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How to make sweet potato chips in an air fryer

When it comes to feeding your family, finding the perfect side dish that is both nutritious and a hit with the kids can be a challenge. Enter the homemade air fryer sweet potato chips – a delightful recipe that promises crispy fries with less oil, guaranteeing better results for health-conscious parents. We’ve got another fabulous recipe from the Complete Air Fryer for you to check out. Why not take a look at the book for 140 more! We are also offering some tips for you too, from can you cook fryer frozen french fries in rotating baskets to what to do with your leftovers.

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This air fryer recipe turns the humble sweet potato into a crispy, flavorful treat in less time than it takes to preheat your oven, making it the best way to achieve that deep-fryer crunch without the extra oil.


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, or olive oil cooking spray
  • 1.5 tsp of sweet paprika
  • Seasoning of choice (suggestion: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper)


  1. Preparation: Begin by peeling your sweet potato and cutting it into even slices. Whether you prefer shoestring fries, steak fries, or even curly fries, ensuring they’re cut into a single layer size will help them cook evenly in the hot air of the homemade air fryer.
  2. Seasoning: Toss your sweet potato slices in a mixture of olive oil and your chosen seasonings. The combination of garlic and onion powder not only enhances the flavor but does so without the need for extra oil, showcasing the air fryer’s ability to lock in taste while keeping things healthy. You can also add sweet paprika instead, as suggested within the Complete Air Fryer cookbook. Pop the paprika in a mixing bowl, and add the olive oil, and seasonings of your choice.
  3. Cooking: Place your seasoned sweet potato chips in the air fryer basket. For best results, arrange them in a single layer, allowing the hot air to circulate freely, ensuring each chip becomes equally crispy. The cooking process should be set at 160 degrees C / 320 degrees F for 15 minutes, followed by a temperature increase to 200 degrees C / 400 degrees F for an additional 5 minutes. This cook time is essential for achieving those perfectly crispy french fries that the whole family will love.
  4. Serving: Once done, serve your sweet potato chips as the perfect side dish to any meal. They are guaranteed to be a hit with favorite dipping sauces like ketchup, ranch, or cheese sauce, providing an easy side dish option that’s sure to become a family favourite.
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Made in the homemade air fryer, these sweet potato chips are a game-changer for busy families. Not only do they require less oil than traditional frying methods, but they also cook in less time, getting that easy side dish on the table faster. Plus, air fryer fries are versatile.

Additional tips for air fryer french fries and sweet potato fries

From frozen fries to homemade french fries, the air fryer basket can handle lots of different types of fries, including tater tots and crinkle-cut fries, making it a great way to introduce healthier options without sacrificing flavour. Pop over and check out the Complete Air Fryer for more ideas too.

  • Frozen french fries: To cook air fryer french fries, all you need to do is to insure they are in a single layer, and give them, as you do with the sweet potato fries an initial blast at 160 degrees C and then another at 200 degrees C after a good shake. If you have a rotating basket, so you are trying to cook air fryer frozen french fries in rotating baskets or potentially a rotisserie air fryer, you might need a little longer though for the fries. We suggest 16 – 20 minutes depending on the amount of fries that you have within the basket. 
  • Homemade fries: But what about homemade french fries? It’s actually quite simple to make them in an air fryer. Just cut up some potatoes into your preferred shape (thicker for steak fries, thinner for shoestring fries) and soak them in cold water for 30 minutes. Then, pat them dry and toss with some oil and seasoning of your choice before placing them in the air fryer basket.
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Source: Complete Air Fryer
  • Healthier alternatives: If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional french fries, try using zucchini or butternut squash. Cut them into thin strips and follow the same process of soaking in cold water and seasoning before cooking in the air fryer. These vegetable fries are not only lower in calories but also pack a nutritious punch.
  • To add flavour: Make your fries even more flavorful, experiment with different seasonings such as garlic powder, paprika, or even a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. And don’t be afraid to get creative with dipping sauces! Some popular options include ranch dressing, ketchup mixed with Sriracha sauce for a spicy kick, or a homemade honey mustard.
  • Leftovers: Storing leftover fries is a breeze too, just pop them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. Whether it’s your first time using an air fryer or you’re looking to expand your recipe collection, this sweet potato chips recipe offers a nutritious alternative to store-bought snacks, providing crispy french fries with the best results every time.
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This book is from by Sam and Dom Milner, and it brilliantly combines speed, convenience, and health. Tailored specifically for the bustling household, the cookbook contains 140 recipes designed to ease the daily dinner dilemma for busy parents.

This book includes energising breakfasts to satisfy those morning rushes, to nutritious twists on beloved takeout classics that everyone at the table will love. This is an essential kitchen companion to help keep family meals exciting with minimal fuss.

Reach for it when you’re in need of quick yet delicious dinners that are guaranteed to win over even the pickiest eaters. We know – we have some 😂

Don’t forget you can download the recipe if you want to make it easier to keep, and to use in your kitchen.

how to cook sweet potato fries in the air fryer: Plus more air fryer tips

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Fabulous, and simple recipe for sweet potato fries within the air fryer. Plus additional tips fopr frozen, french and other fries you can do with this wonderful invention!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp sweet paprika
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Peet the sweet potato and slice it into chips / fries. Aim for a universal size so that they cook evenly.
  2. Put the sweet potato fries into a mixing bowl and add the olive oil and sweet paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients well with your hands so that the chips are evenly cooked.
  3. Load the sweet potato chips into the air fryer basket and spread them evenly out. Air fry at 160 degrees C / 320 degfees F for 15 minutes.
  4. Give them a shake and then increase the temperatire to 200 degrees C and 400 degrees F, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until they are crispy at the edges.


Simple, and easy fries that the family will love - sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the traditional white potato.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270

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