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.
Read on to learn step-by-step how to make the perfect chips in an air fryer.
How To Make Air Fryer Chips
There are various methods to making homemade chips in an air fryer, and today, I will share with you the quickest, easiest, and tastiest method out of them all!
What You Need For Homemade Chips In Air Fryer
- Potatoes: A few varieties of potatoes 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.
- Oil: You can air fry chips without 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.
- Seasoning: Sprinkle your favourite spices over the chips after spraying them with oil. I like to use smoked paprika or a chip seasoning.
- 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 either by soaking them in water or by 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 or kitchen roll: After washing the potatoes, you will need something to pat them dry; a clean tea towel or some kitchen roll will do the job.
What Air Fryer Should I Use For Chips?
You can use any air fryer. I’ve made these chips in countless air fryers, including Philips, Power Air Fryer (High Street TV), Cosori, and Ninja air fryers.
Dual air fryers, like the Ninja air fryer, are perfect for chips – why? Well, you can air fry chips on one side and something else on the other side at the same time!
Each air fryer model is different, but this method of making chips turned out great in each of them. Depending on your air fryer, you might need to adjust the time a bit; just remember to keep an eye on them during the cooking time.
Prepare The Potatoes For Air Frying
Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/400°F: I don’t always remember to do this step, and it’s no great shakes if you forget, but it can help heat the air fryer for a quicker cooking time.
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.
I tend to leave the skin on potatoes for chips, but if I do peel them, I like to save the skin to make these tasty air fryer potato peels – perfect for snacking.
Slice the potatoes up into chips. If you have one, you can use a vegetable slicer/chipper, or just use a sharp knife.
Like french fries, you can slice the potatoes up thin or leave them a little thicker for chunky chips. If you are making thinner chips (French fries), you’ll need to check on them sooner than the thicker-cut chips to ensure they don’t burn.
Transfer the peeled chips into a bowl or saucepan of water and give them a good rinse. 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.
Oil The Chips Before Adding To The Air Fryer Basket
You can air fry chips without using oil, but I prefer to use a little. I use a tablespoon of oil and use my hands to get all the chips covered.
Season The Chips
Add them to the air fryer basket and 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.
Set the air fryer 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 add a little more oil if you want them really crispy. 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!
Air Fryer Chips: FAQ
No, it isn’t necessary to par-boil chips before air frying.
The length of time will depend on the thickness of the chips. Air fryer chips should take 20 to 25 minutes, but remember to check on them the first time you make them.
If you overcrowd the basket, chips can turn out soggy in an air fryer. Try to give enough space between the chips so that they can crisp up all over. Also, remember to shake them.
Yes, frozen chips are perfect for the air fryer! Check out my guide to air fryer frozen chips.
More Air Fryer Potato Recipes?
Are you looking for more air fryer potato recipes? Check out some of these for inspiration;
- Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Air Fryer Jacket Potatoes
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges