Golden crispy chips, cooked in the air fryer so they’ve got a nice bit of crunch, but they’re soft in the middle.
No need to soak the potatoes or par-boil. Just toss the potatoes in a little cornflour, oil and seasoning and they can go right in the air fryer.
Ready in 20 minutes!

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Making homemade chips were one of the first things I tested when I finally got around to buying my air fryer.
I tried a number of different methods:

  • Soaking the potatoes in water, then patting dry before air frying.
    • Verdict: The outcome didn’t warrant the effort and time of washing and drying the potatoes. Yes, the idea is to remove excess starch so the potatoes don’t burn before they’re cooked. But I found I could cook them without soaking, and they were ALWAYs cooked in the middle before the outside got too brown.
  • Steaming in a foil parcel in the air fryer to par-cook the potatoes before air frying. Yes, I could have par-cooked them in a pan of water, but honestly? I’m never going to do this, it’s too much effort, time and an extra pan to wash. So I thought I’d see if my air fryer could steam them for me.
    • Verdict: Turns out if can’t. Even after 15 minutes air-frying in foil, the potatoes were hard and rather dry. Plus I was worried the foil could be a fire-risk. So that ruled this option out.
  • Air frying the chips in just oil, salt and pepper (rather than using the addition of cornflour and paprika in the final recipe).
    • Verdict: this worked just fine, and I’d recommend this if you didn’t have cornflour or paprika in. The cornflour adds just a little bit more crispness and the paprika adds just a little more gorgeous golden colour.
Close up of a mound of Air Fryer Chips sprinkled with salt and black pepper, on a white plate with a small bowl of ketchup with a chip dunked in on the side and a small bowl of mayonnaise.

📋 What do we need?

  • Potatoes – I like to use floury potatoes – such as Maris Piper or Rooster, as the edges go a little more crispy. I peel the potatoes first, but you can leave them skin-on for a more rustic feel.
  • Cornflour (cornstarch) – to add a little extra crispness to the chips
  • Oil – use your favourite neutral-tasting frying oil (such as rapeseed or sunflower).
  • Seasoning – salt, pepper and paprika

👩‍🍳PRO TIP You can add extra flavourings to your chips before air-frying if you like. Cajun spice, garlic salt (reduce the regular salt accordingly) and curry powder make great additions for a different flavour.

You can also make these chips chunky, skinny or crinkle cut. Skinny chips will take a few minutes less, and chunky chips will take a few minutes more in the air fryer – just check on them and give them a shake an extra couple of times to ensure they don’t burn.

🍽️ What to serve them with

Since these are a side dish, they can be served with LOADS of things (I particularly like them with Lasagne or Steak Pie, but if you’re looking to serve them as a snack, how about:

And that’s it, perfect air fryer chips, we have these with dips, but they are a quick side to any meal, let me know how you serve yours?

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Air Fryer Chips

How to make chips in your air fryer so they're perfectly crispy! No need to soak the potatoes or par-boil them. They cook in just 20 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: side dish
Cuisine: British-American


  • 700 g (1 ½ lbs) of floury potatoes such as Maris Piper or Rooster – these will ensure a fluffier chip interior and a crispier exterior.
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 2 tbsp frying oil use your favourite neutral tasting oil – such as rapeseed, sunflower or vegetable
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika

To Serve:

  • pinch salt and pepper
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  • Peel and slice potatoes into chips (about 1cm thick)
    700 g (1 ½ lbs) of floury potatoes
  • If they're a bit grubby, then rinse in cold water, drain and pat dry, if they're not grubby you don't need to do this step.
  • Add the chips to a bowl and toss with the cornflour until coated
    1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • Add oil, salt, pepper, and paprika and toss again so they're evenly coated
    2 tbsp frying oil, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, ½ tsp paprika
  • Place in the air fryer and cook 190C/375F for 20 mins, shaking every 5 minutes
  • Serve with a sprinkling of salt and pepper if you like.
    pinch salt and pepper


Type of Air Fryer 
I’m using the Ninja Max (<– affiliate link) air fryer, but these instructions apply to any drawer-style air fryer (not grill style or air fryers with a paddle. I haven’t tested with these. If you have, please let me know in the comments :-))
Want to use your oven instead?
Try my crispy oven-baked chips recipe.
Can I make them ahead?
These are best eaten freshly cooked, but if you wanted to prep ahead a little, you could cut the peel and slice the potatoes into chips, then place in a bowl of cold water (so they’re totally covered). They’ll be fine on the side for an hour, but any more than that, put them in the fridge. I wouldn’t recommend leaving them in water for more than 8 hours.
Ingredient swaps
  • Use sweet potatoes, just check them regularly so they don’t catch
  • Add additional flavouring – such as Cajun spice, dried herbs (rosemary is lovely), garlic salt, chilli flakes or curry powder.
    • If you’re using chilli flakes or dried herbs, add them half way through cooking, so they don’t burn.
Nutritional information is approximate, per serving (this recipe serves 4).


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. mausie says:

    A little oil? Then they are NOT fat free

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      I didn’t say they were.

  2. Marilyn says:

    5 stars
    Quick, no fuss chips – brilliant! Doing some for the second time tonight. This recipe will be used regularly – thank you!

  3. Kate. Gilbert says:

    What so I put the chips into as I have not used my air fryer yet and have bought some paper round liners also some washable ones, can I use both of them?

  4. Beverley Anne Judson says:

    5 stars
    I made these chips in my air fryer and OMG! It has made my purchase of the air fryer well worth it. My family absolutely love them. They literally do only take 20 minutes start to finish more or less. No more oven chips! Thank you. 🙏

  5. Richard Coleman says:

    Hi, Nicky thanks so much for your fantastic Recipes, as someone who has needed to learn to cook (badly) from scratch they are a godsend to ‘non-cooking’ types like myself.

  6. Julie Heard says:

    5 stars
    Used a Tefal actifry and turned out perfectly. Thanks Nicky

  7. Richard Coleman says:

    Made a batch of these, used a portion stored the rest in the fridge. The insides were black the next evening, a lot of ‘liquid’ also.
    Is it possible to make a batch, without the leftovers turning black in the fridge?

  8. Kay says:

    5 stars
    Delicious chips, grandchildren loved them.

  9. Linda Wooff says:

    Hi Nicky, sounds great. What thickness do you do your chips please

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Hi Linda – about 1cm thick