By using an air fryer, you can make delicious and perfectly crispy chips without having to heat up the oven or use a lot of oil, meaning healthier chips! Follow our foolproof tips for making the BEST Air Fryer Chips, along with some suggestions of different ways to season them, so you can have different flavoured chips every time.
If you have an air fryer and you have never made chips in it, then you are seriously missing out. Air fried chips are the best way to eat chips and with our top tip of stacking them in the air fryer, you will have perfectly cooked chips in the air fryer every time.
We have all the tips to get crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside chips in the air fryer every time.
If you are looking for other ways to use your air fryer, then why not try our Air Fryer Steak, Air Fryer Bacon, Air Fryer Broccoli or Air Fryer Tortilla Chips?
Why you will love them
- Perfect air fried chips - This recipe will get you crispy chips every time.
- Lower in calories and fat - Using an air fryer to cook chips needs less oil than if you were cooking them in the oven.
- Lots of seasoning options - There are so many different ways to flavour these air fryer chips, so they never get boring.
- Versatile - If you want a side dish that will go with everything, then these air fryer chips are it! Chicken, fish, burgers, hot dogs and more. We have lots of recipe suggestions below.
Ingredients and variations
- Potatoes - Technically, any potatoes will work for cooking chips in an air fryer, but some definitely work better than others. We try to use a floury potato like a King Edward or Maris Piper, as they have produced the best results for us.
- Olive oil - You could swap this for vegetable or sunflower oil.
- Garlic granules - We added garlic granules to add lots of flavour, however there are lots of flavour options with air fryer fries. Add some smoke and spice with paprika and cayenne or a Fajita or Cajun blend.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to cook chips in an air fryer - Step by step
One: Chop the potatoes into fries (about 1cm/0.5 inch), leaving the skin on.
Two: Put the chips into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Mix around and leave to stand for a few minutes.
Three: Put onto a clean towel and pat dry.
Four: Transfer the chips to a large bowl. Add the oil, salt, pepper and garlic and mix well.
Five: Find any chips with skin along the length and put a layer of these chips, skin side down, at the bottom of the air fryer basket.
Six: Put the next layer of chips at right angles to the first layer, ensuring there is space between the chips. Continue building up the layers in alternate directions.
Seven: Carefully put the basket into the air fryer. Cook the chips for 18 minutes at 200°C. Shake the chips after 10 minutes and then shake a few more times before the time is up.
Top tips for crispy air fryer chips
To get the best crispy fries possible, you are better off cutting them into thinner chips, rather than thicker potato wedges.
We leave the skins on our potatoes when chopping them. This is partly due to the fact that we are lazy and like to save time any way we can, but also because the skin gets nice and crispy and helps to give an overall crispy chip. It is also where most of the fibre is, so keep them on! Keeping the skin on also prevents the chips sticking to the bottom of the air fryer during cooking.
If you open up your air fryer and they are still not as crispy as you would like them, then put them back on for 3-4 minutes more. For maximum crispiness, serve them immediately. If you let them sit for a while, or reheat them, they can go soggy.
Cheesy chips - Is there anything more comforting than cheesy chips? Once your chips are cooked, add some grated cheese and then cook it for a further 2 minutes until the cheese is melted (remove the paddle if your air fryer has one).
Seasoning - You have so many options for seasoning when it comes to air frying chips. We kept it simple with some salt, pepper and garlic granules. However, we like using seasoning blends like Mexican, Chinese 5 spice, Cajun or Italian. Why not try mixing in our Homemade Fajita Seasoning. You could also just add a pinch of paprika for some smokiness.
How long do chips take in the air fryer?
It really depends on the type of chips you are using and the size of them as well.
Air fryer chips will take on average between 15 and 20 minutes and the difference in cooking time comes mainly from how big you have cut the chips. The chunkier they are, the longer they will take. Remember, all air fryers cook things differently too, so keep an eye on them.
For example, if you are using frozen thick cut chips then they will take about 13-15 minutes, however thin cut frozen fries will be quicker and closer to 12 minutes in the air fryer. See the next section for details how to cook frozen chips in an air fryer.
For chunkier chips, try our Air Fryer Potato Wedges.
Air fryer frozen chips
Can you use frozen chips in the air fryer? Yes, you can and it's the best and quickest way to cook frozen chips. Simply heat your air fryer up to the temperature on the packaging and then cook them for ¾ of the time stated, but check on them every 5 minutes. You don't need to add oil or seasoning, as they are usually already coated in these.
We find that cooking at 200°C for 13-14 minutes results in perfect air fryer frozen chips.
You don't need to arrange the chips like we have described above - simply dump them in the basket and cook! You can also make cheesy chips this way by sprinkling some cheese on top once cooked and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Firstly, let's talk sauce. If we are just serving these up as a snack then something to dip them in is a must. Why not try our Homemade BBQ Sauce, Jalapeno Sauce or Healthy Tomato Ketchup? We also love dipping potatoes into our Easy Tartare Sauce.
If you are looking for some main meals to serve alongside these BEST air fryer chips, then we have got you covered too. Why not try one of these:
- Oven Cooked Sausages
- Chicken Goujons
- Lamb Shish Kebabs
- Salmon Fishcakes
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- Easy Hunters Chicken
- Pesto Salmon
- Caprese Chicken
You can use Fry Lite and although they will taste a little dryer, they will still cook well and get crispy and you will save yourself some calories by not using a tablespoon of oil per person.
We haven't parboiled them first. However, if you want really fluffy on the inside chips, then you can parboil them for 5 minutes first. You still need to make sure they are really dry before they go in the air fryer.
If they still aren't cooked to your liking then cook them for a few more minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on the potatoes you use, the thickness of the chip and your air fryer. If your air fryer chips are too soggy, then make sure you are drying them with some kitchen towel before adding them to the air fryer. If you are finding that they are burnt, then try using less oil and reducing the cooking time. This recipe really does depend on how you cut the fries and your air fryer - they all cook things differently.
We can't rate highly enough the Power Air Fryer XL. The 5 litre capacity is big enough for cooking for the whole family and it can fry, grill, bake, sauté, roast and steam. There are simple touch screen controls and it heats up quickly and can cook your food up to 70% faster than a conventional oven. Also, it's dishwasher safe.
These are best eaten straight away, as they tend to get a bit soggy when they are left to go cold. However, if you do have leftovers then you can store them in an air tight container in the fridge and then reheat them in the air fryer. They will take about 3-4 minutes at 180°C.
• Please note that this recipe is made using a Power Air Fryer XL. Using a different model of air fryer will change the cooking method needed. If you have a rotating air fryer, then there is no need to stack them or shake them.
• If you want to change the amount this makes, we recommend a ratio of 1 tablespoon of oil to every medium sized potato.
• Make sure that the chips are all cut to the same size so you get evenly cooked air fryer chips. If you want to get a little fancy, why not use a crinkle cutter.
• Always rinse/soak them before cooking them (making sure you pat them dry), as this removes the excess starch and makes for fluffier insides.
• Stacking the chips in the air fryer for the first part of cooking is key to ensuring that they cook evenly and also don't get stuck to the bottom of the air fryer.
• Get creative with the seasoning. You can add a Mexican or Italian seasoning, or keep it simple like we have.
• For some extra indulgent chips, sprinkle some Parmesan on top a few minutes before they are fully cooked.
• Make sure to check your chips twice during cooking and shake them to ensure they are cooking evenly.
• Make sure your air fryer is preheated before the chips go in for best results.
• If you are making air fryer chunky chips, then add on about 4 minutes to the cooking time.
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The Best Air Fryer Chips
- 500 g (1.1 lb) Potato
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 0.5 tablespoon Garlic granules
- Chop 500 g Potato into thin fries, leaving the skin on.
- Put the chips into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Mix around and leave to stand for a few minutes.
- Put onto a clean towel and pat dry.
- Transfer the chips to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon Olive oil, 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper and 0.5 tablespoon Garlic granules and mix well.
- Find any chips with skin along the length and put a layer of these chips, skin side down, at the bottom of the air fryer basket.
- Put the next layer of chips at right angles to the first layer, ensuring there is space between the chips. Continue building up the layers in alternate directions.
- Carefully put the basket into the air fryer. Cook the chips for 18 minutes at 200°C. Shake the chips after 10 minutes and then shake a few more times before the time is up.
- Please note that this recipe is made using a Power Air Fryer XL. Using a different model of air fryer will change the cooking method needed. If you have a rotating air fryer, then there is no need to stack them or shake them.
- If you want to change the amount this makes, we recommend a ratio of 1 tablespoon of oil to every medium sized potato.
- Make sure that the chips are all cut to the same size so you get evenly cooked air fryer chips. If you want to get a little fancy, why not use a crinkle cutter.
- Always rinse/soak them before cooking them (making sure you pat them dry), as this removes the excess starch and makes for fluffier insides.
- Stacking the chips in the air fryer for the first part of cooking is key to ensuring that they cook evenly and also don't get stuck to the bottom of the air fryer.
- Get creative with the seasoning. You can add a Mexican or Italian seasoning, or keep it simple like we have.
- For some extra indulgent chips, sprinkle some Parmesan on top a few minutes before they are fully cooked.
- Make sure to check your chips twice during cooking and shake them to ensure they are cooking evenly.
- Make sure your air fryer is preheated before the chips go in for best results.
- If you are making air fryer chunky chips, then add on about 4 minutes to the cooking time.
Lauren Michael Harris
This is a fry recipe we make often because it's so easy and the kids love it too. The added garlic is my favorite part!
These chips come out perfect every time!
The air fryer is just the best thing ever! Love how easy it makes these fried and they came out so delicious!
So excited to find a fry recipe that states soaking makes no difference! I hate that extra step and these came out totally crispy without it - yay!
These fries turned out so crisp in the air fryer, I love that you don't have to use as much oil too.
Thank you for another delicious vegan recipe! The chips were genuinely outstanding! I am making them aggdeain today!
I love that you use fresh potatoes in this recipe. I also like the idea of switching up the seasonings before air frying.
These are fantastic! I LOVE how crispy they get in the air fryer!
They are perfectly crispy, aren't they.
This sounds like a delicious side dish any time of year! I love how crispy they come out and that I can finally use my air fryer!
These fries using air fryer looks just fantastic. I would love to try it this way soon. Yum.
I've not used my Air fryer for ages but you've put me right in the mood for air fried chips now!
Those fries look lovely! I swear, air-fryers are like the appliance of the year! Thanks for sharing!
This looks so delicious and tasty! I can't wait to give this a try! My family is going to love this recipe!
'perfectly crispy chips (what we call fries here in the UK)'
No, in the UK they're called chips. I have never, ever been into a chippie and asked for fries and fish. In the states they're called fries . . .
I think there has been some misunderstanding here. We are saying they are called chips in the UK. What people call fries in the U.S, are what we call chips.
totally agree! Originally from the UK and they never ever called them 'fries' in the UK unless ordering the specific skinny type of 'French Fries' from a restaurant....it's chips.
As I have stated, in the US they are fries, in the UK they are chips. I have used both for SEO reasons for a keyword to target both US and UK blog traffic.
There is no correction needed. They stated that fries are referred to as chips in the uk.
In the past I went through 3 Tefal Actifry fryers Before I realised that they aren’t built to last as parts kept breaking. I then did a little research before I bought a DeLonghi Multifry. What a difference! Apart from being very durable (already 5 years old and still in one piece) it’s more versatile, more powerful and cooks better; not just chips but polenta, risotto, baking cake, pizza and pasta, grilling and roasting meat, and excellent stews. It’s so versatile that I bought another for my second home. When your Tefal fails, upgrade to a DeLonghi
I absolutely love air fried chips so I'm looking forward to making these.
Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites
My kids have been loving these french fries in the air fryer - they love how crispy they get and I love how easy they are to make!
I absolutely love my air fryer and love that these fries come out perfect every time I make them.
Whoah these fries look perfect! I keep telling myself I need to get an air fryer and didn't know there was one with a rotating paddle!
This recipe was fabulous! So easy and tasty! I'll definitely be making again!