Kale Chips Recipe and Tips

Kale Chips

There is no shortage of kale chips recipes on the web, but here are some tips for best results because it is possible to mess up oven-baked kale chips.

(Plus, there seems to be an unwritten rule that food blogs must contain a kale chips post.)

Tips for Best Oven Baked Kale Chips

1. Make sure the kale leaves are very dry after washing. Any moisture left on the leaves will create soggy leaves.

2. Bake your kale on a cooling rack or similar tray so any moisture evaporates instead of “steaming” the leaves. I use an oven safe cross wire cooling rack that fits over a half sheet sized pan. If you don’t have a rack you need to be extra sure the leaves are completely dry before placing it on a parchment lined pan.

Washed kale leaves on metal tray

3. Use the lowest temperature your oven will allow (my oven has a “dehydrate” function that bakes at 130F). Sure you’ll find recipes that will give you kale chips in 20-30 minutes or less at 350-375F, but I find that they are more likely to turn brown and bitter before being totally crisp. A lower oven temperature will dry out the kale without risk of browning the leaves.

4. If you have finally succumbed to the kale chip obsession (they are the snack addict’s healthy solution), consider getting a food dehydrator for perfect kale chips every time.

How do you make your kale chips? What oven temp and timing works for you?

More Kale Chips Variations:

Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips
Nacho Cheese Kale Chips
Seasoned Kale Chips
Collard Greens Chips

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Comments

  1. says

    YUM! Totally going to try these. Might even be able to sneak them onto Miss Picky (little Goldie’s) plate. Have you seen those new bags of Kale chips they’re really pushing at Whole Foods by the checkout aisles for different flavors of Kale chips? I was put off by the price but some of the flavor combinations looked interesting.

    • lisa says

      I’m amazed at how much store-bought kale chips cost – read the labels and for ideas then make it yourself. If you come up with something good please come back and share your recipe!

    • lisa says

      I’m actually surprised most recipes call for the higher heat shorter time method when slow and low is so much tastier!

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  3. says

    This is so wonderful!! I made the kale chips today for the first time. This receipt made so much sense verses the others out there. Plus you offered the tips!! That was a great plus!!! Good info Thanks!

  4. Bill says

    Try using coconut oil instead of olive oil (just don’t use too much!). Very delicious! Kale is super food!

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