Delicious and nutritious kale chips are made super fast in your air fryer. This crispy, healthy snack is a crowd pleaser and perfect for munching on any time of day.

Plate with air fried kale chips on top of a white linen napkin

As a Registered Dietitian, I’ve got you covered with healthy snack ideas and recipes. When I’m in the mood for a savory snack, these healthy air fried kale chips totally hit the spot. They’re light, crispy, salty, and pretty addicting once you start eating them!

Making kale chips in an air fryer is even easier than making them in the oven, because they cook up much faster. I use my Cuisinart air fryer, and they’re ready to eat in less than 5 minutes! The base kale chip recipe is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and nut free.

Ingredients in air fryer kale chips

You need just three base ingredients to make these kale chips:

  • Kale: I used curly kale, but you can use any kind of kale you prefer, including lacinato/dinosaur kale.
  • Olive oil or avocado oil: You need just enough to coat the kale lightly. You can also use a spray oil for this recipe.
  • Salt: For classic kale chips, salt is the only seasoning you need.
  • Additional seasonings: Make spicy kale chips using red pepper flakes and smoked paprika, or (my personal favorite) garlic parmesan kale chips with garlic powder and finely grated parmesan cheese.
Bunch of curly kale on light grey backdrop

How to prep kale to make kale chips

First, use a knife to slice off the leaves from the tough stem. Use your hands to tear the leaves into bite size/chip size pieces.

Wash and dry the leaves thoroughly – a salad spinner is a great kitchen tool to use for drying kale or other leafy greens.

How to make kale chips in the air fryer

  • Add kale leaves to a mixing bowl and drizzle with oil and seasonings of choice.
  • Quickly massage the oil into the kale so each leave is coated evenly.
  • Spread the kale in a single layer in the tray or basket of your air fryer – you will likely need to cook in a few batches.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2-4 minutes. Check the kale chips around 2 minutes, and continue to check every 30 seconds to prevent them from burning.
  • Kale chips are done when the edges are just beginning to brown.

Seasonings for kale chips

  • Traditional kale chips: just salt and oil!
  • Spicy kale chips: Red pepper flakes (or cayenne) and smoked paprika
  • Garlic parmesan kale chips: garlic powder with finely grated parmesan added after kale chips come out of the air fryer.

Feel free to experiment with any other flavor combinations based on preferences!

Kale nutrition benefits

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods to include in your diet, as is it packed with several micronutrients. One cup of raw kale provides:

  • 2.8 grams of dietary fiber (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 63.5 mg Vitamin C (71 percent of your daily needs)
  • 265.4 mcg Vitamin K (221 percent of your daily needs)
  • 163.98 mcg Vitamin A (18 percent of your daily needs), plus rich in beta-carotene
  • 0.626 mg mg manganese (27 percent of your daily needs)
  • 172.82 mg calcium (13 percent of your daily needs)

In addition, kale is a source of B vitamins, iron, and potassium. Kale is high in several antioxidants, including beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and polyphenols. Antioxidants help keep our cells healthy, fight inflammation, and may help prevent certain diseases.

Hands holding a bowl of kale chips with small ramekins of seasonings in the background

Storing leftover kale chips

Kale chips are best eaten right after you prepare them. But you can store leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge for 1-2 days. If they are no longer crispy, put them back in our air fryer and cook until crispy again.

More recipes with kale to try

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Air Fryer Kale Chips (plus 3 flavors)

Delicious and nutritious kale chips are made super fast in your air fryer. This crispy, healthy snack is a crowd pleaser and perfect for munching on any time of day.

Ingredients

Scale

Base Kale Chips Recipe

  • 1 bunch of curly kale
  • 12 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Spicy Kale Chips

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp finely grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Remove kale leaves from the tough stems. Tear into bite size pieces.
  2. Wash and dry the kale leaves thoroughly.
  3. Put kale in large mixing bowl and add oil, and salt. *If making spicy kale chips, add the red pepper flakes and smoked paprika. If making garlic parmesan kale chips, add just the garlic powder.
  4. Gently massage the kale to evenly distribute the oil and seasonings.
  5. Spread in one even layer in your air fryer basket or tray. You may need to cook in a few batches.
  6. Set air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 2-4 minutes. Check the kale at the 2 minute mark for burning, and continue to check every 30 seconds until crispy.
  7. If making garlic parmesan kale chips, sprinkle on the parmesan cheese right when the chips are removed.

Notes

Storing leftover kale chips

Kale chips are best eaten right after you prepare them. But you can store leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge for 1-2 days. If they are no longer crispy, put them back in our air fryer and cook until crispy again.

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