These healthy homemade chunky cut air fryer chips will be your new go-to side dish! We tell you the best potatoes for chips, how to cut them chunky and how to cook chips in the air fryer.
Crispy chips without a deep fat fryer or the need for excessive amounts of oil! Great for low-fat diets, slimming world or weight watchers.
These air fried chips can also be made ahead, are suitable for freezing and can be cooked from frozen. So what are you waiting for, let's show you how to make these homemade chips.
How to make homemade air fryer chips?
Making homemade chips couldn't be easier, follow along with our easy slideshow video or use the link below to jump straight to the step by step recipe card.
Best potatoes for chips?
We find the best potatoes to use for homemade chips in the UK are Maris Piper, King Edwards or Russet Potatoes.
You don't have to peel potatoes before cooking, it is up to you! Our kids prefer them peeled and we don't mind either way!
How to cut potatoes into chips?
We love thick chunky chips like, you get in pubs or the fish and chip shop!
Depending on the size of potatoes used, simply cut into 2 or 3 strips on its longest length then cut each of them into 3 again. As a rough guide, aim for the length and width of your fingers!
You could square the potato off first to make even sized chips, but I think that is a complete waste of food, so I don't do that!
Rinse or soak the cut chips to remove excess starch.
Do I need to parboil chips before air frying?
When making chunky chip shop style chips in the air fryer it is much better to parboil first, this will result in the perfect chip, soft and fluffy on the inside with a crispy chip outer.
Add chips to a saucepan of cold water, bring to a boil then time for 5-7 minutes. Once they are soft enough to pierce with a fork remove them from the water and onto a wire rack.
This allows them to air dry whilst the air fryer is warming up!
Best oil for chips?
Most oils are suitable for air-fried chips, we have used rapeseed oil as it is known in the UK, which is known as Canola Oil in America.
Feel free to use vegetable oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil.
We use a pastry brush to coat the parboiled chips evenly with a small amount of oil.
You could also use Frylight or an oil sprayer. Especially good for those cooking homemade chips following a low-fat diet, slimming world or weight watchers.
Can I make homemade chips ahead?
Yes these homemade can be made in advance, in fact, I highly recommend it!
Simply make the chips up to the parboiled and coat with oil stage, then place in a freezer bag and freeze your chips until needed.
Frozen chips in airfryer
Surprisingly frozen chips still take about the same time to cook from frozen as fresh chips! Chunky cut frozen chips will take about 15-20 minutes at 200°C / 400°F.
Cooking chips in air fryer
Cook the parboiled chips in a preheated air fryer at 200°C / 400°F for between 15-20.
It is best to keep to a single layer of chips inside the air fryer, cooking too many at once will cook the chips unevenly.
Time will vary depending on how thick you cut the chips, different air fryer models and how well you like them cooked!
Once cooked it is time to season your chips keep it simple with salt & pepper. Try our chilli vinegar for a spicy kick.
You are ready to serve your homemade air-fried chips! Perfect as they are, or as a side dish to many recipes!!!
Air Fryer Chips - Healthy Homemade Chunky Cut
- 4 Medium Potatoes Maris Piper or King Edwards
- 1 tbsp Rapeseed Oil or Canola / Vegetable / Olive Oil
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Peel potatoes - this is optional, can be cooked with skin.4 Medium Potatoes
- Chop potatoes lengthways into 2 or 3 strips (depending on the size of the potato!)
- Rinse or soak with cold water to remove starch.
- Place into a saucepan of cold water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, time for 5-7 minutes.
- They should be soft enough to pierce with a fork. Do not over boil or they will fall apart!
- Use a slotted spoon and place chips on a wire rack - allow them to air dry whilst the Air Fryer preheats.Preheat Air Fryer to 200°C / 400°F
- Coat chips with oil.1 tbsp Rapeseed Oil
- OPTIONAL If making ahead, place them in a food bag now and freeze until wanted.
- Place in the air fryer and cook for 15-20 minutes
- Add your desired amount of salt and pepper.Salt, Pepper
We hope you enjoy these Homemade Chunky Cut Air Fryer Chips as much as we do!