Air Fryer Kale Chips – Recipes From A Pantry

top down view of the cooked air fryer kale chips inside the air fryer basket

Air Fryer Kale Chips are crispy, crunchy, healthy and so delicious! You’ll love how making kale chips in air fryer is so easy and they’re ready to serve in just minutes, so you can satisfy that snacking craving anytime.

Suitable for low carb, keto, paleo, Whole30, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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Kale Chips are a popular healthy snack, and these Air Fryer Kale Chips are crispy, crunchy and totally delicious

Sometimes making healthier eating choices may feel like you are giving up your favorite foods and sacrificing tastes and textures that you love. But when you make kale chips in air fryer, you won’t feel like you’re missing out at all.

Easy Air Fried Kale Chips

Air fryer kale chips cook up quickly so keep a bunch of kale on hand and you can whip them up anytime a craving strikes. Plus, air fried kale chips store reasonably well so you can make a batch to have on hand all week. They are perfect for packing in lunches or as a tasty after school snack.

Plus if you like snacks then check out these Air Fryer Potato Chips, delicious Air Fryer Beets and Air Fryer Frozen Pierogies.

Why Make This Recipe

  • Healthy – Kale chips air fryer is much healthier than regular potato chips. 
  • Easy – These chips are one of the easiest recipes you can make in your air fryer and they are done in less then 5 minutes. 
  • Make A Little Make A Lot – You can make a small batch as needed or make several batches so you have enough for the week or enough to serve a crowd. 
  • Better Than Storebought – If you’ve tried storebought kale chips and were unimpressed give this homemade version a try. The difference is noticeable. 

Ingredient Notes

  • Kale – Use any kind of kale, but buy in bunches rather than precut. 
  • Salt – Don’t overdo it. A light sprinkle of kosher or sea salt will enhance the flavor of the kale chips in air fryer.
  • Oil – A light spritz of oil or cooking spray will help the seasoning to stick and get the kale nice and crispy. 

Ready to make kale chips air fryer? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Air Fryer Kale Chips

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375F / 190C.
  2. Wash, dry and tear the kale.
  3. Add the kale in air fryer basket, only filling about halfway. Spritz with oil and sprinkle with salt. 
  4. Air fry in batches for 4-6 minutes, shaking a couple of times during cooking.  Kale chips can burn quickly so it’s important check frequently for doneness beginning at the 3-minute mark.

How To Prep Kale For Chips

  • Like many greens, kale can hold dirt so you will want to carefully wash and dry your kale leaves.
  • Next, remove the tough stems by cutting the leaves from the stems with a paring knife, or grip the stem in your fist and slide your fist down the stem to pull off the leaves.
  • The leaves can then be chopped or torn into small chip-sized pieces. 

Expert Tips 

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the kale before proceeding with the recipe. 
  2. For a more even coating of the seasoning, toss the kale with the oil and salt to coat well before adding it to the air fryer basket. 
  3. Don’t crowd the basket with too much kale or it will crisp unevenly. 
  4. Cover the kale with an extra air fryer rack to prevent it from flying around inside the air fryer. 
  5. To re-crisp leftover kale chips, reheat them in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes. 

Delicious Variations

  • Nutritional Yeast – This can add a slightly cheesy flavor to the chips. 
  • Pepper – Sprinkle a little black pepper, cayenne, or even red pepper flake for spicy kale chips. 
  • Ranch Flavor – Season chips with powdered ranch seasoning. 
  • Doritos Flavor  – Combine 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon chili powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. Sprinkle over the kale before air frying. 
  • Cinnamon Sugar – Combine cinnamon, sugar and salt to season the kale chips.
  • Taco Flavor – Sprinkle with your favorite taco seasoning powder. 
  • Everything Bagel– Sprinkle with an Everything Bagel seasoning blend. 

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Wash, dry and de stem the kale when you bring it home from the store so it will be ready to use. 
  • Store – Kale chips can last about 5-7 days if stored in a brown paper bag or a loosely sealed zip top bag with a paper towel inside. Keep at room temperature. 
  • Freeze – Freezing or refrigerating kale chips will make them soggy, so I don’t recommend this. 

FAQs

Can I Eliminate The Oil?

Yes. Although we don’t use more than a spritz to help the seasoning to stick to the kale and add a little crispiness, you can eliminate the oil. The seasoning may not be as noticeable on the finished air fryer kale chips. 

Are Kale Chips Healthy?

Kale is loaded with vitamins and minerals and can help lower cholesterol. 

Why Are My Kale Chips Soggy?

Did you use too much oil? Did you pull them out of the air fryer too soon? Both of these things can lead to soggy chips. 

How Do I Keep Kale Chips Crispy?

Don’t refrigerate cooked kale chips. Store them in a brown paper bag or in a loosely closed zip-top bag with a paper towel on the counter. 

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Weight Watchers Points

if you skip the oil or use a calorie-controlled cooking spray instead, there are 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Air Fryer Kale Chips

It’s easy to make this healthy snack in the air fryer!

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time5 mins

Total Time10 mins

Course: Snack

Cuisine: American, Western

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 4

Calories: 18kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375F / 190C.

  • Wash, dry and tear the kale.

  • Add the kale to the air fryer basket, filling about halfway.

  • Spritz with oil and sprinkle with salt.

  • Air fry in batches for 4-6 minutes, shaking a couple of times during cooking.

  • Kale chips can burn quickly, so it’s important to check it frequently, beginning at the 3-minute mark.

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Notes

  • Thoroughly wash and dry the kale before proceeding with the recipe. 
  • For a more even coating of the seasoning, toss the kale with the oil and salt to coat well before adding it to the air fryer basket. 
  • Don’t crowd the basket with too much kale or it will crisp unevenly. 
  • Cover the kale with an extra air fryer rack to prevent it from flying around inside the air fryer.
  • To re-crisp leftover kale chips, reheat them in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Storage – keep at room temperature in a brown paper bag or loosely sealed zip-top bag for 5-7 days.
  • If you skip the oil or use a calorie-controlled cooking spray, there are 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 160mg | Vitamin A: 3247IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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