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

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

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Nutrition

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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale chips
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    Okay I made these but with frozen kale that I had thawed out. I patted them dry with a paper towel, they were still pretty wet when I put them in the oven. I seasoned them with Ranch seasoning and added about 7 minutes longer and IT CAME OUT PERFECT. Crispy, tasted amazing and I’m obsessed

    1. Yum! Ranch kale chips sound so good, Emily. Thank you so much for sharing your process and leaving a review, I really appreciate it!

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