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Salt and Pepper Chips (Air Fryer)

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The perfect balance of simplicity and flavour. You can prepare this classic favourite in less than 20 minutes. 

Get ready to indulge in a delicious treat with this recipe. Perfectly crispy and bursting with bold flavors, making them an irresistible snack or side dish that will elevate any meal! 

Made with simple ingredients and prepared in the air fryer for a healthier twist, these chips are not only incredibly tasty but also quick and easy to make. 

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper chips

What are Salt and Pepper Chips?

Salt and Pepper Chips are a popular Chinese takeout dish here in the UK. They consist of fried or air-fried chips tossed with a flavorful blend of salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and chilli. The chips are cooked together with a mixture of vegetables including bell peppers and onions and garnished with sliced spring onion. 

What kind of frozen chips should I use for this recipe?

The best kind of chips to use in this Salt and Pepper Chips recipe are straight cut chips because the uniform shape ensures even cooking of the chips and the vegetables. The recipe cooking time below is for straight cut chips but you can use any type you prefer, just make sure to alter the air fryer cooking time as per the instructions on the packaging. 

What can you serve with these salt and pepper chips?

To turn this into a Chinese takeaway feast, I recommend trying this Chicken Lo Mein recipe. It will not disappoint and it is a perfect opportunity to use up the other half of the peppers and onions used in this recipe.

Also hugely popular is kung pao chickenspicy dan dan noodlesChinese crispy beefchicken chow meinGeneral Tso’s chicken and sesame chicken just to name a few.

How do you make the chips extra crispy?

Ensure the chips are not overcrowded in the air fryer or frying basket. Toss them with a small amount of oil. Cooking in batches if necessary can help achieve a crispier texture.

How should you store leftover Salt and Pepper chips?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 200C/400F for 5-10 minutes to restore crispiness.

Can I use homemade chips to make Salt and Pepper Chips?

Yes, you can use homemade chips. Frozen chips are already prepped and ready to use, saving you time and effort in the kitchen. Companies that produce frozen chips often have the process down to a science so when it comes to achieving the perfect crispiness. I find frozen chips to be the best option as they are typically designed to crisp up nicely when cooked.

To make your own chips when following this recipe, cut the potatoes into finger sized chips. Before mixing with the rest of the ingredients, boil the potatoes for 5 minutes and preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 200C/400F. 

Top tips:

Use straight cut chips: Using straight cut chips in the recipe will allow for even cooking of both the chips and the vegetables. For instance,  If you choose to use fries or thick cut wedges, the vegetables could potentially be undercooked or over cooked. If you choose to use another style of chip, it may be worth adding the vegetables before or after adding the chips. 

All air fryers are different: This recipe requires you to cook the chips for 15 minutes, shaking half way. However, your air fryer might need a little longer time to ensure even crispiness. Do not add the garlic and chili until the chips are cooked and crispy.  

Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheating the air fryer for a few minutes before adding the chips can help them cook more evenly and get crispier.

Step by step photographs…

Ingredients for salt and pepper chips

Prepare your ingredients before you start. This will save you time.

seasoning for salt and pepper chips

In a bowl, place the frozen chips then add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chili flakes, oil and hone. Mix well.

vegetables in the bowl

Add the vegetables and stir together ensuring the vegetables are coated in some of the oil.

Salt and pepper chips ready for the air fryer.

Make sure the chips and vegetables are evenly coated in the seasoning, oil and honey.

Chips in the air fryer

Pre heat your air fryer to 200C and place the chips in the basket. Cook for 15 minutes. Shake half way through.

Add the chopped garlic and chili to the air fryer basket. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out the rawness of the garlic.

Salt and pepper chips served up

Crispy and delicious with vibrant vegetables and irresistible flavours. You are in for a treat.

If you like this air fryer recipe, you might like to try some of these air fryer recipes too.

  1. Spring Rolls
  2. Chicken Tikka
  3. Air Fryer Shrimp
  4. Air Fryer Samosa
  5. Chicken Tikka
  6. Chicken Shawarma
  7. Whole Tandoori Chicken
  8.  Chicken 65 Air Fryer
  9. Air Fryer Naan Bread
  10. Lamb Achari Curry

You might like to try some of these Chinese favourites too. 

  1. Bang Bang Chicken
  2. Peking Duck
  3. General Tso’s Chicken
  4. Crispy Chicken and Broccoli
  5. Salt and Pepper Chicken
  6. Sesame Chicken
  7. Sweet and Sour Chicken
  8. Kung Pao Chicken
  9. Dan Dan Noodles
  10. Orange Chicken
  11. Hainan Chicken
  12. Spicy Chicken Chow Mein
  13. Mongolian Beef
  14. Chinese Crispy Beef
  15. Egg Drop Soup
  16. Spicy Won Ton Soup
  17. Egg Fried Rice
  18. Potstickers
  19. Bam Bam Chicken
  20. Shrimp Rangoon
  21. Black Bean Noodles
  22. Chinese Chicken Curry
  23. Deep Fried Green Beans
  24. Beef in Oyster Sauc

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Salt and Pepper Chips (Air Fryer)

Air Fryer Salt and pepper chips.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 400g frozen straight cut chips
  • 1/2 each red, yellow and green bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 green finger chilies
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp sliced spring onion
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes for garnishing


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F
  2. Place the frozen chips in a bowl and add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and chili flakes. Stir well then add the oil and honey ensuring an even coating of all ingredients in the bowl.
  3. Add the onion and bell pepper to the bowl and combine all ingredients together, making sure the vegetables also have an even coating.
  4. Transfer the ingredients into the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes or until even crispiness. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to cook in batches.
  5. Add the chopped garlic and chillies, shake to combine and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes to cook out the rawness in the garlic.
  6. Serve immediately and garnish with sliced spring onion.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 621Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1406mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 8g

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