Crispy Kale Chips

by Jenny Peterson on November 14, 2011

in Recipes from the Garden

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A couple of weeks ago I made baked kale chips–I’d had them at a dinner party about 2 years ago and they were so yummy that I put them on my list of recipes to try. This recipe is so easy, so fast, so good and so good for you that it’ll be on my menu several times a month. I like kale, but for me, it’s one of those “hard core” greens that I find difficult to incorporate into my diet–so this recipe helps me with that.

Crispy Kale Chips

Kale–about 4 handsful

2 T. olive oil

Sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Tear kale into larger bite-sized pieces, removing woody stems.
  2. Rinse and thoroughly dry the kale. If you try to bake them when they’re damp, they will turn out soggy and not crispy.
  3. Put the kale pieces in a large bowl, add the olive oil and toss to thoroughly coat. I use my hands here to make sure it’s all mixed up well.
  4. Place kale in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 12-20 minutes. Check the kale at the 12-minute mark by gently poking it with a spatula. If it’s still soft, bake for another 2 minutes and check. Don’t let it get brown–then it’s burnt and will taste bitter.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt–enjoy it immediately.
Variations: Add different seasonings such as smoke paprika, chili powder or lime zest after baking. When I made mine, I added the salt before baking, but I’ve read that doing that can contribute to sogginess, so I’ll try adding the seasonings after taking them from the oven next time.
I hope you try baking kale chips–kale is so nutritious, packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and iron–but don’t heap on oil and salt, negating the healthy benefits! Go easy on those–you want light, crispy seasoned chips, not something resembling deep-fried grossness. Let me know if you like this recipe, or if you have one that you use and have liked. Happy baking!

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Julie Gomoll November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I discovered kale chips not long after I started Weight Watchers and I *love* them. For those of you counting calories or points, you don’t actually need that much oil. A few spritzes of olive oil cooking spray will do the trick :)

Steph@RamblingWren November 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

YUM!! I love kale chips . The smoked paprika and chili powder seasoning is a great idea.

Rachel Mathews November 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Groovy, thanks Jenny – I have a very uninspiring bag of kale in the fridge I was wondering what to do with it tonight – problem solved! ;)

Jenny Peterson November 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

Let me know if you like it, Rachel!

Jenny Peterson November 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

Steph, I’ve actually never seen smoked paprika, but it sounds so good I’m going to look for it next time I’m at Central Market! I’m sure they have it there.

Jenny Peterson November 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

Julie, that’s good to know–you can get one of those oil spritzers and just lightly coat them. Thanks!

Rachel Mathews November 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I did indeed like them. Though next time I’m going to try adding garlic and black pepper to the mix!

Steph@RamblingWren November 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

Jenny – I usually pick up my smoked paprika from the Spice store in Austin. Here is the link: It is a wonderful store…they have every kind of spice you can think of.

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