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Air fryer chips recipe

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We LOVE using our air fryer. The best EVER 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 frozen chicken nuggets and also air fryer prawn toast. Yum!

Air fryer fries in a basket with ketchup

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 airfryer 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 airfryer chips recently, to accompany a slow cooker kebab recipe that I’ll be writing about soon.

Sausages cooked in the air fryer in an enamel dish with tomato sauce

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 then be sure to check out my air fryer frozen french fries or air fryer frozen chips post too!

Air fryer chips from scratch

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

Ingredients for air fryer chips:

600g potatoes

1 tsp salt & pepper

Spray oil (optional but will be drier without Frylight)

How to cook chips in air fryer? How long to cook chips in air fryer? How to make chips in an air fryer? My method for airfryer chips:

Peel your potatoes. Use a potato chipper and if you slice the potatoes in half they’re super quick to chip.

Rinse the chips in cold water.

Pat them dry on a clean towel or using kitchen towel. No need to pre-soak the potatoes. 

Season the chips with salt & pepper. You can use other seasonings too if you like. 

I like to add Chinese Five Spice to boost the flavour of the airfryer chips with next to no effort. Also, garlic granules work really well in the air fryer if you’re using spray oil.

Air fryer frozen chicken nuggets on a plate with a Le Creuset ramekin of tomato ketchup

Cook for 12 minutes at 160C in your airfryer. 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 airfryer 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.

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 if perfect. Drain them well, and allow them to steam for a couple of minutes, like you would 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 airfryer chips? What chips to use in air fryer?

I tend to just use whatever I have at home but I find King Edwards or Rooster particularly nice! A floury type of potato is going to make the best air fryer chips.

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Can you make airfryer 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 airfryer?

Yes! Basically set your airfryer 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 airfryer will help the frozen chips crisp up lovely and taste great! Cooking frozen chips in airfryer 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.

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

This is what the air fryer chips look like while cooking:

Air fryer fries while cooking in the air fryer basket

Shake regularly so that they cook evenly!

Are your airfryer 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.

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!

Air fryer chips and tomato ketchup
5 from 6 votes

Airfryer 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


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


  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 airfryer chips with minimal effort. 

  5. Cook the airfryer chips for 12 minutes at 160C. 

  6. Then turn the airfryer 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 airfryer chips that are crisp on the outside but fluffy inside. 

  7. If you want airfryer 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.

If you liked these airfryer chips why not check out some of my other airfryer recipes?

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Air fryer fries in a basket with ketchup
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Chris Holmes

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!

angela cassidy

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've just done exactly as your recipe said and the chips were raw after 25 minutes


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.

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