Homemade Sweet Potato Chips – Microwave! {VIDEO}

Sweet potatoes can be transformed into crispy and delicious homemade sweet potato chips in a mere 5 minutes in the microwave!


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.


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!

If you’re still feeling snacky and are looking for something healthy, try bite-sized zucchini pizzas, cherry vanilla yogurt bites, or olive oil and rosemary roasted almonds.



Required for this recipe:

Sweet Potato Chips - Microwave - 5 minutes!

Sweet potatoes can be transformed into a crispy and delicious sweet potato chip in a mere 5 minutes in the microwave!

5 / 5 (8 Reviews)
Did you make this recipe?   Leave a review »


  • 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






  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.

serving size: 1/2 sweet potato

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2 servings, Serving Size: 1/2 a sweet potato

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 93 Calories
  • Total Fat: 2.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 446.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17.2g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sugar: 3.5g
  • Protein: 1.4g
Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Great! These homemade 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.


Sweet potatoes can be transformed into crispy and delicious homemade sweet potato chips in a mere 5 minutes in the microwave! Get the easy method and recipe on RachelCooks.com!
When you make a recipe from my site tag it with #RachelCooks!
I love to see what you're creating!


  1. Hi it was great lost a finger tho

  2. Tried this today we LOVED them!!! i always soak the sweet potatoes first in cold water for 20 minutes.They came out amazing! So good!Thanks for the recipe.

    Rating: 5
    • Such a smart idea to soak them! Keeps them from turning brown while you’re waiting to cook them, too. So glad you liked this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  3. No need to worry about the fingers if you pick up a glove that is blade/cut resistant and available at restaurant supply stores or via Amazon

  4. I make these all the time.  My only change is that I do not use any oil.  I do the same amount of time.  Also I put a double layer of paper towel under the parchment paper; it helps to absorb the moisture that is put out by the sweet potatoes.  Because I have it available to me, as each batch comes out I put them in my warming drawer on the rack with paper towel – it really helps to crisp them up.

  5. Seriously obsessed with these- My microwave will be getting a workout!

  6. Mmmmm…..I would devour these! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!!!

  7. Can you substitute vegetable oil instead?

  8. Honestly, when I first saw this recipe I was like “yeah…I don’t think that would work…”. However, I found myself needing a quick side dish to go with some burgers and I remembered this recipe. I had little hope that it would make them actually crunchy but I decided to go for it! Let me just say THESE ARE SO GOOD! They SHATTER in your mouth and SATISFY the need for some crunch and salt. SERIOUSLY!! I could even slice a bunch of chips and keep them in a container! Then, whenever I need some crunch, just pull’em out and microwave!! Thank you so much for this recipe! I will DEFINITELY be making these again!

    Rating: 5
    • It is a little hard to believe until you try them! I’m so glad you liked them and I love your idea bout keeping some slices ready to go in the fridge – I think I’ll do that too!

  9. I’ve been trying several ways to make these sweet potato chips NOTHING until now has made they turn out the way I wanted “chrispy” I would have never thought microwaving would work but OMG they are the best!

    Rating: 5
  10. This is seriously the most perfect recipe for a college student, especially on days when I’m just craving beet chips/roasted root chips from Trader Joe’s (oh so amazing). Going to have to try this ASAP!!

  11. Can you do this without a mandolin? Really needing to find some healthy snacks!!

  12. I literally can’t wait to try these!! I love microwave potato chips but never thought of sweet potatoes!!

  13. I’m looking forward to trying this…I love that you made them in the microwave!

  14. I would have never thought to make chips in the microwave. What a great idea – cannot wait to give it a try!

  15. The fact that you did anything at all with a three week old is pretty amazing. Can’t wait to try this!

  16. This is genius! I never knew you could do this in the microwave! So good. :)

  17. Who knew??? These look amazing!!!

  18. These look irresistible! Snacking just got a lot more dangerous ;)

  19. OMG these are literally life changing. Just made these (using a mandoline is a terrifying experience haha) but they taste sooo good! I only put them in for 1 1/2 minutes though or they start to burn! Definitely going to be making big batches and bagging them up for work!

    Rating: 5
  20. I’m so cooking this tonight.

  21. OMG I made these tonight as my mandolin finally arrived and I’m in love! I made them with salt and cayenne and although spicy, YUMMY! Will definitely be sharing this recipe! Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  22. in the microwave?! oh my gawd, I have 3 sweet potatoes here at home. Totally trying this!

  23. Mine took a lot, lot longer to crisp. Had to finish them off in conventional oven. Really nice though!
    Used the electric food slicer – to make sure I kept all my digits! :)

  24. Wellll….the mandoliin definitely won this battle. Still dying to try these so once I can brave the mandolin again and have proper use of the middle finger, I’m going back at it! Thanks for sharing!

  25. I’m on a special diet and can’t use oils today. Can I make these without oil?

  26. I have to say, I was very skeptical about this… nothing ever comes out crispy in the microwave. I was wrong! They didn’t turn out as pretty as yours (I’ll keep practising), but they were very crispy and yummy! Thanks so much, it already is one of my favourite treats (and a paleo one, too). :-)

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

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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

  31. 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. :)

  32. 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! :)

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

  34. 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?

    • 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!

      • I am having the same problem. Mine burn before they crisp up. I am using parchment. My environment us very humid; could that be the issue?

  35. 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?

    • 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!

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

  37. Sweet potatoes or yams ?


  39. 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!

    Rating: 5
  40. Yummy! I added chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Delicious.

    Rating: 5
  41. 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.

    • 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! :)

  42. 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!

  43. Una receta sencilla y con un resultado final fantástico. Me encantará probarlo

  44. 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.

    • 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!

  45. 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.

  46. “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!

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

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

  49. 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

    Rating: 5
  50. MMM yum LOVE sweet potatoes in any form. These look like my kind of treat!

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

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

  53. you just rocked my world! awesome idea.

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

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

  57. 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!

  58. 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. ;)

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

  60. 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.

  61. 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!

  62. Love these!

  63. 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!)

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

  65. 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!

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

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

  68. 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!!

  69. 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!

    • 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!

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

  71. 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!

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

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

  74. 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 ;)

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

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

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

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

  79. 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.

    • 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

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

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

  82. 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!

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

  84. 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!

  85. 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!

  86. 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!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *