Air Fryer Potato Chips

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Potato chips are one of the most beloved snacks worldwide. While store-bought potato chips are undeniably tasty, have you ever considered making your own at home? Enter Air Fryer Potato Chips – a delightful and healthier alternative that’s incredibly easy to whip up.

Knowing how to make your own potato chips in an air fryer comes with a host of advantages. It allows you to customize your chips to suit your taste buds. From choosing the perfect potato variety to seasoning them with your favorite flavors, you have full creative control.

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Air Fryer Potato Chips

Making potato chips at home lets you skip the preservatives, artificial flavors, and excessive sodium commonly found in store-bought versions. It’s a great way to enjoy a snack that’s both delicious and healthier.

The beauty of air fryer potato chips lies in their simplicity. You only need a handful of ingredients: potatoes, oil (preferably a high-smoke point oil like canola or avocado oil), and your choice of seasonings. With the help of an air fryer, you can achieve that satisfying crispiness without the need for deep frying. No more dealing with hot oil splatters or the guilt associated with indulging in a greasy treat. The air fryer streamlines the process and makes it incredibly convenient, even for novice cooks.

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  • Russet potatoes 
  • Cooking spray olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

Recipe Instructions

  1. Slice the potatoes thinly using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife.
  2. Soak the potato slices in cold water for 10-15 minutes and then drain and thoroughly dry the potato slices with paper towels.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
  4. Lightly coat the potato slices with cooking spray and then arrange the potato slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, avoiding overlap.
  5. Cook the potato slices at 360°F (180°C) for 15-25 minutes, flipping them occasionally for even cooking.
  6. Remove the chips from the air fryer and place them on a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt and adjust to taste.
  7. Allow the chips to cool for a few minutes before serving.
thinly sliced potatoes for chips

Frequently Asked Questions

Do air fryer potato chips taste as good as deep-fried ones?

Yes, air fryer potato chips can be just as delicious and crispy as their deep-fried counterparts, with the added bonus of being healthier.

Can I use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes?

Absolutely! Sweet potato chips work wonderfully in an air fryer and offer a different flavor profile.

How long do they stay crispy?

Like any chip, air fryer potato chips will gradually lose their crispness over time. However, if stored in an airtight container, they can stay reasonably crisp for a couple of days.

Can I make a large batch of chips in one go?

It’s best to cook potato chips in a single layer in the air fryer to ensure even cooking. If you want to make a large batch

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How to Make Potato Chips in the Air Fryer

Air Fryer Potato Chips are a delightful and healthier alternative to traditional potato chips and incredibly easy to whip up.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • cooking spray, olive oil or vegetable oil
  • salt, to taste
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  • Use a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife to slice the potatoes into thin, even slices about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) thick. Be careful when using the mandoline slicer and use the handguard to protect your fingers.
  • Soak the potato slices in a large bowl of cold water for 10-15 minutes. This helps to remove excess starch and results in crispier chips.
  • Drain the potato slices and pat them completely dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. It’s crucial to remove all the moisture from the potatoes to ensure they become crispy.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
  • Spray the potato slices lightly with cooking spray, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Arrange the potato slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. You may need to cook the chips in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook the potato slices for 15-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy, shaking the basket and flipping the chips a few time through the cooking time. Cooking times may vary slightly based on the thickness of the potato slices and your air fryer model.
  • Carefully remove the chips from the air fryer using tongs or a spatula, and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Taste one chip and adjust the salt as needed. Allow the chips to cool for a few minutes before serving. They crisp up more as they cool.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  • If you want to add seasonings I’ll do it the last few minutes of cooking. I’ll sprinkle on what I’d like (garlic powder, smoked paprika, chili powder…) towards the end and shake the chips to evenly coat.
  • I like to add the salt after the chips have finished cooking so that the salt doesn’t bring up any extra moisture while the chips are cooking. 
  • You can try skipping the water soaking step, I think it’s the best way to make them but sometimes I still skip that step and we still like the end results. You can try it both ways and see if you think it’s worth the effort.


Serving: 1 of 4 servings, Calories: 84kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.03g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 444mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg
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These homemade Air Fryer Potato Chips boast a satisfying crunch that can rival their store-bought counterparts. They’re incredibly addictive and oh-so-satisfying to munch on. Whether you prefer classic sea salt, tangy vinegar, spicy paprika, or something entirely unique, you can experiment and create a chip that matches your personal preferences perfectly.

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