How to Make Kale Chips

Have you decided to go on a health kick lately? If so, you’re probably interested in adding more nutritious snacks and side dishes to your meals. Below we go over how to make kale chips so that you can enjoy a delicious and healthy treat at home!

Kale has become a very popular food item in the health and fitness realm within recent years. So when you’re out grocery shopping, don’t forget to throw in that perfect head of kale into your shopping cart and be sure you have sea salt and some olive oil on hand.

Kale chips in a glass bowl.

The Nutrition Behind Kale Chips

If you’re not convinced about adding kale chips to your diet yet, you’ll be pleased to know you can greatly benefit from their nutritious value. For example, kale has a lot of antioxidants such as carotenoids, which can reduce your risk of cataracts, atherosclerosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In addition, kale can provide you with plenty of vitamin K and a number of B vitamins.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Kale and a wooden counter top, with measuring spoons and an oil can.
  • 1 kale head
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl

Step #2. Cut the Kale into Pieces

Pieces of kale being cut up into a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the kale leaves from the stems and then cut into pieces. Place them in a large bowl. (Keep in mind they will shrink quite a bit in the oven so keep the pieces large.)

Step #3. Mix the Kale Pieces with Olive Oil

Kale chips in a bowl, oil being poured over top.

Add olive oil and mix until all of the leaves are coated.

Step #4. Sprinkle with Sea Salt

Kale chips in a bowl, a hand sprinkling salt on.

Sprinkle the kale pieces with sea salt.

Step #5. Transfer Kale to Baking Sheet

Kale chips in a bowl, a hand picking some up.

Spread the kale out onto a baking sheet.

Kale chips being placed on a pan with parchment paper.
Kale chips scattered on a pan.

Step #6. Bake the Kale Pieces

Kale chips scattered on a pan.

Bake for 10 minutes. Turn them over using tongs and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the kale chips are crispy.

Step #7. Remove from Oven & Serve

Kale chips in a glass bowl.

Remove from oven. Add a bit more salt if desired and serve.

Kale chips in a glass bowl.
Kale chips in a glass bowl.
Kale chips in a glass bowl.
Kale chips in a glass bowl.

You can make a salad or a burger taste extra great when crispy, kale chips are added to the mix. In fact, you’ll find that your dried kale chips can be added to almost anything you want to add extra crunch to, or simply snack on them on their own.

If you’re looking to make this healthy kale snack, try them with different seasonings. In our house, we think adding sea salt is the best way to enjoy them, but you can get adventurous and pick and choose what type of ingredients you want to add to your kale chips.

Do you like garlic? Or is Parmesan cheese your favorite topping? Like a smaller, milder bite? Try making these chips with baby kale. Either of these choices could make your chips taste even more delicious!

Kale chips in a glass bowl.

How to Make Kale Chips

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Below we go over how to make kale chips so that you can enjoy a delicious and healthy treat at home!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 1/2 cup servings
Calories 72 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kale head
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the kale leaves from the stems and then cut into pieces. Place them in a large bowl. (Keep in mind they will shrink quite a bit in the oven so keep the pieces large.)
    Pieces of kale being cut up into a bowl.
  • Add olive oil and mix until all of the leaves are coated.
    Kale chips in a bowl, oil being poured over top.
  • Sprinkle the kale pieces with sea salt.
    Kale chips in a bowl, a hand sprinkling salt on.
  • Spread the kale out onto a baking sheet.
    Kale chips being placed on a pan with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Turn them over using tongs and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the kale chips are crispy.
    Kale chips scattered on a pan.
  • Remove from oven. Add a bit more salt if desired and serve.
    Kale chips in a glass bowl.

Equipment

Baking sheet
Large bowl

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 70mgVitamin A: 1425IUVitamin C: 17.1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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