Are you're looking for a crunchy snack to nibble on? Would you like to try a healthy alternative to classic fried potato crisps? Look no more! We have an easy and tasty recipe for you: air-fryer plantain chips. They're light and crispy — ready in as little as 10 minutes. Let's do it!
If savoury crisps made out of fruit sound unusual, frying green plantain chips is actually among the most common ways of preparing this tropical fruit. Also known as cooking bananas or green bananas, plantains are a staple food in Africa, the Caribbean islands, and South America. They're bigger than a regular banana, and you can find them as unripe green fruit or ripe yellow fruit.
Green plantain is firm, starchy, and neutral in flavour, perfect for cooking and preparing savoury recipes like these chips, while the ripe fruit is great eaten raw, baked, or used in desserts. Plantain chips are so popular that you can find them under so many different names in different areas: chifles in Peru and Ecuador, mariquitas in Cuba, platanitos in Colombia, tajadas in Honduras, and even as upperi in south India Kerala.
For this recipe, you'll need green plantains, which you should be able to find at your local Caribbean food store. After slicing them into thin chips, all you have to do is season them and cook them. But instead of deep-frying them like in the traditional way, you can bake the chips or air-fry them for an oil-free recipe.
The air-fryer is practically made for baking crispy chips with no need for oil, so it was our first choice for this recipe. Just make sure you arrange the chips flat in the machine basket without overlapping them, so they'll get crispy and won't stick to one another. Skipping the oil means your plantains chips are truly healthy. We used salt and black pepper for extra flavour, but you can also go for bolder spices like paprika, thyme, rosemary, or chilli powder.
As green plantains are rich in starch, the chips will taste almost like potato crisps or even crackers. Yet, one 40g serving has only 130 calories and zero fats. Awesome! And what better way to enjoy these homemade crisps than dunking them in a healthy dip? We love them with guacamole and beet hummus, but we can't resist nibbling them straight from the bag too!