Posted on January 19, 2019

How to Cook Kale Chips in an Air Fryer

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How to Cook Kale Chips in an Air Fryer

Do you know how easy it is to cook kale chips in an air fryer? If you have about 1 minute to prep and 5 minutes to cook, you can be enjoying some tasty kale chips in no time.

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Kale. Do you eat kale?

Kale has certainly gained some popularity over the last 5-10 years. I don’t think I had ever tried kale until about 3 years ago.  I mixed it into my salads occasionally.  I have friends who like to add handfuls of kale to their smoothies (whereas I usually use spinach as my green filler). My sister has always raved about kale chips, but the process of baking kale always sounded tedious (thought I doubt there was much to it). Most recently I have discovered the Superfood Side at Chick-Fil-A which consists of kale, broccolini, dried cherries and a maple vinaigrette dressing.

Air Fryer Kale Chips

We have definitely been enjoying our new air fryer and have spent the last few weeks trying out all sorts of air fryer recipes. Last week I made kale chips for the first time and I was blown away by how tasty they were AND how easy they were to cook  up in the air fryer.

I kept my recipe super simple and only added olive oil and a little bit of salt to the kale before cooking.  The result was a salty, crunchy veggie option that definitely tasted better than the boring raw carrots that I usually have with lunch.

I do recommend eating these chips immediately after cooking. I think if they sat around for more than an hour or so they would start to get soggy and lose their crunchy appeal.

One note about prep time: my estimate assumes you buy a bag of kale that is already chopped and de-stemmed.  (We buy a bulk bag of kale leaves from the grocery store). If you are chopping the kale yourself, add a few minutes to the prep time.

Air Fryer Kale Chips
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Air Fryer Kale Chips

Do you know how easy it is to cook kale chips in an air fryer? If you have about 1 minute to prep and 5 minutes to cook, you can be enjoying some tasty kale chips in no time.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, kale, vegetable
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh kale, destemmed loosely packed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add kale, salt and olive oil to a large Ziploc bag or tupperware container with lid.  Shake until kale is coated with oil and salt.
    Kale and Olive Oil
  • Place kale in air fryer basket.
    Kale in Air Fryer
  • Cook at 330 F for 5 minutes, pulling out the basket and giving it a shake about halfway through the cook time.
  • Enjoy immediately!

Notes

Prep time assumes you buy a bag of kale that is already chopped and de-stemmed.  If you are chopping the kale yourself, add a few minutes to the prep time.

I am really enjoying this recipe and love how easy it is to cook up in the air fryer!

Have you ever tried making your own kale chips? Definitely give it a shot – it’s a lot easier than you might think.


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2 Comments

  • Reply Norma Lindsey March 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I just did kale chips and used powdered Ranch Dressing mix instead of salt. The few I ate were delicious, but most of them flew up into/onto the burner coil. How do you keep them from flying around? I use a Ninja Air Fryer

    • Reply mamacheaps March 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      Hi there! Every time I make these (which is usually a few times a week), I get a small piece or two of kale falling through the basket to the bottom, but the majority stays in the basket, no issue. I do tend to use a lot of kale – usually 2 big handfuls. Maybe try using more kale to weigh it down more? p.s. ranch dressing mix sounds fantastic!!

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