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Homemade Chunky Chips – Made in the Air-fryer

Homemade Chunky Chips – Made in the Air-fryer

Homemade Chunky Chips

This easy recipe shows you how to make some healthy homemade chunky chips in your air-fryer. These are like the chips you may get in your local pub.

They can be served as a side dish or as a snack and are healthier than fried potatoes like French Fries as they are not deep-fried in oil.

Potatoes cooked in this manner contain mostly carbohydrates, which are an important part of a healthy balanced diet, when eaten in the right quantities.

chunky chips
Seasoned chips after parboiling, ready to go into air-fryer

What are Chunky Chips? 

Well, there are lots of different types of chips (or fries as Americans call them). In the UK and Ireland, chunky chips are thick-cut chips that are often served together with steak or other meals when you go out for a meal.

They are quite often served up when you order food in a pub. They may be known as steak chips or potato wedges where you are from. We call them chunky chips.

We recently went to Athlone in Ireland for a few days and ate in the hotel restaurant there. Literally, everything on the menu came with a portion of thick-cut chips. And in my opinion, they were not that good – too thick, square cut and full of oil.

They are much better when they are homemade, as you can determine how you cut them and how healthy you want to make them. Cutting in a wedge shape certainly improves these fries!

chunky chips with dip
Homemade chunky chips with a curry dip

Chunky chips in the air fryer

We have only recently had an air fryer so obviously sooner or later we had to try and make some chips in it. We decided on making chunky chips first. Fortunately, I had some perfect New Season Wexford potatoes that I had bought from a farmer’s van along the side of the road.

These potatoes were perfect for chips as they were nice and firm and did not disintegrate during par-boiling.

They also had a sort of flaky outside skin which we left on for the extra nutrients, after giving them a clean. They also tasted fantastic.

homemade thick cut fries
Homemade chunky chips

But you can use any potato you like as long as they are firm under boiling and do not fall apart! Maris Pipers would be our next favourite potato to try.

To make these chunky chips we do parboil them, only for about 5 minutes. This makes the insides nice and soft and properly cooked when the whole process is finished.

While in the air fryer make sure the chips have enough room between them so that they can crisp up on the outside. You may need to cook them in batches, depending on the size of your air-fryer.

air fryer chunky chips

Keeping the skin on gives a great look to these chips and they really do taste marvellous. I hope you agree.

And keeping them away from the deep-fryer just makes them a lot healthier.

Serve them up on their own with a tasty dip or some mayo. Or as a side dish with a nicely cooked steak.

Please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make homemade chunky chips

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homemade chunky chips

Homemade Chunky Chips - in the air fryer

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These homemade chunky chips are easy to make and so much better than anything you will get at your local pub.


  • 500g suitable potatoes
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Freshly ground dried garlic
  • Zero calory cooking spray


  1. Boil a kettle of water. While it is boiling, clean the potatoes, if necessary.
  2. Then slice the potatoes lengthways into chunky chip sizes, keeping the skin on. First half, then quarter, then eighth them so they have a nice wedge shape.
  3. Put the boiling water into a saucepan and add the potatoes. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Par-boil the potatoes for 5 minutes.
  5. Then remove from the saucepan and drain well.
  6. Season with salt, paprika and freshly ground garlic.
  7. Put the potatoes into your air fryer, spray with some cooking spray, and cook at 200C for 15 minutes. Make sure they are separated so air can circulate and they will get a crispy outside skin. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  8. Check after 15 minutes, give the basket a shake then cook for another 10 minutes.
  9. Season with more salt if required, before serving.


Serve as a side dish to steak or on their own with some dipping sauces.

You may want to add more salt before serving up (taste one first!)

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 211mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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