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Dec 26

Crunchy Microwave Potato Chips

Crispy, crunchy potato chips made in the microwave? If that idea seems nonsensical to you, you’re not alone, and yet it works and they’re great! I was so surprised, but these chips taste much more like traditional fried potato chips (or even kettle chips since they’re so crunchy) than the packaged baked chips you can buy at the store. Plus these are easy to make and more affordable! These really are a delicious win-win replacement for fried chips.

*The above photo does not depict a full serving size.


Crunchy Microwave Potato Chips

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 medium baking potato (7-8 oz), scrubbed
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • olive oil spray


  1. Slice the potato into very thin rounds. Place them in a large ziploc bag and drizzle the oil over them. Seal the bag and toss to evenly coat the potatoes. Add the salt & toss again.
  2. Cover a large plate with parchment paper and lightly mist the paper with spray. Working in batches, place the potato slices on the parchment in a single layer. Microwave the potatoes on high for 5-7 minutes. (NOTE: it takes more like 10 in my microwave…microwaves are so different that the first time you make these I just recommend you keep an eye on them and figure out how long it takes in yours) or until the chips are completely crisp (be careful not to burn them). Allow them to cool for about 2 minutes and serve!

MyWW SmartPoints per (1/2 of the recipe) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 3 SmartPoints/ Blue: 3 SmartPoints/ Purple: 0 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
2 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Adapted from “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening” by Devin Alexander

18 comments on “Crunchy Microwave Potato Chips”

  1. These were SO good. I couldn’t believe they actually turned out and tasted like “real” potato chips. 🙂 They only took 3 minutes in my microwave, but I also used a mandoline slicer to make them paper thin. The slicer also made for really fast prep. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea.

  2. So glad you tried this! Isn’t it crazy how great they come out? Good to hear you loved them 🙂

  3. When I saw this I was flabbergasted! I couldn’t believe that they were only 2 points (I’m a very skeptical person.) If they were only 2 points, they must not taste very good. Wrong! I skipped the tossing them with oil step and just sprayed the top with more spray oil. They were wonderful! After they were done I tossed them into a brown lunch sack and tossed them with a little seasoned salt. My whole family liked them. They are a little time intensive as it takes several “plates” to cook the whole potato at 4+ minutes per plate. But for 2 points, worth the time. Thanks for posting!

  4. It is a bit time consuming but I’m glad you thought it was worth it and that you loved them!

  5. I am amazed with this! They turned out so good! Thank you for sharing! I also tried apples the same way minus the salt. The apples don’t get as crisp as the chips and the core burns a little. Next time, I’m going to cut out the core and try the full 5 min. They were still good – like dried fruit! Very very cool! Thanks again!

  6. Thanks Sandra, glad you liked them! That’s a good idea with the apples – yum!

  7. Wow what a surprise! Who knew u could make chips in the microwave..What is the serving size and calories for this recipe or if you dont know how i can i figure it out. Thanks

    • One potato makes 2 servings. How many chips that is depends on how thick you cut them! I am currently working my way back through my older recipes to add nutrition information, but I haven’t gotten to this one yet. I calculate the NI using the recipe builder on http://www.myfitnesspal.com which is free for anyone to use!

  8. Has anyone tried this with sweet potatoes?

  9. Absolutely, wonderful chips! I have problems with my microwave overheating and stopping until it cools. I am sure it is a safety feature in my microwave. Anone else have a problem like this?

  10. These are absolutely AMAZING. We’ve had them several times. They take a little while to make since there are so many batches that need to go into the microwave, but they are soooo worth it!!!
    One day last week I was working very late, so hubby made tons of these (he must have been at the microwave for hours, LOL) and then I had them in my lunches for the rest of the week. They didn’t get soggy or stale or anything – they were perfect, just perfect.

    Now if only I had a microwave the size of my oven so we could make more at a time. Hey, I wonder if I could find some sort of double decker thingy for the microwave? hmmmm….

    • I’m glad to hear they work well as leftovers! That’s a great idea for a double decker microwave tray…I wonder if they make those. I’m happy you loved these. It’s fun to play around with different seasoning and flavors on them too!

  11. For those on a low sodium diet, this is a great way to be able to control the salt. Instead of salt, you can use all kinds of Mrs Dash seasonings and still have flavored chips without the salt – WONDERFUL!

  12. I just recently discovered your blog and I just want to say thank you for this recipe!!! My husband and I have been trying to do these and we couldn’t quite get them right, as we didn’t want to deep-fry them. I can’t believe they are so quick to make!!

  13. I do this with sweet potatoes at least once a week! They will be half the points as a regular potato and so tasty!

  14. How many calories in a serving ?

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