This recipe for Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips with Sriracha Aioli is going to blow your socks off! It's THAT good and it's THAT easy! Bite after bite, it's crispy, crunchy yet still moist in the center so you taste the zucchini. The dipping sauce is a must!! Just 2 ingredients to make.
I would say that for half of my life I paid zucchini either no attention OR I did whatever I could to get out of eating it! Trust me it was often since my dad had a huge garden back then (actually he still does).
It wasn't until I was in my 20's and out to eat somewhere that I decided to give zucchini a try since it was on my plate and it looked kinda good the way it was seasoned. That particular time the zucchini was crisp-tender and well seasoned and I thought to myself, huh...it's not that bad.
I've said it before, many of the vegetables in my life growing up were boiled to death and mushy which just wasn't for me. Once I discovered how "I" like to cook and eat vegetables, it was game on! Well except for beets, blech! I don't think I will ever like beets, lol!
Let's talk about this recipe for Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips! You guys, it's good, like really good and even better it's SO easy! If you have an air fryer this recipe is fast too! A total winner in my books!
The zucchini crisp up nice and yet are not dry, the coating has nice flavor and the Sriracha Aioli dipping sauce is sooo tasty (and just 2 ingredients). If marinara sauce is your thing go right ahead and serve with that, however in my opinion, the Sriracha Aioli is the way to go!
Bet even your kiddos will enjoy this.
I put this on my Instagram Stories in the Highlight called Ninja Foodie...LISTEN to the crunch!
How Do I Make Zucchini Chips Air Fryer Recipe?
You guys! Making these zucchini chips in the air fryer is SO easy that you just won't believe it. You will only wish you could make more at a time. But then it's all good since the next batch will cook as you enjoy the first batch nice and warm and crispy!
To make Zucchini Chips in your air fryer, you will need 3 bowls (or 2 plates and a bowl). One for the flour, one for the egg and one for the Panko. I like to season both the flour and the Panko. Slice your zucchini thin and then first dredge it in the flour, next the egg and finally the Panko. In to the air fryer basket, it goes! Simply set the temperature and time and in 10 minutes or so you will be happily munching and crunching! I also suggest making the Sriracha Aioli, which is simply may and sriracha.
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Can I Only Make Zucchini Chips In An Air Fryer?
You know I've got you!! No, you can also make them in the oven. I tested them out in the just to see what would happen for anyone without an air fryer who is interested in making these.
Follow the recipe and then bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for 16-18 minutes, flipping once at about the 12-minute mark. They are very close to the air fryer version. I baked them on parchment paper and allowed some space between each one since I didn't want the moisture in each slice to allow them to steam at all.
Variations to Making Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
You could choose to add a small amount of grated Parmesan cheese to the Panko. You can spice these up as much as you enjoy with red (cayenne) pepper. You can serve these with marinara sauce, enjoy them plain or serve with sriracha Aoili...which lets face it is just mayo and Sriracha...however cue the angels singing! The combination of that and the crisp zucchini chips is magical!
All I can say is this is one of those recipes, I will literally be walking around telling people to make! It's that delicious and it's that simple! I am also telling people about the Ninja Foodie Deluxe. This is NOT a sponsored post, I am just smitten with this small appliance! It has a permanent air fryer lid on a hinge AND it comes with a pressure cooker lid. SOOOO you can pressure cook things and then crisp them up all in one device. I just can't believe how well this work!
The first thing I made was a roast chicken...I pressure cooked it for 30 minutes and then air fried it for 15, You would have thought it came out of the oven! THEN I made chicken stock and let me tell you! Never before have I had such a yield of stock! I got 4 quarts of stock in just under 40 minutes. Couple those things with the sir fryer function in general and I am sold! It's honestly the best new appliance or kitchen gadget I have gotten in years!
I'd love to see YOUR Zucchini Chips if you make them! Tag me on Instagram when you do @soufflebombay! And if you don't already follow me on Instagram, please do! I often post cooking tips and recipe tutorials on my Stories 🙂
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If you enjoy zucchini check out these Zucchini Pizza Bites
Or one of my favorites...Cheesy Zucchini Cakes Yummmm!
OR this amazing Grilled Shrimp and Zucchini Greek Salad. Pretty enough for parties or guests!
Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips With Sriracha Aioli
- 16 slices of zucchini skin on, cut 1/16 inch thick (about the thickness of the space between your thumb and forefinger if you just allow them to not touch making the "ok" sign.
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup+ Panko
- A few shakes of each salt garlic powder, black pepper & cayenne (red) pepper
- Sriracha Aioli
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon or more of sriracha
- Clean your zucchini, pat it dry.
- Slice into thin rounds. About ⅛ inch thick each. Think about the thickness of when you place your thumb and forefinger together and then move them apart the smallest bit. That thickness.
- Prepare 3 bowls or 1 bowl (you can use paper for easy cleanup). Place flour in one, egg in the next and Panko in the third. Season flour and Panko with just a few shakes of salt, pepper, garlic powder and if you want a little kick of spice, add in a shake or two of cayenne pepper.
- Beat the egg.
- One by one, dredge each zucchini round in the flour, then into the egg to get it coated and then finally into the Panko. Shake off excess, and place directly in fryer or on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- When ready to air fry, set the temperature to 390 degrees and set the timer for 11 minutes. Depending on the size of your zucchini (you know they can REALLY vary in size), you may need a minute or two less if its really small or a minute or two more if really large.
- If cooking a second batch just after, since air fryer is hot, it'll take a minute or so next for the next batch.
- YES, you can also make these in the oven. 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet (or directly on the baking sheet) flipping them at about the 12-minute mark.
- While they cook, mix together your mayo and sriracha. Use as little of as much sriracha as you would like...we like it spicy!