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This easy Air Fryer Kale Chips recipe makes a batch of perfectly delicious crispy kale chips in under 10 minutes from scratch! Kale chips make a great healthy and delicious snack for any time of the day.

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These super crisp and light kale chips are cooked in the air fryer. This approach takes less time than baking in the oven. Just a tablespoon of oil is all your air fryer needs to produce a similar result as deep frying.

Now with this Air Fryer Kale Chips recipe, you can make your delicious kale chips from-scratch using your custom seasoning blend.

This version of kale chips seasoning includes paprika, garlic powder, salt, and ground pepper. But you can also season it with just salt. Either way, they would turn out amazingly delicious.

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These Air Fryer Kale Chips:

✔ are a quick and easy snack

✔ are made with minimal ingredients

✔ are loved by everyone 

✔ are ready under 10 minutes

✔ are vegan, and gluten-free

✔ are low carb and keto-friendly

✔ are super healthy and tasty

✔ are rich in vitamins and minerals

Why to cook Kale Chips in an Air Fryer?

There are many reasons why kale chips cooked in an air fryer are the best. With an air fryer, you can get crispy and delicious chips in no time. It doesn’t require spreading kale pieces in a single layer. 

Also, you don’t need to bake for a long time. 5 minutes is all you need to make these air fryer kale chips. It’s faster and saves electricity too.

Air Fryer acts as super-fast convection and gives a result similar to frying. They are much crispier than the Oven Baked version of Kale Chips.

gif of oil pouring over Kale leaves

What are the ingredients needed for Air Fryer kale chips?

You only need a couple of ingredients to make these super crispy kale chips.

  1. Kale: 

This is the star of this recipe. Feel free to choose any of your favorite kale for making these kale chips.

  1. Olive Oil: 

You need 1 tablespoon of olive oil to lightly coat the leaves. You can also spray the leaves with oil, that way you will even need a lesser amount of oil.

  1. Salt: 

Like any other chips, these kale chips also need some salt. I used Himalayan pink salt here, you can use the salt you like. 

  1. Seasonings (optional): 

I added a mix of paprika, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. You can add any of your favored seasonings to these chips.

gif of salt sprinkling over Kale leaves

How to prepare Kale for Chips?

Start by rinsing the kale and drying it well with paper towels or a clean cloth. Then remove the stems; make sure to not skip this part. Now, tear or chop the leaves into 2 inch or bite-sized pieces. 

How to Air Fry Kale Chips?

Add salt, oil, and desired seasonings to the kale piece and massage them to create a thin layer of oil.

Sprinkle on some salt then toss everything into your air fryer basket. 

Now spread the leaves into the air fryer basket in a single layer. You might need to do this process in batches.

Air fry the kale chips at 200°C/400°F for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, Shake the basket, and air fry for 1-2 minutes. Kale chips are ready when they are crispy!

For a full list of Air Fryer Kale Chips ingredients and step-by-step photo and video instructions, please see the recipe box on this page. 

a femaling steaming kale

Can I store Kale Chips?

You can store them, but they won’t stay crisp for a long time. This recipe takes only 10 minutes of your time, so it’s a good idea to make a small batch anytime you want homemade kale chips. 

Eating these kale chips immediately after cooling is a good idea. But if you want to store them, then let them cool completely. Store them in an airtight container. 

How to keep Kale Chips crispy?

To keep Chips Crispy for some time, let them cool completely on a wire rack without touching each other.  Then store them in a paper bag and seal it.

If they are soft, then you can always air-fry them for 1-2 minutes. They will regain their crispness and chip-like texture.

What are some other Kale Chips Seasoning Ideas?

There are many ways you can season kale chips. You can go with any spices or herbs. Below are some KAle Chips seasonings options you can try out:

  • Salt

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Cumin Powder

  • Curry Powder

  • Ranch seasoning

  • Italian seasoning

  • Za’atar seasoning

  • Sour cream onion seasoning

close-up of a plate of air fryer kale chips with a dip bowl

What are some important tips, tricks, and variations to make the best Air Fryer Kale Chips?

  1. To make these Kale Chips, start by steaming your kale. Removing kale stems is very important, make sure not to skip this part. Or else the chips would take longer to cook and the stems would become chewy.

  2. I added olive oil to this recipe. Olive oil adds a nice flavor and crunch to these chips. It also helps in sticking seasonings to the chips.

  3. You can also use avocado oil, coconut oil, or any other oil of your choice.

  4. If you don’t want to use oil, then you can surely omit it. The kale chips will still come out crisp.

  5. If you have a small air fryer, then air fry the chips in batches.

  6. Make sure to cool chips in a single layer without touching each other. This way they will not steam and will stay crisp for a long time.

  7. When air frying, make sure that Kale edges are brown but not burnt.

  8. You can also add freshly chopped garlic and nutritional yeast to this Air Fryer Kale Chips Recipe.

  9. These air fried kale chips stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

  10. In my air fryer, I did not have a problem with kale chips flying around in the air fryer, but if your chips are flying in your air fryer then you can put an air fryer rack over the kale chips. This would prevent them from flying around.

  11. If you like cheesy flavors, then you can sprinkle your chips with grated parmesan cheese.

air fryer kale chips in a white plate with dip bowl

Air Fryer Kale Chips [Recipe]

This easy Air Fryer Kale Chips recipe makes a batch of perfectly delicious crispy kale chips in under 10 minutes from scratch! Snack for any time of the day.
★★★★✰
(Rating: 4.9 from 4 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
10 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Snack American 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
60 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Air Fryer Kale Chips
  • 5 cups or 1 bunch kale, rinsed and dried (about 200 grams)
  • 1 tablspoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
For Flavorings: (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Air Fryer Kale Chips:
  1. Remove the kale stems and roughly chop them into 2 inch or bite-sized pieces.
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  2. Add chopped kale to a mixing bowl.
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  3. Now drizzle kale pieces with olive oil.
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  4. Also season them with salt, paprika, ground black pepper, and garlic powder.
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  5. Massage well until each piece of kale is evenly coated.
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  6. Transfer seasoned kale to your air fryer basket. Make sure they are uncurled and not overlapping too much.
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  7. Preheat air fryer and air fry at 200°C/400°F for 3 minutes.
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  8. Shake the air fryer basket, this step would ensure that the leaves are evenly distributed and perfectly cooked.
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  9. Air fry them again at 200°C/400°F for 1-2 minutes. Kale chips are done when crispy.
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  10. Transfer kale chips to a cooling rack in a single layer, and let them cool completely. Enjoy them with your favourite dip.
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NOTES:

  1. To make these Kale Chips, start by steaming your kale. Removing kale stems is very important, make sure not to skip this part. Or else the chips would take longer to cook and the stems would become chewy.
  2. I added olive oil to this recipe. Olive oil adds a nice flavor and crunch to these chips. It also helps in sticking seasonings to the chips.
  3. You can also use avocado oil, coconut oil, or any other oil of your choice.
  4. You can also add freshly chopped garlic and nutritional yeast to this Air Fryer Kale Chips Recipe.
  5. If you don't want to use oil, then you can surely omit it. The kale chips will still come out crisp.
  6. If you have a small air fryer, then air fry the chips in batches.
  7. Make sure to cool chips in a single layer without touching each other. This way they will not steam and will stay crisp for a long time.
  8. When air frying, make sure that Kale edges are brown but not burnt.
  9. These air fried kale chips stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  10. In my air fryer, I did not have a problem with kale chips flying around in the air fryer, but if your chips are flying in your air fryer then you can put an air fryer rack over the kale chips. This would prevent them from flying around.
  11. If you like cheesy flavors, then you can sprinkle your chips with grated parmesan cheese.

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