Crispy Air Fryer Potato Chips

the finished air fryer potato chips stacked and ready to serve

If you love potato chips, you will love that air fryer potato chips are made with a fraction of the oil used in traditional chips. Crispy, crunchy homemade potato chips air fryer style are perfect for snacking and serving with sandwiches, burgers, and more!

Suitable for gluten free and vegan diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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Potato chips are a guilty pleasure, but making these air fryer potato chips means you can go ahead and satisfy your craving without all the guilt! 

This potato chips air fryer recipe is so easy and the results are incredible. Enjoy the crunchiest potato chips in just minutes using way less oil than store-bought potato chips. They are the perfect snack and an ideal accompaniment to hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwiches.

It’s so easy to make chips that are crunchy and taste as fresh as a newly opened bag at home. We’ve put together this guide so you know how to make air fryer potato chips at home and get them extra crispy.

Read on for handy tips and tricks, which types of potatoes to use, and fun ideas for seasoning these homemade potato chips air fryer with your favorite flavors. 

Why Make This Recipe

  • Healthier – Store-bought chips are deep fried in oil making them a less-than-healthy option. These chips only require a small amount of oil and are crunchy and flavorful.
  • Easy – Make homemade potato chips in under 30 minutes. 
  • Perfect For Sharing – We won’t tell if you eat the whole batch yourself, but these chips are perfect for sharing.  

Ingredient Notes

  • Potatoes – Thin slices of potatoes become light and airy potato chips. 
  • Salt – Season to suit your taste.
  • Water – Soaking the potatoes in water helps to remove excess starch so they are as crunchy as they can be. 
  • Oil – Just a little spritz of oil is all that’s needed.

Ready to make this potato chips in air fryer recipe? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Air Fryer Potato Chips

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Wash potatoes and slice into thin, even slices using a mandolin.
  2. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt. Fill with water to cover and let sit for 20 minutes. 
  3. Rinse potatoes and dry thoroughly with paper towels. 
  4. Place slices in a single layer inside the air fryer basket and spray with a bit of oil.
  5. Air fry in batches at 350F / 180C for 8-13 minutes. Turn the potatoes a couple of times during cooking so they don’t burn.  Watch closely as they can cook faster than expected. 
  6. Sprinkle with salt, let cool, then serve and enjoy. 

Which Potatoes Are Best For Chips?

  • Russet Potato – This classic choice for chips is what’s commonly used for store bought chips. Look for firm, fresh russet (or baking) potatoes for the best results. 
  • Yukon Golds – Also commonly used for commercial potato chips, yukon golds have a milder flavor and can handle a lot of seasoning. 
  • Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are perfect for making chips. Cook them just like you would cook baking potatoes but you may need to slightly increase the cooking time. 
  • Other Potatoes – There is no rule that says you can’t use other potatoes (such as reds or fingerlings) to make potato chips. Experiment with different varieties to discover your favorites. 

Expert Tips 

  • Slice the potatoes as evenly as possible for even cooking.
  • The thinner the slices, the faster they will cook. 
  • Be sure to wear a safety glove or use the guard when slicing potatoes on a mandolin. 
  • Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 20 minutes to remove excess starch. 
  • It’s importanrt to make sure the potato slices are dry before adding to the air fryer basket, or they will steam rather than fry.
  • Do not crowd or overlap the potatoes.
  • Spray with oil before cooking. If needed, spray with a bit more oil when you flip the chips. 
  • Watch closely as the cooking time may vary based on your air fryer or how thin you sliced the potatoes. 

Delicious Variations

  • Swap The Potato – Different types of potatoes will provide a different flavor or different level of crunch. 
  • Change The Thickness – Do you love extra thick chips or prefer them to be paper thin? Experiment with different thicknesses, just be sure to cook similar sized potatoes in a single batch. 
  • Add Seasoning – Salt is a classic chip seasoning, but you can get really creative. Here are some of our favorites:
    • Black Pepper
    • Ranch Seasoning
    • Chili Powder
    • Cumin
    • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • dried Herbs – try Dill, Rosemary, or Thyme

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Be sure to allow plenty of time for the sliced potatoes to soak in the water before you air fry them. 
  • Store – Chips can be stored in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to 10 days. 
  • Freeze – Freezing chips can really extend their life. Just pop them into a zip top bag and place them where they won’t get smooshed. Frozen cooked potato chips are nice and crunchy but you can rewarm them in the air fryer for a few minutes. 

FAQs

How Long Will Homemade Potato Chips Air Fryer Last?

We recommend lining a bowl with paper towels and adding the chips. The bowl will soak up any excess oil. After an hour or so, transfer the chips to zip-top bags and store them for up to 10 days. 

How Do I Avoid Soggy Chips?

Soaking the potatoes in water and drying them thoroughly before cooking is the best way to avoid soggy potato chips. Thicker cut chips also tend to be less crispy. 

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  • paper towels.

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 7 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Air Fryer Potato Chips

It’s so easy to make crispy and crunch homemade potato chips!

Prep Time25 mins

Cook Time5 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course: Appetizer, Snack

Cuisine: air fryer recipe,, American

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan

Servings: 4

Calories: 170kcal

Instructions

  • Wash potatoes and slice into thin, even slices using a mandolin.

  • Place potatoes in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. Fill with water to cover and let sit for 20 minutes.

  • Rinse potatoes and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

  • Place potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and spray with a bit of oil.

  • Air fry in batches at 350F / 180C for 8-13 minutes. Turn the potatoes a couple of times during cooking so they don’t burn. Watch closely as they can cook faster than expected.

  • Sprinkle with salt and allow to cool before serving.

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Notes

  • Slice the potatoes as evenly as possible for even cooking.
  • The thinner the slices, the faster they will cook.
  • Be sure to wear a safety glove or use the guard when slicing potatoes on a mandolin.
  • Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 20 minutes to remove excess starch.
  • Dry potatoes well before adding to the air fryer basket or they will steam rather than fry.
  • Do not crowd or overlap the potatoes.
  • Spray with oil before cooking. If needed spray with a bit more oil when you flip the chips.
  • Watch closely as the cooking time may vary based on your air fryer or how thin you sliced the potatoes.
  • Storage – keep in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to 10 days.
  • There are 7 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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