Kale Chips

These kale chips are lightly tossed with oil and salt and baked until crisp. They’re so simple to make that you’ll banish the thought of ever buying store-bought kale chips again. Here’s how to make them.

A rimmed baking sheet filled with crispy baked kale chips.

You can bling up these kale chips with additional seasonings. Paprika, chili powder, garlic powder,
 lemon zest, almost anything that tastes good on potato chips will taste swell on kale chips. Add them when you sprinkle the kale with salt. If you really want to convert non-kale-eaters, sprinkle the kale with finely grated Parmesan cheese (use your Microplane) before baking.–Timothy Ferriss

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A rimmed baking sheet filled with crispy baked kale chips.

Kale Chips

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  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 2
4.9/5 - 8 reviews
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Ingredients


Directions

Tear the kale into bite-size pieces, leaving them on the largeish side as they’ll shrink during roasting. Remove the thick fibrous stems from the leaves and discard or save them for juicing or smoothie-ing.

Rinse the kale pieces under cool running water and pat them completely dry. Let them rest at room temperature on a baking sheet or a kitchen towel for at least an hour or perhaps a few hours, as the kale needs to be absolutely, completely, undeniably dry or it won’t crisp properly during roasting.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.

Spread the kale on the baking sheets or dump it in a large bowl. Dribble a very small amount of oil over the kale, partly covering the opening of the oil bottle with your thumb to control the rate of release. Toss the leaves with your hands, rubbing the oil into each and every leaf to ensure the kale is completely coated with oil.

Spread the kale in a single layer on the baking sheets. You need to make certain that no leaves overlap, as this will lead to soggy, gross edges, crying children, and whimpering puppies.

Sprinkle the kale with salt.

Bake until the edges are lightly browned but not so browned as burnt toast. Take a nibble at about 15 minutes, and if it seems like it’s good, you’re done. Otherwise, if it still needs more crisping, check again in a few minutes. Bake for no more than 20 minutes total. Transfer the kale to a sheet of parchment paper to cool to room temperature.

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Let me tell you, I’m the world’s biggest kale chip fan. I love them. I cannot make them because I’ll eat the entire batch in one sitting—which is exactly what happened when I made this recipe.

It’s a great recipe—the tip about letting the kale hang out for an hour is brilliant—but do watch out for a few things. Tear the kale into larger-than-bite-size pieces because they shrink and shrivel in the oven. Use less oil than you think you’ll need, because a little goes a long way when you’re massaging the kale. Maybe my bunch of kale was on the larger size, but I filled 3 baking sheets. It really is imperative that the kale pieces don’t touch one another. One last thing—this is where you can pull out your arsenal of flavored salts and oils. I had the best time mixing and matching flavors. The spicier and garlickier, the better.

Well, the hype is well-earned. Turns out kale chips are such a tasty, addictive snack, I can’t get enough of them.

I experimented with both regular and lacinato kale, and both are delicious. I slightly prefer the lacinato because it creates a long, sturdy chip that holds toppings very well. The recipe’s author isn’t joking about making sure the leaves are completely dry and not overlapping. I accidentally fudged this step a little on my first batch, and the results were oily and weepy rather than featherlight and crisp. On my best batches, I spread my leaves out on separate baking sheets and they were crisp and ready after 8 minutes of baking.

For toppings, I had success with the Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and a cumin and curry powder mix that was delicious! The only sad part about this recipe is that the chips are so light, you can eat an entire bunch of kale and feel like you just inhaled large quantities of tasty, tasty air.

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Comments

  1. It seems folks are forgetting their Salad Spinners to help the drying process. Also, I once made Dried Kale Leaves in the microwave by accident. Just wanted to do a steam and went too long. The water had evaporated and dried leaves were left. This was before chips were popular! I enjoyed the heck out of them and still haven’t figured how to do it again. Serendipitous happenings are memories made.

    1. I had a similar accident with mushrooms. After.a minute or two too long in the microwave, they were perfectly dried and lasted forever in the pantry. This was a very pleasant mistake.

  2. These kale chips were sooo crispy and delicious. I don’t know if perhaps my oven is a little ornery, as the first batch of chips were fairly burnt after 15 minutes. The next batch, I tasted after 10 minutes and those were perfect, so I encourage others to keep in mind their own oven when making these.

    For the third batch, I used a Creole seasoning blend that I picked up in New Orleans this summer….divine.

    1. Oh those creole spiced chips sounds lovely, Vera. So glad that you nailed down the timing for perfect chips.

  3. You all have made this much too hard. I’ve never had a problem with the kale being bone dry first or mildly touching, but it should be spread out in a single layer. Use your favorite spicy seasoning. Bake at 400 until done to your liking, my family likes them quite blackened, which takes a good 20 minutes. This does NOT take hours of drying or 3 pans. My oven isn’t that big!

    1. Glad to hear you have a technique that works for you, Cindy. To each her own, eh? We’ve tested several kale chip recipes and actually each time we didn’t ensure that the kale was dry prior to roasting, the end result was sorta soggy. Those who’ve made this recipe as well as other kale chip recipes also swear by it being the best kale chip technique they’ve tried. So we’ll stick with this, and you’re welcome to stick to yours! Look forward to hearing which recipe on the site piques your curiosity next…

  4. I brought these to a New Year’s party thinking we’d need some greens of some kind. People couldn’t stop eating them. This is a winner recipe. In addition to Lacinato kale, I used large broccoli leaves, and they were equally tasty.

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