Easy Baked Kale Chips

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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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Baked Kale Chips

4 from 9 votes
Craving chips? Try these crispy baked kale chips instead! They’re the perfect healthy snack option when you’re craving something salty and crunchy.
Kale chips baked on a tray.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

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

Instructions
 

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

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1batch Calories: 184kcal Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 3g Fat: 14g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale chips

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    15 comments
    1. Mary Moore
      April 18, 2021 AT 3:38 pm

      Thank you
      I was thinking the same thing.

    2. Mary Moore
      March 13, 2021 AT 1:07 am

      I have prepped kale from fall harvest frozen. Can this be used for the kale chips.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 14, 2021 AT 4:46 pm

        I haven’t ever tried it with frozen kale. I’d be worried the frozen kale won’t crisp up as well as fresh kale, but let me know if you try it!

        1. Mary Moore
          April 18, 2021 AT 3:37 pm

          Thank you
          I was thinking the same thing.

    3. Mitzu Jones
      January 13, 2021 AT 10:03 pm

      5 stars
      A friend of mine made some for me, they were delicious. I will try the recipe out this weekend.

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

      5 stars
      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!

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

      4 stars
      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.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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