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Healthier Fried Zucchini Chips

Make amazing and simple Fried Zucchini Chips for your family with this versatile recipe! A crunchy coating of panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese make these chips poppable and irresistible. Options include oven-fried, air fryer, or even the toaster oven.

fried zucchini chips on a white plate with marinara

If you’re like me, you get excited when you see fried zucchini on a restaurant menu. It always feels so sinful to enjoy deep-fried vegetables. But the idea of using enough oil at home to actually fry these to a crisp makes me feel a bit icky.

Don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered. I have healthy fried zucchini chips to share with you today! And want to know something even more exciting? I’m teaching you three different ways to make them.

Oh, that’s not exciting? We’re clearly coming from two very different starting points.

Is Fried Zucchini Good For You?

Errr, well, yes and no. Anytime you add veggies to your diet you’re body gets happy. But slathering it in a thick batter and then frying it in hot oil can really decrease the “good for you” factor.

But what if you could keep more of the health properties by using a lighter touch with the oil and still get that crunch? Well, that is the intersection of healthish and magical.

zucchini and bowls of ingredients on a wooden board

Three Methods to Make Fried Zucchini Chips

I’m going to teach you how to make these awesome little chips in the oven, air fryer, and toaster oven. All work but some work better depending on the situation. All three methods below involve the use of a Misto to apply healthy olive oil instead of pan frying.

Oven – you can make a lot at once which rules, but it also heats up your kitchen.

Air fyrer – amazing and crunchy crust but the batch sizes are limited.

Toaster oven – doesn’t heat up your oven but the batch sizes are limited.

How to Make Fried Zucchini Chips:

Oven

  1. Slice the ends off of the zucchini, and then cut into rounds. Place on a plate lined with a clean towel and sprinkle with salt. Lay another towel on top and then a heavy pot or pan on top. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes to draw extra moisture out.sliced zucchini rounds for fried zucchini chips in a bowl and on a towel
  2. Mix panko, parmesan, salt, baking powder, and pepper in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg.
  3. Place parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, and place a baking rack on the sheet. Spray the rack liberally with olive oil.
  4. Set up a little assembly line – bowl with egg, then panko mix, and baking sheet. Throw a few rounds in the egg bowl with your left hand. Remove with your left hand and drop in the panko mix. Toss to coat with your right hand. Place on the baking rack.

    a hand dipping zucchini in egg wash and panko for fried zucchini

    Ignore that they’re both my left hand despite specific instructions. I needed to take photos!

  5. Spray the zucchini liberally with olive oil like a freaking boss. Really coat those bad boys.Fried zucchini chips sitting on a baking sheet
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, and serve right away with a side of Vegan Sriracha Aioli, marinara sauce, or Greek Yogurt Buttermilk Ranch.

Air Fryer

  1. Directions 1-2 same as above
  2. Spray or brush the basket of the air fryer basket with olive oil.
  3. Place zucchini chips in a single layer in the basket. Spray the tops liberally with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 390 for 11 minutes, flipping at 5 minutes.Fried zucchini chips made in an air fryer

Toaster Oven

  1. Directions 1-2 same as above
  2. Place on the perforated baking rack that came with the toaster oven.
  3. Spray the tops liberally with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 22 minutes.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • Thinner slices of zucchini work the best for an overall even baking method.
  • The extra step of pressing the moisture out of the zucchini chips between two towels really improves the “stickability” of the panko. It’s not necessary but if you have the time, it improves the overall outcome.
  • You CAN make these ahead of time! Bake completely and then let sit at room temperature. It is safe for up to a few hours. Simply pop the tray back in the oven or toaster oven for 3 minutes to crisp back up.

close up of fried zucchini chips on a plate with marinaraGo forth and enjoy these. Remember them fondly when you’re dropping off a sackful of the never-ending zucchini from your garden on your neighbor’s porch, ringing the bell, and running like hell.

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fried zucchini chips on a white plate with marinara
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4.5 from 2 votes
Healthier Fried Zucchini Chips
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Make amazing and easy fried zucchini chips for your family with this versatile recipe! Options include oven-fried, air fryer, or even the toaster oven.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried zucchini, healthy zucchini, zucchini side dish
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 95 kcal
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Olive oil spray
Instructions
Oven
  1. Slice the ends off of the zucchini, and then cut into rounds. Place on a plate lined with a clean towel and sprinkle with salt. Lay another towel on top and then a heavy pot or pan on top. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes to draw extra moisture out.

  2. Mix panko, parmesan, salt, baking powder, and pepper in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg.

  3. Place parchment on a rimmed baking sheet, and place a baking rack on the sheet. Spray the rack liberally with olive oil.

  4. Set up a little assembly line - bowl with egg, then panko mix, and baking sheet. Throw a few rounds in the egg bowl with your left hand. Remove with your left hand and drop in the panko mix. Toss to coat with your right hand. Place on the baking rack.

  5. Spray the zucchini liberally with olive oil like a freaking boss. Really coat those bad boys.

  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, and serve right away with a side of Vegan Sriracha Aioli, marinara sauce, or Greek Yogurt Buttermilk Ranch.

Air Fryer
  1. Directions 1-2 same as above

  2. Spray or brush the basket of the air fryer basket with olive oil.

  3. Place zucchini chips in a single layer in the basket. Spray the tops liberally with olive oil.

  4. Bake at 390 for 11 minutes, flipping at 5 minutes.

Toaster Oven
  1. Directions 1-2 same as above

  2. Place on the perforated baking tray that came with the toaster oven.

  3. Spray the tops liberally with olive oil.

  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 22 minutes.

Recipe Notes

The extra step of pressing the moisture out of the zucchini chips between two towels really improves the "stickability" of the panko. It's not necessary but if you have the time, it improves the overall outcome.

 

You CAN make these ahead of time! Bake completely and then let sit at room temperature. It is safe for up to a few hours. Simply pop the tray back in the oven or toaster oven for 3 minutes to crisp back up.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Fried Zucchini Chips
Amount Per Serving (10 chips)
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Potassium 290mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 11.7%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in July 2016. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable.

For reference, this is one of the original photos from the post:

A bowl of fried zucchini chips

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9 comments on “Healthier Fried Zucchini Chips”

  1. Yum, those look delicious. I keep forgetting what a difference panko makes over regular breadcrumbs. A note about composting – didn’t you want a reminder to add chicken manure to the strawberries around mid July? If I lived near you I’d be willing to beg or bribe you for a jar of your strawberry jam. Instead, I’ll just keep drooling all over my keyboard every time I think of it. Have a great week.

    • Panko is the best!! I ran out of it the other day when making something, and ended up finding a box of corn Chex in my parent’s cupboard. I ran them through the food processor, and they worked great. But panko still owns my heart.

      Yes to the compost – thank you!! We (Troy) are planning on building some vertical strawberry planters soon. Lots of garden work coming up.

  2. So good! I bet even better in an air fryer (I don’t have one, but I’d imagine)!

  3. So good! I bet even better in an air fryer. Thank you..

  4. I can’t find the temperature to use in the oven and the recipe doesn’t say anything about the baking powder listed in the ingredients.

    • So sorry about that Tonia! I’ve updated the recipe card to reflect that missing information.

      • Thank you! I made these tonight and they turned out wonderful! I really liked being able to make so many at one time in the oven. I was pretty sure the baking powder went in with the panko mix. I had the oven temp a little too low but when I realized they weren’t browning I turned it up so no worries. Thanks for responding so fast.

      • So glad you liked them and I agree the oven method is awesome to make a ton!!