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How to cook chips in the Ninja Dual air fryer

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My air fryer is my absolute favourite kitchen gadget. I have 100s of air fryer recipes that I love to make for my family, but you really can’t beat a nice portion of homemade chips or hand cut fries. Knowing how to cook chips in the Ninja Dual zone air fryer is one of the first things that people search for when they get an air fryer – and I am here to help.

I love to serve homemade chips alongside easy things, such as air fryer air fryer chicken nuggets, air fryer frozen chicken burgers or even air fryer prawn toast. Yum! I also make things that are a little more adventurous such as air fryer chicken kebabs or air fryer hunters chicken.

If you want to keep things healthier then check out my 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! They’re ready made, so super simple.

Personally I think that making your own chips is a great alternative to ready to cook frozen french fries, and is a great way to save some calories while not compromising on the taste.

Once you’ve finished enjoying this recipe be sure to check out my air fryer tips and tricks, air fryer pros and cons and check out my Ninja Foodi accessories if you want to make the most of your Ninja Foodi dual zone or Ninja Foodi dual air fryer.

Whether you’re a total beginner to air frying, or just looking to get more from your air fryer, this post will show you how to get the most from your air fryer.

This post has tips for cooking temperatures, the best potatoes and cooking oil to use in your air fryer and everything you need to know to make chips, chunky chips or french fries.

We have been trying to cut back and save money on takeaways and one of the ways we’ve been doing so is by eating fewer takeaways. I decided to make Ninja air fryer chips recently, to accompany a slow cooker chicken dish I had cooking throughout the day.

This recipe has been tried and tested by my family, multiple times, and works really well.

I’ve even got a post dedicated to what toppings for chips to give you some inspiration if you want to turn these into a full meal or a more substantial side dish.

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

Ingredients for Ninja air fryer chips:

600g potatoes

15ml olive oil

Salt and pepper

Dipping sauce of choice for serving

Lemon pepper fries with lemon pepper seasoning, a lemon, olive oil, peppercorns and a yellow tea towel.

How to make chips in the Ninja Foodi air fryer:

Start by peeling your potatoes. This IS an optional step if you want to keep food waste low in your home and boost the nutrition of these chips a little more.

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

Rinse your chips thoroughly in cold water. I like to soak mine for 5-10 minutes to remove some of the starch from the potatoes to get a better result.

Pat dry with a clean tea towel or using kitchen towel. 

Drizzle the chips with olive oil.

Season your cut chips with salt.

Add in a thin layer to your air fryer basket, using both baskets of the dual zone air fryer if you want to make a large portion, and then air fryer at 160C (320F approx) for 12 minutes.

Shake at least once during the cooking time.

Then turn the air fryer up to 200C (390F approx) and start cooking for 10 minutes. Check 5 minutes through, as depending on the size of your chips, chunky chips or fries, they may cook a little faster.

Shake regularly to ensure they don’t stick and cook evenly.

Please use some common sense here. If your potatoes don’t look how crispy and golden brown you like them to be then just cook them for a couple of minutes further. Cooking times will vary based on the chip size, potato type or even the type of air fryer being used.

Serve, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with your dipping sauce of choice.

Seasonings that work great with these chips:

An air fryer basket with loaded frozen french fries. Air fryer loaded fries with minced beef, peppers, tomatoes, onions and nacho cheese sauce

Which model of Ninja Dual zone do I use?

I’ve made these in both the *AF300UK and *AF400UK. I currently use the AF300UK most of the time, and this is great for families of 4 like mine.

Do you parboil chips before air frying?

For this recipe I do not. If you want to you could parboil them, and reduce the air frying time by 1/3.

Also, you could microwave your potato chips for a couple of minutes (1-2 minutes) as this will help to soften them up and is a faster way to reduce the cooking time.

6 minutes of parboiling in boiling, salted water is perfect for these chips. Allow them to sit and steam for a few minutes in the drainer to increase the crispy edges that you get when cooking, like you would with Ninja Foodi roast potatoes.

When I parboil chips I add them to a pre-heated air fryer for the best cooking results.

Is Ninja air fryer good for chips?

Absolutely! Works so well, simple to use, simple to clean and fantastic results too.

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

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.

Which potatoes for making chips?

King Edwards or Rooster are a favourite in our home, or Yukon Gold if I can find them (rare!). Maris Piper is a great all-round potato too,

If you’re on a lower budget just buy any potatoes. They’ll still work – you just may find the results vary a little.

Can you skip the oil in this recipe?

Absolutely, while I would suggest using some spray oil instead if you want them to be super crispy, you can skip this step and just shake the basket 3-4 times during cooking to try and prevent sticking.

If you find your chips are a little dry then be sure to shake them during cooking at least once, twice ideally, and then spray again with a little spray oil.

A portion of air fryer cheese fries - cooked french fries topped with cheddar cheese mix

Want to try some of my other potato recipes instead?

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.

Are your Ninja air fryer chips burning or not cooking evenly?

Try dropping the temperature down a little while you’re cooking them as all air fryers are different and there are a number of Ninja Dual zone air fryers now, so you may have a different model to me.

Make 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 avoid uneven cooking that can sometimes occur when using the air fryer.

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How to make homemade chips in your Ninja air fryer:

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

How to cook chips in the Ninja Dual air fryer.

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

Ingredients

  • 600 g potatoes
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dipping sauce of choice for serving

Instructions

  1. Start by peeling your potatoes. This IS an optional step if you want to keep food waste low in your home and boost the nutrition of these chips a little more.
  2. Use a *potato chipper if you like and if you slice the potatoes in half they’re super quick to chip.
  3. Rinse your chips thoroughly in cold water. I like to soak mine for 5-10 minutes to remove some of the starch from the potatoes to get a better result.
  4. Pat dry with a clean tea towel or using kitchen towel.
  5. Drizzle the chips with olive oil.
  6. Season your cut chips with salt.
  7. Add in a thin layer to your air fryer basket, using both baskets of the dual zone air fryer if you want to make a large portion, and then air fryer at 160C (320F approx) for 12 minutes.
  8. Shake at least once during the cooking time.
  9. Then turn the air fryer up to 200C (390F approx) and start cooking for 10 minutes. Check 5 minutes through, as depending on the size of your chips, chunky chips or fries, they may cook a little faster.
  10. Shake regularly to ensure they don’t stick and cook evenly.
  11. Please use some common sense here. If your potatoes don’t look how crispy and golden brown you like them to be then just cook them for a couple of minutes further. Cooking times will vary based on the chip size, potato type or even the type of air fryer being used.
  12. Serve, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with your dipping sauce of choice.
Nutrition Facts
Ninja air fryer chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Cooked Ninja Foodi chips on baking paper.
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Kath

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Tried these Ninja air fryer chips and they turned out amazing! It's crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Much healthier than fried ones but just as tasty. My new favorite snack!

katykicker

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

That's great to hear, thank you!

Bree

Thursday 11th of April 2024

These air fryer chips are my go-to side dish! Drizzled with oil, perfectly seasoned, and crispy on the outside, they're a hit every time. Great with any dipping sauce! The whole family loved it!

Kimmy

Thursday 11th of April 2024

Just made these Ninja Air Fryer Chips last night and WOW!So crispy and way healthier than deep-frying my daughter love it. Thanks for sharing.

katykicker

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Thanks so much!

Glenda

Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

Your chips/fries recipe is so tasty! We didn't peel our potatoes so they were more like home fries, but they were crisp and spectacular! Thanks for the tip about seasoning before they're cooked. I had always just topped them with salt afterwards, but it really did make a difference to the flavor to do it first.

Maris

Sunday 24th of March 2024

So crispy and delicious! I tried the peri peri and garlic rosemary seasoning and both were so yum!

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