It’s no secret – we love apples here at Full Time Chef! Between caramel apples, apple nachos, caramel apple cinnamon rolls, and classic baked apples, we can’t get enough of this versatile fruit. Our Air Fryer Apple Chips are a really fun snack idea. If you love pie as much as we do, you’ll want to give it a try. We make fried apple bars in the air fryer, which means a lot less than deep frying. This method also uses the side without refueling! One of the best parts about this recipe is that it will make your whole kitchen smell spicy and fruity, thanks to the cinnamon, nutmeg, and (of course) apples. Update your snacking routine with this easy recipe! You can also serve them as a light dessert.
We love using Granny Smith. They are sweet and sour and hold up well when baked or fried. If you can’t find anything at the supermarket, choose these:
- Honey Crisp
- pink lady
How do you cut an apple for chips?
Slicing up fresh apples for this apple chips recipe is really easy. Start by peeling the apple—the coating won’t stick to the waxy peel. Then, cut off all four sides of the apple and discard the core. Cut the portions into half-inch sticks and you’re ready to add the flour and sugar-based coating!
This recipe calls for all-purpose flour to help the coating stick to your fried apple bars. If you are allergic to gluten, you can use:
- rice flour
- millet flour, corn flour
- Almond powder
- Cassava starch
Don’t try to make flour from cornstarch as it’s not a good substitute.
Our Air Fryer Apple Chips recipe calls for a seasoning blend that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. If you really want your snack to taste like apple pie, you can use an apple pie spice blend, which includes:
- ginger powder
No chip recipe is complete without some delicious dipping options! We recommend your choice of Bourbon Apple Caramel Dip or our Marshmallow Fruit Dip. You’ll find the recipe for the caramel dip below. Here are the ingredients needed to make it:
- salted butter
- brown sugar
- sweetened condensed milk
- corn syrup
- Apple Bourbon
- vanilla extract
Troubleshooting: Why Are My Apple Chips Not Crispy in the Air Fryer?
There are a few reasons why your apple fritters might not be crispy enough in the air fryer. Make sure you follow the cooking instructions and indicated temperatures. When the air isn’t hot enough, you can get mushy results. You also need to be careful not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Leave enough space between each apple fries so that the hot air can completely surround it. You can cook in batches if desired!
What oil is best for an air fryer?
One of the best parts of frying with an air fryer is that you don’t need to load your food with a lot of excess oil. That said, you’ll want to lightly spray the apples to ensure a crispy, golden outer layer. We like to use light cooking oil in a spray bottle.
Can I make this dish in the oven?
We swear by our air fryer and definitely recommend buying one if you haven’t already. That said, if you don’t have one at home, you can make this recipe in your oven. Follow the directions on the recipe card below, but bake in a 375°F oven for 15 minutes instead.