If using panko breadcrumbs, blitz breadcrumbs in a blender or food processor. Set aside the breadcrumbs.If using regular (finer) breadcrumbs, skip this step.
Lay pickles on a paper towel and pat dry.Don't skip this step. If the pickles are wet, the breading won't stick as well.Spray the air fryer basket with oil, or brush with olive oil.
Mix together the breadcrumbs, cayenne, garlic, paprika, and salt.One by one, dip the pickle slices in the beaten egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure to coat each pickle slice completely with breadcrumbs.Set the coated pickles in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid squishing the pickles together, and do not layer them on top of one another.When the basket has one layer of pickles, add the metal shelf for a second layer, and continue adding coated pickles until the shelf is full.Note: The amount of breadcrumb and pickles are approximate. You may have leftover breadcrumbs, and you may not use exactly 12 oz of pickles (depending on the size of the pickle chips).
Preheat the air fryer lid to 400°F. Set the timer for 11 minutes and press start.The display will read "on" while the lid heats up. When it beeps and reads "11 minutes / 400°F," open the lid and add the air fryer basket.About halfway through the cook cycle, the air fryer lid will beep and indicate that you should flip the food. You do not need to flip these pickles, and can ignore the "Turn Food" indicator.
While the pickles cook, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce (if using). Taste the sauce. If it's too thick, add more pickle juice. Too thin, add more yogurt. For a spicier sauce, add extra hot sauce.
The pickles are done frying when they're golden and crispy.Note that not all air fryers alike, so the exact cook time for your air fryer model may vary.Serve the pickles hot along with the yogurt sauce.
This recipe was written specifically for the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid. If you’re using a different air fryer, the temperature and time should work, but you may need to adjust the recipe cook time for your specific machine.