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McCain oven chips transformed into the best ever air fryer frozen chips. They are crispy, they are delicious and they are so easy to air fry.

This frozen air fryer chips recipe also works with any frozen chips or fries and is perfect for learning how to use your new air fryer.

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Air Fryer Frozen Oven Chips Recipe
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Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

For dinner as a 90’s kid after school there was usually a can of something or other, warmed up in the microwave and then with a little cheese melted on top. I remember cans of macaroni cheese, spaghetti Bolognese and the cans of meatballs.

But what really impressed me was when the frozen chips came out. They would be cooked in the oven to save on calories and if frozen chips were about, then frozen fish fingers wouldn’t be far away and it was a great 90’s dinner, well the BEST!

My 90’s childhood has stayed with me and now I love either air fryer frozen fish fingers or air fryer frozen chips.

Today, I am going to be showing you how to cook frozen chips in the air fryer and just childhood keep the calories down.

There is no deep frying but instead air frying and using the lower calorie version of oven chips.

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Can You Cook Frozen Chips In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen chips in the air fryer. In fact, you can cook any brand of frozen chips using an air fryer.

They taste just as good as deep fried, but without the high calories.

I have done slimming world frozen chips, air fryer frozen steak fries, air fryer smiley fries, air fryer crinkle cut fries, and so many others.  

Can You Cook Oven Chips In An Air Fryer?

YES, you can. I love oven chips in the air fryer and consider it to be the best way to cook oven chips.

Oven chips cooked in the oven can often be boring, however, thanks to the air fryer, you can bring a whole new life to oven chips and make them taste so much better.

I always wondered as a kid how to make oven chips taste better, well its all about the air fryer.

You can air fry oven chips, add a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, season them and enjoy!

What Are The Best Oven Chips?

I have tried many oven chips and even tried a different brand in our air fryer oven chips video.

But it always comes back to McCain oven chips. They are the best and no other brand of oven chips comes even a little bit close.

Frozen Chips Air Fryer Ingredients

Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

Chips – We used one bag of McCain frozen oven chips. Though you can make a smaller portion or swap for another frozen foods brand.

Oil – To prevent the chips from being soggy, we recommend an olive oil spray. You don’t need a lot just enough to spray the tops of them.

Or if you prefer sweet potatoes, do check out our air fryer frozen sweet potato fries.

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How Many Calories In Oven Chips?

The biggest shock when you look at the calories in McCain Oven Chips is how low in calories they are. Just 132 calories per 100g of oven chips.

We shared a big bag of 750g of oven chips between 4 of us and this worked out at JUST 247 calories each.

The ingredients for McCain Oven Chips are just a small amount of sunflower oil and white potatoes, so no worse than any other portion of chips that you cook in the air fryer, but no prep to do on your end.

How To Cook Frozen Chips In Air Fryer?

air fryer frozen oven chips step by step
  • Load. Remove your frozen chips from its packaging and add it to the air fryer basket. Make sure any bruised little chips are removed.
  • Cook. Then air fry your frozen oven chips for 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Shake. Next shake the air fryer basket and spray your oven chips with a little extra virgin olive oil.
  • Cook. Then cook for a further 4 minutes at 200c/400f before serving.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is cooking frozen chips in the air fryer and why it has become one of my favourite frozen foods.

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What Are The Best Frozen Chips For Air Fryer?

I have tried many frozen chips in the air fryer, and I always come back to McCain’s. You can just tell the difference and they don’t taste like cheap chips.

When you air fry frozen chips, McCain have so many different options available and whilst oven chips are not the best, there are many that you can try out.

McCain oven chips are never going to taste the best, just because they are prepared with less fat, but by following our recipe we can make them taste better for you.

Or you can use our recipe to cook any frozen chips in the air fryer.

Live in the USA? Then you may prefer our air fryer frozen French fries recipe instead.

How Long To Cook Frozen Chips In Air Fryer?

The McCain oven chips cooking time is JUST 16 minutes. This takes your oven chips from frozen in a bag, to crispy like you would have as part of a pub dinner.

However, your frozen chips are cooked by 12 minutes and before the extra virgin olive oil spray is sprayed.

BUT we shake, spray, and cook for the final 5 minutes to make them crispy.

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Air Fryer Frozen Oven Chips

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Air Fryer Frozen Chips

McCain oven chips transformed into the best ever air fryer frozen chips. They are crispy, they are delicious and they are so easy to air fry.
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 2
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  • Remove the frozen chips from the packaging and get rid of any tiny, bruised chips.
    Air Fryer Frozen McCain Oven Chips
  • Air fry frozen chips for 12 minutes at 180c/360f
    Air Fryer Frozen McCain Oven Chips
  • Then shake the chips, spray with extra virgin olive oil to make them crispy and air fry for a further 4 minutes at 200c/400f.
    Air Fryer Frozen McCain Oven Chips
  • Serve with your favourite sauce.
    Air Fryer Frozen McCain Oven Chips


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Cooked. Note that your frozen chips will be cooked by 12 minutes, and that the extra 4 minutes is to make them nice and crispy.
Variety. You can use any frozen chips or frozen fries in the air fryer. Its all about personal choice.
Sauce. You can serve your McCain oven chips with any sauce you like. We used Heinz burger sauce as it is one of our favourites.
Thanks for reading our frozen chips air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more tasty frozen recipes, I recommend you try our air fryer frozen croissants next.


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 918mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin C: 11.8mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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  1. What about cooking them for 12 mins at 180 and then leaving them until you need them and finishing off at 200 for 4 mins?

  2. Thanks for posting this. I tried before and the chips were dull znd boring on the chip cycle. I hope I can achieve perfection following these instructions

  3. 5 stars
    I love McCain fries and did not realize either that they could be cooked in the air fryer but mine tasted amazing better than been done in the oven cheers 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    These tasted amazing done in the air fryer, i never thought i could use them so now it does not matter which type of frozen fries, if i pick up the wrong type just throw them in the air fryer thanks.

  5. 5 stars
    Not all oven chips are the same, as i like Mcains finding the same ones was tricky but so gad i came across your website, these were delicious and will be cooking them a lot more and your website will take my kitchen gadget cooking to another level.