With just three ingredients, these Easy Homemade Oven Chips are so simple to make, I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long. They’re also fresher and healthier than some brands you can buy in the shops and the kids say they’re tastier too.
I used to think nothing of picking up the odd bag of frozen oven chips and cooking them for the kids’ dinner every once in a while. That’s despite hating the things myself – I just don’t like the taste. But, I thought, as long as the kids like them I’ll keep buying them and making them.
And then I found myself watching Eat Well for Less one evening – the BBC programme which helps families look at the groceries they’re buying and what they’re eating in an effort to help them eat better quality food while spending less money. In this particular episode Gregg Wallace suggested that mum Kate make her own oven chips. His argument was that they were cheaper to make, healthier and tasted better.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d never really thought of making my own chips and wasn’t really sure how to either. But, inspired by the TV family’s positive experience, I looked through a few recipes and after a few trials finalised this recipe; crispy chips with a really fluffy centre which went down a storm with the whole family. In fact, my son uttered the very rare words: “These chips are really good”. Words I’ve never heard him use for the shop-bought ones.
Gregg Wallace was right – homemade oven chips are so easy to make, and they do taste so much better than any you can buy, in my own and my family’s experience. I also don’t feel like I’m feeding my kids junk – after all they’re just potatoes, which are loaded with vitamin C plus a little oil and a little salt. I’ve looked at the ingredients of some supermarket oven chips and counted nine ingredients in some cases – some chips are even coated in batter.
The most work is in the peeling and chopping of the potatoes but that takes minutes (you could of course just leave the skins on for a heartier chip). Then you just bung them in the oven for 30-45 minutes – which gives you plenty of time to get on with making the rest of dinner.
So – easy, healthy and tasty: three good reasons to make these. I’m a chip convert!
This recipe makes about 4 large portions.
- 4 large potatoes (I used King Edwards)
- 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.
- Peel the potatoes and then slice into rounds about 1cm thick.
- Cut each round into chips (one round does about 3 to 4 chips).
- Wrap the chips in a tea towel to remove most of the moisture.
- Put the chips in a bowl, add the oil and mix well with your hands until the chips are well-coated.
- Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes. (check after 30 minutes to test for "doneness".