Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer is a unique take on the classic parmesan-coated version. These gluten and cheese-free chips are delightfully crisp with a hint of Tajin spice. Serve them alongside a ricotta and sundried tomato dip for a truly satisfying snack experience.

Looking for a guilt-free snack or side dish? Try our Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer! Mildly spiced with Mexican Tajin and enhanced with umami flavor from nutritional yeast, these crispy delights are gluten, egg, and lactose-free. Perfect for the whole crowd – and if you love cheesy flavors, you’ll adore these! Easy and healthy never tasted so good!

Healthy Snack

Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

Some people are sweet snackers, others savoury, just like me! These are spot on! Zucchini tastes mild by itself however when combined with the right ingredients, they pop! You can add a touch of this Tajin spice mix, which is magical with it. You can bring them for a picnic, lunchbox, potluck or as a snack. They are easily done and suit everyone. Their texture aren’t as crisp as potato chips, they are mostly made of water after all, but crips enough to dig into a lovely whipped ricotta and sun-dried tomato dip, for example.

Air Fryer Tips

You’ll need to make many batches of the Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer recipe, so do not overfill the basket. I made mine overlap a tiny bit, but halfway through cooking, open the basket up and ensure they are not all stuck together. This way, you’ll cook them more evenly!

Kid-Friendly Bite

Air Fried Zucchini Chips Dip

If your kids are like mine and really sensible about spicy things, you can always make a batch without for them and one with for the grown-ups. These chips are a great way to fill them up on vitamins, especially if they come with a dip. It could be a simple sour cream and chives dip, a classical pink mayonnaise dip, ranch or my whipped ricotta and dried tomato dip.

Ingredient Breakdown

You’ll only need a few ingredients for this, and I’ll provide substitutes if you don’t have everything in the pantry.

  • Zucchini: The main star of the dish! Try to aim at a medium to small-size zucchini (courgette) to keep the shape intact once cooked; the larger ones would get saggy and deformed.

  • Nutritional Yeast: A lovely vegan replacement for Parmesan, it brings in this umami flavour without the fat and lactose. Help to crisp up the chips, too. Real grated Parmesan could replace it.

  • Olive Oil: Any chips need a little oil; the amount is minuscule compared to a deep-frying method. Some fat helps to give the chips taste and colour.

  • Rice Starch: Rice starch is gluten-free and helps to make anything crispier! It is not particularly nutritious but is essential to a crisp texture. You could also use tapioca or cornstarch.

  • Garlic powder: Dehydrated garlic turned into powder is a great way to give the chips this Mediterranean flair. You could substitute it for the real deal, but the taste will be less uniform and stronger.

  • Tajin Spice Mix: This is my personal favourite spice mix for a light touch of chilli heat. It’s a Mexican condiment, and they offer many levels of heat, although the regular one is mild and contains a touch of lime zest and salt, which makes it irresistible! It’s a great way to introduce the kids to spicy food. Depending on your preferences, it could be omitted or replaced by Espelette pepper, paprika or cayenne.
Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

Leftovers Ideas

If you have leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. The next day, you can add them to a lovely tomato pasta sauce, into quiches or omelettes, or a lovely big quinoa bowl or salad. They’re super easy to incorporate into many dishes!

Variations

You could customize these to your liking, for example, by adding real parmesan, thyme, marjoram, garlic, paprika, etc.

Zucchini Chip

FAQ

Can I bake them in the oven instead?

Yes, you could, although it will need a time adjustment and will be cooked less evenly.

Can I substitute the nutritional yeast for parmesan?

Yes, you can! It will be as delicious!

Can I substitute the garlic powder for garlic salt?

Garlic salt contains three parts salt and one part garlic powder, which makes it super salty if you use this cut on the normal salt.

Other Fun Snacks

Air Fried Zucchini Chips

Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

Air-Fried Zucchini Chips: A Crunchy, Cheesy-Style Delight with a Hint of Spice, Served with a Luscious Whipped Ricotta and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, finger food, Side Dish, Snack, tapas
Cuisine: World
Keyword: air fryer, chips, courgette, crisp, dip, snack, spicy, without cheese, zucchini
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Equipment

  • mandoline slicer

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutrional yeast or parmesan
  • 2 tbsp rice starch or corn starch
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or mashed garlic clove
  • ½ tsp Tajin or spicy paprika *optional
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the zucchini into thin 2mm slices with the help of a mandoline.
  • Add to a big bowl with all the other ingredients and mix.
  • Add half the zucchini to the Air fryer and cook at 200°C (400F) for 10 minutes, check mid-way to make sure they don't stick together.
  • Do other batches making sure not to overfill the Air Fryer, serve with the whipped ricotta and sun-dried tomato dip.

Video

Notes

The mandoline slicer is recommended for making your zucchini ultra-thin and even; this way, it’s easier to cook evenly, too.
Don’t overcrowd your Air Fryer basket; a slight overlap is ok.
Serve with a whipped ricotta and sun-dried tomato, ranch or romesco dip.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 642IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer
Amount per Serving
Calories
220
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Sodium
 
607
mg
26
%
Potassium
 
676
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
642
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
35
mg
42
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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