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How To Cook Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

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How to cook frozen chips in air fryer – the quick and easy way to make tasty, seasoned chips – low effort and big taste!

Cooking up some great tasting chips at home is super easy using the air fryer.

We use a bag of frozen McCain Chips, the thin French Fries as the kids love them best! We add our own seasoning and fry them up in literally minutes! These air fryer fries go great with our chicken and halloumi burger.

It’s a really quick and easy way to make chips and when it comes to cooking up tea for the kids, well chips are always a popular choice! And making French fries in the air fryer is just super convenient and a total dinner win!

Plus we’ve put all our favourite seasoning ideas below – so you can match your chips or air fryer fries to whatever meal you’re eating!

cooked frozen chips in air fryer

Equipment Needed For Seasoning And Cooking Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

  • Mixing bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Air Fryer – we’ve swapped to a Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer – the 9.5 litre two drawer cooking space is BRILLIANT when you’re cooking for a family. And it makes cooking meat, chicken or fish and potatoes at the same time super easy!

Seasoned Air Fry Frozen Chips Ingredients

To make our super easy air fry chips, you’ll just need frozen chips and your choice of seasoning!

McCain frozen chips tipped into a metal bowl ready to season to cook in air fryer
  • 600g frozen chips
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

How To Cook Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

You’ll just love how easy this air fryer frozen French fries recipe is AND how easy it is to flavour up the chips in any way you like!

Step One – switch on the air fryer

  • Switch the air fryer to 200C/400F

Step Two – season the frozen chips

  • Tip the frozen chips into a mixing bowl.
  • Add your seasoning choice, plus sprinkle in some salt if you’re using.
  • Toss the chips together to coat everything in the tasty seasoning.

Cooks Note! If you’re cooking the whole bag, then throw the seasonings into the bag, toss in the bag and cut down on the washing up!

Step Three – how long to cook frozen chips in air fryer

frozen chips in air fryer - chips are seasoned for added taste

Well… every air fryer is slightly different, but when cooking frozen chips, check out the cooking guide on the back of the packet for regular cooking in the oven, and then knock a few minutes off the cooking time.

It’s a good idea to just keep an eye on the chips towards the end of the cooking time to make sure they don’t get over done.

The McCains French Fries take around 13-14 minutes to cook in my air fryer.

Around half way through cooking, remove the basket and give the chips a shake, then return to continue cooking.

Average Cooking Times For Frozen Air Fryer Fries

Okay, so remember each air fryer is a little different and you need to get to know yours, but as a guide, the following frozen chips and air fryer fries cooking times are what we use.

  • Cooking Time For Frozen Skinny Fries In The Air Fryer – around 7-10 minutes on 200C, shake often!
  • Cooking Time For Frozen French Fries In The Air Fryer – 12-14 minutes on 200C, shake a few times as they cook.
  • Cooking Time For Frozen Chips In The Air Fryer (the chunky ones) – 16-18 minutes on 200C, shake a few times as they cook.
  • Cooking Time For Frozen Sweet Potato Fries In The Air Fryer – 12-13 minutes on 180C – shake often as they tend to burn quickly

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Our Top Five Seasonings To Flavour Frozen Chips

My kids just LOVE seasoned fries with dips and mayonnaise, so it’s something we make a lot of. Here’s our top five seasonings and what we usually serve them with!

  • Spicy Italian – we use a couple of teaspoons of Schwartz Spicy Italian seasoning, tossed over the chips before frying. And these fries go great with chicken burgers, air fryer chicken breast and pizza.
  • Cajun Fries – sprinkle over some Schwartz Cajun seasoning and then when they’re cooked, just melt over a couple handfuls of grated chilli cheese for the most amazing spiced fries. Great served with burgers, or our slow cooker Cajun chicken recipe.
  • Taco Fries – we use Gran Luchito Taco seasoning to add flavour to the frozen chips. Just sprinkle on, toss and air fry. Then when they’re cooked they go great with guacamole, salsa and sour cream for a Mexican style snack or serve with taco bowls, fajitas or alongside chilli con carne.

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Tips For Cooking Frozen Chips In The Air Fryer

  • Do not add any extra oil to the frozen French fries or chips before air frying – they don’t need it.
  • Add seasoning to the frozen chips before air frying as they’re more flavourful that way.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  • Shake the chips and fries often as they cook to ensure they all cook evenly.

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cooked frozen chips in air fryer

How To Cook Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Create amazingly tasty seasoned air fryer chips using your favourite seasonings and a bag of frozen chips. Super easy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 600g frozen chips
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Switch the air fryer to 200C
  2. Tip the frozen chips into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add your seasoning choice, plus sprinkle in some salt if you’re using.
  4. Toss the chips together to coat everything in the tasty seasoning.
  5. Put the chips into the air fryer basket and then cook for around 13 minutes - giving the basket of chips a shake half way through cooking.

Notes

McCain French Fries take around 13 minutes to cook in the Tefal air fryer - different air fryers and different chip brands may need cooking time alterations.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 801Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 824mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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