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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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Saturday 18th of June 2022

I’ve just bought an air fryer and done chips twice and they still aren’t crispy 🙁 I don’t know what I’m doing wrong?


Sunday 6th of March 2022

Wow best chips ever! Gotta admit I eyeballed everything using your recipe as a guide haha. I washed some basic big spuds semi peeled them, couldn’t be bothered and reckoned a bit of skin is fibre lol. Cut them into normal chips with a sharp knife. Forgot to wash them, threw a tablespoon or two of olive oil on them added fresh milled Himalayan salt and pepper. Had the air fryer pre heated to 200 (only a basic small Tower air fryer) put the chips in and shook them about every ten minutes for about a half hour. Browned them off a bit more at 180 for a final ten minutes cos I like my chips nice and crispy. They were amazing thanks!

Liana Green

Thursday 10th of March 2022

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed them! I tend to leave the skin on more often than not these days - for the same reason as you, time and effort!

Tony H

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

If you soak slices of potato in water, you won't 'wash out' the starch within the tuber. Indeed, osmotic pressure will tend to work in the opposite direction ​— the semi-permeable membrane that is each cell wall will force IN water from outside, as the pressure seeks to equalise both sides of those cell walls. This is the so-called 'isotonic effect'. Simple rinsing away of superficial starch (etc.) is thus just as effective as a long soaking.

Liana Green

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Hi Tony - thanks for that explanation - it's useful to know!

Ann Gibson

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

First Air-Fryer ….. I made chips and they were very dry and horrible going to cook yours tonight will let you know how I do


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?

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