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How to Make Guilt-Free Potato Chips in Your Microwave

Zap up a tasty snack in minutes!


A trip to the grocery store can look pretty bleak right now. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has everyone wiping out entire shelves of food, meaning you might have to endure self-isolation without some of your favorite snacks – like potato chips. Plus, you might just want a healthier way to enjoy the delightfully crispy tubers. Whatever the case may be, there’s no need to look further than your own microwave.

Yep, you can zap up a batch of homemade chips in a matter of minutes. I found the trick on AllRecipes and it honestly blew my mind. The recipe is simple: wash your potatoes, then slice them as thin as you can. Line your microwave with parchment paper, lay the slices out (trying not to overlap them), season with salt, place another bit of parchment paper over them, and nuke.

I used my OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer ($14.99, Amazon) to chop regular white taters into 1 centimeter discs. I can’t stress this enough, if you also use this kitchen tool for this or any other recipe, be very careful. The super-sharp blade doesn’t know the difference between your fingers and potatoes, so use the hand guard that comes with it. You might even invest in a pair of cooking gloves, like NoCry Cut-Resistant Gloves ($11.49, Amazon). OK, now that that PSA is over, let’s get back to the chips.

I seasoned mine with the recommended salt and added a pinch of Trader Joe’s Mushroom and Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend ($7.75, Amazon) for an extra kick of flavor. The AllRecipes post says to heat them for eight minutes, but mine crisped up in just under three. As the back of every frozen meal claims, microwave timing may vary, so I recommend working in one or two minute increments until your chips are just right.

Here’s how mine turned out:

Bowl of potato chips

I’ll admit they could look a little better, but they tasted so good! And you can obviously mix up the seasoning you sprinkle on, which is another great reason to give these a shot. It might take a few rounds of nuking to get through a full potato, but you can get into a rhythm pretty quickly. 

Now on top of having a simple and perfectly seasoned snack, you can also feel guilt-free about chowing down on chips that aren’t greasy or fried. Win/win!

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