Learn how to make super crisp air fryer plantain chips in under 30 minutes! This snack has significantly less oil, all the flavor and packs an epic crunch.
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The 'Healthy' New Chip on the Block
If you've ever roamed the chip aisle at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, chances are you've heard of plantain chips.
They are super flavorful and usually more accessible for those with allergies or on diets like AIP, Whole 30 and paleo. It's no surprise as plantains are a rich source of fiber and Vitamins A, C and B-6.
All this means that plantain chips can be a healthy alternative to potato chips, especially when made in the air fryer with significantly less oil than the traditional method. I remember trying plantains for the first time in Puerto Rico and falling completely in love with the crunch of the chips fresh out of the deep fryer. These chips take all of that flavor and give them a lighter, more chip like texture.
A Super Affordable + Adaptable Snack
You'll be even more motivated to make plantain chips yourselves when you realize it can be rather hard to find them at the store and they can be quite pricey. Another great reason to make your own for under $3 in less than 30 minutes.
Did I mention you can use any seasonings you like?
Today we're using my favorite Chili Lime salt, but feel free to get creative and use your favorite spice blend. Or keep it simple with salt and pepper.
Picking the Right Plantains (and opening them)
For some reason, until I set out to test this recipe, I had the idea that cooking with plantains was a real challenge.
I had seen them at the store for ridiculously cheap, but never knew what type to buy and was strangely intimidated by the whole process. After talking with my mom, it's actually ridiculously simple.
The color of the fruit says it all:
- Green plantains - these will result in moderately bland plantains, making this stage in the fruit not ideal for cooking. Leave these on your counter for a few weeks and give them some time to ripen.
- Yellow plantains - these plantains are on the road towards ripening, making this stage in the fruit sort of a blank canvas for whatever spices you want to highlight.
- Brown/black plantains - hello ripe-town! These babies are ripe and ready to fry. The dark color will result in a batch of uniquely sweet chips. This is my favorite stage of the fruit to make air fryer plantian chips with.
Now that we've talked about the stages of the fruit, let's talk about opening them up. This is another stage of this recipe that I let intimidate me for no good reason.
Opening a plantain is as simple as slicing off the top and bottom of the fruit, then slicing into the skin lengthwise to create a slit. From there, peel back the skin carefully and you have a plantain that's ready to be sliced!
Making Chips in Your Air Fryer (from raw to crunchy in minutes!)
Today I'm using this Ovente Air Fryer but from what I've read, these tips will work with any kind of air fryer:
Here are the tips and tricks that worked for me:
- One layer in the basket - not overcrowding your air fryer basket is key here! This helps things to fry evenly and prevents any burnt edges.
- Cook in batches - again, in the interest of not overcrowding, cooking in batches is important. This makes it easier to see how everything is cooking when you check on your chips.
- The smash & double fry technique - for this recipe we are mimicking the classic Puerto Rican method of double frying the plantain chips. After the first round of frying we're taking the chips out, smashing them with the bottom of a flat glass and frying again for maximum crispness.