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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!

a glass bowl with Chex Mix on a white board

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


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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4.34 from 3 ratings

Air Fryer Chex Mix

Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 11 minutes
a glass bowl with Chex Mix on a white board
A delicious and fast treat, this Air Fryer Chex Mix will become a snack time staple.


  • 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


  • Combine Chex, pretzels, nuts, and garlic chips in a medium mixing bowl.
    1 cup corn Chex, 1 cup wheat Chex, 1 cup rice Chex, 1/3 cup pretzel minis, 1/3 cup garlic bagel chips, 1/3 cup mixed nuts
  • Sprinkle mixture with seasoning salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to distribute.
    3/4 tsp seasoning salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • Melt butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Stir in Worcestershire sauce.
    3 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 tsp 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.


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. 


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 403IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. 9 minutes in the air fryer at 350 seemed a bit long, but I followed it and it did end up overcooked/burned. I checked several other recipes and they either have a lower cooking temp or shorter cooking time.3 stars

  2. This recipe is even better than the original and so easy to make. I chose the long way – 220 for 30 minutes which is still a lot quicker than the original recipe as well. And the portion is smaller which suits me since I am single. I do have one complaint though….this is so simple, quick and yummy that I am now on my 3rd batch!5 stars