These Air Fryer Kale Chips bring that same crunch and taste without the grease and added fat of fried foods. Done in 10 minutes!

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The Case for Kale

According to the Mayo Clinic, kale chips are a low-energy-density food, which means you can eat a lot of them without adding many calories to your diet.

Kale is a known source of Vitamins B and K and is packed with antioxidants, making them an amazing healthy snack you won’t realize isn’t a treat!

How to Make Kale Chips

steps to make air fryer kale chips

If you’re not using pre-bagged kale, remove all the stems from the leaves and tear any large leaves into more handheld sizes.

There’s no chopping involved here, so just tear, season, and cook!

  1. Wash and dry the kale thoroughly. Make sure to dry the kale well to get the chips crispy rather than steamed.
  2. Add your oil to the kale and massage the leaves to help evenly coat the future chips.
  3. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Mix well to combine kale, seasonings, and oil.
  5. Put the kale into an air fryer basket and cook for about 5 minutes at 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C!) until the edges are slightly brown and the leaves are crispy. Be sure to watch your kale chips during the last 2 minutes of cooking to prevent burning. They cook quickly!
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Serving Tips

My family loves these as a side dish or an appetizer with a ranch dipping sauce, but my favorite part is how versatile these kale chips can be!

These are a great substitute for chips if you’re doing a keto or low-carb diet, and they bring an amazing extra crunch to a salad without the extra calories of croutons.

Looking for new dipping sauce ideas? Try our BBQ Ranch Sauce that doesn’t require store-bought ranch or this tangy Thai Salad Dressing that also makes a great dipping sauce!

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How to Store

Be sure to let the kale chips cool completely before placing them in an air-tight container.

If still warm, the steam will make the chips limp over time.

Unless you’ve put a perishable ingredient on the kale chips, such as dairy, these can be stored on your counter!

The humidity in the refrigerator will make the kale chips soggier over time.

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Air Fryer Kale Chips

These Air Fryer Kale Chips are done so fast your family won't know you've cooked! Just four staple ingredients and 10 minutes between you and crispy, healthy "fried" veggies!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 31kcal



  • 3 cups fresh kale destemmed and cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash and dry kale thoroughly. Be sure to remove stems and tear large leaves into smaller pieces.
  • Add oil to the kale and massage to coat evenly.
  • Season kale with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Place kale into air fryer basket and cook at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until crispy with slightly browning edges. Check basket about halfway through cooking.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 31kcal | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! I love kale chips, and am looking forward to making them in the air fryer.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m still getting the hang of using the air fryer, and you made it so easy to make these. Thank you for including such helpful steps. The kale chips were delish! And so crispy!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is such a great find – I have so much kale in my garden right now! I can’t wait to make this tomorrow for my afternoon snack! So easy and they look so delicious.

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