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Air-Fryer Potato Chips
Do you love the taste of potato chips but not the greasy feeling they leave behind? Introducing air-fryer potato chips! These healthier versions of your favorite snack are just as delicious and crispy without all the unwanted oil. Plus, they’re super easy to make at home. So ditch the bagged chips and give air-frying a try! Your family will thank you. 😉
Homemade Potato Chips
When I was a child, my mom made homemade potato chips in a skillet on the stove. They were delicious, to be sure. But cooked in oil, they were not quite the picture of health. But the air fryer was yet to be introduced. Air fryer chips? Never heard of them! In fact, air fryers are a 21st century invention.
I had friends whose families made their potato chips by deep frying in a basket fryer. Mom’s skillet potatoes and my friends’ deep-fried potato chips each contained all the flavor we craved.
Crispy and Delicious Air Fryer Potato Chips!
Air Fryers to the Rescue!
Now, for these air fryer chips, heat up the air fryer, put your sliced and seasoned potato slices in the air fryer basket, and within minutes, you’ll be enjoying air fryer chips. I still find this quite amazing!
So, when you’re in the mood for a homemade snack that hits the spot every time, break out your air-fryer and make these air fryer potato chips. Enjoy!
The Basics of Creating Delicious Air Fryer Chips
Air fryer potato chips are one of the easiest and most delicious air fryer recipes out there! All you need are a few basic ingredients to make this tasty snack. The main ingredient is, of course, potato slices cut uniformly thin. Choose starchy varieties such as Russet or Yukon Gold for maximum crispiness. On top of that, seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder add flavor, while olive oil helps create an ultra-crispy texture.
Preparations for Air Fryer Potato Chips
To get started, preheat your air fryer according to manufacturer instructions. Note that some air fryer units require a slightly higher temperature than others. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Then rinse and pat dry your potatoes before slicing them thinly into rounds with a sharp knife or mandoline slicer. Place the chips in a bowl and drizzle with oil before seasoning with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Make sure to evenly coat the chips and give them a good mix so everything is well distributed.
Finally, place your air fryer potato slices in the air fryer basket in an even layer and cook for about 10 minutes at 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep an eye on them and shake the air fryer every few minutes to ensure even cooking. Once golden brown, remove from the air fryer and enjoy! They make a great snack or side dish for any meal! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make delicious air fryer potato chips that are sure to please anyone. Enjoy!
Get your Ingredients and Equipment Ready
Ingredients for the BEST Air Fryer Potato Chips
- potatoes (Yukon gold variety is delicious, and Russets work, too)
- cold water for soaking (the secret to crispy chips!)
- seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder
- olive oil (just enough to create crispy chips) or olive oil spray
This can be as simple as just a sharp knife, a large bowl, and your air fryer. However, we also recommend either a mandolin slicer or a food processor with a slicing blade.
One of the keys to good texture on your chips is having slices that are all uniform in thickness. And for chips, thin slices work best.
Helpful tip: For larger batches, consider setting your oven at the warm setting. When each batch of chips is ready, place it on a baking sheet in the oven to stay crisp and warm!
Procedure and Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Potato Chips
Preheat your air fryer to 375 °F. Some units recommend 400°F. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Cut potatoes into thin slices – about 1/8 of an inch thick.
Soak potato slices in a large bowl of cold water for about 15 to 20 minutes. This is essential for the crispy crunch we like in our fried chips.
Now, drain potatoes and blot them dry with a paper towel.
Add oil or cooking-type olive oil spray to the air fryer basket.
Add the potato slices in a single layer and cook for 12-15 minutes, flipping once during cooking. Watch them carefully until they are fully cooked and crispy crunchy.
Air Fryer Potato Chips Recipe
- 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes or use 2 large russet
- ice water
- salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
- 1 tbsp olive oil or use cooking spray
- Use a sharp knife, mandolin slicer, or food processor with a slicing blade to slice the potatoes into thin slices.
- In a large bowl, place the slices and cover with ice water. Allow to soak for 20 minutes or more.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F or according to the manufacturers suggestions.
- Drain the potatoes. Pat them completely dry. The drier they are, the crispier the final chips will be.
- Season the chips with salt and oil, as well as any other seasoning of choice.
- Place them in a single layer in your air fryer. You may be able to use 2-layers but they will be slightly less crispy.
- Cook for 10 minutes, toss to turn, cook another 10 minutes until cooked and crispy.
- Serve warm with your favorite sauce.
Why do you soak potato chips in cold water before air frying?
Soaking potato chips in cold water before air frying helps reduce the amount of oil needed to crisp up. This is because the water helps to leach out some of the starch from the potatoes, resulting in a denser and crisper chip. Not only does this method lead to lower fat content, but it also prevents excessive burning when air frying.
Additionally, soaking the chips in cold water makes them easier to coat with seasonings like salt or spices, as they will stay on better due to the reduced surface moisture. Soaking potato chips in cold water before air frying is an easy way to ensure delicious, crispy crunchy results every time!
Note: Be sure to pat them dry before seasoning and adding to your air fryer basket. Failure to do so results in air fryer chips soggy and mushy.
Serving Ideas for Air Fryer Potato Chips
Most of us enjoy air-fried chips as they are. Some prefer to dip them in a ketchup sauce to brighten the flavors even more.
We suggest you look beyond the traditional ketchup, though. Consider a delicious version of one of your favorites.
Some ideas to try:
- Spicy Jalapeno Dip
- Creamy Ranch Dip
- Cheesy Salsa Dip
- Roasted Garlic and Herb Dip
- Classic French Onion Dip
- Tangy BBQ Sauce Dip
- Creamy Dill Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Pesto Pine Nut Hummus
- Classic Guacamole
Should I only use Yukon Gold Potatoes or Russet Potatoes?
Absolutely not! In fact, we recommend you try a variety of potatoes and vegetables in the air fryer. Sweet Potato Chips are a family favorite. But we also love Veggie Chips made with green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, and cauliflower.
Other favorites? Some of our friends experiment with their air fryer with various root vegetables, too. Carrots top the list, but they have also made turnip chips and parsnip chips. Just as with the air fryer recipes for potatoes, just slice, soak, pat dry, season, and place in the air fryer basket. The cooking time for each may vary.
Try experimenting with your air fryer with your favorite vegetables! We think that makes the food even more enjoyable. In fact, it is really so much fun experimenting!
And when you try others, keep note of what you tried, the seasoning mix, and the cook times of each. The times vary depending on the type of vegetable, its size of it, and the thickness of your slices. This helps you track for future reference and might even lead to a future great recipe!
What About Peeling the Vegetables or Potatoes Before Making Air Fried Chips?
We suggest leaving the peels on unless they are damaged. Remember, the peel holds the most flavor and nutrients! Imagine less work with no vegetable peeler and more nutrition!
If you find the peels difficult on russet potatoes, switch to the softer peel Yukon Gold potato. Most people find they have a better texture.
Even carrots and other root vegetables won’t need the use of the vegetable peeler. Wash them well before using, and keep that nutritious skin intact!
How many servings does this air fryer recipe make?
That depends. How hungry are you and your family and friends? We recommend one medium-sized potato for each person as a starting point.
See my note above about using your oven to keep the chips crispy and warm if you need to air fry more than one batch.
Nutritional Information will vary based on the type of potato or vegetable and your air fryer. Livestrong offers some advice on the differences in these potatoes. But when you air fry your vegetables, they remain healthier than those prepared in a deep fryer.
Ready to Make Your Air-Fryer Potato Chips?
Air-fryer potato chips are quick, easy, and delicious! In just fifteen minutes, you can have homemade potato chips that are crispy and golden brown. With a few easy steps – preheat, slice, season, fry – you can make a tasty treat in no time. Keep that air fryer handy and use it often!
These air-fryer chips are the perfect snack for movie nights or parties or just when you’re feeling like something crunchy. So go ahead, and try our recipe for air-fryer potato chips! You won’t be disappointed. Have you tried them yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you love these chips, don’t forget to share our recipe with friends and family so they can enjoy their own air-fried snacks!
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