The Healthiest and Tastiest Potato Chip In The World

November 21, 2011   26 Comments

What if you could make FAT-FREE crispy chips in your microwave? Wouldn't that solve all of your problems?

Healthiest Potato Chip

Okay, maybe not ALL of your problems - but at 120 calories for NINE chips - potato chips are a bit of an issue. Because, none of us can eat just NINE.

I have been an advocate for Cape Cod Reduced Fat chips and other baked chips because you can have around 20 chips for that 100 calories. I have bought these to replace fattier chips and have found that I enjoy them just as much.

Then I met the "Mastrad Top Chips Maker" and I fell in love. Why? Because, now I don't have to use ANY oil to get delicious chips. It is just a potato cooked in the microwave -healthy and fresh.

You get a really strong potato flavor versus a bag of chips because they go from potato to chip in four minutes (and then in your mouth).

Why have I professed love to this kitchen gadget?

  • You save money. (one potato costs much less than a bag of chips)
  • It is green. (no packaging to throw away)
  • Make chips other than potato - sweet potato, carrot, apple.
  • It is dishwasher safe - easy clean up!

The downside is that you can only make about 10 chips at a time because they have to be spread without overlapping on the cooker. You can buy extra cooker things to stack and make more chips at once.

All you do is peel the potato, slice it with the mandolin, put it on the maker, and microwave for four minutes and you have chips. Of course, that takes a lot longer than opening a bag of chips.

I had trouble getting salt to stick - but I found that I didn't need salt because the chips were so flavorful.

An ENTIRE potato worth of chips (probably around 40) will set you back:

131 calories, 0.1 g fat, 29.7 g carbohydrates, 3.4 g protein, 3.7 g fiber, 10 mg sodium, 3 Points+

And, you get 56% of your daily value of Vitamin C and 7% of your daily value of Iron. How can you lose?

My kids went bananas for these and we used them as a side dish at dinner.

You can buy one at Shop Mastrad or at (below).

Have you ever made chips in the microwave?

This product was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.

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Ohhhhhh I can't wait to try this! The extra time it takes to make the chips is worth the savings in calories and fat!! YUMMO! Buying one today! Thanks for sharing!

FYI: I just bought myself this product at Amazon and you can get TWO trays for $20. Can't wait to try it!!

Pampered Chef has one also. I tried it out at a party recently. We used a little bbq rub seasoning and made great bbq chips. Really good stuff!

Great time of year to add to my Amazon Wishlist. I'm going to try adding a little lemon to apples. My daughter loves lemon on anything.

ha! as the previous commenter, I just added this to my Amazon wishlist!

These look great... PS a light spraying of oil (like a tenth of a second) will add minimal oil and help the salt to stick afterward.

They presumably still have acrylamide in them from crisping them but then a lot of things I like do (chips, crackers, coffee beans, baked goods...)! Oh well.

Would salting them before cooking them work? They would be damp then...

omg i've never seen of heard of something like this before, this is amazing! and for only $20~ :O i was expecting it to be like $200 or something, like that healthy deep fried food gadget (1 tablespoon of oil for a whole batch of fries, i'm pretty tempted to get that too lol). i'm so getting this! gotta wait til i can find something else i wanna buy tho, $20 won't get me free shipping lol

The one that has 2 trays does NOT come with the mandolin though. I am excited about getting a mandolin for that price!

Hey! Guess what!? You can do the very same thing with your own microwave safe plate and a knife. You can get them thin enough with a knife. Been doing it for years! I soak my chips in white vinegar for a few hours too. Really good!

And now I have one coming my way! Thanks for the review. I like the idea of soaking them in vinegar for a different taste. I have made potato chips by hand before, but my hands are getting older and they don't appreciate it when I ask them to do all that slicing. Fun snack for all of us coming up (including apples).

Do you soak them in vinegar before or after you microwave them?

@Shalomseeker - yes, salting before will work - I asked the manufacturer -but I haven't done it myself as of yet.

@Sallyjrw - I think I would soak before you microwave or they would become soggy. Thanks for asking!

I might have to get one of these for my mom. she loves kitchen gadgets and loves potato chips!

I have the Pampered Chef microwave chip maker, can anyone tell me why my chips are coming out chewy? I can't seem to find the crisp! I tried cooking then a little longer and they burned and I tried letting them sit a little longer but nothing changes! If anyone can help me figure this out that would be great!

I love my Pampered Chef chip maker! It's so easy to use. The design is silicone with holes and scalloped bottom for circulation, set of 2.Slice small to med-sized potato or fruit into thin slices. If they are too thick, they will be more chewy. place slices on paper towel, sprinkle with sea salt or seasoning, if desired. no soaking necessary. Blot tops of slices with paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Arrange slices in a single layer, making sure not to overlap. Use a microwave with built-in turn table to ensure even cooking. Using single rack, microwave 5-6 1/2 mins. When using double rack, try 8-9 mins. I've also made sweet potato chips and apple chips! (Braeburn, Granny smith, and Gala work best) for apples, micro for 3 1/2-4 mins for single rack, or 4-5 mins for double. Go to my website for picture, description, and ordering!

I have the pampered chef microwave chip maker and I have the same problem...they are chewy. I've tried everything. There is no crunch..what a waste of money!!

I'm sorry you are having a problem with the chip maker. You must slice the potatoes thin, or they won't be crispy. Also make sure your microwave has a turntable. If you are using both trays at the same time, it is recommended that you rotate them every 2 mins to ensure crispness. I just use one tray in the microwave at a time. All this information is included with your product on the use and care label. I've made these at my parties, and have no problems. If you are still unsatisfied, contact Pampered Chef and they will refund your money. They value their reputation and want everyone to be happy with their purchases, or your money back guaranteed. go to: (there should be a phone number) Hope that helps :)

Ok, I have perfected the chip!! I just sliced them very thin (less than the one setting), patted them very dry, then microwaved them for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (until the edges began to curl up and they slightly browned). I think I was slicing a little too thick and wasn't drying them enough...sooooo excited...thanks for the tips Lisa :)

Yay! I knew you would have success! After blotting off most of the liquid, sprinkle with sea salt or any seasoning, yumm! Now that you have perfected the potato, try using a sweet potato, and apples too! They're wonderful! Happy chip making :)

This seems a little nitpicky, but can anyone give me an idea of thickness in terms of millimeters that come out thin enough to get crispy? I am trying to decide between two mandolins, mostly for cutting chips, and the one that I'm leaning toward only goes down to 3mm -- is that tending toward too thick? Thanks for any help!

If you are haiving issues with the Pampered Chef chip maker...chips are tough and chewy not crispy. It is probably the wattage of your microwave. To make the potatoe chips crispy make sure to leave them on a clean kitchen towel to absorb any excess moisture, once you place them on the mat, blot with towel, sprinkle with salt and give it a try. This is one of my favorite gadgets, I make them all the time. I have had issues at shows when using the customers microwave though. It is usally the smaller sized, lower wattage microwaves.

I love my Pampered Chef Potato Chip Maker! After I slice my potato (I use the number 1 setting with very light hand pressure to assure the thinnest chip), I give them a quick rinse to get rid of the excess starchiness, place them individually on a layer of absorbent paper towels (I use Viva brand) and then place another layer of paper towels on top of the potatoes and pat them dry. Leaving them covered keeps the potatoes from turning brown, too. After placing the potatoes on the cooking tray, I grind fresh sea salt and then grind fresh black pepper over them and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. If they aren't crispy enough I cook at additional 30 second intervals until desired crispness is obtained. I never add salt to the chips until I'm ready to pop them in the microwave because the salt draws out moisture and they turn brownish.

I, too, have soaked my potato slices in vinegar but used cider instead of white. They tasted pretty good but not as good as my favorite store bought brand (Utz is the best!). I've also made apple chips, carrot chips, sweet potato chips, and yucca chips. The carrot chips and sweet potato chips never really got crispy (it they started out a little crispy and then it seemed like the moisture come back and they became chewy instead. The apple chips didn't get crispy either... Whe I tried the apple chips, I sprinkled them with cinnamon-sugar but the sugar kind of burned on them leaving them not so tasty.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to make the apple, carrot, and sweet potato chips crispy so they stay crispy? Oh, I also tried making butternut squash chips (from the long neck end) and had the same problem with them not getting crispy and staying that way. The Pampered Chef Simple Slicer is definitely the best tool for getting near paper-thin slides of any vegetable! I find that when I barely use any hand pressure when gliding the vegetable across the blade, the thinner the slice is. Dense veggies like the sweet potato and butternut squash were the most difficult to get the thinnest slices but none the less, very tasty.

Glad you published the Points Plus...was about to try to figure it out. 3 for a whole potato! Awesome!!! What I did last night was slice 20, set on trays, stick in microwave, then slice the rest while those were cooking. Going pick up a new microwave this weekend. Loving this product!

There is absolutely nothing healthy about low-fat.. It is not fat that is harfmul to our health and waistlines. It is sugars and fake oils. The best chips are made with only three ingredients 1. Potatoes 2. Natural oil like olive, avocado, or coconut. 3. Salt

Please see my review on healthiest potato chips brands. I've listed my top-5 favorite. In short, cut out the fake oils like canola. Add the fat, and don't worry about salt unless you have a hypersensitivity..

I have yet Pampered Chef chip maker. I usually make more than one tray. After I finish the first tray I place them on a small cookie sheet and place in 200 degree oven to keep warm. They are always crispy when they come out if oven. Love my chip maker. Never buy chips anymore. So easy to make your .own

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