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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips Recipe

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy snack, these air fryer zucchini chips are a must-try. They are quick to make and use simple ingredients like zucchini, panko, and Parmesan cheese.

Whether you want a savory treat or a healthy side dish, zucchini chips offer a perfect crunch without the need for deep frying. They only take about 10 minutes to cook in the air fryer, making it easy to whip them up anytime.

With just a few steps, you can enjoy a crispy, delicious snack that’s great for kids and adults alike. Whether you dip them in your favorite sauce or enjoy them plain, you’ll love how easy and tasty these air fryer zucchini chips are.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make air fryer zucchini chips, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Here’s what you need:

Main Ingredients

  • Zucchini: The star of the show. Thinly slice it for the best results.
  • Olive Oil: Helps make the chips crispy. You can also use avocado oil or coconut oil.
  • Salt and Pepper: For basic seasoning.

Optional Add-ins

  • Garlic Powder: Adds a nice flavor.
  • Paprika: For a bit of smoky taste.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Gives a cheesy twist and enhances crispiness.
  • Breadcrumbs: Optional, for a more breaded chip.

Possible Substitutes

  • Zucchini: You can also use yellow squash or cucumber.
  • Olive Oil: Avocado oil or coconut oil work too.
  • Salt and Pepper: Feel free to use seasoned salt or other spices like cajun seasoning.

Using these ingredients and their substitutes ensures you can adapt the recipe based on what you have. You can mix and match the seasonings to suit your taste. Try new combinations to find your favorite flavors.

Instructions


  1. Slice the zucchini: Cut the zucchini into thin, even slices.



  2. Preheat the air fryer: Set the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).


  3. Prepare the coating:

    • Mix breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and paprika in a medium bowl.
    • In another bowl, beat the eggs.
  4. Coat the zucchini slices:

    • Dip each slice first in flour, then in the beaten eggs, and finally cover with the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Arrange in the air fryer:

    • Place the coated zucchini slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket or on the trays.
    • Make sure the slices do not overlap.
  6. Cook:

    • Air fry at 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
    • Flip the slices halfway through and spray with a bit of olive oil.

Enjoy your crispy, homemade zucchini chips!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks


  • Preheating the Air Fryer: Always preheat your air fryer to ensure even cooking. Most recipes recommend 375°F to 400°F.



  • Uniform Size: Cut your zucchini slices evenly, around 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. This helps them cook at the same rate.



  • Avoid Overcrowding: Place the slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Crowding can prevent them from getting crispy.



  • Coating: Use an egg mixture to help the breadcrumbs and seasoning stick better to the zucchini.



  • Spraying Oil: After coating the zucchini, spray a light layer of cooking spray. This helps make the chips extra crispy.



  • Flipping: Halfway through cooking, flip the zucchini slices and spray with oil again for best results.


Storing


  • Refrigeration: Store leftover zucchini chips in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 2 days.



  • Reheating: To make them crispy again, reheat the zucchini chips in the air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes.



  • Freezing: Zucchini chips can be frozen, but they may lose some crispiness. If you do freeze them, reheat in the air fryer for the best texture.


Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

For added flavor, experiment by adding different seasonings to your zucchini chips. Sprinkle some paprika, garlic powder, or cumin for a spicy twist.

Try using different coatings as well. Instead of just oil and salt, mix in chickpea flour or cornmeal for a crunchy texture.

Parmesan cheese adds a savory touch when mixed with Panko breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning.

Coating Options

  • Panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese
  • Cornmeal
  • Chickpea flour

Include dips to make the chips more enjoyable. Serve with sour cream, ranch dressing, or a spicy sriracha mayo.

Dip Ideas

  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Sriracha Mayo

Cut your zucchini into different shapes like rounds or sticks for variety. Different sizes can change the cooking time, so keep an eye on them.

Cooking Times by Shape

ShapeTemperatureTime
Rounds400°F5-10 mins
Sticks400°F10-15 mins

For a fun twist, use sweet potatoes or squash in place of zucchini. They cook similarly and bring new flavors to your chips.

Alternative Vegetables

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Squash

Enjoy your air fryer zucchini chips in lots of ways! Serve them as a side dish, a snack, or even a party appetizer.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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