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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are the perfect way to use up an extra summer zucchini squash. The recipe is breaded with panko breadcrumbs and is made without any oil, making it much healthier than the deep-fried variety.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips on white plate


It takes vegetarian roasted zucchini to the next level and the bite-sized coins are plain and easy to make!

I don’t know what it is about zucchini, but even when we don’t grow it in our own garden, we inherit it from family, friends, neighbors, and the list goes on.

I’m constantly trying to find ways to use up the extra zucchini every summer. You can only have plain grilled zucchini so much.

That’s why I put together this Air Fried Zucchini Chips recipe. It’s a perfect snack or side dish and the prep is easy by just slicing the zucchini and it’s done within 20 minutes time.

It can be made from any air fryer from the Nuwave to the Power Air Fryer Oven.

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Title and Shown: Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips (on a white plate)

How to Make the Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Wash zucchini and cut into thin slices, about ¼ inch in width.

Put together your dredging stations with 3 bowls. Put the flour in the first bowl, the egg in the second bowl whisked, and mix the panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder in the third bowl.

Dip the zucchini slices in this order coating on all sides: flour, egg, panko breadcrumbs mixture.

Place the breaded zucchini in a single layer in your air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway.

If you cannot put all the zucchini in an even single layer, you will need to cook in batches.

Enjoy immediately or refrigerate the Air Fryer Zucchini Chips for up to 3 days and reheat at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes. 

That’s it, no oil needed!

Hand holding Air Fryer Zucchini Chips with bite taken out of it

How Do I Preheat My Air Fryer for This Recipe?

Air fryers are unique in that preheating isn’t necessary. If you would prefer to preheat your small appliance, turn it on to the temperature needed for your recipe (in this case 380 degrees) and let run empty for 1-2 minutes.

Since an air fryer heats up very quickly, be extra careful when placing your food inside as the sides can burn you. I find the deeper the air fryer, the more difficult this can be.

How Do You Keep these Zucchini Chips from Getting Soggy?

The flour in this recipe creates a barrier between the zucchini and egg so the zucchini will not get soggy.

I have made Air Fryer Zucchini Chips without flour and it doesn’t get the same crispiness this version gets while keeping the zucchini nice and fresh.

Closeup of Air Fryer Zucchini Chips on white plate

Can You Put Battered Food in an Air Fryer?

Air fryers are a great appliance for batters coated with breadcrumbs or pork rinds. They bring an extra crispy crusting to foods while keeping the insides nice and moist.

These small appliances aren’t the best way to cook wet batters. They can fall through the holes inside the basket causing a messier clean-up and the batter may not stick well to the bottom of what you’re cooking.

It is still possible but is not the best option for an air fryer.

Do I Need to Peel Zucchini Before Cooking it?

No! Zucchini is a very nutrient-dense food with most of its nutrition coming from its skin. It’s rich in antioxidants and includes vitamins A and C.

Zucchini skin is softer in nature and will not add a tough texture to your dish. Basically, it won’t add any unwanted tastes or textures but is still healthier to eat. Plus, it’s easier to prepare!

Air Fried Zucchini Chips on white plate

How Do I Know When My Zucchini Has Gone Bad?

Zucchini should be firm and fresh. To check to see if your zucchini is fresh, gently bend the zucchini. It should only slightly bend and feel like it will break. Bad zucchini will feel limp and rubbery.

If your zucchini passes the first test, cut the zucchini top off. The zucchini should look fresh and moist. If you keep zucchini too long, it will start to lose its moisture.

This Air Fryer Zucchini Chips recipe works best with a firm and fresh zucchini.

How to Keep Zucchini Fresh

Keeping zucchini at room temperature can shorten the food’s lifespan.

Zucchini is best kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. You can store in an open plastic bag or use a Blu Apple to keep the food fresh a little longer. We use one in both our fruit drawer and vegetable drawer at home. It’s amazing how long it can keep things fresh for!

Closeup of Zucchini Slices on a white plate

Can You Use Aluminum Foil in Your Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use aluminum foil or these easy parchment papers exclusively made to fit in an air fryer. They make cleanup much easier while still allowing air to get through to the bottom of the basket.

Simply using aluminum foil will not allow air to move all around the food, which is a unique feature of an air fryer.


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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips on white plate

Freshly cut zucchini coated with light and airy panko breadcrumbs cooked in an air fryer to perfection.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized zucchini
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  1. Cut zucchini into thin slices, approximately 1/4 inches.
  2. Mix panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl.
  3. Whisk one egg into a separate bowl and put the flour in a third bowl.
  4. Dip zucchini into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
  5. Place the breaded zucchini in an air fryer in a single layer and cook at 380 degrees for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway.
  6. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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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3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Zucchini Chips”

    • Hi Jen, I’ve never tried this with yellow squash before, but I am sure it can be done since yellow squash and zucchini tend to cook the same!

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