If you’re in the mood for a crunchy snack, look no further than these incredibly crunchy Air Fryer Bagel Chips!
One of my favorite snacks in the world is pita chips, but very high on my list is also Stacy’s Bagel Chips. A delicious NY-style bagel is sliced up thin and baked until it’s extra crispy. It is the perfect dipping snack, in my mind.
And while there is nothing wrong with the store-bought version, this homemade version has two HUGE advantages:
- This recipe is protein-packed with nearly 10g of protein per serving.
- You can use any leftover bagels you have laying around to make these chips. Of course, I recommend starting with my protein bagel recipe, but any bagels will work great in this recipe.
PS: I want to give huge credit where it’s due to Danielle over at Project Meal Plan for the original inspiration behind these bagel chips!
Starting with Protein Bagels
For these bagel chips, we’re going to begin with my protein bagel recipe.
These bagels are SO easy to make, and I pretty much make them every single weekend. They taste just like authentic bagels!
My protein bagels are a play on the “two-ingredient” dough, which is a mixture of self-rising flour and Greek yogurt, but I change things up slightly. In my recipe, we use a small amount of unflavored protein powder to up the protein even more, and I promise that you cannot even taste it.
If you don’t want to add any extra protein powder, that is totally fine- check out the recipe for the full ingredients list without the need for protein powder.
For these bagel chips, I followed that exact recipe, but I made 3 bagels instead of 4 so they would be slightly larger. Then, I saved one of the bagels as leftovers and used it the following day to make these air fryer bagel chips.
How to make air fryer bagel chips
Making these bagel chips could not be simpler.
To start, slice up your protein bagel into quarters. This is going to make slicing the bagel chips much easier.
Slice each quarter up into chips, doing your best to keep them pretty thin. You want the bagel chips to be thin enough to crisp up well, but still thick enough to be dippable and not fall apart.
I ended up with roughly 28 chips, but the exact amount you end up with will vary based on the size of the original bagel you use and how thick you make your bagel chips.
Now, add the bagel chips to a large bowl, spray with cooking spray, and toss with additional seasoning before adding to your air fryer basket.
In the photo above, I tested with a little bit of olive oil, but I didn’t find it to make much of a difference vs. cooking spray.
If you find that the seasoning is not sticking very well, you can add the bagel chips to the air fryer, then spray them with cooking spray before sprinkling seasoning on top.
Air fry at 300 degrees for 9-10 minutes (exact time will depend on the size of your bagel chips and how full the air fryer is).
You can continue cooking these bagel chips for an additional couple of minutes if you prefer well-done chips!
Once done, these are ready to enjoy immediately. You can serve these with cream cheese, hummus, or my Spicy Feta Dip.
In my case, I chose to pair these bagel chips with Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Yogurt Dip, and it worked out perfectly.
Can you use store-bought bagels for these bagel chips?
You can use ANY bagels you’d like for this recipe. Yes, even gluten-free!
It’s recommended that you use leftover bagels vs fresh-baked bagels because they will be much easier to slice.
If you want to use store-bought bagels, try to avoid pre-sliced bagels. I did test this recipe with pre-sliced bagels, and it certainly worked, but it makes the bagel chips very difficult to slice.
Since the bagels are sliced right down the middle, you have to slice your chips horizontally across the bagel, vs vertically as I recommend in this recipe. When you do this, it’s very difficult to get uniform cuts, so you’ll end up with some bagel chips that are much thicker than others.
All of that being said, it still works great! Follow the recipe as-is using any bagels you’d like, and you will not be disappointed with the result.
Crunchy High-Protein Air Fryer Bagel Chips
Whip up some easy protein bagels from scratch and turn them into crunchy, dippable bagel chips in a flash!
- Leftover Protein Bagel From My Recipe (can use any bagel you would like)
- Cooking Spray (Olive Oil or Melted Butter also works great)
- Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Make protein bagels ahead of time from this recipe. I made 3 bagels out of that recipe, each with 240 calories and 19g of protein, and used one bagel to make the bagel chips. You can use any bagel you'd like, but it's easiest if the bagel is at least one day old for easier slicing.
- Cut one bagel into quarters, then cut each piece into thin chips until the entire bagel is cut. In total, I was able to cut 24 bagel chips out of my bagel, but this number will vary based on the size of the bagel you use.
- Add the bagel chips to a large bowl and spray with cooking spray, then toss with everything bagel seasoning, or any seasoning of your choice. If you find that the seasoning is not sticking well, you can sprinkle seasoning on top once in the air fryer.
- Add the bagel chips to your air fryer basket, then air fry at 300 degrees for 9-10 minutes, stopping halfway through to give the basket a shake. My batch was ready after 9 minutes, but the exact time will depend on how thick you cut your bagel chips and how crowded your air fryer basket is.
- Remove from your air fryer, then serve with the dip of your choice. Cream cheese is obviously a great pairing, but hummus also works great, or Trader Joe's "Everything But The Bagel Yogurt Dip" is a household favorite around here.
- You certainly don't need to use protein bagels for this recipe, but you would NEVER know there was protein in this recipe. These bagel chips taste identical to bagel chips you'd buy at the store.
- I tested these bagel chips with olive oil, and while it helped the seasoning to stick, I didn't find it having much of an effect on the final product. I decided to stick with cooking spray to save some calories.
- I made bagels one day in advance. If you're making them the same day, this recipe will still work, but it's much easier to work with older bagels that are firmer.
- If you want to make a large batch, I recommend still only air frying one bagel at a time. If you overload the air fryer, they will cook unevenly. I made a batch with 2 bagels and it definitely worked, but you'll find some of the chips much more well-done than others.
- If you prefer the oven, these can easily be oven-baked. I did not test exact temperatures, but 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (flipped halfway through) should do the trick, but watch them to see when they become golden brown to know exactly when to pull them from the oven.
- These bagel chips will keep great throughout the week as leftovers, just keep them in an airtight container like you would any other chips.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size Half Recipe (About 14 Chips)
Amount Per Serving Calories 120Total Fat 0gCarbohydrates 20gProtein 9.5g