Air fryer kale chips turn out crispy, well seasoned and delicious in less time than it would in the oven. It’s the perfect Keto / low carb heathy snack. Perfectly Salted and easily adaptable with a variety of seasoning options.
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Why Air fried Kale Chips tick all the boxes
I love to have crunchy kale chips. It's a healthy way to enjoy a salty snack. There are many reasons to enjoy this recipe and I listed a few below.
- It fits into any lifestyle! Vegan, Keto, low carb, Vegetarian etc.
- A healthy crispy snack if you are watching your waist line.
- In addition to the many health benefits of kale, it’s low in fat and has some fiber and fiber can help you lose weight by keeping you full for longer.
Ingredients & Tools
- Kale leaves
- Ranch seasoning
- Air fryer Rack
How to make Air fryer Kale chips
This is the easiest low carb snack you will make and this is how to make it in the air fryer.
Remove the stem from the leaves, cut the leaves into preferred sizes. Wash thoroughly in salted water or vinegar water.
Drain the water using a colander, then pour leaves out on a paper towel lined tray while you dab the top with more paper towel.
Spray on some oil, sprinkle some salt and ranch seasoning and air fry.
Making baked kale in the oven
If you don't have an air fryer yet, that's not a problem because you can make these in the oven. Follow the steps below to bake crispy kale chips in the air fryer.
- After cutting, washing and drying kale leaves, preheat oven to 300°F / 148°C.
- Arrange Kale leaves in a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 mins or till desired crispness.
Making it without oil.
Oil makes the chips crisp better and allows salt and desired seasonings to stick to the leaves.
However if you’d rather not add some oil you can make kale chips without oil but it would be a bit dryer and more difficult to season.
There a variety of ways to enjoy air fried kale chips, we love to use plain salt or salt and ranch seasoning. However if you love popcorn seasoning that would work perfectly with these veggie crisps. You can check out the collection of seasoning below.
- Nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Cajun seasoning
- Black pepper
- Don't air fry the chips with the ribs of the leaves. The middle ribs are not only tough, they are also bitter.
- The kale chips tend to fly around in the air fryer. To prevent this, use the air fryer rack to hold the chips down while the chips cook.
- Try to cut the kale leaves in equal sizes. Dry the leaves properly with paper towel.
- Do not overcrowd the basket. Cook in batches if needed.
- Shake the basket half way through cooking time.
- If baking in the oven keep an eye on it especially towards the end of baking time.
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- Veggie sausage links
- Breaded mushrooms
- Air fryer vegetable potstickers
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Air Fryer Kale Chips
- ½ bunch Kale (about 8 Stalks)
- ½ Tablespoon oil (You can also use oil spray)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ranch powder (or favorite seasoning)
- Remove the middle stalk from each leaf, cut leaves into preferred sizes and wash
- Drain leaves with a colander before transferring to a paper towel lined tray to absorb more water. Gently dab the top with some paper towel till the leaves have been well dried.
- Drizzle or Spray on some oil, Toss to coat the leave, sprinkle on some salt and ranch seasoning, toss again to coat.
- Spread on the air fryer rack, do not overcrowd, a little overlap is allowed. Put an air fryer rack over it to prevent leaves flying around while it bakes.
- Bake at 380°F / 194°C for 4-5 mins. Shake the basket half way through.
- Let the leaves dry completely before tossing in oil.
- Feel free to use other seasonings.
- If you pull out the basket to shake half way through and you notice some leaves already crispy, you can take those out and continue baking the rest.