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Best Air Fryer Potato Chips (Crispy Recipe)

Give in to your cravings with these guilt-free air fryer potato chips!

They’re crispy, crunchy, salty, and oh-so-satisfying. The best part is they use very little oil. So you can nosh on your favorite nibbles without all the grease. 

Bunch of air fryer potato chips in bowl
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And with the handy air fryer doing the hard work, you don’t have to put in a ton of effort to make them.

Now, that’s what I call happy snacking!

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Potato Chips 

Once you try these homemade potato chips, you’ll never turn back! Here are some reasons you’ll love making this snack in the air fryer:

  • Healthier Cooking – Air frying requires significantly less oil. And less grease means fewer calories and lower fat! They’re healthier than your average potato chip bag.
  • Quick and Easy – Anyone with an air fryer can make this snack! Not only is it super easy, but cleanup is also a breeze.
  • No Deep Fryer Required – Deep fryers? Forget it! Air fryers are much safer and far less messy. So there are no splatters or vats of hot oil to worry about.
  • Crispy and Delicious – A word of caution: these chips are addicting! The air fryer delivers perfectly crispy, crunchy chips. They’re so delicious, you won’t be able to stop at just one!
Potato chips inside an air fryer

Ingredients 

Chances are, you have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now! All this recipe requires are three common kitchen staples. 

Here’s what you need:

  • Potatoes – Russet potatoes will yield the best results. They contain more starch and less water. So they crisp up nicely. 
  • Olive Oil – Compared to regular chips, this recipe uses very little oil, all thanks to the magic of air frying!
  • Salt – To make them salty and delicious! I swear by using kosher salt for chips. But use what you have on hand. 

How to Make Air Fryer Potato Chips

What’s the secret to getting the crispiest, crunchiest potato chips? Proper prep! Combined with the air fryer, they turn out better than store-bought.

Follow these basic steps for the best potato chips:

1. Prep the potatoes. Scrub the potatoes. Thinly slice them about 1/8 inch thick.

2. Soak. Soak the potatoes in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain them and repeat with fresh water. 

3. Dry. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer. Air dry them for 10-15 minutes, then pat them dry.

4. Season. Toss the potatoes with olive oil and salt. 

5. Prep the air fryer. Preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spritz the basket with cooking spray.

6. Air fry. Cook the potato slices for 8 minutes. Flip them and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

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7. Cool. Cool the chips on a lined baking tray. Season them if desired, and enjoy!

Potato chips in a white bowl.

Recipe Tips 

Every air fryer cooks a little differently. So you may need to make some adjustments to this recipe. But don’t worry! 

These tips will help you achieve munch-worthy chips:

  • Don’t burn them out! If your chips burn quickly, reduce the temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook them for 10 minutes, flip them, then increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. That way, they cook properly and crisp nicely. 
  • Give them space to sizzle. Resist the urge to stack the potato slices on top of one another. Lack of space will cause them to steam rather than fry.
  • Try some mandolin mastery. For the potato chips to crisp properly, they must be sliced thin. A mandolin helps achieve the ideal thickness. Plus, it makes prep easier.
  • Watch the time. Depending on the thickness, the potato chips may require more or less time. Thinner slices may be ready in 8-10 minutes. Thicker slices may take 15 minutes. So watch them and adjust accordingly.

Variations

You can easily make your favorite flavored potato chips with this recipe. I’m partial to classic chips but take your pick. 

Here are some of my other favorite variations:

  • Salt and Vinegar Chips – Instead of soaking the potatoes in water, soak them in distilled white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar would be yummy, too.
  • Cajun Chips – Add your favorite blend or make your own. Use 1 part each of garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, salt, and pepper. Plus, add 2 parts paprika.
  • Barbecue Chips – Just add 2 tablespoons of BBQ seasoning. You can also make one with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, and brown sugar.
  • Salt and Pepper Chips – For a simple twist, add cracked pepper to this recipe. 
  • Sour Cream and Onion Chips – Season them with buttermilk powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and dried chives.
Potato chips with spinach dipping sauce.

How to Store

For snacks, sandwich sidekicks, or burger sides, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy leftover potato chips.

Here’s how to store them so they stay fresh:

To Store: Place the chips in an air-tight container or zip-top bag. Keep them at room temperature for up to 1 week.

To Freeze: Store the chips in a freezer-safe, air-tight container. Freeze them for up to 3 months. 

What to Serve with Air-Fried Potato Chips 

Potato chips are such a universal side dish. They pair well with anything that needs a little salty crunch!

Here’s what I enjoy serving them with:

More Air Fryer Chip Recipes To Try

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Best Air Fryer Potato Chips (Crispy Recipe)

Course: SnacksCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Skip the bagged stuff and try these homemade air fryer potato chips! They’re crispy, salty, and incredibly delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 large Russet potatoes

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • cooking spray, for the basket

Instructions

  • Scrub the potatoes well, then thinly slice them with a mandoline slicer or sharp knife. Ensure each slice is of even thickness, about 1/8 inch.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and fill it with cold water. Stir the potatoes and submerge them under the water. Leave them to soak for 15 minutes, drain, and repeat with fresh water.
  • Spread the potatoes onto a clean kitchen cloth or over layers of paper towels. Let them air dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a clean, dry bowl, mix the salt with the olive oil. Pat the potatoes dry with paper towels, then add them to the bowl and gently toss them until well-coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190°C) and lightly coat the basket with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the potato slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook them for 8 minutes. Flip and cook them for another 5-7 minutes or until they’re golden and crispy.
  • Remove the hot chips from the air fryer and leave them to cool on a lined baking tray. Repeat with the remaining potato slices.
  • Sprinkle extra seasoning over the top, if desired, then serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Optional seasonings (add 1/2 teaspoon): black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, Cajun spice, rosemary, Parmesan, etc.
  • If the slices are thin and burning quickly, cook the next batch at 325°F for the first 10 minutes. Then, turn the air fryer up to 400°F after flipping the slices to crisp them up.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. If they’re layered on top of each other, they’ll steam instead of crisp.
  • Adjust the cooking time for thicker or thinner chips. 1/8 inch potato slices need about 15 minutes, while thinner slices (1/16) might be ready after just 8-10 minutes.
Air Fryer Potato Chips

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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