AIR FRYER KALE CHIPS – Whole30, paleo, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, EASY! 4 ingredients, 10 minutes to cook. A great easy snack or side.
Why I love these Air Fryer Kale Chips
I don’t love kale and haven’t liked ANY store bought kale chips. BUT, I can easy smash an entire batch of these homemade air fryer kale chips by myself. And enjoying eating your veggies that much is ALWAYS a win!
I love my airfryer (as you all know) for a lot of reasons, but making perfect kale chips EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. might be my favorite reason. I know I *should* eat my greens, but I’m a foodie and won’t unless it tastes good. And homemade kale chips are where it is at guys. They pack in the greens while being a very portable veggie.
Yes, you can make them in the oven. I definitely prefer the air fryer for even crispiness, but the oven instructions are included as well.
What is Nutritional Yeast?
Nutritional Yeast is not the same as baker’s yeast. Though it’s derived from baker’s yeast, it’s been deactivated and cannot make things rise. Instead, it’s a commonly used for a cheesy dairy-free flavor. It’s optional for these, but HIGHLY recommended. It gives these Air Fryer Kale Chips a great flavor! I get mine at Walmart or Trader Joe’s (pictured)
- Kale – I buy a head of kale whole and then trim it off the stem. You don’t want that center “vein” of the stem, it’s bitter and hard to chew. So, just the leafy green part. You can see a video of me doing this in the Kale Chip reel on Instagram here.
- Oil – You can use olive oil or avocado oil.
- Nutritional Yeast – See section above for what that is and where I buy it!
- Salt or garlic salt – I prefer the garlic salt grinder from Trader Joe’s.
Tip on taking these Air Fryer Kale Chips on the Go:
Homemade kale chips can get soft and soggy if stored the wrong way. This will happen if you just put them in a reusable zip top bag or sealed container. The solution? I make an envelope out of foil to store them in if I want to take them on the go. Storing them in just foil helps them stay crispy!
By “make an envelope” I mean fold a large piece of foil in half. Fold in each side a few times so there is only one opening at the top, a little foil pouch. Add the kale chips and then fold over the top.
So, I dare you to go try these and see if you don’t love them too!
Air Fryer Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of kale with steam removed, and chopped into smaller pieces
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil or oil of choice
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast optional, but delicious!
- 1/2 teaspoon salt I like using garlic salt
- If using the oven, preheat to 275.
- Put chopped kale pieces (they will shrink, so 2-3 inch pieces is great) in to a bowl or ziplock bag and toss with oil. Range of how much oil to use is dependent on the size of your kale bunch. Make sure you use enough to coat all kale pieces, without drowning them. I usually find 2 tablespoons oil is sufficient for a ziplock bag of kale that is 2/3 full of kale pieces.
- Toss or stir in seasonings. Then cook in air fryer at 275 degrees for 10-12 minutes, stirring twice throughout if not in a single layer. Store in a foil pouch to keep crisp (see my air fryer Instagram highlights for more on that).
- If using the oven, line baking sheet with parchment. Spread prepped kale on parchment in single layer. Bake at 275 for 20 minutes or until crispy.