These air fryer apple chips are made with just one ingredient and an optional sprinkle of cinnamon. Satisfy your craving for chips with this addictively crunchy, healthy snack!
How To Make Air Fryer Apple Chips
This recipe is so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. Simply slice the apples, air fry in batches, and enjoy your new favorite snack — all in under 30 minutes!
- Prep the apples: Wash and dry the apples. Using a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife, carefully slice the apples into 1/8 inch thick slices. Then, toss them in cinnamon for more flavor if preferred.
- Air fry the apples: Place the apple slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 280°F and cook the apple slices in batches for about 20 minutes, or until crispy. Flip the slices a few times during the frying.
- Allow the chips to cool: Transfer the apple chips to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. They will crisp up more as they cool. Enjoy!
Hot tip: Leave the apple peels on for a nutritional boost of fiber!
Best Kinds of Apples To Use
There are so many varieties of apples out there — it can be difficult to pick one. Firm, sweet apples work best for these chips, but feel free to use any of your favorite apples!
- Honeycrisp: Honeycrisp apples are incredibly juicy, crisp, and aromatic. They have a honey-sweet flavor.
- Gala: Galas have a sweet and mild flavor, making them the ideal choice for kids.
- Pink Lady: These beauties are known for their delicate pink skin and balanced sweet-tart taste.
- Fuji: Fuji apples are firm, juicy, and sweet. They are the perfect snacking apple!
- Granny Smith: Granny Smiths are tart and crisp, appealing to those who prefer sour apples.
Tips For the Best Apple Chips
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need a fancy dehydrator to make homemade apple chips. Follow these tips to achieve the perfect crisp and flavor with a simple air fryer.
- Thinly slice the apples. The thinner the slices, the faster they’ll crisp up. Ensure consistent results by using a mandolin to slice the apples.
- Add flavor. Toss the apple slices in sugar if you prefer a sweeter treat, and add cinnamon or nutmeg for spice. Or, make it simple with a dash of apple pie spice.
- Avoid overcrowding. For the crispiest chips, arrange the apple slices in a single layer without overlapping. This allows the hot air to circulate properly and crisp up every side, especially when the slices are flipped a few times during cooking.
- Be patient. Low and slow is the name of the game here. Air frying the apples at a low temperature for at least 20 minutes produces the best texture. Keep an eye on the apples, as every air fryer is different and cook time may vary.
- Take care not to burn the chips. These apple chipswill still be slightly soft after the specified cook time, but don’t worry — they’ll crisp up more as they cool down.
Do you have a newfound obsession for homemade apple chips? Allow them to cool completely, then store them properly to make the experience last longer. This delicious snack keeps for up to five days in an airtight container at room temperature.
Hot tip: Have your apple chips lost their crisp? Pop them in the air fryer at 280°F for about five minutes to restore their texture!
More Air Fryer Snacks
- Air Fryer Potato Chips — Thin, crispy, and golden
- Air Fryer Zucchini Fries — Tender on the inside with a crunchy breadcrumb coating
- Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites — Caramelized seasoned pork belly
- Air Fryer Kale Chips — Perfect way to get your greens in!
- 2 apples honeycrisp, fuji or granny smith
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon optional
- Wash and dry the apples. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, carefully slice the apples into 1/8 inch thick slices.
- If you like a hint of spice, sprinkle ground cinnamon over the apples and use your hands to rub it into every slice.
- Place the apple slices in a single layer (without overlapping) on the air fryer tray. You may need to cook them in multiple batches.
- Set the air fryer to 280°F and cook the apple slices for about 20 minutes, or until crispy. Flip the slices a few times during the cooking. Transfer the apple chips to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. They will crisp up more as they cool. Enjoy!