The sweet, verdant taste of squash wrapped up in a crunchy garlic panko crust… all in one bite! Plus, these air fryer zucchini chips are perfectly crispy without all of that harmful deep frying.
When I think summer veggies, I think zucchini!
Zucchini’s soft, tender flesh hides a wealth of health benefits. Not only is it full of vitamins A and C, but it has plenty of antioxidants and magnesium as well. All of these nutrients are key to a healthy mind and body, so we should try to get as much of it in our diet as we can.
Making zucchini chips in the air fryer is one quick, easy way to do that – plus, they’re beyond delicious! By making these in an air fryer, we don’t need to use any oil, so we don’t take away from any of the great health benefits that zucchini has to offer.
The addicting crunch is thanks to a mix of panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder. Simple, yet effective! It’s all you need for a sharp, rich flavor to complement the mild grassiness of the squash.
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- How to make a whole batch of crispy, crunchy, and delicious air fryer zucchini chips
- Some tips on how to prepare and reheat your zucchini crisps for the best texture and flavor possible
- A couple of delicious dips and sauces to serve along with this incredibly dippable, shareable appetizer
Air fryer zucchini chips are a fresh, crisp, and delish way to enjoy seasonal flavors! In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a whole batch of crunchy chips with no oil, salt, or harmful additives.
I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.
How to Make the Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Rinse off the zucchinis and pat dry before slicing. Chop into ¼“ slices.
STEP TWO: Add the panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder to a bowl. Combine with a whisk.
STEP THREE: In a second bowl, whisk one egg until it’s light and fluffy. In a third bowl, add the flour.
STEP FOUR: Dip and dredge each slice in the following order: flour, egg, and then breadcrumbs.
STEP FIVE: Lay each breaded chip into your air fryer in one single layer. Fry for roughly 8 minutes at 380 degrees, flipping after the first 4 minutes.
STEP THREE: Serve immediately with a variety of dips and sauces, and enjoy!
How Do You Keep Air Fryer Zucchini Chips From Getting Soggy?
You don’t need to worry about soggy squash in this recipe – the flour shields the soft inner flesh of the squash from the egg and prevents it from becoming too damp.
When you make zucchini chips in the air fryer, it’s important to make sure that you have them laid in a single layer in the basket, not piled up on each other. Additionally, make sure not to cut your slices any thicker than ¼-inch.
Do I Need to Peel Zucchini Before Cooking?
Not at all. In fact, I would advise against it! It isn’t at all tough, like a thick cucumber skin, and won’t alter the texture of the chips.
More than that, all of the important nutrients are found in the skin! Leave the skin on, and you have a side dish that has some great health benefits and great flavor. So save yourself some time and leave the skin on when making zucchini chips.
What Are The Best Dips and Sauces for Zucchini Crisps?
You’re only limited by your imagination and preferences with this one! Any dip that you like with fries would be equally tasty with air fryer zucchini. I suggest trying:
- A zesty mustard dipping sauce made with Dijon
- A creamy and zesty sriracha mayo, like the one I serve with my avocado fries
- Sweet and spicy honey sriracha for a bright kick
How Do You Reheat Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer?
Leftover zucchini crisps can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. To reheat in the air fryer, preheat to 350 degrees and pop your leftovers in for just 3-4 minutes until they crisp right back up.
You can also reheat in the oven at 350 for 3-5 minutes.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
- Air Fryer Butternut Squash
- Air Fryer Summer Squash
- Air Fryer Apple Chips
- Air Fryer Kale Chips
- Air Fryer Avocado Fries
- Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- Air Fryer Eggplant Fries
And check out our list of Air Fryer Summer Grilling recipes for more summer ideas!
- 1 medium-sized zucchini
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Cut zucchini into thin slices, approximately 1/4 inches.
- Mix panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl.
- Whisk one egg into a separate bowl and put the flour in a third bowl.
- Dip zucchini into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
- Place the breaded zucchini in an air fryer in a single layer and cook at 380 degrees for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway.
- Enjoy immediately.
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.