Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix.  These chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave!

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

I know I’ve got a winner when I can’t even make it through the first wave of photos without gobbling up my subjects.  Oh boy, this is a game changer if there ever was one.  Want a handful of potato chips any time you get the craving?  Want them healthy?  Want them super quick?  Want them now?  Well then read on…

Sliciing potatoes on a mandoline for Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front, you’re going to need a mandoline slicer.  They are inexpensive and indispensable in the kitchen, I promise.  They allow you to slice a whole potato into countless paper thin slices in just a few seconds.  This is a must, you will not be able to slice the potatoes thin enough without one of these.

Paper thin sliced potatoes for Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

These Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are so fantastic I hardly know where to begin.  They are super crisp, just like you’d expect.  They only take a few minutes to make, so they’re instant gratification.  You can actually taste the lovely flavor of the olive oil, but the chips aren’t at all greasy.  And if you are trying to cut down on salt you can use pepper, or a saltless herb blend to sprinkle on.  There’s no downside to these, they are PERFECT.

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips ready to cook

Microwaves vary in power, so let your eyes be the judge…when the chips turn golden brown, they’re done.  Don’t be afraid to stop the machine to check on them if you’re having trouble seeing through the door, and pull out ones that get brown first.

Insanely good and easy Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

This recipe is adapted from the lovely blog Rachel Cooks.

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips


  • 1 russet potato (the kind you use for baking)
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper, or an herb blend for sprinkling


  1. Scrub your potato and dry it with a dish towel. Do not peel.
  2. Slice the potato as thin as you can on your mandoline slicer. Try the 1/8 inch setting. The slices should come out whole, but very thin and flexible.
  3. Put the slices into a bowl and drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat. Use your hands and make sure every slice is coated.
  4. Put a piece of paper towel or parchment paper on the carousel of your microwave and lay out a single layer of potato slices.
  5. Microwave for anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, depending on your microwave, how big your potato slices are, and how thickly you sliced them. Watch through the window and when they turn evenly golden brown, they're done. Stop the machine to check on them if necessary, and pull out any chips that brown earlier than the others. Repeat for the rest of the slices, and you can reuse your paper liner.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, or any other herb blend you like.


  • Microwaves vary, mine is a standard 1000 watt with a rotating carousel.  Your cooking time may be slightly different depending on the power of your microwave, and how thin you have sliced your potatoes.  Check their progress through the door window and don’t hesitate to stop the machine and pull them out when they turn golden.
  • You can use all kind of potatoes and other root veggies for this, such as sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, beets, parsnips, etc.   *UPDATE* I tried this with beets and it did not work, they burn before they crisp.
  • If you want to slice your potatoes ahead of time, immerse them in a big bowl of cold water to keep them from turning brown.  You’ll have to thoroughly dry them on a clean kitchen towel before coating with oil.  Note that the soaked potatoes did take longer to crisp up, about a minute more, on average for me, but otherwise they were just as good.
  • The chips will shrink up considerably as they cook, so plan accordingly.  In other words, make lots :)
  • This seems to work best when you place the parchment or paper towel right into the microwave, without a separate plate to hold the chips.  You can use a plate, but it absorbs some of the energy and the chips cook more slowly.
  • Can you use spray oil for these?  Yes, and if you’re counting calories that’s a good idea, but I do think that a good olive oil pays off in terms of flavor.
  • Can you do this without the oil?  Yes!  See the photo just below, they were made without oil or salt.
  • Can you do this without the parchment paper?  You will need something to keep the potatoes from sticking to the cooking surface,, either parchment or a paper towel, or some other clean type of paper.

Oil Free Microwave Potato Chips

The above Skinny Microwave Potato Chips were made without any oil at all, pretty cool, huh?

Easy and healthy Microwave Potato Chips!

Happy snacking!


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56 Responses to Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

  1. Joseph says:

    Yum yum.
    Yum yum yum.
    Yum yum yummy.

  2. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to try these, Sue. I have missed chips!! I can’t tell you how excited I am, lol. I’ll let you know how it works out. Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. Farida says:

    Looking amazing , way better the chips bags! Will try them definitely! Pinning now, if I want to use herbs, should I mix it with the olive oil. Another q, do you recommend butter? I’m starting to really like your blog, following on fb and subscribing!

  4. Janice says:

    I really must make these, I’ve looked before but never got round to doing it!

  5. Foodiewife says:

    I trust you, Susan. My husband adores potato chips and I do have a mandolin and always have potatoes. I can’t imagine not putting a sprinky dinky of sea salt and my husband would love it.

  6. Miss M says:

    Hi, can I ask what the calorie content is of the recipe?


    • Sue says:

      Hi Miss M! I don’t have the calorie count, but if you use the no oil no salt method, it’s pretty darned low. I suppose we could figure it out if we found the calorie count for a russet potato and then counted the potato slices!

  7. Nina Gail says:

    I had a basket of potatoes sitting on the counter for days. Uninspired to do anything with them until I saw this recipe. Made these tonight and I am hooked! So easy, quick and delicious. Next time I’m going to try soaking in vinegar then drying for my favorite – salt & vinegar flavor. Goodbye Cape Cod chips!

  8. Susan says:

    OMG, it want to try these this instant! My husband is a potato chip junkie so I don’t usually keep them in the house. These would be great to whip up for a special treat and so much more healthy than deep fried!

  9. Denise Jurich says:

    As opposed to all the people who want to try them (which are not helpful), I have tried them and it takes almost twice as long to prepare in my microwave. I sprinkled mine with ground seal salt combined with herbs de provance. Even if the chips aren’t super thin, They will crisp as they cool. This is one of her recipes that I actually found to be worthwhile (the citrus caprese salad was the other one that comes to mind).

  10. Do you have some suggestions on making a BBQ flavored potato chip?

  11. Penny says:

    Do you think this would work with apples?

  12. penny says:

    Would this work with apples? I make an oven recipe for apple chips. Hope apples
    would work too !

    • Sue says:

      Hi Penny — I believe it does because I’ve seen it on Pinterest, but I haven’t tried it myself. Please report back here if you try it and let us know how it goes!

  13. Alice says:

    awesome recipe!

  14. Bita says:

    Can’t wait to try these – they look perfect for some game day chip replacement therapy!

  15. Bita says:

    This is an exciting discovery. Can’t to try this – potentially good day chip replacement therapy!

  16. OMG, I need to try this! Potato chips are one of those snacks I try not to keep in the house becuase I can’t resist them. I love the idea of making a quick small and healthier batch! Pinning!

  17. SallyBR says:

    I am sold! Very curious also about the possibility of trying them with sweet potatoes, or even other veggies, like parsnips….

    they look simply AMAZING!!!!

  18. Thank you for the excuse to finally purchase a mandoline. So long on my list of things I want; but I always hesitated. Do I really need it, I’d ask myself. Yes, Sue Moran says so!

    • Sue says:

      Oh Rosemary you are going to be so glad you finally got one, I use mine so often — it’s one of best kitchen tools I’ve ever had.

  19. OMG Sue, I can’t wait to try these! I’ve made chips in the oven and the deep fryer, but never in the microwave! What a great quick snack! And one of my faves to boot!!

  20. these are one of my favourite treats and I have a special ‘plate’ for them that has holes in it. I must confess that lately I have just been buying them which is so lazy of me :)

  21. Wow! I wish I had a potato handy; can’t wait to try this!

  22. Oh I just LOVE potato chips and I can’t wait to make these they look irresistable!

  23. Betty says:

    Perfect timing! Snowed in since Friday and all snacks are gone- These look like a perfect solution. :)

  24. I’m glad to hear these are skinny chips because I know I’d eat the entire batch! :)

  25. Rachel Cooks says:

    These look amazing! Best thing ever, right?!?! :)

  26. I love these and I’m no longer afraid of my mandoline since my husband bought me steel a glove thingy for Christmas ;)

  27. Shelley says:

    Hi Sue – on the devonshire cream – it finally worked when I baked it again for another twelve hours! I am going to try these chips tonight and will let you know how they go!

  28. sassygirl711 says:

    definitely will try this technique
    on sweet potato chips.
    amazing tools…mandolines!
    thanks for sharing…

  29. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, this is genius….I can see myself getting into a lot of trouble with this one.

  30. I’ll take that big beautiful handful!! I’m making these today!! Maybe right now!!

  31. You have the best recipes Sue! LOVE, love, love this idea. Can’t wait to try it. Still snowed in at our house today – and we have potatoes! Thank you.

  32. Monique says:

    Your pics are heavenly this morning:) Will try.

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