Air Fryer Kale Chips

I used to make kale chips in my oven and then I discovered air fryer kale chips – they’re oil-free and take only 3 minutes to cook! That’s right folks, 3 minutes (well 6 if you count the 3 minutes spent preheating the air fryer).

Even though it’s a no frills recipe, I created a short video demonstrating how easy it is. Feel free to vary the spices used in the spice blend.

Process of creating air fried kale chips

Method Overview

  • Wash and dry kale; remove center stem and tear into pieces
  • Air fry for a total of 3 minutes
  • Sprinkle with spice blend

Close up of plate of air fried kale chips
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5 from 7 votes

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 36kcal


  • air fryer


  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, aka Tuscan kale, Italian kale, dinosaur kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt


  • Wash the kale leaves. Shake off the water then lay on a towel. Cover with a second towel to dry.
  • While the kale is drying, prepare the spice blend. Put the garlic powder, cumin powder, paprika, and salt into a small bowl and stir.
  • Remove the center stem from each kale leaf, then tear into bite-sized pieces.
  • Preheat air fryer at 325ºF for 3 minutes.
    Add kale to the air fryer basket; don't fill more 3/4 full.
    Cook for 1-1/2 minutes, pause the air fryer and shake the kale around, then cook for 1-1/2 more minutes. Pour onto a plate.
    Repeat this process until all of the kale is dried into chips.
  • Sprinkle the kale chips with the spice blend, and enjoy!


  • Smoked, sweet, or hot paprika can be used in the spice blend.
  • If you don’t eat all of the kale chips right away, and some become limp, simply put them back in your preheated air fryer for about 30 seconds.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6870IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg
What brand air fryer do I use?

My son, Chris, bought me a Ninja base model for Christmas 2020 and it works great.

If you enjoy Air Fryer Kale Chips, you may also enjoy my Air Fryer Pakora recipe.

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