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We LOVE using our air fryer. The best EVER air fryer potato recipe I’ve made would have to be air fryer chips! They are crispy yet fluffy inside with my two temperature method and best of all you need just TWO ingredients to make these.
One thing we love to serve on the side of these chips are air fryer chicken nuggets, air fryer frozen chicken burgers and also air fryer prawn toast. Yum!
If you’re looking for something a little healthier then be sure to try these air fryer carrot fries or air fryer sweet potato fries. If you want something entirely different then give my air fryer frozen chicken fries recipe a go!
While you’re here be sure to check out my air fryer tips and tricks, air fryer pros and cons and check out my Ninja Foodi accessories. Whether you’re a total beginner to air frying, or just looking to get more from your air fryer, this is sure to help!
Read on for tips on cooking temperatures, best potatoes and oil to use, how to make air fryer chunky chips, fries and much more! I also answer ALL of your air fryer chip questions below.
We have been working to save money on takeaways and one of the ways we’ve been doing so is by eating fewer takeaways. I decided to make air fryer chips recently, to accompany a slow cooker kebab recipe that I’ll be writing about soon.
We’ve had these tons of times now and I’ve really perfected the recipe. If you want to know how to cook chips/fries in an air fryer then I’ve got you covered with this post!
Cooking chunky chips, chips or fries in an air fryer is really easy and takes just minutes to get prepared and these are great with air fryer sausages!
If you want chips without the hassle of chipping them yourself then be sure to check out my air fryer frozen french fries or air fryer frozen chips post too!
Ingredients for making chips in the air fryer:
1 tsp salt & pepper
Spray oil (optional but will be much drier without this)
Seasonings that work great with these chips:
- Peri peri seasoning
- Cajun seasoning
- Garlic and rosemary
- Fajita seasoning
- *Old Bay seasoning
- *Chinese five spice
- Curry powder
My method for air fryer chips:
Peel your potatoes. Use a *potato chipper if you like and if you slice the potatoes in half they’re super quick to chip.
If you don’t have a chipper then cut into slices and then slice lengthways into chips from there.
Rinse the chips thoroughly in cold water.
Pat dry with a clean tea towel or using kitchen towel. No need to pre-soak the potatoes.
Following these steps will help to remove excess starch from the cut chips.
Cover the chips with spray oil, or a little olive oil if you don’t mind the extra calories.
Season the chips with salt & pepper.
If you use some spray oil to spray the chips before adding the seasoning then it’ll stick well and cover everything evenly.
Cook for 12 minutes at 160C in your air fryer. Shake several times during cooking.
Turn up to 200C for another 10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes as depending on size they can cook quickly. You’ll want to shake your chips regularly, to ensure even cooking.
If your chips look raw then exercise some common sense and give them a few more minutes to cook! Cooking times can vary depending on chip size, potato type and even the type of air fryer being used.
I find this the best way to get crispy air fryer chips that are crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. See below for more cooking tips or suggestions.
Do you parboil chips before air frying?
As you can see from the above recipe I personally don’t bother. You can do if you want them to be even fluffier inside.
I have found that parboiling in hot, salted water for 6 minutes is perfect. Drain them well, and allow them to steam for a couple of minutes, like you would air fryer roast potatoes.
Make sure you’re adding them to a pre-heated air fryer too for best cooking results.
Air fryer chunky chips
I personally cook these for around 10% more cooking time than the normal chips, as they are so wide! Part boiling really seems to help the air fryer chunky chips to cook a little more evenly.
What are the best potatoes for chips?
I love to use King Edwards or Rooster in particularly, but will actually just use any type of floury potato that I have at home, as these work best.
Maris Piper are a good all-rounder potato too.
Can you make these chips without oil?
Yes! I would suggest using a little spray oil if you want them to crisp up better. You only need a few sprays and then you can toss the chips to make sure they’re properly covered. Repeat this again during the cooking process to get the best finish.
If your chips are a little too dry then be sure to shake them during cooking at least once, twice ideally, and then spray again with a little spray oil.
Can you cook frozen chips in an air fryer?
Yes! Basically set your air fryer to the temperature advised on the packaging and then keep an eye on them. Check about 1/3 into the time and then again 2/3 into the time.
A lot of frozen chips are already coated with oil, seasonings and even flour on occasion. The air fryer will help the frozen chips crisp up lovely and taste great! Cooking frozen chips in air fryer is so simple.
Shake regularly to avoid them sticking together or to the air fryer basket.
How to cook chips in a tower air fryer?
All air fryers are much the same. Prepare your air fryer chips or air fryer fries and then turn on the air fryer.
Shake and check regularly to make sure the potatoes aren’t sticking to the basket. I love to serve with Vegan coleslaw.
What about a Ninja Foodi?
I use to use the Air Crisp setting and the basket, within the bowl, to get the best results. I sometimes par boil in a little chicken stock for some extra flavour.
This is what the air fryer chips look like while cooking:
Shake regularly to help ensure that they cook evenly!
Are your air fryer chips burning?
Drop the heat down a little! Make sure you have a splash of oil on the chips and shake at regular intervals.
What about making an air fryer wrap with chips?
I’ve got a great tortilla recipe that is super simple (and cheap!). Make this, or get a pre-made wrap, cook your chips up, pour on into the wrap, roll up and enjoy!
Are your air fryer chips too dry?
Use a little more oil! Shake on the regular too.
Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!
Have you got soggy air fryer chips?
Dry them thoroughly before cooking and then turn up the heat a little faster. Add on 2 minutes to the cook time BUT keep an eye on them!
If you liked these air fryer chips why not check out some of my other air fryer recipes?
- The BEST air fryer vegetable recipes!
- Air fryer sausages
- Air fryer apple crumble
- Air fryer parsnips recipe (honey glazed)
- Air fryer whole chicken
- Air fryer carrots and parsnips
- Air fryer turkey bacon
- Air fryer English muffins
- Air fryer sausage patties
- Air fryer frozen yorkshire puddings
How to make homemade chips in your air fryer:
Air fryer chips
Crispy, fluffy air fryer chips, chunky chips and fries
- 600 grams Potatoes more if you have a generous appetite
- 1 tsp Salt & pepper
- 1 tbsp Plain flour optional
Peel your potatoes. Use a potato chipper and by slicing the potatoes in half first they take just seconds to chip.
Rinse the chips in cold water. Pat them dry on a clean towel or using kitchen towel.
Season the chips with flour and salt & pepper. You may not need the quantities I have mentioned, these are just for guidance.
You can I add herbs or a chopped chilli if you want a kick. Chinese Five Spice is a wonderful way to boost the flavour of these air fryer chips with minimal effort.
Cook the air fryer chips for 12 minutes at 160C.
Then turn the air fryer up to 200C for a further 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them, and shake up, at least twice, during this time as depending on the size of your chips they may need as little as 5 minutes. This is the ideal method to make air fryer chips that are crisp on the outside but fluffy inside.
If you want air fryer chips that are even crisper then add a little spray oil to the fries when you turn up the temperature. I transfer them to a bowl to do this, to shake them and ensure even coverage.
Calories are without optional flour.
Thursday 22nd of October 2020
The best way i have ever had air chips
Thursday 22nd of October 2020
That's so kind of you, thank you!
Thursday 10th of September 2020
You answered all my questions and some I had not got round to asking! thank you
Saturday 12th of September 2020
Thank you! That's so kind of you to say x
Tuesday 23rd of June 2020
Hi Katy , no more frozen chips for us , i washed , chipped them then rinsed the potatoes in hot water to get rid of the starch , then left them to dry on the side for an hour , no salt etc as i am a carer for my wife, salt is to be avoided . then followed your recipe exactly and the chips were delicious , thank you very much
Tuesday 23rd of June 2020
That's so lovely, well done Brian & thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you & your wife are keeping well at this time!
Wednesday 3rd of June 2020
I'll directly copy over part of the post for you:
If your chips look raw then exercise some common sense and give them a few more minutes to cook. Cooking times can vary depending on chip size, potato type and even the type of air fryer being used.
Hope that helps!
Friday 3rd of April 2020
I can get really crispy chips from shop bought frozen ones in my airfryer but can't get them any where as crisp using fresh potatoes is it the flour that makes a difference? Pete.
Saturday 4th of April 2020
Yes, either flour or LOTS of oil is usually on the frozen ones, so they're unhealthier.