Air Fryer Kale Chips

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I could eat a whole bag of kale in approximately 10 minutes if it’s made into chips 🤣. These 🥬 Air Fryer Kale Chips are one of my all-time favorite snacks. They take just 10 minutes to make and totally satisfy the craving for something salty and crunchy. You must give these a try. Some trends go viral for a reason!

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Kale Chips

If you’re craving a snack that’s both delicious and nutritious, seriously look no further than these 🥬 Air Fryer Kale Chips. These crispy, flavorful bites are the perfect solution if you’re looking to satisfy a crunchy/salty craving without compromising on your nutritional goals. Just 10 minutes and you have the crispiest, lightest snack ever. I love these with a nice sprinkle of 🧂 salt and parmesan for some cheesiness. These are truly irresistible!

How to Prepare Air Fryer Kale Chips

🥬 First, remove the kale leaves from the stems. I use this easy hack: take a pair of tongs that have a loop at the end and put the loop through the rib. Then pull forward quickly to remove the leaves.

💦 Now, wash and dry the kale and then tear them into smaller pieces.

🥑 Lightly spray the kale with avocado or olive oil and then sprinkle them with salt.

♨️ Then place them in a single layer in the air fryer and cook at 370F (190C) for 4-5 minutes.

😋 Finally, add a sprinkle of parmesan on top and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip 🫒

Use a light hand when you coat the dry kale leaves with olive oil or avocado oil. You don’t want to drench them or they’ll never crisp up.

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Variations and Substitutions for Air Fryer Kale Chips

  1. You can use whichever oil you like to make these Air Fryer Kale Chips: avocado oil, coconut oil or 🫒 olive oil.
  2. If you are vegan or plant-based, simply omit the parmesan cheese. You can use your favorite non-dairy variety instead, or even a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
  3. Use any variety of 🥬 kale such as curly kale, dinosaur (Lacinato) kale, or red kale.
  4. Feel free to experiment with your different seasonings, such as garlic powder, smoked paprika or chili flakes.

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Common Questions

which salt do you use?

I always use Redmond Real Salt. For this recipe, it’s really important to not add too much salt or you will ruin them completely. Just a small pinch as you can always add more saltiness after they are done.

which air fryer do you use?

I have the COSORI Pro II Air Fryer Oven Combo. The recipe time and temperature vary by appliance, so please keep an eye on the kale chips as they cook.

can I bake these kale chips in the oven instead of air fryer?

Yes, you can bake these in the oven at 300F (150C) for about 20 to 30 minutes until crispy and the edges start to brown but are not burnt. If baking, use a large baking sheet so each kale leaf can lie flat in a single layer.

can I make these air fryer Kale chips dairy-free?

Yes, you can totally use nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.

can I use different varieties of kale for these chips?

Yes, you can use any variety of kale such as curly kale, dinosaur (Lacinato) kale, or red kale. Just ensure the leaves are fresh and well-dried before air frying.

how do I make sure the kale chips are not soggy?

Make sure to dry the kale leaves really well after washing them because too much moisture can lead to soggy chips. Also, avoid overcrowding the air fryer by arranging the kale in a single layer for proper air circulation. You may have to do a couple of batches depending on the size of your air fryer!

how can I store the kale chips?

Kale chips are best enjoyed fresh but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days. If they lose their crunch, you can try re-baking them for a couple of minutes.

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Air Fryer Kale Chips

If you're craving a snack that’s both delicious and nutritious, look no further than these Air Fryer Kale Chips. Just 10 minutes and you have the crispiest, lightest snack ever.
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Course: Snack
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 6 leaves kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil , or avocado oil spray
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese


  • Cut the rib off the kale or use my hack in my video below by taking any tongs that have a loop at the end, put the loop through the rib and pull forward to remove the leaves.
  • Wash and dry the kale and tear into smaller pieces.
  • Coat in a touch of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
  • Place the kale in a single layer in the air fryer and cook at 370F (190C) for 4-5 minutes. (See FAQs for oven instructions).
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy!



Calories: 84kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 351mg, Potassium: 120mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 3318IU, Vitamin C: 31mg, Calcium: 106mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Snack
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