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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips Recipe

Air fryer zucchini chips are crunchy, cheesy, and, yes, healthy!

They’re made with simple ingredients, including fresh zucchini, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and a few seasonings.

After a spin in the air fryer, they’re crispy and have a surprising amount of flavor for a simple veggie snack.

Homemade air fryer zucchini chips with ketchup on the side
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These bad boys are low in fat and calories, which is great for your waistline. And they pair well with everything from chicken to fish.

Like most air fryer recipes, you don’t need a vat of oil to make them crispy. Instead, you’ll dip them in beaten eggs and a breadcrumb mix.

So if you’re looking for some air fryer side dish recipes the whole family will love, air fryer zucchini chips are perfect.

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips Ingredients 

The beauty of this recipe is how simple it is.

I added some seasonings, which you can tweak as you like. Or leave them out. The Parmesan should be more than enough!

Here’s what you need:

  • Fresh Zucchini. Select two firm, medium-sized veggies that have a nice shape. Steer clear of large ones, which can be too watery. 
  • Breadcrumbs & Parmesan. Go with Panko breadcrumbs for the best texture. And be sure to freshly grate the cheese yourself.
  • Seasonings. A mixture of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. If you want a smoky finish, add a half teaspoon of paprika, as well. 
  • Egg. The coating on the zucchini so the crumbs stick.
  • Olive Oil Spray. This is the key to the crispiest chips! Be sure it’s olive oil spray, as regular cooking spray can ruin the basket of your air fryer.
Breaded zucchini chips with breadcrumbs and parmesan

How to Make Air Fryer Zucchini Chips 

Follow these steps to make air fryer zucchini chips:

1. Slice the zucchini and preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. 

2. Make the breading. Mix the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.

3. Coat the zucchini. Dip the zucchini slices into the egg and then the breading mixture. Thoroughly coat the slices on both sides. 

4. Cook. Lay the slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Spray the tops with olive oil spray. Then, cook for 10 minutes, flipping the slices once halfway through. 

5. Serve. Serve the chips with dipping sauces, and enjoy! 

Tips and Tricks 

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind: 

  • Cut the zucchini into uniform slices. The closer the slices are in size and shape, the more evenly they’ll cook. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. You’ll see this tip a lot in my air fryer recipes. I don’t repeat it to be annoying or repetitive. I repeat it because it’s important. An overcrowded air fryer won’t cook food correctly. 
  • They’re best served hot. While you can keep leftovers for a few days, these chips are best served immediately. So, eat them straight from the air fryer as soon as they’re cool enough. Don’t make them ahead of time. 
Deep fried air fryer zucchini in a bowl, served with ketchup

What to Serve with Zucchini Chips 

You can enjoy zucchini chips alone or with a wide variety of sauces for dipping.

You can also pair them with a main course to make a complete meal. Here are some ideas: 

Dipping sauces:

Meal pairings:

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How to Store 

As mentioned, zucchini chips taste best when fresh.

But that doesn’t mean you have to trash your leftovers! They’ll still taste good, though they may not be as crispy after they cool down. 

To Store. Place the cooled chips in an airtight container with paper towels between each layer. Refrigerate them for 2 to 3 days. 

To Reheat. Toss leftover chips in the air fryer. Warm them for 2 to 3 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

I don’t recommend freezing zucchini chips. Once thawed, their texture won’t be pleasant.

More Air Fryer Chips To Try

Air Fryer Banana Chips
Air Fryer Kale Chips
Air Fryer Apple Chips
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Course: Recipes, SidesCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Air fryer zucchini chips are crunchy, cheesy, and, yes, healthy! They’re made with simple ingredients, work as a snack or a side, and are ready in a flash.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (Panko for extra crispiness)

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional for a smoky flavor)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 medium zucchinis, thinly sliced

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • olive oil spray (or any cooking spray)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  • Dip the zucchini slices into the beaten egg. Then, dredge them in the breadcrumb mixture to thoroughly coat both sides. Press gently to ensure it sticks.
  • Arrange the zucchini slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Work in batches to keep them from overlapping.
  • Spray the tops gently with the olive oil spray and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the slices over, then cook them for another 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove the zucchini chips from the air fryer and serve immediately with various sauces for dipping. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Don’t overcrowd the basket! The zucchini slices won’t cook properly if they’re overlapping. Work in batches, if needed.
  • Don’t forget to flip! Flipping each slice halfway through ensures they get nice and crispy on both sides. 
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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