Craving chips? Try these crispy baked kale chips instead! They’re the perfect healthy snack option when you’re craving something salty and crunchy.

I remember when kale chips first became a thing. I think I initially thought they were kind of weird, but once I prepared them the right way… with the perfect amount of crunch and salt, I fell in love. It is SUCH a healthy snack option and a fun way to eat your veggies.

Hand holding a crispy baked kale chip

One whole batch of kale chips has about 180 calories while just 7 potato or tortilla chips can have about 150-160 calories. Kale chips all the way!

Health Benefits of Kale

In addition to kale chips being lower in calories, kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! This means that there are a ton of nutrients in kale. #winning!

It has a ton of vitamin K, A and C. It is a powerful antioxidant, contains substances that have shown to fight cancer and is high in minerals that a lot of us are deficient in like calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Clearly kale is super healthy for you, but I know not everyone is a fan. That changes today with these kale chips!

Only 3 Ingredients Needed:

  • kale
  • olive oil
  • salt

Kale chips baked on a tray.

Kale Chips Video

How to Make Baked Kale Chips

To start, simply wash and dry your kale. You want to make sure your kale is super dry before adding the oil and salt! I use my salad spinner to spin it dry but you can also use a clean kitchen towel. Don’t skimp on this step.

Salad spinner with kale inside.

Once dry, de-stem and chop the kale into bite sized pieces.

Add kale to a large bowl and toss with olive oil and salt. Spread the kale on a large baking sheet (make sure no pieces are overlapping) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the kale is nice and crispy.

I usually munch on the fresh chips right away, but you can store them in a sealed container for 1-2 days if needed. They don’t ever taste as good as they do straight from the oven though!

kale chips caked on a baking sheet.

If you have a friend, partner or child that claims they hate kale, make these chips for them. I’m willing to bet that they’ll love them! A satisfying snack + nutrient packed? What more could you ask for?

Bowl lined with parchment paper and filled with kale chips

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If you make these baked kale chips, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Kale chips baked on a tray.

Baked Kale Chips

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1


Craving chips? Try these crispy baked kale chips instead! They’re the perfect healthy snack option when you’re craving something salty and crunchy.


  • 1 bunch curly kale (about 5 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Wash and dry kale, de-stem and roughly chop into bite-size pieces.
  3. Make sure kale is super dry, add to a large bowl and toss with olive oil and sea salt.
  4. Spread kale out on a large baking sheet, making sure not to overlap pieces.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until kale is crisp.
  6. Best served immediately, but if needed you can store them in a sealed container for 1-2 days.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 batch
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: kale chips

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    1. Bahareh
      June 27, 2020 AT 8:41 pm

      Kale chips are my favorite but buying them in stores can get expensive! I’ve tried making them before and I they weren’t very crunchy like store bought kale chips! I learned from your post that making sure they’re completely dry is key! The new batch I made today ended up being perfect so thank you so much! I sprinkled some grated parmesan too for an extra bit of flavor. Thanks again 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 1:28 am

        Ahh yay!! So glad this recipe turned out for you, Bahareh. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    2. Dimple
      April 13, 2020 AT 12:29 pm

      Hey, how do u maintain the colour of the kale. Mine were crispy but they changed to a diff. colour.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:15 pm

        What color did they turn? Mine definitely turned darker green after baking.

    3. Karen
      March 16, 2020 AT 7:45 pm

      Only needed 8-10 minutes in 350 degrees. Also, very good with onion salt and cayenne pepper.

    4. Joan
      November 17, 2019 AT 3:29 pm

      PLove,Love Kale chips!!! I learned today what I’ve been doing wrong making mine . Not getting them dried off better before baking!!!!! A big Thank you !!! Joan S Lafayette California

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 11:45 am

        I’m so glad you found and tried this recipe, Joan! And I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating! <3

    5. Kate
      June 20, 2019 AT 12:55 pm

      This recipe was so yummy!! Found it through Pinterest and so glad I did. Thanks for sharing!


    6. Ann
      June 19, 2019 AT 1:37 pm

      I was skeptical, butI just made these are they are very tasty. Thank you

    7. Jennie
      June 19, 2019 AT 9:43 am

      lacinato kale ( also called Tuscan) is my favorite for chips….and I have stored my fall crop all winter and it lasted until spring !

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