Homemade oven chips are a delicious and healthier alternative to store-bought frozen chips, and SO easy to make. Making them at home allows you to control the ingredients, and you can adapt the flavours too. Not to mention they are much cheaper! Homemade chips are also much lower in fat and calories than store-bought, making them a healthier version of a family favourite.
It's so easy to make homemade oven chips - all you need are a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time (this is to ensure they get super crispy). Just cut your potatoes into chips, toss with oil and seasoning and then bake in the oven. With just a few easy steps, you can have delicious, healthier chips that are perfect as a snack or as a side dish.
Making your own oven chips is so much cheaper than buying them frozen in a bag. It also couldn't be easier too. No peeling or soaking. Just chop the chips, mix with the other ingredients and cook!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Potatoes - This is the main ingredient for your oven chips. The type of potato used will affect the taste and texture of the chips. You want to use floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper (which we used) or King Edward, as they have a higher starch content and result in a fluffier chip. One large potato will yield approximately 12-15 chips.
- Oil - Oil is essential for the chips to crisp up in the oven. Vegetable oil or sunflower oil are good options as they have a high smoke point and do not add any additional flavour to the chips. Olive oil can also be used, but it may affect the taste of the chips (which we actually like).
- Seasoning - Salt and pepper are a classic option, but other herbs and spices can also be used. Paprika, garlic powder, and rosemary are popular choices. You can mix the seasonings with the oil before adding them to the potatoes to ensure even distribution.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make oven chips - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
One: Cut the potatoes into chips of 1cm/0.5in. Rinse under water and dry with a tea towel.
Two: Put the chips into a bowl and add the oil, garlic and salt. Mix well to coat all the chips.
Three: Spread the chips over a large baking tray in a single layer.
Four: Put into the oven for 50 minutes. Turn the chips after 35 minutes.
Homemade oven chips are a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried chips, and better than frozen chips too. One of the benefits of making homemade oven chips is that you can control the ingredients.
You can choose to use organic potatoes and healthy oils like olive or avocado oil. Additionally, you can experiment with different spices and herbs to add flavour without adding extra calories or sodium.
They contain fewer calories and less fat, making them a healthier choice, without having to miss out on one of your favourite foods.
Baking the chips in the oven also helps to retain the nutrients in the potatoes, such as vitamin C, potassium, and fibre. Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, which provide energy for the body.
However, it is important to note that the health benefits of homemade oven chips can be negated if they are served with high fat toppings like cheese, bacon, or sour cream.
Read more about the health benefits of potatoes.
Seasonings - One of the simplest ways to add some extra flavour to this oven chip recipe is to experiment with different seasonings. Try sprinkling some paprika, garlic powder, or dried herbs over the chips before baking them. You could also mix some grated Parmesan cheese with the seasoning for a cheesy twist. Or, why not try our Cheesy Chips recipe?
Sweet Potato Chips - For a healthier alternative to regular potato chips, try making sweet potato chips instead. Simply slice the sweet potatoes into thin wedges, toss them in a little oil and seasoning, and bake them in the oven until crispy. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and their natural sweetness makes them a tasty snack. Take a look at our baked Sweet Potato Chips recipe.
Loaded Chips - If you're feeling indulgent, why not try making loaded chips? Top your homemade chips with grated cheese, bacon bits and some sour cream and chive dip for a deliciously decadent treat. You could also try adding some chopped jalapenos or hot sauce for a spicy kick.
Once the homemade oven chips are ready, there are many ways to serve them. Here are a few serving suggestions:
- Classic Chips and Dip: Serve the chips with your favourite dip, such as Healthy Ranch Dressing, Southwest Sauce, Homemade Ketchup or Healthy BBQ Sauce.
- Fish and Chips: Pair the chips with some fish for a classic British meal. Try serving them with Homemade Fish Fingers or Air Fryer Cod and Minted Peas.
- Loaded Chips: Add some toppings to the chips to make them a meal on their own. Some ideas include shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, and chopped chives.
- Chip Butty: For a simple and satisfying sandwich, place the chips between two slices of bread with some butter and ketchup. This is a popular option in the UK.
- Side Dish: Serve the chips as a side dish with your favourite main course. They go well with our Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Steak, or Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables.
Store: When it comes to storing oven baked chips, it's important to make sure they are cooled down to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container or a plastic bag. This will prevent them from becoming soggy or losing their crispiness. You can then store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: You can keep your homemade chips in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Defrost: Defrost them in the fridge.
Reheat: To reheat homemade oven chips, there are a few options. You can put them back in the oven at 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6 for 5-10 minutes until they are heated through and crispy again. Another option is to use a microwave, but this may result in a loss of crispiness. If using a microwave, place the chips on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 1-2 minutes, checking and stirring them every 30 seconds until they are heated through. You can also reheat them in the air fryer.
Frequently Asked Questions
The size of the chips is also important. If the chips are cut too thin, they will burn easily and become too crispy. On the other hand, if they are cut too thick, they will not cook through properly and will be soggy in the middle. A thickness of around 1cm/0.5in is ideal.
We just used a sharp knife, however if you want them all the be exactly the same, then why not try this Chip Cutter.
You can, but you don't have to. We don't bother, because it saves time and we love anything that saves time. We also like how crispy the skin goes. It's some extra fibre too.
No, there is no need to and this also skips an extra step. We just put ours in the oven for longer so they are cooked all the way through.
If you chips are not getting crispy, then it's either because they are too crowded on the tray in the oven, or that they need a little bit longer to cook.
To get them extra crispy, you can soak them in water for 30 minutes and then pat dry in a towel. This will remove the extra starch. You can then follow the recipe as stated below.
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Easy Homemade Oven Chips
- 1.2 kg (2.66 lb) Potatoes
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Garlic granules
- 0.5 teaspoon Sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
- Cut 1.2 kg Potatoes into chips of 1cm/0.5in.
- Rinse under water and dry with a tea towel.
- Put the chips into a bowl and add 2 tablespoon Olive oil, 1 tablespoon Garlic granules and 0.5 teaspoon Sea salt. Mix well to coat all the chips.
- Spread the chips over a large baking tray in a single layer.
- Put into the oven for 50 minutes. Turn the chips after 35 minutes.
- Do not overcrowd your baking tray. If the chips are too close together, they will not cook evenly and may become soggy. Make sure you give the chips enough space on the tray to allow them to cook properly.
- It might tempting, but don't add extra oil. While oil is necessary to help the chips crisp up, using too much will make them greasy. A tablespoon or two of oil is all that is needed to make crispy and delicious oven chips.
- Make sure your oven is preheated before you put the chips in. This will ensure they get nice and crispy.
- Make sure you use a non-stick baking tray. If not, you can line the tray with baking paper.
- Remember to turn the chips - this is so they cook evenly.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.