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Plantain Chips: a tasty, healthy snack you can eat on any diet

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist
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Ingredients
large plantains, peeled
2
Oil
1 tbsp
salt to taste

Plantain chips are a delicious, healthy snack that is super fast and easy to make. These tasty, fiber-rich fruits are packed with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals and are ideal for anyone on a paleo, whole30, or gluten-free diet.

Plantains are a type of starchy fruit related to bananas. They're a versatile food that is a staple in many different cuisines including West African, Central American, and the Caribbean. These tasty plantain chips are salty with a satisfying crunch and only call for three ingredients.

The best part is you can customize your plantain chips however you like – add your favorite spices and seasonings to jazz them up.

What are Plantain Chips?

As the name suggests, plantain chips are made from plantains, a starchy fruit similar to bananas. Plantain chips are more savory than banana chips, which are notably sweet.

The exact recipe for plantain chips will vary slightly depending on the country of origin, but all the variations are delicious and worth trying!

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What Are the Best Type of Plantains for Making Chips?

Plantains come in a range of colors from green to yellow. The yellow versions are sweeter and softer. Pick up a light green plantain to make plantain chips. They are firm and easy to cut, making them ideal for chips.

However, if you want to make sweet plantain chips, you can use yellow plantains instead.

How to Cut Plantain Chips

To cut your plantains into chips, you'll need a sharp knife. Thinner slices make for better chips, about 1/8-inch will do the trick. You can also use a mandolin instead of a knife – this will help you get more evenly cut pieces.

How to Make Plantain Chips

You won't believe how fast and easy it is to make these tasty plantain chips at home. Once you've sliced the plantain, place the slices in a bowl, and add the oil of your choice. Toss the plantains well so they're well-coated.

Place the plantains on a parchment paper-lined baking tray, then season them with salt (or any other herbs or spices you'd like to add). Bake the chips for 15 minutes at 350F.

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Can You Make Baked Plantain Chips Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! You can make plantain chips a day or 2 in advance.

Tips for the Best Plantain Chips

Make sure you cut your plantains so the slices are more or less the same size. This will ensure they cook evenly.

To make sure your plantains crisp up well, you can put them on a wire rack once you take them out of the oven.

If your chips are too oily, you can dab them with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

While it's tempting to dig right in, make sure you let the chips cool before you eat them.

There are a ton of fantastic ways you can season your plantain chips. Add spices like chili powder, cayenne powder, paprika, curry powder, garam masala, or your favorite seasoning mix like taco seasoning, Tajin, or make sweet versions by adding a little sugar.

You can also fry your plantain chips in oil for 2 to 3 minutes, making sure to work in batches.

How to Store Baked Plantain Chips

Keep your baked plantains in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll last between 2 to 3 days.

To keep them crispy, keep the plantain chips between paper towels.

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Slice the plantains into thin discs.

Transfer the plantains to a bowl. Pour the oil over the plantains, then toss to coat.

Arrange the plantains in a single layer on the baking tray. Season with salt.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the chips are golden brown around the edges.

Remove the plantains from the oven and allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

Notes

Use any oil you prefer. Olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil are all ideal for baking plantains.

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