How to Make Crispy Potato Chips in the Air Fryer

Crispy, crunchy and snackable, these Air Fryer Potato Chips are so much fun to make and eat! You’ll love the classic chip flavor, with all the ease of air frying.

Crispy Air Fryer Potato Chips

Who doesn’t love crispy, crunchy snacks? I’m a big fan of popcorn with butter, tortilla chips with salsa, and chili lime baked potato chips with… just about anything! You, too…right?

If you’ve never tried fresh, homemade potato chips, you are in for a wonderful treat. Fresh chips taste so wholesome, thanks to the earthy flavor of fresh potatoes shining through.

Plus, my version here is made in an air fryer, using just a little bit of oil, so these are a snack you can feel good about making, and sharing, with the ones you love! My kids love when I make a batch or two of these tasty potato chips as an afternoon snack.

baked potato chips in an air fryer basket

Why Use an Air Fryer?

Air fryers are just the best for making super crispy snacks like chips and onion rings, without the hassle (and the calories!) of traditional deep-frying.

Using the Air Fryer definitely makes it easy, and even fun, to whip up a yummy batch of chips! You can even make extras and pop them in zip-top bags for later munching.

Air frying also doesn’t heat up the house or make a mess, like deep-frying over the stove, thus making it a good option for those warm spring and summer months headed our way.

Recipe Ingredients

You know how you look at the back of a bag of chips to read the ingredients? They can be pretty disappointing, huh? AND, extensive! But, these are ingredients you can eat without feeling guilty or tricked.

  • Potatoes: You’ll need two russet potatoes, unpeeled and cut into thin slices (use a mandolin, if possible).
  • Cold Water: For soaking the potatoes.
  • Vegetable Oil: You only need a tablespoon or so to make the chips.
  • Salt & Pepper: To taste.

What Kind of Potatoes to Use

  • In general, I recommend using russet or Idaho potatoes for chips. They’re what most of us are looking for in a chip. The result is light and crispy, especially if you slice very thinly.
  • Waxy potatoes can also be used, but the texture will not be the same.
raw potato slices in an air fryer basket

How to Make Air Fryer Potato Chips

Making food in an air fryer is very easy! All you have to do is line up the pieces in the basket, fry, flip, and fry again until done! To keep things clean, I use this parchment paper for air fryers.

  1. Prep Air Fryer & Potatoes: Preheat your Air Fryer to 375˚F. Using a mandolin, if possible, cut the potatoes into thin slices. Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl, and cover with cold water; let stand 20 minutes. Then, drain the potato slices and pat dry with paper towels. The drier the better!
  2. Season Potatoes: Put the potato slices in a large bowl and drizzle with vegetable oil, sea salt and pepper; toss to combine and evenly coat.
  3. Fry First Side: Spray your air fryer basket with cooking oil. Arrange some of the potato slices in the air fryer basket, side by side in one single layer. DO NOT crowd the basket and don’t stack up the potato slices. You’ll have to cook the chips in batches or they won’t crisp up at all. Cook for 7 minutes.
  4. Cook Second Side: Flip the chips over and continue to cook for 7 to 8 more minutes, or until browned and crispy. Remove the chips from the basket and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  5. Serve: Taste for salt and adjust accordingly.
close up photo of air fried potato chips

Tips for Success

Want to know more about making chips in your air fryer? Read on for my best tips and tricks!

  • Cook Times Are Approximate: Depending on your potatoes and air fryer, you may need to cook your potatoes for longer or shorter times. Don’t be afraid to throw a soggy batch right back in the fryer for a few minutes.
  • Change Up the Oil: There are other high heat oils available that can add flavor and interest to your chips! Refined coconut oil, avocado oil, and light olive oil are all possibilities!
  • Try More Veggies: Did you know that you can also make sweet potato, carrot, parsnip and other chips? Give other veggies a try and find your new favorite! I almost always go for zucchini or potatoes.
serving air fryer potato chips with a small bowl of ketchup on the side

How to Store Homemade Potato Chips

  • To store extra chips, cool them completely, first.
  • From there, I recommend storing chips in airtight containers or zip-top bags for best results. These chips should stay crunchy for 4 to 5 days, if stored properly, but they can keep for as long as three weeks!
  • Keep in mind that humidity and other factors can make your chips go stale faster, though.