The perfect snack, side dish or appetizer, these Air Fryer Zucchini chips are coated with Panko and Parmesan Cheese for a crispy outside and tender inside. Easy to make, eat and share, they are a fun and healthy dish for just about any occasion.
Why Air Fry?
The Air Fryer has been one of the most popular kitchen gadgets on the market for the past couple of years. Why? What is so special about this little contraption? I’ve fallen in love with my Air Fryer because they are so easy to use, easy to clean and you get great results just about every time. By using just a tiny bit of oil, you can get the same results that you’d expect if you dunked your food in a huge vat of cooking oil. But now, you have a fraction of the saturated fat and guilt! So go ahead, eat those Chicken Wings and Onion Rings! Or try an Air Fried version of Chicken Cordon Bleu! There are so many things you can do with your Air Fryer! They make “guilty” dishes guilt free and they make “healthy” dishes taste unbelievable.
I have two Air Fryers that I use. The first one is called a Ninja Foodi. I love this one because it does so many things in addition to Air Frying, including pressure cooking!
I also have a Black+Decker Air Fryer that isn’t quite as fancy but it works great!
Air Fryer Vegetables
As we’ve come into the New Year, I’ve decided to try to eat more healthy vegetables. So, naturally, I’ve been curious to see how some of these vegetables turned out in the Air Fryer. Spoiler alert: they have been awesome! Probably my most popular recipe so far has been my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower. But I’ve also been really happy with my recipes for Air Fryer Carrots, Air Fryer Cauliflower and Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts (well, ok, I wrapped these in maple brushed bacon.). All of these vegetables are not breaded and are great, easy healthy dishes. But… what if I started to put a breading on some of these veggies….?
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
Last week, I make some Crispy Air Fried Mushrooms. They turned out awesome! So, my next adventure into panko breaded vegetables will be these Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. I’ll use a lot of the same recipe that I used with the Mushrooms, but with just a couple of tweaks. Here are the ingredients:
- Sliced Zucchini
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Corn Starch
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
The process is pretty simple, just check out the recipe card for a step-by-step guide. One trick I like to use is to put my Panko Bread Crumbs and Parmesan Cheese into a food processor for a short while. This breaks them up into even smaller pieces and I find that they are able to stay on the Zucchini a little bit better.
Also, don’t forget to spray your pan and spray both sides of the Zucchini Chips. A little bit of oil can really make these Air Fryer recipes sing! But that little bit of oil is important!
I dip mine in Sriracha Ranch (1/4 cup ranch to 1 tsp Sriracha). They make a great healthy alternative for an appetizer game day snack or tailgating recipe. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Zucchini chips
- 1 Cup Zucchini Sliced into thin chips
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
Preheat Air Fryer to 390 degrees
Cut Zucchini into thin chips.
Mix together, panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and parmesan cheese. *Optional-put mixture into a food processor to make blend into finer pieces that will stick to Zucchini better.
Get three medium sized bowls, put corn starch in one, egg in another and panko breadcrumb mixture in the third.
Dip Zucchini into corn starch, then egg and then bread crumbs. Make sure each chips is fully coated.
Spray basket with cooking spray. Put zucchini into basket and then spray the top of the zucchini with cooking spray.
Cook for 5-6 minutes. Turn Zucchini over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Take out when Zucchini is golden brown on both sides.
One trick I like to use is to put my Panko Bread Crumbs and Parmesan Cheese into a food processor for a short while. This breaks them up into even smaller pieces and I find that they are able to stay on the Zucchini a little bit better.
Also, don't forget to spray your pan and spray both sides of the Zucchini Chips. A little bit of oil can really make these Air Fryer recipes sing! But that little bit of oil is important!