How to Make Kale Chips
Nov 01, 2023
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Kale chips are the perfect healthy snack and easily satisfy any salty, savory, or crunchy craving. Just massage torn kale with a little bit of olive oil and salt, then pop them in the oven until crispy!
Kale chips are very thin, delicate, crispy chips. If you’ve ever had seaweed chips, they’re similar in density, with the feeling that you’re chomping on salty air. There’s not much to them. But the good news is that they’re nutrient-dense and satisfy all your salty and savoring cravings with very few calories.
I love homemade chips made from fruits and vegetables, and have recipes for apple chips, zucchini chips, and plantain chips. But these oven baked kale chips are one of my all-time favorites for a healthy snack. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make!
Kale Chips Ingredients
- Kale: Two popular varieties of kale you’ll find at the market are curly kale and lacinato kale (Tuscan kale). These vary slightly in texture and taste, but either will work for this recipe.
- Seasoning: A little olive oil and kosher salt is all you need to make salted vegetable chips. But if you want to add extra flavor, I’ve got some delicious ideas listed below.
Find the printable recipe with measurements below.
How To Make Kale Chips
Remove kale leaves from the stem. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Wash and thoroughly dry the kale. Remove the kale leaves from the stems and tear them into pieces. Place the torn kale into a large mixing bowl.
Season the kale. Add the oil and salt to the mixing bowl and gently massage the kale until all pieces are lightly coated in oil. Don’t massage them too much, as you would for a massaged kale salad, otherwise, they’ll turn too soft.
Bake the kale. Lay the kale pieces in one single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet and cook for an additional 2 to 6 minutes, checking every minute or two to ensure they don’t burn.
Let the kale rest. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the kale chips cool for 3 to 5 minutes.
The key here is to cook them at a lower temperature (even if it takes a few minutes longer) and keep a close eye on them. You’re essentially dehydrating the chips. The cooking times may also vary if you’re using lacinato kale rather than curly kale. Just check on them frequently towards the end of the cook time.
Your kale is probably too wet or moist from water or oil. First, after you wash the kale make sure that it’s 100% dry. You can use a salad spinner if your kale is already chopped, or you can blot the kale dry with a paper towel if it’s still full stems. Second, use a minimal amount of oil. You really only need about 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil per bunch of kale chips. If you drench the kale in too much olive oil, it won’t crisp up.
Yes! After seasoning and massaging your kale, add the pieces in a single layer in your air fryer and cook at 350°F for 5 to 7 minutes.
I doubt you’ll have leftovers as it’s so easy to keep popping these kale chips in your mouth! But if you do have some left over, let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
Seasonings and Flavors
Salted kale chips are great, but there are plenty of ways to make them extra flavorful. For all dry seasonings, add those seasonings before cooking the kale chips. For liquid seasonings, I recommend a light spritzing after they’ve baked (keeping in mind that they’re quite fragile).
- Dry seasonings: Toss the kale in sea salt, truffle salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, parmesan, nutritional yeast (for a dairy-free cheesy flavor), onion powder, and ground mustard.
- Liquid seasonings: Add a drizzle of vinegar, truffle oil, or tamari soy sauce.
More Healthy Snacks
- Baked Zucchini Fries: Everyone’s favorite snack or appetizer!
- Curly Sweet Potato Fries: A delicious way to use your spiralizer.
- Baked Yuca Fries: A great alternative to regular potato fries.
- Flax Seed Crackers: Crispy crackers loaded with healthy seeds.
- Or enjoy this list of healthy snack ideas!
I hope you enjoy these kale chips! If you make them, I’d love to hear how they turned out in the comment box below. Your review will help other readers in the community.
Crispy Kale Chips Recipe
- Heavy Duty Baking Sheet My favorite baking sheet that I've had for years!
- Remove kale leaves from stem. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Wash and thoroughly dry the kale. Remove the kale leaves from the stems, then tear into pieces. Place the torn kale into a mixing bowl.
- Mix together. Add the oil and salt to the mixing bowl and gently massage the kale until all pieces are lightly coated in oil.
- Bake the kale. Lay the kale in one single layer on a baking sheet and cook for 8 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet and cook for an additional 2 to 6 minutes, checking every minute or two to ensure it's not burning.
- Let rest. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, let the kale chips cool for 3 to 5 minutes, then enjoy.
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Recipe originally posted November 2016, then again in February 2019, but updated today to include new information and photos for your benefit!