Recipe: Baked Kale Chips

February 14, 2012

I’ve been dying to make baked kale chips for a while now, as rumor on the street has it that they give you a satisfying crispy snack feeling (think potato chips) sans loads of fat and calories. Using Smitten Kitchen’s recipe as a loose guide, I made these on Monday afternoon. One bunch makes two oversized bowls worth of chips, perfect for some mindless munching during a juicy tv night or mid-afternoon when you’re craving  a salty snack but don’t want to indulge in hundreds of calories.

Closing your eyes for a second, you’d never think you were eating kale. It becomes light and airy, easy to repeatedly pop in your mouth. Maybe they still look like kale or a green vegetable you’d be forced to eat when you’re a kid but I promise they taste nothing like it. Considering this is pretty much the easiest, no-brainer recipe — and darn good for you! — you have no excuse!   


Baked Kale Chips

1 bunch (about 6 ounces) curly kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt, to taste (it absorbs more than you think so use sparingly)

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs.
Cut into bite-size pieces, accounting that they will shrink up to a 1/3.
Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or tinfoil (just coat to prevent sticking).
Lightly toss with olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake about 16 to 18 minutes, or until crisp.
Place baking sheet on a rack to cool or if you plan on immediate consumption, place in bowls to devour!

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  • sarah

    i make these for dinner all the time. think someone else is sick of them but im OBSESSED!!

    experiment with the kinds of salt you use. smoked salt is amazing! oh and drizzle of truffle oil-yum!

  • victoria | vmac+cheese

    Yep, I LOVE kale chips. I sometimes will sprinkle cayenne on them when I want them spicy, or even garlic powder. They’re also really good with parmesan cheese!!

  • Grace - Stripes & Sequins

    So funny - my girlfriends and I were talking about Kale chips this weekend! I’ve got to try your recipe… sounds like the perfect healthy snack.

  • stringsandbuttons

    Kale chips rock! I usually put a little bit of kosher salt and voila! Thanks for sharing! xo

    • Alyson

      Exactly! Aren’t they the perfect easy snack? So in love. Excited I have another bushel for tonight.

  • Penny Pincher Fashion

    I keep seeing bloggers post about these, so I think it’s time to give them a try! It will be a miracle if I can convince my hubby & kids to eat them though…we’ll see! :)

    • Alyson

      You totally must. Make the hubs and kids try first with their eyes closed!

  • Jenn

    Mmmmm, my favorite! I like to add a little fresh grated parm on top! I’m making a batch tonight!

    • Alyson

      Parm sounds so perfect on these. It might just convince my daughter to try. Hope you enjoyed yours.

  • Marissa

    I drizzle mine with high quality balsamic vinegar right after taking them out of the oven. My husband loves them!

    • Alyson

      WOW, I love this idea.

  • Shannon Darrough

    Ah! I can’t stop eating kale chips! I am making them tonight for Valentine’s Day!

  • megan, the frugalista diaries

    Love Kale chips, I used this recipe a ways back, it was a hit on the blog :D

  • two birds

    this is one of my favorite snacks! i need to make them again soon! even the kids like them!

    • Alyson

      I know… they seem to be such a crowd pleaser! need to make them again and encourage my daughter to try it.

  • Bre

    Yum, I love kale! I have not ever had it like this and my mouth is watering.

  • Laurel Ann

    Thanks for sharing!!! This looks awesome. I’ve been wanting to try kale chips (vegan! healthy!) for a while but I’ve been scared. Now, I feel inspired to make it happen. You rock!

  • Fashion By Alicia

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely should try these sometime.

  • sarah | chevrons & stripes

    Kale chips are all the rage these days! I wrote about changing my diet for the New Year a few weeks ago and how Kale chips were at the top of my snack list - but I have yet to actually make them. Now I really have no excuse, thanks for the push!

  • My Dressy Ways

    Although I love veggies and especially leafy green ones, I don’t like kale. BUT I’m willing to try this because it sounds delish. I did this with broccoli a few weeks ago and will never go back to doing it any other way. It’s SO yummy. It was almost too good to be healthy!

  • erica

    need to try these!

  • Orgreenic

    Thanks for the baked kale chips recipe. What a great idea for a healthy snack.

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