Baked Kale Chips

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I am totally jumping on the band wagon here and I really think you should too! Have you been seeing baked kale chips all over the internet like I have? There's definitely a good reason for the buzz.  I finally made some today and I have to say that kale chips are exceptional!  They are healthy AND crunchy, which equates to a guiltless snack.

Ever had broccoli rabe? Do you like the taste of dried toasted seaweed?  You are in luck!

Totally disgusted? Don't make them! Go away!

Intrigued? DO IT. Come on!

The olive oil and the salt bring the kale to a new level of divinity. I imagine it would be a great topper for a soup or pasta.  Apparently it goes really well with popcorn!  Check out Stephanie's trick!

I have to buy more kale now, because I ate this entire plate.  I did save some for Cooper to try at dinner tonight.  Cross your fingers.

It would be very convenient if he loved them!  I am pretty sure lots of kids do.

Start by washing a bunch of kale.

gather your kale

Tear the leaves off the stems and put them in a bowl.

pull off leaves from stems

Toss the kale with a few glugs of olive oil and sprinkle the kale with salt!

pour olive oil on top & then salt

Spread the kale out on a cookie sheet. I put parchment on the bottom of mine for easy cleanup.

spread it out on the cookie sheet

350 degrees in the oven...12 minutes have crispy crunchy baked kale!

out of the oven

You will not stop eating it. I swear.

another batch is in the oven

Baked Kale Chips

(Recipe from

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • a few glugs of olive oil
  • salt

Preheat oven to 350. Tear kale into bite-sized pieces, avoiding the tough inner stalk. Rinse well in water and dry as best you can either in a spinner or on a tea towel. Pour a few glugs of olive oil on a baking sheet and add the kale. Sprinkle with salt and toss gently to evenly distribute the oil and salt, being careful not to toss the kale out of the tray. Place in oven and bake about 10-15 minutes, or until the kale is crisp. Best if eaten warm but not necessary.

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  • Jessica Craig
    February 24, 2010

    i am totally intrigued. too bad i already went to the store this week or it would in my cart already!

  • February 24, 2010

    i have seen these everywhere lately too!
    hmm, market day is tomorrow.
    i love chard too, it's so buttery.
    i wonder if chard chips would be worth trying?

    • February 25, 2010

      I dunno jen! But PLEASE let me know how it goes! It would be great if that works just as well :)

      • March 7, 2010

        haven't tried it with chard just yet, but i did try these with a little ground mustard. YUM

    • Julie
      February 10, 2012

      I made some last week! Chard is just as good!

  • February 25, 2010

    My hubby and I adore kale chips, but my kids are kinda iffy about them. Great idea - no - brilliant idea to crush them up and sprinkle them on popcorn. That smokey, nuttiness would be perfect on top of popcorn. :)

  • February 25, 2010

    I'm munching on a seaweed covered rice cake as I read this so I have no doubt that I will love that kale!

    • February 25, 2010

      OMG! Dana I am totally addicted to those rice cakes! I loooooooooove them! You will love this kale chip recipe fo sho!

  • February 25, 2010

    They're delicious! Trying drizzle a bit of apple cider vinegar and sprinkles of garlic powder and cayenne on top. It pops in your mouth. Great idea to mix with popcorn!

  • February 26, 2010

    gonna try these too! your posts make me laugh lady :)

  • Andrea
    February 26, 2010

    This looks so good! A superfood snack!

    • February 28, 2010

      You sure know your superfoods, Andrea! :)

  • Jessica Craig
    February 26, 2010

    ok, i am now officially hooked! i put a bit too much salt on them, but i secretly loved the saltiness. next time, i'll try some spices (maybe even spike! who knows?) to appease my husband. thank you for sharing this! yum, yum, YUM!

    • February 28, 2010

      I bet cayenne would be super! I can't wait to *play* with the next batch! I am super glad it's a hit in the Craig home. That makes me happy!

  • Nita
    February 27, 2010

    I am not a new reader...I guess I'm a lurker, since this is my first comment ;)

    A good friend told us about Kale chips last fall & how absolutely tasty they are
    Always in need of yummy healthy snacks for our 18 month old, we gave them
    a try & not only does he love them, we find them pretty darn delicious too!

    I'm always amazed at how something like Kale, with a few easy steps, can be
    turned into something so scrumptious!

    Btw: a great addition to this "recipe" is grated parmesan! Just toss in the bowl
    with the other ingredients & it's soooooo good.

    • February 28, 2010

      thanks for commenting Nita! I am definitely going to try Parmesan and some smoke paprika! Soo many good ideas out there!

  • sonia opl
    March 4, 2010

    Well,I also tried the "kale chips'and to say the least,they are fantastic.I bought a bunch of organic kale,tried one batch,then the rest.I ate thole whole thing.I used balsamic vinegar and spike to put a little touch of saltiness on..what a wow snack,nutritious and gulit free.Go ahead and try this.You won't be disappointed.

    • March 4, 2010

      ooh delightful! I have two bunches in my fridge right now to experiment with tomorrow! Balsamic is totally going to be reserved for one bunch. Thanks for the idea Sonia!

  • March 5, 2010

    You should try it with Lacinato Kale, also known as Tuscan or Dinosaur Kale. Much more wonderful flavor.

  • Jenny
    March 13, 2010

    This is soooo good! I will be making this again and again. Thanks for the recipe!

    • March 14, 2010

      i'm so glad you tried it Jenny!! Thanks for letting me know!

  • May 4, 2010

    mmm I used to make these all the time when I first went vegan. :)

  • May 14, 2010

    gonna have to try this one, as I can't do potatoes anymore and would love an alternative to have with burgers!

  • May 18, 2010

    Tracy - I made these last night with dinner and we ate the whole pan! Hubby even liked them! So delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • August 6, 2010

    I used kale, mustard greens and collards and tossed in some sesame seeds as well. DELISH!!!

    Thanks for the basic recipe, I will be improvising seasonings like garlic, onion, pepper flakes and even some smoke flavoring.

    Also, I am going to try different dipping sauces.

  • Sally
    September 25, 2010

    I thought these "chips" looked like a great snack idea. But when I tried this recipie the kale just wilted and went flat and not very crispy even after 15 minutes. Any suggestions? thanks

    • September 26, 2010

      Did you dry them off thoroughly before you put them in the pan? Were they wilty? If you don't dry them off they don't crisp as well!

      • Sally
        September 26, 2010

        Thanks Tracy,

        Yes, I thought that I had dried them well, but I think that I added too much salt also. They were way too salty tasting for my taste. I also used the kale about 3 days after I had bought it. Maybe it was not as fresh as it should have been. They finally did get more crispy with more time in the oven but I could barely eat them.....I kept getting a bitter, salty taste. Not pleasant at all!
        Not sure I want to try these again. Thanks for your feedback!

        • September 26, 2010

          Oh no!!! Too much salt can ruin the taste for sure! Kale is a little on the bitter side- the result is like seaweed & broccoli (which I like). Sorry it didn't work out for you :( But thanks for trying!

  • March 24, 2011

    Easy instructions and great pics. Thanks for both since I tend to need very literal directions to cook anything.

  • Ivana
    April 28, 2011

    I finally bought a bag of kale and am going to make these tonight. My stomach I'd rumbling just thinking about them!

  • Elise
    July 24, 2011

    I made these and they were delicious but how do you store them if you don't eat them all in 1 sitting? i put mine in a bowl with a paper towel over it and it was soggy when i got home. any suggestions? or perhaps the problem was that i used too much oil and salt?

    • July 24, 2011

      I think the paper towel might have helped keep them moist! Make sure they are super dry and out them in tupperware!

  • LaZet
    August 16, 2011

    These are great, especially warm. I love adding a little garlic, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese prior to baking! Yummmmmmm.

  • Jen
    August 18, 2011

    I have made these before - to die for. I have been known to eat almost 2#s of kale in on sitting cause of this!
    try this: add apple cider vinegar to your oil. Delish!
    I also add herbs sometimes too!
    Someone gave me a "pizza spice" grinder for Xmas once. It was loaded with italian seasoning & sea salt. I put that on top instead of plain salt and the chips didn't last a day!

    Also, using canola instead of olive oil will let you cook them longer. This helps when the kale is extra thick & tough!

  • February 9, 2012

    I am obsessed, and truly crave Kale. A few suggestions to try include grated garlic, steak seasoning, chipotle smoked pepper, and my newest favorite..... Curry Scramble mix. It is insane, you won't be saving any for your husband so buy an extra bunch! :D

  • February 9, 2012

    Wow, these are awesome. I've been putting off making kale chips for a while now, and I wonder how I ever lived without them. Thanks for the recipe!

  • February 9, 2012

    So many different kale chips online but I like yours better; even better than Martha Stewart's recipe. Why? Because you showed descriptive pics and I like the word "glug".

  • February 12, 2012

    I love your measurments. "glugs" of olive oil. You totally get how to cook. :)

  • Dina Heile
    February 26, 2012

    Just made these....YUM!!!! is all i can say!!!!

  • Janet
    February 27, 2012

    I just made these too! I feel guilty eating them! but it's Kale ..mmm

    • February 27, 2012

      Just feel guilty for not sharing :) They are pretty harmless!

  • DB
    February 29, 2012

    AMAZING!!!! Just made them so delicious. Best thing is the whole bunch of Kale only cost $0.71!!!

  • HJ
    February 29, 2012

    I've made this before and they are really good. Next time I'm going to try a garlic infused oil for extra flavor.

  • steph
    March 7, 2012

    great recipe! here in hawaii a bunch of kale costs $2.99 at safeway. . . .

  • Lisa
    March 7, 2012

    These were so good!!! I added some garlic powder which gave them a great flavor!

  • March 21, 2012

    My sister and I are both on Phase 1 of Ideal Protein, this afternoon we made the Kale Chips. They were delicious, light and crisp. I will make these again.

  • Mae
    May 11, 2012

    My daughter shared this idea as well as the recipe... I must say, they are quite scrumptous. By the way, I did add some garlic powder. Thanks!

  • June 18, 2012

    I was a but hesitant, but they are surprisingly addicting. They do have that "green" flavor, but are a good and healthy snack. Best yet, my kiddo (20 months) loved them! Win for the hippy in me. :)

  • June 18, 2012

    And by a "but" hesitant, I obviously mean "bit." :)

  • July 1, 2012

    I made these tonight and they are DELICIOUS! I was too heavy handed with the salt, but they're still yummy. Next time, less salt. They don't need much!

  • omegajamie
    July 15, 2012

    So, I just made these... and some were edible and good, but most burned. Anybody else have that problem? I am going to try 300 degrees tonight, and check them at 8, 10 and 12... We'll see. My 13 month old did love the ones she had! I really want this to work this time!

    • Tracy
      July 15, 2012

      Oh no! It might be your oven temp or maybe your pan thickness. In any case, it's always a good idea to check on them CONSTANTLY. They can burn in an instant. I know this from experience.

  • Dakotah
    August 1, 2012

    I just made this recipe, exactly as it said and they turned out great. Definitely a smoky, and nutty flavor. Great texture and crunch. I baked mine at 350 for 15 minutes. Also I used parchment paper = easy clean up!

  • Sini
    March 3, 2013

    Baked kale chips - where have you been all my life?? I'm glad I found you. And keep you.

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