These air fryer zucchini chips are insanely crispy and delicious! The air fryer cooks the zucchini perfectly and is a much healthier alternative to deep-frying. These air fryer zucchini chips are cheesy, crunchy, and loaded with Italian seasoning. Dip them in marinara sauce for a tasty appetizer or snack!
What Makes These Air Fryer Zucchini Chips So Good
- They’re jam-packed with flavor! Buttery Panko breadcrumbs, savory parmesan cheese, and flavorful Italian seasoning surround each zucchini chip for maximum deliciousness.
- The air fryer makes them super crispy, without any oil. Zucchini has a high water content and it’s usually a challenge to get it crispy, but the air fryer makes it easy! Simply pop these chips in the air fryer, cook for 10 minutes, flip, then finish off with another 5 minutes and you’ll have insanely crunchy air fryer zucchini chips.
- They’re surprisingly simple to make. Slice the zucchini, then set up an assembly line with your three bowls – dip, dunk, coat – and then transfer to the air fryer and that’s pretty much it! To serve, I pick up my favorite jarred marinara sauce from the store, assemble everything on a plate and enjoy.
Key Ingredients for Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
Zucchini – You can peel your zucchini if you’d like, but it’s totally not necessary. Feel free to eliminate that extra step and go straight into slicing the zucchini into 1/2-inch slices. If you want even crispier chips, then I’d recommend slicing them into 1/4-inch slices.
Panko Breadcrumbs – Panko breadcrumbs are dryer and flakier than most breadcrumbs, and that’s why they’re my favorite for getting things extra crispy. They also have this incredible, subtle buttery flavor which make these air fryer zucchini chips that much more delicious. However, you can use regular breadcrumbs or Italian breadcrumbs if you’d like.
Parmesan Cheese – Make sure to use grated (not shredded) parmesan cheese in this recipe. Both the texture and taste of grated parmesan cheese pairs perfectly with the breadcrumbs and creates the tastiest air fryer zucchini chips ever.
- Use one hand for dunking the zucchini chips in the egg mixture, and the other hand for dunking them in the flour and breadcrumb mixture. This will make the dredging process a whole lot neater!
- After dredging the zucchini in the flour, tap to remove any excess flour. The same goes for the egg, after dunking in the egg mixture, let any excess egg drip off the zucchini chip before moving on to the breadcrumbs.
- If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. To reheat, pop them in the air fryer set at 380° Fahrenheit for three minutes or until warm. Avoid microwaving leftover air fryer zucchini chips, this will make them lose their crunch.
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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
- Air fryer
- 3 (three) bowls
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- Preheat air fryer to 380° Fahrenheit.
- Mix Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl.
- Dredge zucchini slices in flour, then toss in beaten egg. Dip and coat well in breadcrumb mixture.
- Transfer coated zucchini slices to air fryer in a single layer and cook for 10 minutes. Flip each slice and cook for an additional 5 minutes, then serve with marinara sauce.
- Make it Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead of Panko breadcrumbs and gluten-free flour instead of all purpose flour.
- Make it Dairy-Free: Use 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.
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Hi! I’m Sam, a travel, food and fitness enthusiast from the New York metro area. I love creating new and inventive recipes, and my favorite part is sharing them with others. My love of food goes all the way back to my early childhood, I grew up cooking alongside my mom and Nonna – the two best cooks I know! When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m either planning my next vacation, spending time outdoors (preferably on a beach), or bingeing Netflix’s latest docu-series. My passion for eating and living well led me to create the blog and Instagram account, Sam Does Her Best, where I health-ify my favorite comfort foods. I’m a big believer that good-for-you food can still be exploding with flavor and (most importantly) easy to make. I’m thrilled to be here at 40 Aprons doing what I do best – creating, photographing, and sharing delicious recipes with you all!