Step aside potato chips, there's a new crispy snack in town! Air Fryer Kale Chips are easy and fast to make, a low calorie healthy crunchy snack with all the benefits of kale!
If you love a crispy crunchy snack this easy kale chips recipe is for you! Transform this leafy green into a perfect healthy snack in about 3 minutes! You just need an air fryer and a few simple ingredients including fresh kale.
Using your seasoning of choice you can always have a different flavor when making your own kale chips! It's a very easy air fryer recipe and faster than making oven kale chips.
What are Kale Chips?
If you haven't enjoyed kale chips before the hot air in the air fryer quickly dehydrates fresh kale pieces into irresistibly good crispy kale 'chips'. They have a delicate crunchy bite that is so satisfying especially to crispy snack lovers.
What makes this skinny?
The recipe is kale and some spritzing of olive oil spray only keeping it skinny unlike deep fried potato chips or kale chips tossed with lots of olive oil.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Kale. Start with a large bunch of kale (not chopped bagged kale). Carefully rinse the leaves by opening them and using a water spray attachment from your sink. Pat them completely dry with a paper towel or use a salad spinner. Any type of kale can be used (curly kale, Lachinato kale, etc).
Seasoning. Kosher salt is a simple seasoning. We also like Everything Bagel seasoning. If using that use 1 tablespoon and be sure to toss the kale in between cooking batches so the seasoning doesn't settle on the lower layer making the crispy kale chips too salty.
Olive oil spray. Instead of using olive oil spritzing with olive oil spray achieves the same end result with fewer calories.
Once you've made these easy air fryer kale chips you'll have fun experimenting with different seasonings! They can be flavored in a variety of ways Here are some favorite seasonings ideas to get you started:
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sea salt or Kosher Salt (use around ¼ teaspoon)
- Everything Bagel seasoning. Check the ingredients for the seasoning blend being used. Some have a lot of salt which will make the kale chips too salty if too much is used. Also toss fresh kale between batches so the seasoning doesn't filter down to make the last kale chips cooked overly seasoned.
- Black pepper
- Sesame seeds
How to make Air Fryer Kale Chips - Step-by-Step
Detailed printable recipe card may be found at the end of this post.
STEP 1. Prepare
Using a sharp knife remove the stem and center rib of the rinsed, dried kale leaves. Cut or tear into 2-inch pieces (photo 1).
Place the kale leaves in a large mixing bowl. Spritz with olive oil, toss and massage to lightly coat the leaves. Repeat as needed to have some oil spray on all the leaves (about 3 short sprays total with tossing in between).
Toss in desired seasoning to evenly distribute (photo 2).
STEP 2. Cook
Line the air fryer basket in a single layer of prepared kale pieces (photo 3). Cook on 370 degrees f for 3 minutes (photo 4). If the kale chips are not crispy at 3 minutes add another minute. Do not allow the chips to burn.
Remove from the air fryer and place on a cooling rack (photo 5).
NOTE: the size of your air fryer will determine how many batches you'll need to do.
Cook in batches. The air fry kale chips cook best in a single layer with little overlap of the raw kale pieces. They batches cook quickly!
Keep a close eye on the kale chips when cooking. The kale chips cook fast and can go from 'done' to burned quickly. We suggest cooking for 3 minutes; starting with less time and adding more time if necessary. Check as the kale chips are cooking.
All air fryers cook differently. Because every size and brand of air fryer cooks slightly differently it's important to monitor the kale chips as they cook for the best results. We tested this recipe in multiple air fryers and we personally use a 5.8 quart Cosori air fryer.
How to Store to keep Kale Chips Crisp
Store the air fryer kale chips in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, grab air-tight containers of these healthy kale chips instead.