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Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips is the best, quick recipe to make fried zucchini with or without breadcrumbs for no breading. This healthy dish makes the perfect vegetable side dish or appetizer.

air fryer zucchini chips in a bowl with ranch dressing
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Deep-fried zucchini chips are awesome! But they are loaded with a ton of unhealthy fat. The air fryer can help solve that problem.

What can we cook in the air fryer? Just about anything! Be sure to pair these chips with Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer Crispy Fried Chicken, Air Fryer Steak, Air Fryer Salmon, or Air Fryer Chicken Breasts.

breadcrumbs, flour, cheese, eggs, seasoning for air fryer zucchini chips

What is an Air Fryer and How Does it Work?

An air fryer is a kitchen appliance, a lot of people compare it to a convection oven. It circulates hot air in a tight space, which helps crisp food.

You only need a small amount of oil with air frying, compared to the large amounts required for deep frying.

sliced zucchini on a cutting board

Are Air Fryers Healthier?

Air frying cuts up to 80% of the fat of traditional frying, making it a much healthier alternative. Most deep-fried recipes require 2 to 3 cups of oil. With the air fryer, you need only a tablespoon. Because air-fried meals are so much lighter, you will feel less bogged down after eating them.

breaded zucchini in an air fryer

How to Make Fried Zucchini in the Air Fryer

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs to separate bowls.
  2. Slice the zucchini about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  3. Season the flour.
  4. Dip the zucchini in flour, then egg, and then the cheese and breadcrumbs and place in the air fryer.
  5. Air Fry.
cooked zucchini chips in an air fryer

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

The zucchini chips will brown around 8 minutes. For crunchy chips you may require 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Air Fryer Temperature

I fry the zucchini chips on 400 degrees.

air fryer zucchini chips in a bowl

How to Cut the Carbs in this Recipe

If you want to make these keto and low-carb, here’s how to air fry zucchini without breadcrumbs. You can substitute the breadcrumbs for crushed pork rinds.

person holding air fryer zucchini chip

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Check out The Best Way to Pick Zucchini here.

Be sure to dip the zucchini in my homemade Keto Low-Carb Ranch Dressing. If you love your air fryer, check out a full list of Air Fryer Recipes here.

air fryer zucchini chips in a bowl with ranch dressing
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Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips is the best, quick recipe to make fried zucchini with or without breadcrumbs for no breading. This healthy dish makes the perfect vegetable side dish or appetizer.
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer vegetable recipes, air fryer zucchini, air fryer zucchini chips
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 207kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Add eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs with Parmesan to separate bowls.
  • Slice the zucchini into chips about 1/4 of an inch thick. You can also use a mandolin for precise slicing. You want to get the zucchini chips all about the same size so that they cook at an even temperature.
  • Season the flour with salt and pepper to taste, paprika, and Italian Seasoning.
  • Dip the zucchini in the seasoned flour, then egg, and then the cheese breadcrumbs mixture, and place in the air fryer. Make sure to coat the chip fully in the eggs so that the breadcrumbs will stick.
    Keep a moist towel nearby because your hands will get sticky.
  • Spray the zucchini chips with cooking oil spray using a spray bottle.
  • Air Fry for 5 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open and flip the chips. Spray with additional oil and cook for an additional 4-7 minutes on 400 degrees. The zucchini chips will brown by 8 minutes, if you like them crispy, cook them a little longer. Mine were ready around 10-11 minutes.

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Notes

You can use any breadcrumbs you wish, including seasoned breadcrumbs.
The amount of breading you will need will vary based on the size zucchini you use. You may find you need more or less flour, etc.
I like to use the Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning in place of paprika in this recipe from time to time.
In general, zucchini is a vegetable that is filled with tons of water, so it does impact the texture. This recipe results in a crispy exterior, but the inside of the zucchini will be soft. You can try sprinkling salt over the sliced zucchini and allowing the zucchini to sweat out excess moisture on paper towels for 30 minutes (prior to breading).
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g
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Recipe Rating




Jeni

Tuesday 16th of April 2024

These were delicious with our favorite dipping sauce. Thank you.

staysnatched

Wednesday 17th of April 2024

Awesome!

Robert

Saturday 28th of October 2023

Tried this recipe tonight and they turned out great, thank you for sharing it. I was a bit confused about step 4 saying to add shredded parmesan to the flour, I thought it went with the breadcrumbs, so that's where I put the cheese. There's no mention of where to put the Italian seasoning, maybe step 4 was supposed to mention Italian seasoning instead of parmesan?

staysnatched

Saturday 28th of October 2023

Yes, that's correct.

Jay Haley

Saturday 12th of August 2023

Going to try. Looks good. I’m going to try them.

staysnatched

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I hope you try them.

Tim

Thursday 11th of May 2023

I made these for the second time tonight and they were perfect. The first time I tried them the taste was good but they were not as crisp as I like. So this time I left out the flour and just added the seasoning to plain bread crumbs and they were awesome. I will definitely makes these a lot and I think the next time I will try the chili lime seasoning or maybe chili lime flavored pork rinds.

staysnatched

Friday 12th of May 2023

Awesome!

Arizona Grandma

Tuesday 18th of April 2023

These were delicious! I only used one sliced zuchinni, it was part of my lunch. The only thing I did different and it turned out less messy is use 2 eggs beaten with a fork really good then adding 2 tbsp flour to the eggs, then beat some more. It's better if you use a small deeper bowl. Then I added the sliced zuchinni and made sure all the slices were coated well with the egg mixture using a spoon. At that point I took them out one at a time and put them in the bread crumbs pressing hard to stick. It worked better than dipping in flour first, then egg, then bread crumbs AND less messy!