Plantain Chips

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Plantain Chips are a delicious snack that’s easy to make with just two essential ingredients! Learn how to make plantain chips in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for eating on the go, serving up at parties, picnics, and as after-school snacks.

Suitable for vegan, gluten free, Paleo, and Whole30 diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

a bowl of plantain chips ready to serve

Homemade Plantains Chips are one of the best snacks you can have. Just think salty, slightly sweet, crispy treats that are great for dips, bbq’s, lunch boxes, snacking on the go and more.

If like me, you spend an absolute fortune buying plantain chips from the store, then you’ll be happy to learn how to make banana chips at home! Bot only are they are super easy to make, the homemade version does not include artificial preservatives, etc. So what you make is what you get.

Related Recipe : Air Fryer Banana Chips.

Yeap, this awesome snack is made with just 2 essential ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. #bestsnackever

finished plantain chips served in a blue ceramic bowl

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What Are Plantain Chips?

Plantain Chips are chips made from green plantain aka unripe plantains. You can fry, bake or air fry them to your preference. Whilst you can use the sweeter riper plantains to make this, I think the crunchiest and best results are with green plantains.

Why You’ll These

  • There are only 2 essential ingredients.
  • Inexpensive, quick-cooking and soul-satisfying.
  • It is comforting and eaaaaaaaaasy.
  • Kids and picky eaters alike love ’em!

Tools Needed

Ready to learn how to make plantain chips at home? Then gather up your ingredients and I will show you….

How To Make Plantain Chips On Stovetop

  1. Peel the plantain, and slice thinly with a knife or mandolin.
  2. Transfer the chips into a mixing bowl and season with salt and any desired seasonings.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
  4. Fry the plantains in batches until they are golden on one side then turn them over and fry the other side (about 5 minutes in total). Avoid overcrowding the pan. Note that the second side cooks much quicker than the first side.
  5. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon, transfer the fried plantains to a plate lined with kitchen paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. Continue until all are done, and allow to cool completely before serving.

Full recipe and instructions in the recipe card further down below.

image collage showing the steps for making plantain chips

Make These In The Air Fryer

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350F / 180C.
  2. Coat the plantain chips with olive oil, or spritz with no-calorie cooking spray.
  3. Place the sliced plantains (in batches) into the Air Fryer Basket.
  4. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until they are as golden as you want.
  5. Let them cool down, add chips to a bowl, sprinkle with salt and serve.
plantain chips inside the air fryer basket

How To Bake Plantain Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375F / 190C and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix sliced plantain with salt, oil, and any seasoning and transfer sliced plantains on the sheet.
  3. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden, turning halfway through. 
  4. Let cool before serving.

Recipe Tips

Here are a few tips to help you cook these easily:

  • Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice the chips.
  • Cut the chips to the same width so that they cook at the same rate.
  • It is easy for these to go from cooked to burnt, so watch very carefully towards the end of their cooking time.
  • Let them cool before serving as they crisp up more as they cool.
  • Use the oil you have on hand. If not following the Whole30 plan, you can fry plantains using vegetable oil or sunflower seed oil.
  • You might need to reduce the heat on the oil after turning the chips, as the second side cooks much quicker than the first.
top down view of the finished plantain chips

Seasonings

Options are endless with seasonings. Just a little bit of salt is one of my favorite ways to snack on my plantain chips. But you can also;

  • Change up the salt : homemade stone house seasoning  {best easy tasty seasoning you can make ever), Himalayan salt.
  • Vary spices : ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, paprika.
  • Add heat : use cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes
  • Make them sweeter : melted chocolate, cinnamon sugar.
  • Use citrus : Lemon or lime zest,

FAQ’s

Are Plantain Chips Healthy?

This depends on the cooking method. Baked plantain chips and air fried ones are definitely much healthier than the fried version.

How To Peel Plantains And Cut them

  • How to peel plantains the right way: on a cutting board, use a sharp knife to cut off each end.
  • Next, while firmly holding the plantain, slit the peel lengthwise with the tip of your knife along each seam. (Only go as deep as the peel.)
  • Carefully remove each section of the peel and voila — you have a peeled plantain. Now you can tell all your friends how to peel plantains.
image showing how to prepare plantain chips

What Is The Difference Between Plantains and Bananas

Plantain is a starchy fruit that’s part of the banana family but it isn’t quite like a banana. Typically, you wouldn’t eat it raw because the plantain is starchier and is not as sweet as a banana. Their skins are also much thicker than bananas. You would need to cook plantains before you eat them.

Bananas are less starchy. You can eat bananas uncooked as long as they are ripe, although you can cook them too if you prefer.

plantain chips served in a bowl

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Weight Watchers Points

If made with no-calorie cooking spray, there are 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.

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a bowl of plantain chips ready to serve
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Plantain Chips

Plantains chips make an absolutely delicious snack that's easy to make with just 2 ingredients!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 6
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 3 Raw plantains thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil or no-calorie cooking spray

Instructions

How To Make Plantain Chips

  • Peel and thinly slice plantains.
  • Salt them and mix very well.
  • Heat some olive oil in a large pan.
  • Fry the plantains in batches till they are golden on one side, then turn them over and fry the other side. Note that the second side cooks much quicker than the first side.
  • Allow the chips to cool before serving.

How To Make Baked Plantain Chips

  • Preheat oven to 375F / 190C.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, combine sliced plantains, salt, and oil.
  • Then transfer the plantains onto the baking sheets.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes, until golden brown, turning halfway through the cooking time. 

How To Make Air Fryer Plantain Chips

  • Preheat air fryer to 350F / 180C.
  • Thinly slice plantains, and toss with olive oil or spritz them with no-calorie cooking spray.
  • Working in batches, place the sliced plantains into the air fryer basket, and cook for about 10-15 minutes, until they are as golden as you want.
  • Place chips in a bowl, sprinkle with salt, toss to coat, and then serve.
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Notes

Recipe Tips

  • Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice the chips.
  • Cut the chips to the same width so that they cook at the same rate.
  • It is easy for these to go from cooked to burnt, so watch very carefully towards the end of their cooking time.
  • Let them cool before serving as they crisp up more as they cool.
  • Use the oil you have on hand. If not following the Whole30 plan, you can fry plantains using vegetable oil or sunflower seed oil.
  • You might need to reduce the heat on the oil after turning the chips, as the second side cooks much quicker than the first.

Weight Watchers Points

If made with no-calorie cooking spray, there are 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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