These Crispy Air Fryer Plantain Chips are not only healthy, but paleo-friendly, crispy and crunchy. These are perfect for when you need gluten-free snacks with a little salt.
These are the best whole30 plantain chips you’ll ever make at home.
If you love chips as much as we do, these green plantain chips will do the trick any day. They pair well with any dips, salsa, sauce, and pikliz (Spicy coleslaw).
If you haven’t discovered plantain chips, you are about to discover your new grain-free paleo quick snack.
Why does this recipe work?
These chips aren’t greasy.
Perfect for an afternoon snack.
They lean towards the healthier side.
Takes less than 15 minutes to make.
We’re all about quick meals, quick snacks that are easily made in the air fryer like this air fryer plantains, or this air fryer okra. On a lighter day we also like this beet carrot smoothie, or this blueberry smoothie.
I remember in Haiti we used to call plantain chips papitas…have no idea where the name came from. But I used to love going to the nearest vender to pick up a bag of plaintain chips.
Although, the bag was always filled with salt and grease, I thought these little chips were the best thing ever.
Our kids are used to having fried plantains. But the first time I made the chips for them, my children were so amazed of how small they were.
They’re so used to Bananan peze (Fried Plantains). They were so excited, you would have thought they were in a candy store.
These plantain chips are perfect to be served at a party or any social gathering.
What ingredients are needed?
I am so excited to introduce you to these little guys. When making these crispy plantain chips, I highly recommend using green plantains if you want them to be crunchy. The greener the better!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Salt to taste
They are the delicious air fried plantain chips. Seriously, It does not require a lot of effort to make them.
How to make crispy plantain chips in the air fryer?
To make these chips, I highly recommend using a mandolin or vegetable slicer. The plantain can be sliced lengthwise, it’s totally up to you. I like to slice them in small circles (though in Haiti they were lenghwise).
- Peel the plantain. Plantains do not peel easily. I usually slice every ridge to remove the skin. Or another method is that you can let them soak in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour to soften the skin, then slice the ridges.
- After you have peeled the skin off, it’s time to start slicing. If you have a good sharp knife, it will work when slicing. However, I find that the mandolin works best because it helps keep the sizes even. Just be careful when using the mandolin as the blade is very sharp.
- Once you have sliced the plantains, in a large bowl, add 2 cup of water and 2 tsp. Kosher salt to taste. Add the plantains and allow them to soak. This will also season the plantains.
- You may add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice; this will help keep them from turning dark and also will help flavor the plantains as well. But this method is optional. I don’t always do it – mostly when my mother in law is visiting 🙂
- Be mindful, the longer they sit, the more they will absorb the flavor of the salt water.
When you add the chips to the air fryer basket, spray them with olive oil or use 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat them.
Toss the plantains then start air frying at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, or until desired crunchiness. I find that 12 minutes in my air fryer was perfect desired texture and crunchiness.
Be sure to shake and spray with olive oil every so often as this allow the plantain chips to cook evenly
When the color turns golden or light brown, they are done.
If you are making them in the oven, coat them with oil and salt. Then bake for about 20 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ):
- Are plantain chips healthy? Plantain chips can be healthy based on the amount of fat or oil you add to them when “frying” them. It’s best to make them at home as you control the extra ingredients that are added.
- What are plantain chips made of? Plantain chips are sliced green or yellow plantains that are fried to desired crispiness.
- Are plantain chips the same as banana chips? Some may consider them the same. However, plantain chips are harder and crispier than banana chips.
- Are plantains high in sugar? Plantains aren’t as sweet as bananas. However, when they start to ripen, they do develop more sugars.
Tips for Making Plantain Chips:
- If using the green plantains, if the skin is too hard, try soaking them in water to soften the skin. Yellow plantains are a lot easier to peel than green plantains.
- Adding a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice will further enhance the flavors.
- For best result, keep the sizes the same for even cooking.
Air Fryer Plantain Chips
- 1 Green Plantain Evenly sliced
- 1 Tsp. Kosher Salt or to taste
- 1 Cup Water
- Lemon or Lime Juice Optional
- Add the water and salt in a bowl. Stir. Set aside.
- Peel the plantains.
- Sliced the plantains in even slices. Best to use a mandolin.
- Add the plantain slices to the salted water, let soak for about 5-10 minutes.
- Transfer to the air fryer. Spray with olive oil, cook for 12 minutes, shaking and spraying with oil in between cooking. Increase the time for desired crispiness. Sprinkle with lemon or lime juice (optional). Enjoy!