Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are a crispy and healthy way to enjoy delicious summer squash! With only a handful of ingredients, you can have these air-fried little bites ready in no time cooked in your air fryer instead of in oil.

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fried zucchini with ranch dipping sauce

I remember the first time I tried fried zucchini. It was with my dad and I couldn’t understand why he was excited to eat vegetables. And then I tried one. It was dipped in ranch, of course, and after that, I couldn’t stop. I’m pretty sure I ate the entire plate and asked for more. And from that day on, I have loved and craved fried zucchini.

But, I actually don’t like frying that much and it’s probably not a good idea to eat fried food all the time…just sometimes 😉. Enter the Air Fryer and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips! They taste as close to the fried version as possible, are better for you, and are pretty easy to make.

If you are looking for more Air Fryer Zucchini Recipes, check out my Air Fryer Zucchini Pesto Bites and my Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Bites!

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Ingredients Needed for Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

  • panko bread crumbs
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • a medium zucchini 
  • egg, beaten
  • cooking spray
air fryer zucchini ingredients on a table

How to Make Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

  1. Slice your zucchini in ¼” rounds. Combine the panko, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix together. Add the egg to another bowl and beat with a fork or a whisk.
  2. Dip a zucchini slice into the egg mixture and then into the panko mixture, pressing down each side to get as much coating as possible to stick.
  3. Preheat the air fryer at 375°F for 2-3 minutes. Spray the basket of the air fryer with non-stick spray and place as many zucchini slices as you can in the basket. Spray the top of the zucchini with a light coat of non-stick spray and cook for 8 minutes. Flip each slice over with tongs, spray again and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
  4. Remove the slices from the basket and continue cooking the rest of the zucchini slices. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy right away.

What to Serve With Air Fried Zucchini Made in the Air Fryer

Fried Zucchini Chips are awesome because you can dip them in so many things! I most recently dipped mine in Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing (seen below), but I also like to dip them in regular ranch dressing or marinara sauce.

air fried avocado with avocado lime ranch dressing

What Type of Air Fryer I Use

I use the Mealthy CrispLid attachment that goes on my Instant Pot. It fits right on top and has a glass lid so I can see how my food is cooking. Instant Pot also makes an air fryer attachment that is similar. The attachments are nice because they don’t take up as much room as other appliances. The downside is, they are usually smaller than other air fryers.

Can I Make Fried Zucchini Chips in the Oven?

Yes, you can make zucchini chips in the oven! Preheat the oven to 425°F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Follow the instructions for coating the zucchini slices and place each one on the parchment paper. Spray the zucchini with non-stick spray or drizzle with a small amount of olive oil to help with the crisping. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through until they are golden brown.

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips Tips and Tricks

  • When breading the zucchini, make sure you press on both sides with your hands to get as much of the panko mix to stick.
  • Preheating your air fryer is not a necessity (unless otherwise noted by your manufacturer). However, it definitely helps speed up the cooking time and helps cook the food evenly.
  • Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are best when eaten right away while they are still hot. They become less crispy the longer they sit.
  • Non-stick spray is a must-have when air frying so don’t skip it. Not only does it help the food from sticking to the basket, but it also aids in the crisping of whatever food you are air frying. You can use vegetable oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or whatever oil spray you like.
  • Aluminum foil is also a handy tool when air frying for easier clean-up. You will get some residual oil spray at the bottom of your air fryer as well as some food that may fall off. Use a small piece of foil to catch as much as you can.
  • Cooking times and temperatures may vary due to variations in equipment and may require adjustments.
air fried zucchini on a plate

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are a crispy and healthy way to enjoy delicious summer squash!
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Prep Time: 13 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 123kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • tongs
  • foil (optional)
  • 2 medium mixing bowls

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced in ¼" slices
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  • Slice your zucchini in ¼" rounds. Combine the panko, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix together. Crack the egg into another bowl and beat with a fork or a whisk.
    zucchini in egg dip
  • Dip a zucchini slice into the egg and then into the panko mixture, pressing down each side to get as much coating as possible to stick. Set each slice aside on a baking rack or plate until all of the slices have been coated.
    zucchini in panko breadcrumbs
  • Preheat the air fryer at 375°F for 2-3 minutes. Spray the basket of the air fryer with non-stick spray and place as many zucchini slices as you can in the basket. Spray the top of the zucchini with a light coat of non-stick spray and cook for 8 minutes. Flip each slice over with tongs, spray again and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
    fried zucchini in an air fryer basket
  • Remove the slices from the basket and continue cooking the rest of the zucchini. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy right away.
    air fried avocado with avocado lime ranch dressing

Notes

  • When breading the zucchini, make sure you press on both sides with your hands to get as much of the panko mix to stick.
  • Preheating your air fryer is not a necessity (unless otherwise noted by your manufacturer). However, it definitely helps speed up the cooking time and helps cook the food evenly.
  • Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are best when eaten right away while still hot. They become less crispy the longer they sit
  • Non-stick spray is a must-have when air frying so don’t skip it. Not only does it help the food from sticking to the basket, but it also aids in the crisping of whatever food you are air frying. You can use vegetable oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or whatever oil spray you like.
  • Aluminum foil is also a handy tool when air frying for easier clean-up. You will get some residual oil spray at the bottom of your air fryer as well as some food that may fall off. Use a small piece of foil to catch as much as you can.
  • Cooking times and temperatures may vary due to variations in equipment and may require adjustments.
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.

Nutrition

Serving: 6slices | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g | Protein: 6.6g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 2.2g | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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