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How to Make Kale Chips Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2016

Hot and Spicy Kale Chips

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How to Make Kale Chips
How to Make Kale Chips

Learning How to Make Kale Chips

Learning how to make kale chips can be a fun and healthy activity for both you and your children.

If you don't know anything about kale or what makes this super food so healthy and nutritious then let me get you up to speed before we jump into the details of the kale chip recipes that I am going to teach you to make.

In truth, kale happens to be one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and believe me there are many ways to eat it. Kale is considered a super food because one serving contains a full days worth of vitamin C, twice what is recommended for your daily dose of vitamin A and a whopping (almost) 7 times the daily dose of vitamin K that is recommended. Additionally, kale has a healthy dose of minerals and fatty acids that contribute to this being one super charged food.

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Organic Kale for Making Kale Chips
Organic Kale for Making Kale Chips

Preparing Your Kale

Before you get started you need to have your kale ready, weather you buy it from your local store or have the opportunity to grab it fresh out of the garden, you will want to wash your kale thoroughly.

Unfortunately it can take awhile for the kale to be completely dry and you do need it completely dry. Because of this it is a good idea to wash your kale the night before you plan on baking your chips.

To help make the drying process a little faster I prefer to pull the kale off of the stem before washing. This will have to be done anyway before making your kale chips and this will help reduce the amount of material you need to dry.

To pull the leaf off of the stem I like to start by having the wide end (stem side) pointing up and the back of the leaf facing me and simply start at the top and peel the leafs off the right side and then flip it over (back of leaf facing forward) and do the same.

Depending on the size of your leaf you may want to tear off the top as one piece, the bigger the size of the pieces of kale the easier it is to work with. However you want to have as little stem material in your chips as possible so keep that in mind when preparing your kale.

* As you can see in the photo below I didn't pull the leaf off before washing it, oooppps.

Organic Kale: Nutrition in the Sink
Organic Kale: Nutrition in the Sink

Seasoning Your Kale Chips

Before starting you should have a baking sheet or two lined with parchment paper and ready for you to place your kale on. Additionally you will want to preheat your oven to 300 degrees at this point. I have found that this temperature works the best but feel free to experiment as every oven is different.

Once your kale is completely dry you are ready to oil up and add your chosen spices to your leafy material. To do this I combine my oil and spices in one bowl and mix it very well and give it a little taste to make sure it has the flavor I want.

In another bowl I will have a couple handfuls of leaves ready and pour some of the prepared oil over the top. I prefer to do it this way instead of adding the leaves to the oil mixture, it is easier to add more oil to the leaves then it is to remove it.

After pouring some of the oil you then need to "massage" the oil into the leaves, or so I have been told. I however tend to get a little rough with them so maybe my method would be more of a Shiatsu massage. However you want to get the oil and spices really worked into every part of the leaf and make sure every part is covered.

As you get a bowl oiled up start laying them out on to you baking sheet, you want to make sure you do not have a big pile but instead have them more or less laid out individually. It is extremely hard to get even cooking when they are piled on top of each other however some overlay is ok as you will be mixing them up as they cook.

Once you have your baking sheet covered I would suggest sprinkling a little more spice over the uncooked kale chips, the spices tend to fall off easily while your are massaging in the oil.

Ready to Go Into the Oven

Spicy Kale Chip Recipe
Spicy Kale Chip Recipe

Cooking Your Kale Chips

Once your oven is preheated and you baking sheet is full you are ready to start baking your kale chips. My process may be a little different than others, people often suggest to turn the pan after 10 minutes or so however I like to pull the pan out enough that I wont get burned and lightly toss the leaves around trying to flip them over at the same time.

I will do this several times while they are cooking, I have found that it helps me to get a more evenly cooked chip and it also (towards the end of baking time) allows me to pull out chips that may be completely baked before others have finished. They can and will burn if you don't keep an eye on them.

Of course my process does take a little more attention while they are baking however in my experience it is really the only way to ensure you get the best kale chips possible.

How to Make Kale Chips Taste Amazing!

Kale Crisps
Kale Crisps

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:Hot and Spicy Kale Chips

  • 1/8 Cup Habanero Oil, I use a local canola oil that is made with habaneros but you can substitute with your choice of oil
  • Season to Taste (the more spice the hotter) - Hot Pepper Spice, I use our own mixture of ground hot peppers but you can choose which ever your want such as cayenne
  • A Pinch of Sea Salt
  • A Pinch of White Pepper
  1. Wash and dry 1 bunch of kale
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 300 F.
  3. Mix oil and spices in a medium to large bowl, place 2 handfuls of kale in another bowl.
  4. Pour small amount of oil over kale and massage the oil into the kale, pour more oil if needed. When done place kale evenly, single layer on baking sheet. Repeat until your baking sheet is covered .
  5. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for about 10 minutes, taking care not to burn yourself, toss and flip leaves around the pan again evenly.
  6. Repeat the flipping and tossing once or twice over the next 10-15 minutes until chips are completely cooked. Chips should be very crispy. You may need to remove some chips from the tray before others as they do not always cook evenly.
  7. Once the chips have been removed from oven allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, just like cookies they will continue to cook.

How to Make Kale Chips: Tips

  • If you have a salad shooter you can dry your kale with it saving you lots of time. Just make sure not to over fill it.
  • I like to heavily massage the oil in as I find it gets absorbed by the leaves better.
  • Add spice of choice after you have it laid out on the baking sheet, much of the spices may fall off while massaging.
  • Avoid any type of liquid other than the oil as it will make the kale chips soggy.
  • Finally, now that you know how to make kale chips you can experiment around with different oils and different spices and find out what you like. This isn't an exact science as long as you coat the kale in oil thoroughly and you keep an eye on them while they cook.

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This time we showed you how to make kale chips, in our next recipe we will show you how to make green juice which includes kale.

We started juicing last year as a way to improve out health and to try and help a friend with cancer. We bought a new juicer and started juicing on a regular basis and included lots of kale in our juice.

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      Elizabeth Ullmann 2 years ago from Oregon

      I was a bit leery of how they would taste however after making them i have fell in love with them. The great thing is that you can really season them with just about anything you want so you can make them to suit your tastes.

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      mvaivata 2 years ago

      I was never certain if kale chips would actually taste all that great... but I have to admit, you recipe sounds fantastic! I think I have to try them now. :-)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this is like a crisp snack, healthy