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Air Fryer Chips – How To Make Perfect Chips In Your Air Fryer

If you are anything like me, the idea of making air fryer chips might have been one of the main factors when deciding to buy an air fryer!

Chips were certainly the first recipe I made in my air fryer.

cooked air fryer chips

There are various different methods to making chips in an air fryer – today I’m going to share with you the quickest, easiest and yet tastiest method out of them all! 

Side note: I’ve tried lots of air fryers, check out my air fryer review for my favourite models as well as my top air fryer recipes.

How To Make Air Fryer Chips

What you will need – ingredients and equipment:

  • Air fryer (!) – I’ve made these chips in a Philips air fryer, a Power Air Fryer (High Street TV) and more recently, the Ninja Foodi.  Each of these air fryer models are quite different, but this method of making chips turned out great in each of them. Depending on the air fryer you have you might need to adjust the time a bit, just remember to keep an eye on them during the cook time.
  • Potatoes – There are a few varieties of potatoes that are great for making chips. Try using either Maris Piper, King Edward or Rooster. How many you use will depend on a) the size of your air fryer and b) how many you are cooking for.

Maris Piper potatoes on chopping board for air fryer chips

  • Oil – You can air fry chips without any oil, but I think they taste much better with at least a few sprays. You really don’t need to use that much, especially if you use a spray bottle to distribute it. You can either use a specific low calorie oil spray (like Frylight), or make your own up with a little oil, diluted with water.
  • Seasoning – Sprinkle your favourite spices over the chips after spraying them with oil – I like to use smoked paprika, or a chip seasoning by Schwartz
  • Bowl/Saucepan/Colander – Many recipes suggest leaving the chopped potatoes to soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes – this helps to remove excess starch from the potatoes. I’ve made air fryer chips both ways, soaking them in water, or, just rinsing them in water. I couldn’t tell much difference between the 2 methods, so I now just opt for the latter and just rinse them – it’s a much quicker process!
  • Tea towel/kitchen roll – After washing the potatoes you will need something to pat dry them with, a clean tea towel, or some kitchen roll will do the job. 

Step By Step Air Fryer Chips

1. Prepare the potatoes

Depending on how you like your chips, you can either peel the potatoes, or just give them a good scrub and leave the skin on. You can slice the potatoes up thin, like french fries, or leave them a little thicker, like regular chips. 

potato on chipper ready to be turned into chips

You can slice them up using a vegetable slicer/chipper if you have one.

knife slicing potatoes for chips

Or, you can use a sharp knife.

crinkle chip cutter

Or, you can turn them into crinkle cut chips!

If you are making thinner chips (French fries), you’ll need to check on them sooner than the thicker cut chips to make sure they don’t burn.

Either use a sharp knife, or a potato chipper to slice them.

Pop them in a bowl, saucepan or colander ready to wash.

2. Preheat the air fryer

I don’t always remember to do this step, and it’s no great shakes if you do forget, but it can help to preheat the air fryer for a quicker cook time. Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.

2. Wash them

You don’t have to soak the potatoes, you can just give them a good wash under some cold water. This will get any excess starch off the potatoes. 

Once you have finished washing them, use some kitchen paper or a clean tea towel to pat them dry.

pat dry washed potatoes with kitchen roll

3. Spray with oil

You can go oil free, but I prefer to use a little oil. Either use the Frylight, or, make up your own oil spray. Spray over the potatoes and toss to make sure they are all covered. 

adding oil to chips before adding to the air fryer

4. Season

Sprinkle your favourite seasoning over the potatoes. Experiment with different spices and herbs – you can try paprika, curry powder, season-all, or just salt and pepper.

5. Transfer to air fryer

chips in air fryer basket


Place the prepared chips in the air fryer basket. Set off to cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Check on them at the 10 minute mark and give them a good shake about. You might want to spray a little more oil on them too if you want them to crisp up even more. If after 25 minutes they are not crisp enough for you, just pop them back in for a few more minutes until ready.

And that’s it – you should now have the perfect air fryer chips! Let me know in the comments if you are a fan of chips in the air fryer!

Other Air Fryer Recipes You Might Like: 

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Air Fryer Chicken Kiev Balls

cooked air fryer chips in bowl

air fried chips in bowl

Air Fryer Chips

Yield: 3-5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Air fryer chips are quick and easy to make and taste delicious - better still, they are much better for you than deep fried chips!


  • 600g potatoes
  • Oil (optional)
  • Seasoning


  1. Slice the potatoes up - thick for regular chips, or thin for French fries. You can either peel the potatoes, or give them a good scrub and leave the skin on.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 200C/400F
  3. Wash them in cold water to remove the starch.
  4. Pat dry with kitchen towel or a tea towel.
  5. Optionally spray with some oil.
  6. Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice (chip seasoning, curry powder, paprika, salt and pepper).
  7. Transfer to the air fryer basket.
  8. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, checking regularly and shaking/turning. Depending on the thickness of the chip, or how crispy you like them, you might want to cook them for longer.


The best potatoes for chips are Maris Pipers, King Edwards and Rooster.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Thursday 6th of January 2022

I did exactly this - it's the same directions as my Ninja booklet but chips were burned in the first 10 mins :(

Liana Green

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Oh no! Does it burn other foods or just chips? Which model do you have?

Jennifer Mutch

Thursday 30th of December 2021

Hi I haven't tried Ur homemade chips recipe. I have just bought an air fryer. Ninja dual zone. I've made home made chips twice now and I don't like them. I've put roughly 500g in one compartment of chips 1 table spoon of oil preheat at 200 degree and shake in-between time, both times they have come out half not golden and half nearly burnt on all the chips. What am I doing wrong. I was so looking forward to homemade chips. 1st time I used Sainsbury's cooking spray 2nd time crisp n dry. Should I turn the temp down to 180,/190 or less oil or less in the basket. The basket is 4.5 ltr. Thanks

Tony Harvey

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

My 'Gourmia' 5.7L air fryer surprised me today with gorgeous fries. How did I live without an air fryer? 1mind you, you need to watch your weight if you get one because the quick, delish food that comes out is hard to resist.

Adrian Hotchins

Monday 27th of September 2021

Bought a Ninja AF300 a few months ago, the only way we can get anything like chips is either to par boil the chips first, or use frozen chips. Any other was and you end up with chips which are burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. Tried adjusting the the temperature and various cooking times, but to no avail. Used a Tefal air frier for years before with excellent results every time. I have come to the conclusion that the AF300 is not fit for purpose !


Friday 19th of November 2021

@Adrian Hotchins,

I recently bought the Ninja and gave my old Actifry to a friend. I'm so full of regret now. I'm so glad I found someone with similar views!

Although I'm trying chips for the first time today....

Liana Green

Friday 1st of October 2021

That's such a shame to hear - I've only ever heard good things about this air fryer - have you tried contacting customer support at Ninja? They are usually very helpful so might be able to help?

Suraj Arlando

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

I have a Tefal Air Fryer. I have only tried chips. Never comes out good. I use the preprogrammed setting. I am getting a bit fed up.

Liana Green

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi Suraj - are you able to manually setting the air fryer? In what way are the chips not coming out good?

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