while you wait four hours for the lamb to cook…? :)

  3. Sarah

    Going on the menu for next week. We love sweet potatoes and are always looking for another way to prepare them. Always good to have another veggie dish for my picky eater! Thanks for posting!

    1. emmycooks Post author

      These score points with my kids (who are sometimes unpredictably picky) for being orange, sweet, crunchy, and called “chips.” Sometimes I have to race them to get a few for myself. :)

  4. Eileen

    I’d think microwaved chips would just get limp, wouldn’t they? Ick! But I love the baked chips idea. I usually cut thicker chunks and make sweet potato steak fries.

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Yes! I usually make sweet potato fries as well, which are great, but they never get crispy for me. Caramelized, yes! These chips don’t get sticky-sweet like the fries, but as a trade-off they get nice and crunchy. :)

  5. Evs

    Love using these chips as garnishes, but we always deep fry!

    But it looks good baked as well, so we should definitely give the healthier version a shot!

  6. Yui

    Oh I love baked sweet potato chips. With a magic sprinkle of Kohser salt, garlic powder, olive oil and chili powder this is the best crisp ever. I love hot and spicy food so I usually put lots of chili powder. I’m munching my baked chips I made yesterday :)
    How to Make Sweet Potato Fries

    1. emmycooks Post author

      You are obviously a sweet potato fan! I like chili powder on mine too, I will have to try adding garlic powder as well. Thanks for the suggestions!


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