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Air Fryer Parmesan Kale Chips Recipe Is a Better-for-You Snack — So Crispy + Easy

Lemon zest adds zing to these crunchy kale chips that speed to the table in just 15 minutes

Okay, I confess: Potato chips are my weakness. What can I say? I”ll choose a salty-crunchy bite over a sweet treat any day. But if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to incorporate healthier snacks into your diet. That’s why kale chips have become my new go-to favorite. Kale is a super-star veggie loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And when made into chips, the thin, delicately crispy bite is a delicious way way satisfy a craving.

We make our Parmesan Kale Chips recipe in the air fryer. When air-fried, the kale retains almost all of those good-for-you nutrients. That’s because this handy device rapidly circulates heat and cooks the kale in a flash. Plus, it takes a lot less added fat to achieve that crisp texture we all love. First, wash the leaves, remove the tough stems, then tear into small pieces. Now, the most important part — thoroughly dry the pieces. That way, they’re sure to cook up extra crunchy. Next, coat the leaves with a dash of olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Once cooked, sprinkle with grated Parm while the chips are still warm. The cheese clings to the chips for an out-of-this-world coating. Best of all, you’ll be ready to dig in just 15 minutes. We promise, once you taste this Parmesan Kale Chips recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought snacks again.

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  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 cups (2”–3” pieces) torn kale, washed, thoroughly dried
  • Lemon slices
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest


Place crisper plate in basket of 7-qt. air fryer; coat basket with cooking spray. Place basket in air fryer; heat to air-fry at 325°F.

In large bowl, mix oil, garlic powder and 1/4 tsp. salt; add kale. Rub kale with oil mixture until evenly coated. In batches, spread kale in single layer in air-fryer basket. Air-fry until crisp, about 2 min. per batch. If desired, arrange lemon slices around edge of serving dish; pile kale chips in center. While still warm, sprinkle with Parmesan and lemon zest.


  • Calories: 50 kcal
  • Fat: 4 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 1 gram
  • Protein: 3 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 4 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Sodium: 200 mg


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