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Air Fryer Kale Chips

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Air Fryer Kale Chips are crispy healthy chips that are bursting with salt and garlic flavors. Kale Chips are the best way to get the crunch that you are craving, but help you stay on track with your lifestyle changes at the same time.

These crispy vegetable chips are perfect for those of you eating a low carb or keto diet since they’re easy and delicious. Don’t worry, these healthy snacks are so tasty even the kids will enjoy them!

Air Fryer Kale Chips in a white bowl with a blurred air fryer in the background.
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Health Benefits of Kale

Not only is kale easy to cook, but it also packs a powerful health punch. Kale is loaded with probiotics to help regulate your digestive system.

By air frying your kale you get that delicious crunch of chips that we all crave, without the added oils and calories, just like my crispy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips. If you ask me, I consider that a win-win!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kale Chips are a great substitute for potato chips because you still get that satisfying crunch but these chips are low in calories! Some other things you’ll like about this recipe:

  • They’re done quickly! Less than 15 minutes from start to finish.
  • No special culinary skills required so it’s a fun recipe to make with the kids.
  • Following a low carb lifestyle? This will satisfy your craving for a crunchy, salty snack.

If you love these Kale Chips, you will also enjoy these Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Chips.

Air Fryer Kale Chips in a bowl next to a measuring spoon and fresh Kale.


To make these tasty chips you only need four simple ingredients. You should already have most of these ingredients on hand.

  • Bunch of fresh kale stalks
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
Kale stalks in a bowl next to garlic powder, kosher salt and oil in small bowls.

A bunch of kale looks like a lot. Remember that the kale will shrink some after air frying so don’t worry about being stuck with a truckload of kale chips.


Table Salt: Don’t have kosher salt? Use table salt or sea salt in its place.

Oil: Out of olive oil? Use avocado oil or canola oil instead.

Seasoning Variations

Garlic is just one of your tasty seasoning options. Here are some other suggestions:

Cajun Seasoning: Use a Cajun seasoning blend in place of the garlic for a spicy kick.

Ranch: Swap out the garlic for ranch seasoning mix for a ranch twist on your kale chips.

Parmesan Cheese: Sprinkle some parmesan on to add a salty cheesy flavor.

Nutritional Yeast: Want the cheesy flavor without the dairy? Use nutritional yeast intead.

Plain: Leave off the garlic all together for plain Kale Chips.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

For this easy kale chips recipe you only need two simple tools.

How to Make Air Fryer Kale Chips

These Kale Chips cook up in just 4 simple steps and in less than 10 minutes! Can’t beat that!

Step 1: Prepare kale

First, wash and dry kale. To speed dry the kale pieces, give them a few whirls in a salad spinner and/or pat between paper towels.

Remove the kale leaves from the stalks. Then, cut the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

Kale leaves broken into smaller chip size pieces in a white bowl.

Step 2: Season your kale

In a bowl combine the small pieces of kale with the olive oil and salt. Add the garlic powder. Salt will cut the kale’s bitterness, but you can season with other spices besides garlic.

Kale leaves in a bowl seasoned with garlic powder and salt.

Step 3: Air Fry kale chips

Place the kale chips in the air fryer basket. If you have a small air fryer (or a lot of kale) you may need to cook in batches.

Seasoned Kale leaves in an air fryer basket ready for cooking.

Cook in the air fryer for a couple minutes at 375 degrees. Shake the basket and cook for a minute or two more.

Keep a close eye on the kale while it’s cooking since it may be ready in as little as 3 minutes. It only takes 3-5 minutes to make them crispy.

Kale chips in an air fryer basket just right after cooking.

 Step 4: Serve your chips

Let chips rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying even though I know you’ll want to eat the kale chips right away. Trust me, that extra few minutes is essential to making your kale chips crispy.

close up shot of the Air Fryer Kale chips highlighting the crispy Kale leaves.

Serving Suggestions

Looking for ideas on how to serve your kale chips? Here’s how I serve mine!

Serve your kale chips as a snack, or alongside a meal. I like to eat my kale chips with a low carb wrap filled with my favorite sandwich toppings for lunch.

Air Fryer Kale chips in a white bowl with a blurred air fryer in the background.


Want to make sure your Kale Chips come out perfectly? Here are some tips to help!

  • Make sure your kale is completely dry before spraying with oil.
  • Don’t overload your air fryer for perfectly crispy kale chips.
  • When you shake the basket at the halfway mark, cover the kale with an air fryer rack or cookie sheet to prevent the kale from flying around in the air.


Looking for answers to your questions about this recipe? Here are the most commonly asked questions and their answers.

How to store

Store your kale chips in a paper bag or in an airtight container lined with paper towels for up to three days.

Can this recipe be halved or doubled?

Absolutely, just keep in mind if you are doubling that you will need to air fry your kale chips in several batches to prevent soggy chips.

How to make kale chips in the oven?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake your kale chips for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy.

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Air Fryer Kale Chips

Corinne Schmitt
These chips are so tasty even the kids will enjoy them!
4.89 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 72 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 bunch kale stalks
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Remove leaves from stalks and break into smaller chip size pieces. Make sure you wash your kale with water and let it dry.
  • In a bowl coat the kale in the oil and then season with the garlic and salt. Salt will cut the kales bitterness, but you can season with other spices besides garlic.
  • Cook in air fryer for 2-3 minutes on 375. Shake the basket and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Let chips dry for 5 minutes before enjoying.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 588mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1424IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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