Oven-baked Kale Chips

Baked kale chips with olive oil and sea salt
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 quart (4 servings)
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These savory, crunchy kale chips are a healthy and delicious alternative to potato chips. They are so tasty that I've yet to meet anyone who didn't gobble them up, and that includes kids as well as adults who didn't think they liked kale.

This is an easy recipe and it's a fun one to do with kids. They can get into the action separating the tender part of the leaves from the stalks and keeping watch on them in the oven so they don't burn. Once you have the basics down, you can think of ways to spice them up. You might use flavored salt or oil or dashes of others.

The question of how to store kale chips is a common one. See two options for storing them and what not to do.

Equipment Needed to Make Kale Chips

  • Oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (not needed with silicone baking sheet)
  • Salad spinner or dish towel

What You'll Need

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2-3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)

How to Make It

Preheat your oven to 325 F/163 C.

Preparing the Kale

You will want the tender part of the kale leaves without the stalk or the larger veins. But you don't have to let the stalk and veins go to waste. You can save them for soup stock by freezing them in a container in your freezer. If not, you can compost them

Strip the leaves away from the tough leafstalks. Wash the kale leaves and dry them well in a salad spinner or by gently rolling the leaves in a clean dish towel.

Mixing the Ingredients

Toss the washed and dried leaves in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Include the cayenne if you like spicy snacks. The optional nutritional yeast will give the chips a cheesy-savory flavor.

Baking the Kale Chips

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you have a silicone baking sheet, the parchment paper won't be necessary.

Spread the leaves on the paper in a single layer. Do not crowd the leaves or they will not dry evenly. If necessary, bake in more than one batch or on several trays.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are crisp but not beginning to burn.

How to Store Kale Chips

Let the kale chips cool before transferring them to serving bowls or storing in paper bags.

  • If you have a vacuum sealer, once the chips are cooled you can vacuum seal them in plastic for long term storage.
  • Otherwise, they will keep their crunch longer if stored in paper rather than plastic bags.
  • Do not refrigerate.

Re-Crisping Kale Chips

If your chips lose their crunch, re-crisp them by spreading them out on a baking sheet again and baking at 300 F/149 C for just 5 minutes. They will crisp up as they cool.