Sweet Potato Chips {in the microwave!}

by Rachel Gurk on January 16, 2013 · 104 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Sides & Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Holy cow, I managed to cook, photograph and schedule a blog post with a 2-year-old and a 3-week-old!

Maybe I can do this mom-of-two-kids-food-blogger thing after all.

In reality, I shouldn’t brag too much, seeing as this recipe doesn’t really take more than 10 minutes to make. Oh well. Baby steps.

And I burned one batch of these sweet potato chips because the baby was crying and needed to be burped and I thought an extra 15 seconds in the microwave was a good idea. I guess this is going to take a little more practice.

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These are super easy and were one of the first things I wanted to make after I got my mandoline. I love that they get nice and crispy without deep-frying. And they literally only take minutes to make. Great for a quick snack and my daughter loooooves them. I can’t wait to try this with regular potatoes, and maybe even parsnips or carrots. How fun!

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Sweet Potato Chips {in the microwave!}

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, scrubbed clean and any brown spots trimmed off
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut off ends of sweet potato and slice using the thinnest blade on a mandoline. Take care to keep all 10 of your fingers attached.
  2. Put in a bowl and add oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. I use my hands.
  3. Cut out a piece of parchment paper in a circle to fit the tray in your microwave. Place sweet potatoes in a single layer on tray. Microwave on high power for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes or until crispy but not browned. Watch carefully for the first batch or two to determine the proper time since all microwaves are slightly different. 3 1/2 minutes was my perfect number. Repeat this step until all chips are cooked. Best served immediately.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/01/16/sweet-potato-chips-in-the-microwave/

Verdict: Great! These sweet potato chips are a great snack to satisfy that need for something crunchy and salty.
Husband’s take: Him: “They sound good, are we having them for dinner?” Me: “No, I ate them all.” Him: “Oh.”
Changes I would make: None. Might be fun to play around with spices and seasoning though.
Difficulty: Easy, as long as you have a mandoline and keep all of your fingers.

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1 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! January 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

I’ve made sweet potato chips in the microwave too, and they are awesome! Such a fun, easy snack…that’s fairly healthy too. :) Your pictures of your chips are great!

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2 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats January 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

You’re so smart :) Ive been dyiing for easy, quick and healthier snacks for my little guy..I feel bad that Ive been slacking a little in meals and try to at least get him well nourished with healthy snacks throughout the day..but Im running out of ideas! I love this one! Thank you!

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3 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots January 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

This. Is. Awesome!!!!!

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4 sally @ sallys baking addiction January 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

oh holy mackerol. who knew sweet potato chips in the MICROWAVE was possible? certainly not this girl. I’m astounded Rachel! And all I want do right now is leave the office, buy a huge bag of sweet taters and continuously run the microwave day in and day out so I have an endless supply of these. I want some right now!

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5 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

Microwave and chips?! Oh yes, you’ve done it now!

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6 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

I have these on my list of things to make this year. But first I need a mandoline :) I used to have one, not sure what happened to it!

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7 Kathryn January 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

I had no idea you could make chips in the microwave – I’m completely sold!

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8 Bev @ Bev Cooks January 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Shut. Your. Face. I. Love. This.

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9 Kathy - Panini Happy January 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

I’ve got to try this! My kids will eat any vegetable if it’s in chip form, I’ve found. :-) Now if I can just get over my fear of my mandoline, lol.

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10 Deb @ Home life simplified January 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

You took the words out of my mouth – i have owned that thing for 3 years and used it twice – terrified! this will make me do it i think

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11 Rachel January 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Go for it!

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12 Deb January 20, 2013 at 2:38 am

I did it. I swapped out the blade, needed my hsband’s help to get it right and only chopped off a bit of my pinky nail lol. But I got perfect slices.

My microwave always seemed strong to me, but I just did my first batch and at 5 1/2 minutes still was not crispy at all. Hmm hoping batch 2 is crispy. Love the idea and will keep at it. Thanks.

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13 Rachel January 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

Oh no! I hope they turned out for you, especially after the pinky incident! :)

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14 Kathy - Panini Happy January 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I did it! Actually doing it right now. :-) First batch – already devoured. I’m on batch #2. Such a great treat – thanks, Rachel! (All fingers and knuckles still here too.)

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15 sarah k @ the pajama chef January 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

i need to try this!!! oh my goodness!!!

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16 shelly (cookies and cups) January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

What a cool idea!! I am SO gonna try this!

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17 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

I could eat these obsessively. All day. I’ve eaten like 2 potatoes in one sitting like this :)

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18 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

I love sweet potato chips! Now I can eat them more often! :)

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19 carrian January 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

Yeah you did! And the photo is gorgeous. Totally one of my favorites. And in the microwave!! I never would have guessed that would work. Pinning this shizzle ;)

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20 Rachel January 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Thanks! New macro lens….yayyyyy!

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21 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

I love that you made these so quick and that they look delicious! Definitely a snack that I can manage.

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22 Chrissy January 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

LOVE THESE! Definitely trying these tonight and I’d love to make different types of chips. And as everyone else said… pretty photos!

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23 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain January 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR?!! I’m totally digging these chips. And high-five for blogging and shooting with a 2 and 3 week year old! You rock!

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24 Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

You made these yummy chips in the microwave!?! Super cool!

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25 Bree {Skinny Mommy} January 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Yay you! These look amazing. Gorgeous pics. What program do you use to write words on your pics? I need to get one. Looks so professional!

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26 Rachel January 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thank you so much, Bree! I got a new lens for Christmas, still getting used to it but I think I’m going to love it! The words are farrrr from professional, I use iPiccy, it is a free online editing program. Works for me though!

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27 Tracey January 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’ve wanted to try microwave potato chips for so long now but I was worried it was too good to be true. Looks like it’s not :) This sweet potato version looks amazing!!

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28 Olga @ MangoTomato January 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

OMG those look soooooo good! Alas, I haven’t had a microwave in two years ;(

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29 JULIE May 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

oH. I COULD NOT LIVE W/O MY MICROWAVE!! MUST HAVE……… :)

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30 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

What a great idea, and in the microwave! So smart.

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31 Ashley January 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I love your intro. I have 2 little ones that are close in age as well, and let me tell you, it takes some getting used to juggling both! Major high five for preparing anything more intense than a bowl of cereal, and blogging about it to boot!

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32 Rachel January 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Haha–thanks Ashley! It is crazy, isn’t it?

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33 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

These look so good! I can’t believe they are made in the microwave!

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34 Nikki @Pennies on a Platter January 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Ok, really!?!? No, REALLY!?! I’m making these as soon as I can find 10 minutes to spare. lol! Actually, just as soon as I can drag my butt to the store and pick up some sweet ‘taters! TOO easy! (And, beautiful photo!)

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35 Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama January 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Love these!

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36 Rachel January 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Thanks! Fun fact–that was your 100th comment on my site. Thanks for all the love! :)

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37 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health January 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

you are one hell of a super mom! i love sweet potatoes and you just made my life so much more easier :) :) will have to get mandolin ASAP!

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38 tijuana (po' man meals) January 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

wow. these look simply delicious. i have to admit, i am very intimidated by mandolin’s. but i guess i need to put on my big girl pants and buy one. the microwave idea was genius.

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39 Julia January 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I’ve made these with regular potatoes, but duh, sweet potatoes, that’s like 487 million times better!

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40 Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} January 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Who woulda thought you could get crispy chips out of the microwave!!!! So healthy, I can’t even stand it!! Well done, Rachel, well done. ;)

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41 JULIE May 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

ABSOLUTELY!! LOVE THESE W GARLIC TOO!! THANKS SO MUCH !!

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42 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

My boys are going to go crazy for these! I need to get some sweet potatoes asap! PS. So impressed you are getting this done with a new baby and a toddler!

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43 Elissa January 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

Zucchini chips are yum in the oven, I wonder if they’d work in the microwave too? Hmmm off to buy some veg & experiment tomorrow! Thanks for awesome recipe!

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44 Rachel January 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I did carrots today—tasted good but turned brown. :(

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45 Jenny @ BAKE January 17, 2013 at 5:08 am

this recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it next movie night. I’m so impressed that you’re doing this with two little ones!

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46 Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} January 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

These have successfully blown my mind! In the MICROWAVE!? WHAT!? Love it!!

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47 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

you just rocked my world! awesome idea.

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48 Karly January 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

Oh, these look dangerously easy! I think I’d eat them all before the husband had a chance to try them, too!

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49 Amanda January 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

These look like a ton of fun to try new flavors with! Thanks for sharing!

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50 Sheila January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

MMM yum LOVE sweet potatoes in any form. These look like my kind of treat!

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51 Paulette January 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

OK, I’ve always hated sweet potatoes but this sounded just too good not to try……and Eureka!!, I love this. I used cayenne, curry & seasoning salt on mine and just could not stop eating em

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52 Melissa @ The Kitchen Canister January 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

What a simple recipe. I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to snack foods and this sounds great!

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53 Steph January 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

This is so incredible!! And all done in the microwave…even better!!

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54 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

“Holy cow, I managed to cook, photograph and schedule a blog post with a 2-year-old and a 3-week-old!” — It feels like just yesterday you had your first one! I can’t even imagine having 2 under 2. I should buy you a drink :)

And these chips are brilliant! I’ve seen similar ideas on Pinterest but wasn’t really sure if it would work. Clearly, it does. Bravo!

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55 Leigh Anne@Yourhomebasedmom.com January 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

These look delicious and your photography is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll come back tomorrow.

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56 Rachel Gurk January 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

Thanks Leigh Anne! Thanks for hosting the link up!

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57 Lucy January 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I don’t have a mandolin, but does a good food processor work to get the thin slices. I haven’t tried that, either! I’m anxious to try this with some seasonings.

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58 Rachel Gurk January 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

It could work, depending on how thinly it slices. My slices were very thin and I think if they were too much thicker, they might not crisp up in the microwave. Definitely worth a try though–let me know how it goes!

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59 Lola Velasco January 30, 2013 at 2:25 am

Una receta sencilla y con un resultado final fantástico. Me encantará probarlo
¡Saludos!

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60 Kaycee January 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

The first time I tried these, the microwave-safe plate exploded and the sweet potato chips were completely burnt and they were only in there for 2.5 minutes. So just be careful!

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61 Rachel Gurk January 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Oh no! I do it right on the turn-table, no plate. Does your microwave have a turn-table? Sorry it didn’t work out :(

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62 Sheila K March 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Tried your chips using purple sweet potatoes and the slicer in my food processor. The slicer blade made them a bit too thick and I had to wave them for almost 5 min to get them crisp. There were a few thin slices that crisped in three and a half minutes. This may be the push to get myself a mandolin if a regular potato peeler doesn’t work for the next batch. I’ve got an older one that makes good slices. Hubby shudders when I experiment in the kitchen but wondered why I didn’t save him any chips. Thanks so much for the recipe and the idea for using the microwave.

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63 Rachel Gurk March 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for the feedback! I wanted a mandolin for a long time before I actually got one. Now I have one and use it ALL the time. I definitely don’t regret it! :)

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64 Alicia April 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Yummy! I added chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Delicious.

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65 Rachel Gurk April 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Love those additions! Glad you liked the recipe!

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66 Gail May 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I sliced mine using the thin cone slicer on my salad shooter (I love my salad shooter!) and in 3.5 minutes they were perfect. We devoured them fast!

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67 JULIE May 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

AWESOME !! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS !!

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68 Linda Jones June 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Sweet potatoes or yams ?

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69 Rachel Gurk June 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I used sweet potatoes :)

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70 Robin June 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

How do you store them? I am now making these for my diabetic dog

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71 Rachel Gurk June 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I don’t usually store them, I usually eat them right away!

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72 Ubi Ogulu June 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

I know this is a silly question, but humor me. Do you peel the potatoes first or do you just give it a good wash?

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73 Rachel Gurk June 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

Not a silly question at all! I didn’t peel mine because I liked the looks and the added health benefits of the peeling. I just scrubbed well and trimmed off any bad spots. You could also peel too, definitely just a matter of personal preference! Hope you love them!

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74 Stephanie June 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I have now tried making these twice without good results. :( First time I burned them (ate them anyway). Second time they weren’t done enough (threw them out).

Do they actually feel crispy while they are still hot? Or do they get that way once they’ve cooled a bit? I wonder if I’m putting too much oil on them (followed the recipe, but they felt pretty oily)? Or if the fact that I used paper towel instead of parchment paper to line the turntable made them not crisp up?

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75 Rachel Gurk June 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I haven’t made them with paper towel instead of parchment but that might have something to do with it! Mine didn’t really feel too oily — maybe your potato was smaller? Mine are definitely crisp straight out of the microwave. Hope that all helps. Good luck!

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76 Heather @ French Press August 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I don;t think I have ever been this excited to try a new recipe! AMAZING

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77 Rachel Gurk August 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

Wow, thank you!!! Hope you love it! :)

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78 Lance Gross August 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I’ve been meaning to try making my own sweet potato chips for a while… and this looks simple enough!
However, if I tried using the oven… how long do u think i should put them in for and at what temp?

Thanks! :)

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79 Rachel Gurk August 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Lance — I always have a hard time getting them crispy in the oven. This looks like a good recipe, though: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/baked-potato-and-sweet-potato-chips/

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80 Angel August 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

Have made these years before and using the purple sweet potatoes. Saw some recipe which reminded me of them, so purchased two larger round sweet potatoes. Went on Pinterest to find a recipe and yours was the nicest photo with the recipe. I am a great grandmother and my 75 yr husband is disabled with the use of one hand. He uses the mandolin to make slices for baked cheesy potatoes, so he was anxious to try your recipe and he sliced one potato which was a lot! Three batches in the microwave. We had two girls. 9 & 11 visiting us for a few hours to help eat them.
First batch I did first 3 minutes, then 4, then 5, still not crispy. I had used deli papers, instead of parchment paper directly on the microwave’s glass turntable. I would not use paper towels in the microwave as they can burn and catch on fire quite easily. Ask me how I know? :) The circles seemed to stick a little, so I released them a bit from the deli paper, so they could curl, and put them in for 30 seconds. It was fun to watch the edges curl a little while the turntable was going around. The ones on the outside of the plate were perfect. The few in the middle too brown and 2 little ones burned.
2nd batch, 4minute first, released them, 1 min more, fine. 3rd batch, 5 minutes, perfect.

Next time will add some flavor like garlic, cayenne, celery, curry, onion powders, paprika, maybe even some chive flakes. I did use Avocado Olive Oil. I also have some Garlic EVOO, Lemon EVOO, Basil VOO, and Grapeseed oil. Don’t know about mint flakes. Will try some carrots and beets just for fun.
I have photos at each step, probably not as nice as yours, and will pin them soon. I am still working out the ‘adjustments’ on Pinterest. Thanks again for your wonderful blog, post, photos, and your wonderful gift to mothers and fathers of all ages. :)

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81 Rachel Gurk August 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

Glad you liked these! Thanks for the nice comment. :)

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82 Sarah August 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I just made these and was pretty pleased with my first go at these! I saw this post a few days ago, got some sweet potatoes, sliced them and threw them in the microwave. When I checked back to see how long to cook them for, I realized my slices were much too thick. I don’t have a mandolin so I had to make do. I microwaved the potatoes for about 6-7 minutes and some of them were perfectly crisp, some a bit tough, and some a little on the softer side. I ate a whole potato worth of them anyway because who cares! Sweet potatoes are delicious and these were great with some smoked paprika :D

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83 Rachel Gurk August 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Great! So glad you liked them!

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84 Karla September 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Thanks for sharing!!!! My chips were a bit too soft when I got it right out of the microwave but they got crisp 2 minutes after. I am just thrill I finally found a real sweet potato chip recipe.

Loving it!

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85 Rachel Gurk September 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Glad they turned out and you liked them :) Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment!

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86 Marv October 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Crispy and yummy. I didn’t have parchment paper so I substituted a paper plate. Thank you for a wonderful guilt free potato chip

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87 Rachel Gurk October 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

Glad you liked them! Thanks for the comment!

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88 juanan November 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thanks for this recipe, I like all chips of vegetables.

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