Air Fryer Kale Chips are the best way to enjoy kale! Homemade crispy kale chips are a delicious, healthy, low-calorie snack that can be made in less than 20 minutes. Roasting kale chips in the air fryer is easy and keeps crispy for days!

Crispy Kale Chips in a platter

Guys…this is the only way ever that I have been able to get my daughter to eat kale.

And yes, I am totally fine with it…if she wants these crispy fried kale chips. They are easy, homemade, healthy, and a great on-the-go snack!

These kale chips made in the air fryer are vegan, gluten-free, and great for a keto low-calorie diet.

The added bonus is that we love these baked kale chips. You can season them in so many ways – make them cheesy by adding some parmesan, or make them spicy with some cumin and paprika. Dip them in your favorite sauce.

We enjoy them dipped in ranch or garlicky yogurt dip.

See below for all my tips to make the best air fryer kale chips!

Ingredients

Kale: Any kind of kale leaves will work for this recipe.

Oil: I prefer to use olive oil or avocado oil. You can also use a spray of oil, but make sure the leaves are all coated.

Salt: Use a generous amount of salt.

How to make Air Fryer Kale Chips?

Prep & Cut

Wash and dry kale leaves. Spread each leaf on a cutting board. Cut the leaves from the spine. Discard the spine and roughly tear the leaves into small pieces.

If you want to wash the leaves after cutting, you can also use a salad spinner to dry them completely.

how to cut kale to make kale chips

Season

Transfer kale to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and salt, ensuring each leaf is coated with a thin layer of oil.

I kept the seasoning very simple so the little toddler in the house could eat the kale chips. You can season them in a variety of ways. I have shared some seasoning ideas below.

Other seasoning ideas:

  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Hot Chili Sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Umami – or soy, miso sauce
  • Make them cheesy with parmesan or nutritional yeast (for vegan)
Kale seasoned with oil, salt and pepper

Air Fry

Transfer the kale to the air fryer basket. You may need to cook in batches based on the size of your air fryer and the quantity of kale.

Also, you can cover the kale with an air fryer rack. This helps to avoid the kale from flying around in the air fryer.

Air fry at 350°F for about 6 minutes. Shake the basket at 4 minutes. Keep a close eye after 4 minutes.

Seasoned Kale in air fryer

Kale chips are ready when they are crisp.

Remove them on a serving plate. Enjoy as is or with a dip.

Crispy Kale chips in air fryer

Kale chips are a wonderful snack. There is really no wrong time to enjoy them.

You can eat them for a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Or serve them as a side with eggs or a burger for your lunch.

Crispy kale chips in a bowl

Look at that crispy leaf below. So good!

A crispy Kale Chip closeup in hand

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Oven Roasted Kale Chips

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the kale is crispy and begins to brown. Stir halfway through. Watch closely, as it can burn easily.

Common Questions

Are kale chips healthy?

Kale chips are all veggies, so they are a healthy whole30 snack, a great substitute for potato chips. They are vegan, gluten-free, and low in calories.

How to store kale chips?

Let the chips cool completely. Then, store in an airtight container for 4-5 days at room temperature. If they are less crunchy, air fry again for a minute or two. 

What to dip kale chips in?

We love to dip kale chips in ranch, tahini sauce, and garlic herb yogurt sauce.

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I hope you enjoy this easy kale chips recipe.

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Crispy Air Fryer Kale Chips

Air Fryer Kale Chips are the best way to enjoy kale! Homemade crispy kale chips are a delicious, healthy, low calorie snack that can be made in less than 20 minutes. Roasting kale chips in the air fryer is so easy and keeps crispy for days!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 bunch Kale , (about 1/2 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt , adjust to taste

Instructions 

Prep & Cut:

  • Wash and dry kale leaves. Spread each leaf on a cutting board. Cut the leaves from the spine. Discard the spine and roughly tear the leaves into small pieces.
    how to cut kale to make kale chips

Season

  • Transfer kale to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and salt making sure each leaf is coated with a thin layer of oil. Transfer them to air fryer basket. You may need to cook in batches based on the size of your air fryer.
    You can cover the kale with an air fryer rack. This helps to avoid the kale from flying around in the air fryer.
    seasoned kale in air fryer covered with an air fryer rack

Air Fry

  • Air fry them at 350°F for about 6 minutes. Shake the basket at 4 minutes. Keep a close eye after 4 minutes.
    Crispy Kale chips in air fryer
  • Kale chips are ready. Remove in a serving plate. Enjoy as is or with a dip. 
    Crispy kale chips in a bowl

Video

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Notes

Optional seasonings: 
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Hot Chili Sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Umami – or soy, miso sauce
  • Make them cheesy with parmesan or nutritional yeast (for vegan)
Dips Options: 
Storing Kale Chips: Let the chips cool completely. Then store in an airtight container for 4-5 days at room temperature. If they are less crunchy, air fry again for a minute or two. 

    Nutrition

    Serving: 104gCalories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 158mgPotassium: 160mgVitamin A: 3247IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg

    Additional Info

    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Diet: Gluten-free, Low Carb, Vegan
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    I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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    15 Comments

    1. very quick and easy but I reduced my air fryer temperature to 330° F and time to 3-4 minutes

    2. I put the kale in and next thing I know something is burning to I look in the air fryer and most of the kale was sucked into the top of my air fryer and almost on fire

      1. Hi Lillian – Sorry this happened. You can cover the seasoned kale with an air fryer rack (see step by step images). This helps to avoid the kale from flying in the air fryer.

    3. I don’t know what happened, but I put the basket into my air fryer with the kale pieces covered with oil and the next thing you know I smelled a lot of burning … I open the basket and half of them are gone and their is smoke pouring out from the heating element up above. I think they flew up into the burner and are stuck up there and now I don’t know what to do!!!

      1. Hi Denise – Sorry this happened. You can cover the seasoned kale with an air fryer rack (see step by step images). This helps to avoid the kale from flying in the air fryer.

    4. Excellent! Used olive oil and garlic powder. Tip: wash and dry first then cut. Make sure you throughly dry before air frying. Will make again.

    5. I love kale chips and theres really no good way to make them at home if you’ve only got a still oven. Thankfully I’ve got an air fryer, so I’m definitely going to give this a try. I’ve got a garden filled with kale and now I’ve got something new to do with it! Thank you for sharing.

    6. These turned out so good, . We used garlic powder and olive oil for seasoning. Nice and crunchy, good flavor. Great recipe! Thank you ☺️