Sliced kumquats were dried by using three different drying methods, microwave (375 W), hot air (70 and 80 degrees C), and vacuum (70 and 80 degrees C with 100 and 300 mbar) to determine drying characteristics, antioxidant capacity and total phenolic content and color. All color parameters (L, a, b, C-ab, Delta E and h degrees) changed depending on the drying methods. Page and Modified Page models are the best fitted drying methods with the highest value of R-2 (0.9994) and the lowest values of RMSE (0.000635-0.000735) and chi(2) (0.000010-0.000013) compared to other models. Effective moisture diffusivity values for dried kumquats ranged from 1.54 x 10(-8) to 8.24 x 10(-8) in vacuum drying at 70 degrees C-300 mbar and microwave drying at 375 W, respectively. In comparison to the fresh sample, the dried samples showed an increase in both total phenolic content and antioxidant capacity. The total phenolic content (3095.71 +/- 101.41 mg GA/100g d.w) and antioxidant activity (10.51 +/- 0.19 mu mol TE/g d.w) with DPPH assay showed the highest levels for the vacuum drying at 70 degrees C-100 mbar method. Microwave dried samples had the highest antioxidant activity with CUPRAC assay as (17.58 +/- 0.63 mu mol TE/g d.w.). This study indicated that microwave drying and vacuum drying at 70 degrees C-100 mbar were able to yield high-quality kumquat slices.