How to Make Your Own Kale Chips

Finished kale chips
Finished kale chips | Source

Inspiration

While I have tried kale chips before, I was not really impressed. Sure there were a variety of flavors, but none appealed to me. And sure kale is a super food, but it was not enough to convince me to keep eating this packaged snack. And you know I love my easy to buy and eat snacks like seaweed.

During one of my frequent trips to the Farmers Market, I bought a bunch of kale just for the heck of it. I fully expected I was going to cook it up like collard greens. But then I decided to look up a recipe for making my own kale chips. Most of them explained how simple it was to do. But often they went straight for some combination of spices that I did not want. Just give me oil and salt. The best online argument for making my own kale chips is a more or less straight forward manner.

So here is my basic method for making your own kale chips.

Kale Chips

5 stars from 3 ratings of Kale Chips

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Approximately 4 cups loosely packed

Did You Know?

Kale has cancer fighting properties

Supplies

  • Paper towels or kitchen towel
  • 2 large sheet pans
  • Aluminum foil

Bunch of kale
Bunch of kale | Source

Ingredients

  • One bunch of kale
  • 1-2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt

Striped leaves of kale
Striped leaves of kale | Source
Kale drying
Kale drying | Source
Oiled and salted kale
Oiled and salted kale | Source
Done kale
Done kale | Source

Steps and Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Wash kale
  3. Strip the leaves and tear into small pieces
  4. Dry it well with paper towels or kitchen towel
  5. Line sheet pans with foil
  6. Lay kale on sheet pans in single layer
  7. Oil and salt the kale and mix on sheet pan (this saves using a separate bowl)
  8. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until crisp
  9. Let cool and enjoy

You can store your kale chips in a zip lock bag or plastic storage container. Eat at will.

How to Make Kale Chips

Words to the Wise

  1. If you smell something similar to mustard greens cooking, you are on the right track. Your oven will emit a foul odor as the kale cooks. But it is worth it. This is the only way I can eat and enjoy kale.
  2. While kale chips are a healthy replacement for regular potato chips or unhealthy options, it does taste bitter. So you will have to play around with this basic recipe to get your desired taste. But bitter foods are great for your liver!

Recipe Suggestions

If you have tried making your own kale chips, now is your time to shine.

Do you have special spices or additions that you think are simply delicious? Then please share your experience so others and I can try them out!

My Favorite Variation:

The best tasting kale chips I make have one simple addition. I add ume plum vinegar when I am salting and oiling the chips before they go in the oven. Ume plum vinegar add a very little acidity, more of a salty taste but with a little sweetness.

Kale Chips Anyone?

Have you tried kale chips before?

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Nutritional Information

For nutritional information about kale, check out these two sites:

  1. Nutritional and General information from WebMD.com
  2. Nutritional Information from LIVESTRONG.com

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About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby is first and foremost an educator and life-long learner. Her present work is as an herbalist, naturopath, and Reiki Master. She spent over a decade as a professor of English, Literature, and Education and high school English teacher. She is a doctoral candidate in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. She runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC, which includes her all-natural, handmade, and customizable product line, Natural Herbal Blends. Stephanie loves being a freelance writer and editor on the side. One of her favorite pastimes is whipping up or trying out recipes.

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Comments 33 comments

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rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

I love kale chips. I also use olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. They are very addicting, but a great healthy snack.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

I love kale chips, too. I like to prepare kale in all different ways--steamed, in soups, raw in salad--the taste and texture are great.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi rebekahELLE,

I am glad there are some kale chip lovers in hub land. I also like just doing the oil and salt. But I do want to aim for trying out adding some vinegars or something to make improved tastes.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Radcliff,

Kale chips are awesome. But I find I can't eat as much as I want to in one sitting. You want to pop them in your mouth like regular chips and binge eat, but they can become quite filling for me.

I just talked to someone the other day who suggested using kale in more soups. I think it would be interesting since they could add more texture.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love your recipe. It sound delicious. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Stephanie

kale chips sound absolutely delicious

will be trying as soon as possible

Voted up and shared


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

How impressive and this is new to me, a well-advised recipe but I never thought one cold actually Make their Own Kale Chips. You have proved this one to me.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi prasetio30,

Thanks so much for the kind words and voting. They are delicious, especially for a healthy snack


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello torrilynn,

I am glad you are inspired to try this recipe. Thanks for stopping by and responding :)


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello DDE,

I am happy you learned something new today. As I look more and more into what I eat, I realize there is a lot I can make at home and not buy in a package so I can control ingredients. I hope you give this a try.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have never had kale chips before, but I am willing to give it a try. I am always looking for new ways to enjoy natural foods. Thanks for the share.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi teaches12345,

That's great that you want to give these a shot. I guarantee that even if you don't like kale kale cooked in a straightforward manner you will at least appreciate this version. Thanks for reading and commenting!


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Stephanie,

I love Kale Chips but they are expensive to buy. I notice that in the video that the salt is not added until after the kale chips are baked. I would use Himalayan salt which I believe is healthier than kosher salt.

Voted up and sharing

Take care :)


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

We planted some and it's doing very well so I'm looking forward to giving this recipe a go. The only other really acceptable use we have found for it, so far, is as a replacement for lettuce on burgers. Useful information here. I love it.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

wow..i had never heard of kale chips up until a few weeks ago - and suddenly - they're everywhere..

i've never tried kale - but - i'm about to- with this recipe!

Thanks very much!


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GinaBina4 3 years ago from West Tennessee

I cooked some Kale for the very first time the other night & I couldn't get enough of it. It was so tasty!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Sueswan,

Some people do wait until after baking to add the salt. But I personally like putting some on before baking and then adding a dash or two right after baking since a lot can fall off during the process.

Playing with different salts can be interesting. I tend to use sea salt a lot, but do have Kosher and pink Himalayan in the house for different uses.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

poetvix,

I think I might try planting some at some point. It seems that everything tastes better when it comes from your own garden. Putting kale on a burger sounds good. I will definitely try that this summer.

Thanks for reading!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

ImKarn23,

I am so glad you are charged up to try this recipe. I was like you...I had never heard of kale chips prior to last summer and then I saw them at every health food store after that. Happy baking!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

GinaBina4,

That's awesome. The first time I made and ate kale I thought I did something wrong. I thought it would be more like collard greens where the longer they cook the sweeter the taste becomes.

But I am glad you tried something new and enjoyed it :)


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago

Hi Stephanie - I do enjoy home baked kale chips. Nice that you have posted a hub so more people can learn about making them, instead of spending a lot of money at the store. You have the options of putting on as much and a variety of spices and flavorings as your family likes. Blessings, Debby


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Debby,

You are so right. You never know exactly how much of what is going into packaged food. Even though labels have percentages and all, it is not until you literally see it in your hand that you know how much salt, oil, etc. you are consuming from one product.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Look at all these comments. Way to go, Stephanie! As for kale chips...never heard of them. Yes, I know what kale is, but I've never eaten it and I sure didn't know they made chips with it. Great stuff here!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi billybuc,

Thanks so much for stopping by to read. I consider it an honor since you are a big deal on HP. I love when I get comments. In real life I love to talk. Kale is awesome. As I say above I don't like it straight up, but baked as chips it is good. Thanks for the kind words and commenting :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Stephanie, Kale chips are definitely a much healthier option to potato chips. Thanks for including a link to my hub here. Much appreciated. I'm linking this recipe to my hub, as well.

Voted up and useful.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the recipe, Stephanie. I'll try making kale chips with olive oil. I've made them with different oils before. I like the fact that these chips are so much healthier than most other kinds of chips!


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi AliciaC,

I'm surprised that you haven't tried plain old olive oil yet. I have yet to venture out into other oils for making kale chips. But I was really tempted yesterday when I saw the fresh bunches of kale in the farmers market.


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Kale chip? Never knew until now. Sounds interesting and will absolutely pass it along. Thank you.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Cris Sp,

Yes indeed, kale chips. They are fabulous. I did not know about them until my trip to Colorado. But then people out east started talking about them more. And finally TV hosts started making them on cooking programs. Home made are always better than store bought for some reason.


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kgmonline 2 years ago from Czech Republic

Great recipe, I will try it! Something which I add when I prepare mine is to mince a few garlic cloves and add dill, mix this together with the salt and oil and put the kale in dehydrator at 104 F . Try it, I am sure you will love it :)


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi kgmonline,

Thank you for the recommendation. I do not have a dehydrator but will try with the oven.

Thank you for reading and responding :)


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connieow 2 years ago from El Cajon, CA

I have tried a version of kale chips, sucked at crispness. I did not use the aluminum foil, since I did not want the risk of aluminum in my diet. Will try to coat with the oil on the cookie sheet directly. Also, considering coconut oil in place of olive, will let you know how it turns out later this week. :) I have had kale chips with vinegar, but not the plum, do you have the recipe for the ume plum?


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StephanieBCrosby 2 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi connieow,

I think you have to strike a fine balance between how much oil and vinegar, etc. you use to help with crispness. When I first made them, I did not dry them enough and the extra water increased the bake time.

I do not have a recipe for the ume plum vinegar. I buy the Eden brand bottle from my local Black Forest Acres store (a local health store).

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