Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

5 from 102 votes

Quick and easy to make, these air fryer zucchini chips are a great healthier option for an appetizer. Served with a creamy sour cream dip.

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Crispy, cheesy, and so easy to make, these air fryer zucchini chips are so good. I seriously have a hard time sharing these zucchini chips when I make them, and even my kiddos come running in, so this is your warning: you can not eat just a couple! I like to serve my air fryer zucchini chips with a dill and garlic sour cream dip, because why not!?

Air Fryer Zucchini chips served with dip
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If you’re a fan of zucchini like me and you haven’t tried making zucchini chips in the air fryer – you’ve been missing out! It’s such an easy way to make a healthy version of traditional potato chips without all of the extra oil and fat from deep frying. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes to air fry!

I love these. I can’t stop eating them. They are so addictive.” – Sonly

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: Air Frying
Dietary Info: Vegetarian
Key Flavor: Cheesy & Savory
Skill Level: Easy

Summary

  • So good even your kids will eat them. If you struggle to get your kids to eat veggies, you’ve got to try this recipe. The crunchy outside and the slightly chewy interior make these zucchini chips irresistible.
  • Perfectly crispy every time. The air fryer is perfect for making crunchy snacks, and you don’t have to worry about grease-soaked breading.
  • A different way to use zucchini. If you’ve made your fill of boats, soups, breads, and casseroles with zucchini, this is a great way to use up the extra produce in your refrigerator.
  • Quick preparation: These zucchini chips are fast and easy to make, perfect for a last minute healthy snack.

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

  • Zucchini: Use large zucchini and cut them into slices, about ¼ inch thick. As they cook, they will get thinner.
  • Egg and milk: Each zucchini round is dipped into beaten egg and milk so that the panko breadcrumb mixture clings to the surface.
  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour, or any gluten-free flour will also work well in this recipe.
  • Parmesan: Use freshly grated parmesan rather than pre-grated. Fresh will have a better flavor and a less dry and gritty texture. Use a rennet-free parmesan to make these chips vegetarian.
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
  • For the dip: Sour cream, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, dill, salt, and pepper.
  • Flour Substitutions: Use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour for a gluten-free version.
  • Dairy-Free Options: Replace regular milk with plant-based milk and use a dairy-free cheese alternative instead of parmesan.
  • Vegan Adaptation: Use a flax egg (flaxseed mixed with water) instead of a regular egg for a vegan version.
  • Seasoning Variations: Experiment with different seasonings like smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or ranch seasoning for a flavor twist.
  • Breading Alternatives: Use crushed cornflakes or almond flour for a different texture.
Ingredients to make the recipe

RECIPE VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to make zucchini chips In the Air Fryer

  • Slice the zucchini and dip each round in the flour, milk, and egg mixture, and then the panko breadcrumb mix to fully coat.
3 image collage to show how to dip the zucchini slice into the flour, eggs and breadcrums
  • Place the breaded zucchini in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook, flipping halfway until golden brown and crispy.
2 image collage to show the zucchini chips before and after getting air fried

“Wow. I’ve never felt compelled to leave a comment on a blog recipe…until now. These zucchini chips are fantastic! The instructions were straightforward, and the results are delicious. Thank you for sharing, Yumna!” – Shawn

Tips for Making The Best Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini

  1. Pulse the panko breadcrumbs to make them finer. It’s easier for the panko to stick to the small zucchini slices when they’re finer. This is optional, though.
  2. Preheat your air fryer before placing the zucchini in the basket to cook. This will help the chips cook evenly through. If you don’t have a preheat function on your air fryer, set it to run at 400F for 5 minutes while you are dredging the zucchini.
  3. Place the zucchini in a single layer. If you place them overlapping, they won’t crisp up, and the parmesan panko coating may fall off when you flip them. Cook in batches if needed.
  4. Different air fryer models can vary in times and temperatures required for this recipe. These were perfect after 8 minutes in the air fryer shown, but adjust your cooking times if required until golden brown and crispy.

What to serve with zucchini chips

I like to serve these with a simple sour cream dip which is in the recipe below. They are also great with a marinara dip or feta dip. They make for a great after-school snack, or to serve up on game day with your other favorite appetizers.

How to store & reheat air fryer zucchini chips

Store cooled zucchini chips in an airtight container. Store in layers between sheets of paper towel. This will prevent any moisture from affecting the other chips or potentially losing any of the crust.

Reheating zucchini chips: Reheat any leftover zucchini chips in the air fryer at 400F for 2 to 3 minutes before serving to regain crispiness and heat them through.

How long do zucchini chips last in the fridge?
When stored properly, leftover zucchini chips will last up to 4 days in the fridge.

Can I freeze air fryer zucchini chips?
Because of the moisture content in zucchini, I wouldn’t recommend freezing them after they’ve been air-fried. This could alter the texture after thawing.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make them ahead of time?

These are best served as soon as they are cooked, as after a bit of time, they can lose their crunch. However, you can quickly and easily reheat them to get them nice and crispy again.

Do you need to peel the zucchini?

There’s no need to remove the zucchini skin to make these chips. They add more flavor as well as nutrients, and not to mention a fun pop of color.

Can I make zucchini chips in the oven?

Yes, you can bake these as well! The texture may be slightly different, however. Simply prepare the recipe as is, then bake at 425 for 30 minutes, flipping halfway.

Why are my zucchini chips not crispy?

There are a few reasons why your chips might not be crispy. Here are a few options to help you troubleshoot your zucchini chips. Double-check to make sure you don’t have any chips overlapping each other in the basket. Zucchini slices that are too thick might take a bit longer to crisp up due to the extra moisture. Preheat the air fryer first for even cooking. Lastly, try not to over do it with the breadcrumb mixture.

Dipping zucchini chips into sour cream dip

These zucchini chips are so quick to make in the air fryer and a much healthier option than deep frying in oil. This is one snack you can feel good about!

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Quick and easy to make, these air fryer zucchini chips are a great healthier option for an appetizer. Served with a creamy sour cream dip.
5 from 102 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 335
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
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Ingredients
  

For the Chips

For the Dip

Instructions

  • Add the flour to a small, shallow bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine the milk and egg and whisk until fully combined.
  • In a third bowl, combine the panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
  • Dip each zucchini slice into the flour, followed by the egg mixture, and then the bread crumb mixture, pressing gently to coat.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Add the zucchini to the basket in a single layer and cook at 400°F for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Make the dip. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream and parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with the zucchini chips.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Cooked zucchini chips will keep well for around 4 days. You can reheat them in the air fryer at 400ºF for 2 to 3 minutes before serving serve. 

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 589mg, Potassium: 438mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 717IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 424mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Appetizer, Snack

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  1. Sonly Tavera says:

    I love these. I can’t stop eating them. They are so addictive.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      So glad you’re loving these!

  2. Sheilla Frazier says:

    Omg this is my third time making these zucchini’s chips! It’s my fav appetizer to start thus far !!!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      That makes me so happy to hear! Yay!!

  3. Sindia says:

    These look fabulous!! Could they be oven baked instead of cooked in an air fryer?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! I’m sure they could be, but I haven’t tested that out yet.

  4. Shawn says:

    Wow. I’ve never felt compelled to leave a comment on a blog recipe…until now. These zucchini chips are fantastic! The instructions were straightforward, and the results are delicious. Thank you for sharing, Yumna!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you for letting me know! Yay!! Always happy to share!

  5. Carol says:

    I notice there is no oil of any kind used. I thought it was necessary for browning and crisping. Not so?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Not with the air fryer! But I do include cooking spray which helps it brown lightly.

  6. Rose Spoolman says:

    This looks delicious. I don’t have an air fryer. Can you please tell me what brand and model you use or recommend? Thanks

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you so much! I like the Instant Vortex Air Fryer 4 in 1: https://amzn.to/2Ov5BkV

  7. R.Linda Levy says:

    I enjoy seeing your Easy to follow recipes. Would love to see more vegetarian dishes for regular cooking cooking methods and air fryer.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! And thank you for the suggestions!