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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. I love making crispy chips air fried to perfection.

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 when I want to make a simple meal. Yum!

If you’re looking for something a little more suited to very healthy eating then be sure to try these air fryer carrot fries or air fryer sweet potato chips / sweet potato fries. If you want something entirely different then give my air fryer frozen chicken fries recipe a go!

Knowing how to cook chips in the Ninja Dual zone air fryer is one of the first things I looked up when I got my air fryer.

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.

Cooking chunky chips, homemade potato chips / air fried potato chips or fries in an air fryer is really easy and takes just mins 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 recipes for frozen air fryer french fries (these loaded air fryer french fries are my favourite made with slow cooker beef chilli) or air fryer frozen chips post too! In my view it’s worth the extra minute or two for crispy and delicious chips.

Air fryer fries in a basket with ketchup

Ingredients for my air fryer potato chips recipe:

600g potatoes – I use around 200g per serving

1 tsp salt & black pepper

Cooking spray oil (optional but will be much drier without this)

Seasonings that work great with these chips:

Cooked air fryer pork chops on a wooden chopping board.

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 potato 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.

Air fry 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.

Salt and pepper chips in a wok with text overlay that says how to make salt and pepper chips

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.

You can also microwave potato chips by pricking them all over, after cutting to your desired shape, and then microwaving for around 3 minutes. This is a great way to parboiling your potatoes with ease.

Cut air fryer chunky chips being dried on a piece of kitchen towel

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.

Part boiled air fryer chips in a sieve

Make sure you’re adding them to a pre-heated air fryer too for best cooking results.

Part boiled air fryer chunky chips seasoned with salt and pepper

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.

Chunky chips in the air fryer with salt and pepper after cooking

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 and russet potatoes work well. If you can source Yukon gold potatoes these are always a winner too. You can save money by buying the budget potatoes and they’ll still turn out great.

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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.

Cooked air fryer chicken wings in the air fryer basket

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.

Baked beans, tomato ketchup, curry sauce, fajita seasoning, butter, gravy, pizza sauce and cheese.

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.

Want to try some of my other potato recipes?

Air fryer potato wedges are one of my absolute favourites so I’d recommend giving those a try. They are always a hit with my children and I’ve also got a whole post of my delicious air fryer potato recipes you can take a look at. Air fryer baked potatoes are lovely on a cold winters night too.

If you don’t want to use an air fryer specifically then look at my best ever potato recipes for some lovely inspiration.

Roast potatoes cooked in the Ninja Foodi in a red Le Creuset using the pressure cooking and air crisp / fryer settings

Are your air fryer chips burning or not cooking evenly?

Drop the temperature down a little during the first part of the cooking time as all air fryers are a little different. Be sure that you use a little splash of cooking oil on the chips and shake at regular intervals during the cooking time. This will help prevent uneven cooking that can sometimes occur when using the air fryer.

What about making an air fryer wrap with chips?

I’ve got an absolutely fantastic simple tortilla recipe that is super easy (and cheap!). Make this, or get a pre-made wrap, cook your chips up, pour on into the wrap, roll up and enjoy!

If you want to make it a little more special then add a splash of curry sauce or even some of this lovely air fryer bbq chicken breast.

A white bowl filled with cooked air fryer sausage meatballs. The bowl is on a chopping board and in the background is a dish filled with tomato ketchup.

Are your air fryer chips too dry?

Use a little more oil! Shake on the regular too. Typically you can stop this happening by spritzing one or two times during the cooking process. Also, don’t leave your potatoes sitting around for ages if you’re par-boiling them as this can make the a little dry.

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?

Cooked Ninja Foodi air fryer chips on baking paper with a fork and dish of tomato ketchup.

How to make homemade chips in your air fryer:

Air fryer chips and tomato ketchup
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Air fryer chips

Crispy, fluffy air fryer chips, chunky chips and fries

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword air fryer, chips, potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 189 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 600 grams Potatoes more if you have a generous appetite
  • 1 tsp Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp Plain flour optional

Instructions

  1. Peel your potatoes. Use a potato chipper and by slicing the potatoes in half first they take just seconds to chip.

  2. Rinse the chips in cold water. Pat them dry on a clean towel or using kitchen towel. 

  3. Season the chips with flour and salt & pepper. You may not need the quantities I have mentioned, these are just for guidance. 

  4. 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. 

  5. Air fry the air fryer chips for 12 minutes at 160C. 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

Recipe Notes

Calories are without optional flour.

Nutrition Facts
Air fryer chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Air fryer fries in a basket with ketchup
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Kate

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

I made this tonight and they were still solid after the first cook time, is that right? In a panic I took them out and parboiled them, they are now back in but all broken up 🤦‍♀️

katykicker

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

Yes, they would still be hard after the first cook time, as it's only half way through and the temperature turns up for the second half. Bless you... you had a try! If you try again don't panic and just persevere. Depending on the size of your chips, and your air fryer basket, you may need a few minutes more than the cooking time on this recipe but it has been viewed over 1,000,000 times and I've never had someone say they've gone wrong.

Chris Holmes

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

The best way i have ever had air chips

katykicker

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

That's so kind of you, thank you!

angela cassidy

Thursday 10th of September 2020

You answered all my questions and some I had not got round to asking! thank you

katykicker

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Thank you! That's so kind of you to say x

brian

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

katykicker

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!

katykicker

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!

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