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Air Fryer Frozen Chips

Can you cook store-bought frozen oven chips in an air fryer? The answer is a definite yes. You certainly can cook frozen french fries or chips using your air fryer and still get a wonderful crunchy exterior and a light and fluffy interior!! Plus, you do not need to thaw them or use any oil!!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine British
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 139kcal

Equipment

  • Ninja Foodi 11-in-1- Air-Fryer and Pressure Cooker (or your preferred type of air fryer)

Ingredients

  • 500 g McCain frozen chips (or your favourite brand of frozen chips)
  • 1 tsp salt and black pepper (or your preferred choice of chips spice, to season)
  • cooking oil/spray - optional (do not use aerosol sprays, see notes)

Instructions

  • Place the frozen oven chips on the air fry basket. Most frozen fries already come oiled.
    A collage showing frozen chips placed in an air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 200° C / 392° F for 10 minutes, making sure to check and shake halfway through cooking. Finally, season with some salt and pepper, or your favorite chips seasoning.
    Checking chips halfway through cooking in the air fryer.
  • Serve while still hot with your favorite sides and dipping sauce or sauces. Basically, that's how easy it is to make frozen chips using the air fryer!
    A picture showing a plate of chips and a Ninja Foodi Air Fyer with a hamburger in the background.

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Notes

  • Most frozen chips come pre-oiled but you can spray the chips with some cooking oil if they seem too dry. Do not use aerosol sprays. Instead, fill a sprayer bottle with a healthy high smoke point cooking oil such as coconut oil and use this as a cooking spray. McCain chips normally have a combination of 5 percent oil and 95 percent potatoes but this will vary depending on the type of French fries so always keep an eye on the ingredients list, just to be completely sure. 
 
Storage:
  • Making ahead: I do not recommend making them ahead as the fries or chips will lose their crispiness once cooled. It is better to cook and serve them immediately.
  • Reheating: while I do not recommend reheating, reheat the chips (fries) in an air fryer preheated at 350° F /180° C for 5 minutes or until warmed through, and toss midway through cooking if you really have to. Do not reheat them in the microwave as they will dry out quickly and not taste as good. Also bear in mind that you may need to spray them with some oil before reheating, to prevent them from totally going dry. 
 
Prevent your chips from getting soggy:
  • Most frozen oven chips come already oiled but should you choose to use some cooking oil on them then do not spray too much, or they will get mushy. I also recommend serving them up immediately as serving them later will only result in soggy fries. They also taste very different once cooled and reheated.
  • Also, bear in mind that thinner-cut chips cook crispier than thicker ones. Should you open up your air fryer and establish that they are not as crispy as you would like them to be, then simply air fry for a further 3-4 minutes. I also recommend serving them immediately. If you let them sit for a while, or reheat them, they can go mushy.
 
Cooking Times:
As a general rule, cooked at 200 ° C (or approximately 400° F) using a non-preheated air fryer, frozen chips or fries will require the following cooking times:-
  • French Fries (skinny chips) – 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Curly chips – 10 minutes.
  • Crinkle cut/Straight cut chips – 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Chunky chips – 18 to 20 minutes.
 
Nutritional Information
  • Nutritional information is considered an estimate, based on tools that this website uses and excludes any cooking spray, oil, or seasoning. It will vary, depending on the type of frozen chips (french fries) and seasoning you use. It is your responsibility to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information. If in doubt then always speak to a nutritional specialist.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 0.5g