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Easy Air Fryer Chex Mix

Crispy, crunchy, and delicious, Air Fryer Chex Mix will be a huge hit! A delicious and fast treat, this small-batch Chex mix will become a snack time staple. No air fryer? We have alternative cooking methods too!

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If you’re like me, your oven is constantly going during the holiday season. There is always something baking! That’s why this Air Fryer Chex Mix is such a favorite recipe. You can make this popular snack without needing the oven.

The humble air fryer makes the best snacks and party food! It creates crispy and crunchy food with less oil, more flavor, and zero fuss. It makes quick work of this tasty small-batch party mix.

If you’re in the market for an air fryer, this is the one we have and love. You need very few accessories to go with it but I do love to have some air fryer parchment and a Misto on hand at all times.

This recipe has two cooking times and temperatures. One is for a super-fast “I need a snack right now” batch. The other makes it taste exactly like the oven-baked version. I like it super crispy and thus go for the slower cooking time when I make it. Both versions will be tasty!

3 photos showing the process of making chex mix in the air fryer

Ingredients

I adapted this classic recipe from Chex to be small batch and a little bit extra garlicky. 

  • Chex: corn, wheat, and rice. Pro tip: leave the wheat out to make this gluten-free.
  • Mix-ins: pretzels, mixed nuts, garlic bagel chips.
  • Seasoning: garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoning salt.
  • Liquids: butter and Worcestershire sauce.

But don’t stop there, feel free to adapt to what you have on hand. Throw in some pumpkin seeds, goldfish crackers, or even (popped) popcorn!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • When you have finished baking the snack mix, allow it to fully cool on a plate lined with a paper towel, piece of newspaper, or clean paper bag. Fully cool before storing.
  • Your snack mix will last stored in an air-tight container for up to two weeks. But you’ll definitely eat it all before then.
  • No seasoning salt? I have also used Old Bay and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and all work. Head’s up: Tony’s has a lot of kick to it, so I decreased the amount to 1/2 tsp.
  • To make this vegetarian, use a vegetarian Worchestershire sauce like The Wizards Sauce.
  • Use a plant-based butter to make this dairy-free/vegan.

a close up photo of Air Fryer Chex Mix

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Air Fryer Chex Mix

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time11 mins
A delicious and fast treat, this Air Fryer Chex Mix will become a snack time staple.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup corn Chex
  • 1 cup wheat Chex
  • 1 cup rice Chex
  • 1/3 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/3 cup pretzel minis
  • 1/3 cup garlic bagel chips
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter {melted}
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Combine Chex, pretzels, and garlic chips in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle mixture with seasoning salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to distribute.
  • Melt butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Stir in Worcestershire sauce.
  • Pour butter mixture over Chex mixture, and stir to coat.
  • Brush olive oil on the air fryer basket, or use a piece of air fryer parchment.
  • Pour mixture in the air fryer basket. For QUICK results: bake at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes, stirring at 4 minutes.
    For a slower classic flavor/texture: bake at 220 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring at 15 minutes.

Notes

Oven Instructions: spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake at 250 F for one hour. Stir every 15 minutes.
 
Adapted from the Original Chex Mix recipe.
 
Fully cool before storing.
 
It will last stored in an air-tight container for up to two weeks. 
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chex Mix
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 454mg20%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 403IU8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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