Kale Chips

June 10, 2010 by Ali

A few mornings ago, my next-door neighbor surprised me by bringing over a huge basket of fresh kale – YUM! Such a wonderful way to begin the day!!

I’ve been craving kale chips this month, so was anxious to pop them in the oven and make a quick batch. Talk about instant gratification — after just 12 minutes in the oven, the kale had reached that gorgeous dark green color, was perfectly crisp, and ready to be enjoyed!! There are a million different ways you can season them, but for this batch I went nearly al natural — just tossed them in some olive oil and sprinkled on a little sea salt. Completely delicious!!

If you’ve never made these before, I can’t recommend them enough. In addition to providing a fresh alternative for when the crunchy “chip” craving hits, kale is absolutely packed with nutrients and powerful antioxidants.

So grab the olive oil, and whatever favorite seasonings you enjoy (herbs, a little lemon or lime juice, garlic, etc.), and enjoy this addicting, yet wonderfully guilt-free snack! :)

Kale Chips

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 1 batch of chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh kale leaves, well-washed and dried (you can use a salad spinner, or pat dry with towels, or just let air dry!)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • coarse sea salt (or whatever salt you prefer)

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a cutting board, use a kitchen knife to chop the kale into bite-sized (about 1") pieces. (You can also tear it apart with your hands.) Place pieces in a large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. Then using your hands, toss the kale until the leaves are evenly coated with the oil.

Lay the kale pieces out evenly on the parchment-lined baking sheet, and then sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until kale is dark green and crunchy. Remove from oven, let cool, and then serve.

Ali’s Tip:

If you would like to keep these “raw”, they can be easily cooked in a dehydrator. Just prepare them similarly, and pop them in the dehydrator for 4-5 hours.

filed in Appetizers, Sides, Veggies

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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32 thoughts on “Kale Chips

  1. Crispy, for sure. Feel like they need a little more flavor than just the salt. What if you dusted them with a little dry ranch mix? Or curry? Somebody must’ve come up with something, no?

    - Anne

  2. I can not wait to try this. I am juicing and use Kale everyday. I am even growing my own! Looks delish!

    - Leatha

  3. I was wondering if you could do the same thing with other mustard-type greens. I was given a bunch of kohlrabi and I don’t like the traditional way of cooking greens.

    - Charlotte

  4. Oh Man….. I am a FAN! These are delicious :)

    - Andrea

  5. I really love these chips. There’s a company (Brad’s Raw) not far from where I live that makes them. Has anyone tried this with Old Bay Seasoning?

    - Ron

  6. These are amazing!!!!

    - Stacy

  7. SO tasty! i had to put mine in for a little longer than 12 minutes. Maybe because of my crappy oven. But so delicious oh my gosh.

    - Victoria

  8. I dehydrate mine! wonderful and so good for you!

    - Melody

  9. Just made and these are awesome!

    - Jolie

  10. My daughter made these to snack on while she has been dieting….she gave me a taste , and now I am hooked on this delicious snack…this was the first time I have ever eaten Kale….I never thought in a million years that I would eat it…….. (it just never appealed to me)….but I’m here to tell you, you just gotta try it, and you will be hooked on it just like the rest of us…..It is soooo good !!!!

    - Loretta

  11. Just made a batch! Looking forward to giving them a try! I love your blog.

    - Lauren E.

  12. Ugh. One more question. I went to the grocery store this morning and forgot to get parchment paper. I really don’t want to have to go back just for that. Is it necessary, or might there be an alternative?

    - Sara

    • Hey Sara!

      Absolutely – feel free to just use cooking spray to grease the pan a bit. Or you can also use aluminum foil. Whatever works! :-)

      Enjoy!
      ~A

      - ali

  13. Thanks! Kale is abundant at the farmers market right now, and I was looking for a new way to use it. I wanted to make ALL of it into these chips, but that’s a lot to eat in one serving. Two or three servings, not a problem. :-)

    - Sara

  14. Question. Do these keep well, or do they need to be served immediately?

    - Sara

    • Hi Sara!

      I’ve kept them around for 2-3 days (stored in an airtight container), but not sure if they would last just too much longer. Sorry, not too sure on that one…good luck!

      ~A

      - ali

  15. made them! love them! Would be great on a hamburger!

    - Merriam

  16. Yum… These look great! I have seen various posts about kale chips but haven’t given them a try yet. I really need to! We get a lot of kale in our CSA, so now I will have the perfect recipe to try!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    • Hey Jen!

      Actually, it was an abundance of CSA kale that initially led my friends and I to try them! So fun – and versatile too. :)

      ~A

      - ali

  17. This is such a creative use of kale – I never would have thought to do this! Great recipe!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  18. My biggest craving is “salty crunchy” and this looks like the best way to do it AND be healthy. Cannot wait to try–I’m off to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow!

    - Toni

  19. What temp should the oven be for that 12 minute bake time? Thanks!

    - Andrea

    • Oh no! So sorry everyone — forgot that “minor” detail. :-)

      The oven temp needs to be 350 for these. I just edited the post. Enjoy!!

      ~A

      - ali

  20. Yeah for kale! I love Cale! Oh wait that is my husbands name! ;)

    - Meg

  21. Hi Ali. how hot should the oven be when making the kale chips? thanks!

    - jan willbanks