Last updated on January 6th, 2022 at 05:59 pm
Air Fryer Potato Chips are sliced thin then tossed in olive oil, salt, and paprika before getting air-fried until they are perfectly crispy. Completely made from scratch and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Crispy Air Fryer Potato Chips
These Crispy Potato Chips are impossible to stop eating! They taste like old-fashioned chips, except these ones are lighter and grease-free. The super-thin potato slices are coated in spices and a little oil, then air-fried until they get super crispy. You won’t be able to stop snacking on these!
Apart from being a delicious snack, you can pair them with just about any entrée. For example, you can easily pair them with burgers and sandwiches, BBQs, fried chicken, or stuff them into breakfast burritos in place of hash browns.
Of course, don’t forget the dips— we’re listing down our favorites later on!
Why make potato chips in the air fryer?
Imagine hot, perfectly salted, and crispy potato chips— except there’s no boiling oil to deal with! Air-frying these means almost no grease, no painful splatters, and very minimal clean-up.
Since these have minimal fat and oil, they’re healthier than fried potato chips on that part, too!
Ingredients for the best air fryer potato chips:
- Potatoes: Use baking spuds like Idaho and Yukon, scrubbed and cut into thin chip slices. Use a mandolin for perfectly even pieces.
- Oil: We use olive, but feel free to use any neutral-flavored ones you have on hand.
- Seasoning: For this recipe, we’re keeping it basic with salt, pepper, and paprika so the chips shine.
How to make Air Fryer Potato Chips?
- Soak: In a bowl, add some cold water then submerge your raw sliced spuds for about 15 mins to half an hour. After that, dry them as much as possible (this is important, or they may not crisp up very well if there’s lots of excess moisture).
- Preheat: Next, turn on your air-fryer and let it preheat to 370F.
- Season: Take your dried chips and toss with all the seasonings plus the oil.
- Cook: Air-fry for 10 mins., then shake/toss and continue air-frying for about 12-17 minutes more. Stir every couple of minutes, and air-fry until they’re as crispy and golden as you like them.
- Serve: Enjoy immediately with your favorite dips!
Recipe variations and substitutions:
- Use sweet potatoes: Follow the exact same recipe, but use sweet potatoes. The sweet and savory combo is crazy delicious!
- Deep-fry: After drying and seasoning them, fry in 350F oil until crispy, turning occasionally.
- Bake: Make them in the oven at 370F for about 20 to 30 mins.
- Spicy: Add heat with cayenne, chili powder, or pepper flakes.
- Ranch: Sprinkle with dry ranch before air-frying for zesty chips!
- Garlic Parmesan: Cover with grated parmesan plus garlic powder before and after air-frying.
- Herb: Toss lightly with Italian herbs before cooking.
Do I need to Soak My Potatoes?
Don’t skip soaking your spuds! It prevents them from browning and allows them to get extra crispy.
What goes with potato chips?
These are amazing with almost any dip— creamy, spicy, tangy, Tex-Mex, plain old ketchup— you name it! To give you some tasty ideas, try these:
- Thousand Island
- Honey Mustard
- Buffalo Sauce
- Big Mac Sauce
- Beer Cheese Dip
- Hot sauce
- Chick Fil A Sauce
Once the leftovers are completely cool, place them in a Ziploc or air-tight container. Chill them in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, air-fry at 400F until nice and hot.
More air fryer recipes to try:
Air Fryer Potato Chips
- 2 baking potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Smoked paprika (to taste)
- Wash and scrub clean the potatoes. Using a mandolin thinly slice into ⅛" slices.
- Place potato slices in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain well and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
- Preheat air fryer to 370 degrees F.
- Toss the potatoes with olive oil and season to taste with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
- Add potatoes to the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Toss and cook for an additional 15-17 minutes, stirring and tossing every few minutes.
- Once the potatoes begin to crisp, remove the browned ones and continue cooking until all chips are crisp and nicely browned.
- You can also cook them in batches. Do NOT oveercrowd the chips in the air fryer.
- Aside from cooking the chips evenly, shaking/stirring them up every few minutes lets you see which pieces are browning too fast. Make sure to take them out, or they can burn.
- You can certainly slice the spuds by hand if you’re confident with your knife skills, but we do recommend using a mandolin since it’s easier and gives you perfectly even pieces.
- This is very important— dry the raw chips before air-frying! Otherwise, they’ll become soggy in there instead of getting crispy.