Air Fryer Frozen McCain Oven Chips

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Introducing you to air fryer frozen chips. Delicious crispy McCain Oven Chips cooked in the air fryer from frozen. A fantastic low calorie way to have deep fried tasting chips for the calories of oven chips.

You can also use this method for any frozen chips in the air fryer.

This air fryer frozen chips recipe is updated for 2022. We hope you like the update with new photos and even more helpful tips and tricks.

air fryer frozen oven chips recipe
Air Fryer Frozen Oven Chips Recipe

Oven Chips In Air Fryer

Growing up I always had my fair share of McCain oven chips. They would be paired with Birdseye Fish Fingers and served up with baked beans.

It was a heavily processed 90’s dinner for kids but was not very high in calories.

This was mainly down to the fact that McCain Oven Chips are very low in calorie and it’s a little oil with some basic white potatoes.

There are no foods in the ingredients list that you can’t pronounce and is great for feeding kids in a hurry.

But I have a big complaint about McCain frozen oven chips and that is that they tasted low in calories.

You had the oven chips for your dinner and just wished that they were deep fried. There was no crunch to your oven chips, and it left you craving food from the deep fat fryer.

Fast forward 25 years and I was shopping for some frozen food at my local Iceland here in Portugal.

I saw the McCain oven chips and thought it would be interesting to see how they turned out in the air fryer and if it was any better than what you get baked in the oven.

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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 In Air Fryer

Frozen Chips In Air Fryer

When my frozen McCain Oven Chips were cooking for the first time in the air fryer, I was full of anticipation. I wanted to know what they would be like, if they were something I would eat regularly and most of all whether or not they would taste naughty.

Would they taste as good as deep-fried chips, or would they still shout out OVEN BAKED?

As it turned out the McCain Oven Chips tasted AMAZING and you couldn’t tell the difference between these oven chips and chips from a restaurant that have been deep fried.

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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.

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 Oven Chips

Introducing you to air fryer frozen chips. Delicious crispy McCain Oven Chips cooked in the air fryer from frozen. A fantastic low calorie way to have deep fried tasting chips for the calories of oven chips.
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 487kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:


  • 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



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
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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4 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen McCain Oven Chips”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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


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