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Crispy Zucchini Chips (Air Fryer)

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are light, crispy, healthy, and the perfect appetizer or snack! Coated with crunchy Panko and nutty Parmesan cheese, you will not be able to eat just one!

grey plate with fried zucchini chips and bowl of ranch dip

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

If you are a sucker for those delicious zucchini fries you get at the restaurant than you are in luck!

These fried zucchini chips are just like those only crispy and healthy!

Of all the zucchini recipes I enjoy, these are my absolute favorite. Probably because they are easy to make, extra crispy, and are a VEGETABLE! Just like my air fryer onion blossom.

YES MOM! I’M EATING MY VEGETABLES!

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labeled picture of air fryer zucchini chip ingredients

This recipe has just a few ingredients that comprise the coating but feel free to switch up the flour and spices to fit your liking!

Ingredients Needed

  • zucchini
  • all-purpose flour
  • spices (paprika, salt, pepper)
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • eggs

How to make Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

First: Slice or cut the zucchini into thin chips.

Second: Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. In three separate bowls: flour & spices, beaten eggs, Panko & cheese

Third: Coat the slices in three steps in this order: flour mixture, egg, Panko. Place slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray lightly with oil if desired.

Fourth: Air Fry at 400F for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping half way through until chips are crispy and golden brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.

Fifth: Enjoy this air fried zucchini warm with your favorite dip and people:)

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

overhead picture of tray of fried zucchini chips

How long do they last?

If you happen to have any leftovers, store them in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, pop back in the air fryer for a few minutes to crisp them back up.

Are chips in the air fryer healthy?

Like all vegetables cooked in the air fryer, they are much healthier because you are not using all the extra oil required for deep frying.

Check out this handy chart on air frying cooking times. I will come in handy if you want to make Air Fryer Tater Tots, Fried Pickles, Pizza Rolls, and Chicken Tenders.

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What is the best air fryer for chips?

I have had this air fryer for a few years now and love it! You can put the basket in the dishwasher and it’s big enough to hold enough for the whole family. Plus it makes great chips!

How do you cook zucchini so it doesn’t get mushy?

Zucchini has a lot of water in it so you have to cook it properly to keep it from becoming mushy.

A quick roast in the oven or slicing it thin and frying in the air fryer are the best ways.

What goes well with zucchini?

You can serve it as a side dish or an appetizer with a dip. I love a spicy ranch dressing but feel free to use any of these:

side view of air fried zucchini chips with dips

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • using a mandoline slicer gives you uniform thickness and allows even cooking.
  • add a little garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or cumin to the flour mixture for an extra kick!
  • use olive oil if you need to. place it in a bottle for oil spraying like this one.
  • don’t have an air fryer, put a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry for a minute or two on each side until golden brown.
  • if you don’t have panko, feel free to use regular bread crumbs.
  • got lots of zucchini? make this recipe for the best zucchini bread!
close up of breaded zucchini chips

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These healthy air fryer zucchini chips make a great afternoon snack that you can enjoy without feeling guilty!

plate of zucchini chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are light, crispy, healthy, and the perfect appetizer or snack!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Easy Finger Foods
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

  • 2-3 zucchini thinly sliced appx 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 2 eggs beaten

Instructions

  • Slice or cut the zucchini into thin chips.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. In three separate bowls: flour & spices, beaten eggs, Panko & cheese.
  • Coat the slices in three steps in this order: flour mixture, egg, Panko. Place slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray lightly with oil if desired.
  • Air Fry at 400F for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping half way through until chips are crispy and golden brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Enjoy this air fried zucchini warm with your favorite dip and people:)

Notes

  • Using a mandoline slicer gives you uniform thickness and allows even cooking.
  • Add a little garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or cumin to the flour mixture for an extra kick!
  • Use olive oil if you need to. place it in a bottle for oil spraying like this one.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, put a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry for a minute or two on each side until golden brown.
  • If you don’t have panko, feel free to use regular bread crumbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 3mg

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Recipe Rating




Jessica Miller

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Hello I've been planning on buying an air fryer for a couple of years but never had the opportunity to taste anything thats been actually cooked with one, my problem is that I'm very skeptic about it actually cooking the food that comes out looking and more importantly tasting like it's actually been fried, I would like your opinion on this matter and also as to which brand in your opinion would be the easiest and best quality for a skeptic first time user. Thanks I am going to make your poultry seasoning

Jennifer

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Thanks for your question. I too was very skeptical about using an air fryer but I find it better than a toaster oven for sure. And way easier to use. I haven't really tried a lot of main courses (steaks/burgers, etc) but I love it for quick snacks and veggie sides. SO much easier than roasting in the oven it it's just for 2 people. I have a dash one (https://amzn.to/3lHZuoY) and love it. Had for 3 years now and never had a problem. Plus all the parts can go in the dishwasher. I like their brand and they have smaller size ones if you don't need something that big. I have teen boys and they love it for nuggets/pizza rolls/fries/bagel bites etc. I hope you enjoy the poultry seasoning and happy holidays!

Deb Clark

Saturday 26th of September 2020

Your step-by-step instructions made these so easy to make. Great recipe1

MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

These were amazing!! We enjoyed them watching football this past weekend and the guys all asked if i would make them again!

Michelle

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

These make for a great healthy snack!!!