Air Fryer Kale Chips

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Searching for a vegetable chip that is no stranger to being crispy? Air fryer kale chips fit the bill!

Made from freshly torn kale and ready in minutes, these simple kale chips are lightly spiced and extremely difficult to stop eating when they are done!

crispy kale chips in bowl on wooden board
Air fryer kale chips – so light, so good!

Recipe Tips

Before you go and make kale chips in the air fryer, you should read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect when you air fry!

  • When ripping the kale into bite-sized pieces make sure to not include the stem since it won’t get crispy during the short time in the air fryer.
  • We use very common spices for our seasonings – and you can certainly swap out any that you don’t like! Cayenne pepper might be good to add for a bit of actual spicy kick to these chips.
  • Make sure to not overcrowd your air fryer. This way the kale chips can cook evenly and get very crispy.
  • Kale chips only need a few minutes and can burn quite quickly – that’s why it is important to stay close by and check on them regularly.
  • The kale chips are pretty fragile when cooked so be careful when you transfer them to the bowl from the air fryer!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the complete instructions on how to make kale chips in the air fryer, you can check out the recipe process photos below.

This way, if you have never made kale chips before you can see how we made ours!

If you just want the air frying temperature and cooking time without visuals, you can skip to the bottom of this post for the recipe card!

fresh kale ripped into pieces on wooden cutting board on counter
Rip the kale into bite-sized pieces

First, wash and dry the kale. Then rip of bite-sized pieces along the stem – be sure not to include the stem.

The pieces can be on the larger end since the kale will shrink up quite a bit in the air fryer.

hand massaging raw kale in metallic bowl on counter
Gently mix until the oil and spices are evenly distributed.

At this time, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then lace the kale, oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into a mixing bowl.

Gently mix everything together with your hands until the kale pieces are evenly coated.

raw kale chips in black air fryer tray on white counter top
Add the kale to the hot air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add half the kale in one even layer into the air fryer tray (with no overlap).

crispy kale chips in black air fryer tray on counter
Cook the kale chips until crispy but not burned.

Cook the kale chips for 2-4 minutes until crispy but not burned. Check frequently after the 2-minute mark since the kale pieces can burn very quickly!

Shake the basket every minute or so to make sure the kale chips all cook evenly.

bowl full of green kale chips on wooden board
You can add more seasonings if you wish.

Once the kale chips are cooked, remove them from the air fryer tray and place them in a bowl.

Then add the rest of the kale into the air fryer and cook.

When done, add these chips into the bowl as well. You can add more salt or other seasonings before eating if desired. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Air fried kale chips are best enjoyed right out of the fryer while they are nice and crispy (after they have cooled down slightly).

If you do have any chips left over, you can store them carefully in a sealed container on the counter at room temperature. Make sure they have cooled first!

They’ll last for a couple of days – but we don’t anticipate you’ll have them for more than a day (because they are super tasty…).

Related Recipes

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bowl full of green kale chips on wooden board

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Air Fryer Kale Chips are crispy and delicious! Made from fresh kale and ready in minutes with a light seasoning, these kale chips are the perfect light snack!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch kale (approximately 3 packed cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the kale. Then rip of bite-sized pieces along the stem - be sure not to include the stem. The pieces can be on the larger end since the kale will shrink up quite a bit in the air fryer.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Place the kale, oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into a mixing bowl. Gently mix everything together with your hands until the kale pieces are evenly coated.
  4. When the air fryer is hot, add half the kale in one even layer into the air fryer tray (with no overlap). Cook the kale chips for 2-4 minutes until crispy but not burned. Check frequently after the 2-minute mark since the kale pieces can burn very quickly! Shake the basket every minute or so to make sure the kale chips all cook evenly.
  5. Once the kale chips are cooked, remove them from the air fryer tray and place them in a bowl. Then add the rest of the kale into the air fryer and cook.
  6. When done, add these chips into the bowl as well. You can add more salt or other seasonings before eating if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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