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Frozen Chips in Air Fryer

One of the simplest yet most recommended uses of an air fryer is to make frozen chips. If you use it for nothing else, it’s still worth to buy this kitchen gadget. But how to make the best, crispiest frozen chips in an air fryer?

In this recipe, I’m going to show you how to make frozen chips in an air fryer. I guess the frozen version is what most of us refer to anyways when it comes to making chips at home. And in most cases there is no need to prepare your chips from scratch. A lot of work, and it won’t be any better.

Using frozen, pre-cooked chips is like killing two birds with one stone. It not only guarantees extremely crispy chips, but the potato already contains the necessary fat because it has been pre-fried in oil. Remember, you need some fat for perfect results even in an air fryer.

French fries in air fryer basket

The Only Trick You’ll Need

There is only one trick, and that is to shake your air fryer basket at least once, preferably more, during the cooking period.

Most air fryer models will beep or tell you somehow to shake the basket at midtime, definitely do that. But I find that if you shake your chips every 2-3 minutes in the second half of the baking period, the it won’t only produce more evenly crisped chips but you can even fry a larger batch.

Frozen Chips Air Fryer Cooking Time And Temperature

Frozen chips cooking time in air fryer depends largely on the thickness of the chips. But you should also consider the quantity, your oven and how crunchy you like your chips.

Use the following cooking times for crispy chips:

  • Regular chips (9 mm or 3/8 inch): 20 minutes.
  • Thin chips: 16 minutes.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes less if you prefer less crunchy chips.

I recommend you start with these cooking times. If your chips are thicker or your machine less powerful, you can always turn it back for a couple of minutes.

Recommended air frying temperature is 195 C for making frozen chips.

A Few Thoughts About Quantity

How much frozen chips you can make in one batch will largely depend on the size of your air fryer.

Generally, you can even pack your basket full with frozen chips, but make sure to shake it extensively every 2-minutes at the second half of cooking time. But if you want perfect, evenly crisp chips, you should make smaller batches at once.

Making 400-500 grams of frozen chips in one batch will always result in a perfectly and evenly crispy result. But as stated above, with a bit of care you can easily double or triple this quantity. I urge you to go ahead and experiment with your air fryer.

Frozen French fries in air fryer

Frozen Chips in Air Fryer

Make evenly crispy golden chips in your air fryer without additional oil
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 500 g frozen chips


  • To make perfect frozen chips, first preheat your air fryer.
  • Put frozen chips in the basket and fry for 20 minutes at 195 C. Fry thin chips for 16 minutes.
  • Shake the basket at midtime. It's best to shake it every 2-3 minutes in the second half of cooking time.
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  • Once your chips are ready, salt them and enjoy.
    Frozen French fries in air fryer
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