Light, crispy, and delicious, these easy homemade air fried potato chips are healthy because they're seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked to perfection in the air fryer! Much better than store bought!
My kids love potato chips, but I have a hard time with buying foods that are fried in oil. I know they taste good, but they are just so unhealthy.
Knowing that weight issues run in my family, I feel like I really need to protect my kids as much as possible from super unhealthy foods like potato chips.
But, like I said, they love potato chips.
So, to appease them, I figured out how to make potato chips at home. We started out making chips in the oven, but since air fryers have become a big thing, I wanted to try adapting that recipe for the new gadget.
I think the chips in the air fryer come out even better than the ones in the oven. The oven chips get a little hard and tough rather than crispy, and the air fryer chips are just crispy. I don't know how else to explain it. You'll have to try them both ways and see which you like better.
I think it will be the air fried chips. Just saying.
How to make homemade air fryer potato chips
Obviously, you'll need an air fryer, but the specific model is not important. If you have an extra large one, you may be able to cook all the chips in one batch, but it's still a good idea to divide them in half and cook just one potato's worth at a time.
I used a mandoline to cut the potatoes for this recipe. I like a mandoline because it makes very thin and perfectly consistent slices.
- 2 medium potatoes, thinly sliced - The easiest way to slice them is to use a mandoline.
- 1 ounce olive oil - This is 2 tablespoons.
- 1 teaspoon salt
How to make homemade air fried potato chips
- Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water and swirl the potatoes around. Drain off the starchy water, then fill the bowl with ice water. Allow the potatoes to sit in the ice water for 10 minutes.
- Drain the ice water from the bowl and lay the potatoes out on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. Pat the potatoes dry, making sure to remove all the water.
- Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and toss them with the oil and salt until well coated.
- Place half of the potatoes in the air fryer. Set the fryer to 390°F for 20 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, stir the potatoes to ensure even cooking.
- Once the first batch is cooked, repeat with the rest of the potatoes.
Can I cook all the potatoes at the same time?
If you have an extra-large air fryer, you probably can cook them in one big batch. You will probably have to add some extra time and stir at least once more to get them crispy.
I have tried to cook all at once in a standard-sized air fryer, but it just didn't work; half of them were crispy, and half of them were floppy.
Why do I need to soak the potatoes in cold water?
Rinsing the potatoes the first time removes the excess starch. Together with the ice water soak, rinsing will give you crispy potato chips. It will also prevent them from sticking together while they cook.
Why did my chips come out soggy?
You probably overfilled the basket with potatoes so the air couldn't get in to crisp them up.
If this happens, remove some of the potatoes from the air fryer and add an extra 5 minutes of cooking time.
Can I make this without all that oil?
If you're watching calories, you can remove the olive oil from the recipe and lightly spray the potatoes with a good quality cooking spray. This will prevent the chips from getting dry in the fryer while minimizing the amount of oil in the recipe.