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Air Fryer Potato Chips

These air fryer potato chips are going to change the way you snack. Salty, golden brown chips will satisfy your strongest chip cravings without too much oil or cook time!

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Looking down on Air Fryer Potato Chips in a bowl

Air fryer potato chips are easy to make and bring the whole family to the kitchen with a smile. Who doesn’t love a homemade snack that is a little healthier for you while giving you all the crunchy, salty joy from a bowl full of potato chips?

The catch with these air fried chips is that you’re going to want them daily! They are so delicious, you’ll never think that you are giving something up. Instead you’ll wonder how you survived on the store-bought variety of potato chips for so long!

Overlay photo of all the ingredients needed to make air fryer potato chips

How to Make Potato Chips in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Using a mandoline slicer or knife, thinly slice peeled or unpeeled potatoes.

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STEP TWO: Place the sliced potatoes in cold water and let them soak for at least 30 minutes. Drain potatoes, then rinse the slices 2 or 3 times or until the water runs clear.

Sliced potato chips soaking in water inside a bowl

STEP THREE: Place the slices on a paper towel and let them dry for at least 20 minutes. Make sure the homemade chips are completely dry. 

Potato chips drying on a baking sheet on top of paper towel

STEP FOUR: Spritz the air fryer potato chips with oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

STEP FIVE: Place the potato slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook on 300F for 16 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Raw potato chips inside air fryer

STEP SIX: After 16 minutes, shake the chips again, then increase the temperature to 400F and cook for 5 more minutes.

STEP SEVEN: Remove the air fryer potato chips and salt to taste.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Potato Chips

Why Do You Soak Chips Before Air Frying?

Potatoes are filled with starch, which gives them that creamy texture that’s perfect for something like mashed potatoes.

But with potato chips, you want your potatoes to be crispy, not creamy. Soaking the potato slices draws out the starch and allows them to get super crispy.

Homemade potato chip being held in hand

Variations to Homemade Potato Chips in the Air Fryer

  • Use a different potato. The most common variety for homemade potato chips is russet, but red potatoes or even sweet potatoes would be tasty!
  • Changing the seasoning on air fry chips will give you a totally new snack! Salt and vinegar or freshly minced garlic with Parmesan and fresh parsley are recipe variations we love. Sometimes we keep it easy and just use garlic salt instead of Kosher salt for easy garlic potato chips. 
  • Add a dip! Serve your air fryer potato chips with your favorite party dips or even plain sour cream for something cool and creamy.

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Bowl of cooked potato chips

Tips for the Best Air Fryer Potato Chips 

  • A mandoline slicer is really helpful for getting potatoes that are sliced evenly.
  • Make sure the chips are as dry as possible before spritzing them with oil.
  • Use an oil spritzer, like my favorite EVO Oil Sprayer, to spray the potato chips rather than brushing the oil on.

How Long to Cook Chips in the Air Fryer

It takes about 20-22 minutes to cook homemade potato chips in the air fryer.

Cook time will vary a bit based on your air fryer and how thinly you slice your potatoes. Make sure you lightly spray your air fryer chips with cooking oil to get them good and crispy when air frying. Then, air fry chips until they are golden brown. 

Store any leftover potato chips in an airtight container. They are definitely best served hot out of the air fryer, but you can also pop them back in the air fryer for a few minutes to get them hot and crispy again.

Air Fryer Potato Chips in a bowl with salt, pepper, and an air fryer in the background

Why are My Air Fryer Chips Not Crispy?

Soggy air fryer chips are no fun. Usually if you don’t get crispy potato chips in the air fryer, it is because you skipped the step where you soak the potatoes.

This step is KEY to getting crunchy potato chips in the air fryer. You may also need to work in smaller batches to ensure the hot air is properly circulating around the food.

More Air Fryer Potato Recipes with Potatoes 

Bowl of cooked potato chips

Air Fryer Potato Chips

Samantha Erb
Air fryer potato chips are ultra crispy and healthier than bagged chips. A quick and simple way to indulge your salty, crunchy craving.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 172 kcal


  • 2 large potatoes Russet or Yukon Gold
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • Oil for spritzing


  • Using a mandoline slicer, thinly slice peeled or unpeeled potatoes.
  • Place potatoes slices in cold water to soak for 30 minutes. Rinse 2-3 times after.
  • Place slices on paper towels and let dry for 20 minutes. – make sure they are completely dry to get the crispiest chip.
  • Spray slices with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put potato chips in the air fryer basket and cook on 300 for 16 minutes, shake basket halfway through cooking.
  • Shake and then cook on 400 for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the potato chips from the air fryer, salt to taste, then enjoy!



Serving: 1gCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 808mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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I’ve always had a love of cooking and creating new recipes, so it only made sense to create a food blog so I could share those recipes with you. This site is designed to provide easy and flavorful recipes with as little ingredients as possible. That means you still get great flavor combinations without all that extra time and effort. Read more...

3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Potato Chips”

  1. Hi! Ok. I am one of those people not using my air fryer but you’ve piqued my interest and now I’m eager to give it another try.
    Can I prepare and make sweet potato chips with the same method? Do you recommend using parchment paper?

    • Yes, you can make sweet potato chips in the air fryer too like this! I recommend using parchment paper for easy clean-up and anything with a wetter batter (think french toast or cookies), but with the potato chips, they can be pretty lightweight and not weigh the chips down, so I would not recommend it for this specific recipe.

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