Not a fan of kale? These crispy baked kale chips will convert you! For the best result, don't overcrowd the pans.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011


Read the full recipe after the video.


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position racks in upper third and center of oven; preheat to 400 degrees F.

  • If kale is wet, very thoroughly pat dry with a clean kitchen towel; transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle the kale with oil and sprinkle with salt. Using your hands, massage the oil and salt onto the kale leaves to evenly coat. Fill 2 large rimmed baking sheets with a layer of kale, making sure the leaves don't overlap. (If the kale won't all fit, make the chips in batches.)

  • Bake until most leaves are crisp, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through, 8 to 12 minutes total. (If baking a batch on just one sheet, start checking after 8 minutes to prevent burning.)


Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Note: Choose organic kale when possible. Nonorganic can have high pesticide residue.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 15.8g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 3.5g; fat 4.6g; saturated fat 0.6g; vitamin a iu 38329.5IU; vitamin c 115.4mg; folate 36.6mcg; calcium 202.7mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 50.7mg; potassium 641.6mg; sodium 210.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
Addictive! I eat my body weight in these. I can go through a whole head of kale in one sitting and don't feel guilty about it! Check often when cooking as the leaves tend to burn quickly. I have used a lower heat setting (350) with good success as well. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
These kale chips were crunchy and delicious! I actually blow dried them to get them dry as towel drying didn't seem to do the job. I baked them on 2 sheets at 375 degrees for 5 mins then I switched the sheets and baked for another 4 mintues. They were perfect! But every oven is different. Next time I will try with some different spices. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Betcha can't eat just one... Delicious! I was very surprised at how much I liked these. You HAVE to make sure the kale is dry otherwise you'll end up with steamed kale instead of crispy kale. I would also suggest tossing the olive oil and kale together spreading on the baking sheets - then adding salt (or whatever seasoning you are using). First batch for me was WAY too salty second batch not enough salt. I also add a little garlic powder and onion powder! Seasoning salt is another good choice for a little more flavor! FYI - To each his/her own BUT.... although cooking sprays may be quicker please take a look at the ingriedient list - they contain butane and propane! Why ruin healthy kale with that yuck....just saying!:) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Tried it and failed I wish I knew what I did wrong. Mine came out burnt and made the whole house stink! 25 min seems like a really long time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
awesome! These were so amazingly awesome! I will be making these every week! I accidentally used too much salt but they were still deliciously light & crispy. I think I may have almost burned them but I liked the flavor. Since I was using a small convection oven once I saw they were looking a little brown I turned it down to 325. & let them cook for a few more minutes. So easy to do! Highly recommended! Pros: crunchy & light Cons: can over-cook rather quickly. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These chips were amazing! These were really good! I actually love kale now;) I made a kale smoothie earlier and it was horrible. I didn't like it. But these chips are really delicious! I put a little too much salt more than what was given but otherwise it was yummy! They were gone in 2 minutes! I would definitely make these again:) Pros: Healthy delicious great snack low calorie Cons: NOTHING! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Smoked kale We put ours on the smoker. It blows away the oven version. I do agree though that it is difficult to cook them - they are either slightly moist or burnt. I will check them and take off what is done as need be and let the others bake longer Pros: yummy salty snack Cons: hard to get just right Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Cooking time completely off Cooking times says 8-12 minutes. I decided to cook them 6 minutes to start off with. When I opened up my oven after 6 minutes a got a face full of smoke and two trays of black kale. Tried again with the second batch for 4 minutes. and that was much closer to being correct. Kale isn't cheap so I'm a little bummed that I wasted half of my money cooking as directed. Pros: healthy Cons: when cooked as directed your kale will burn and your house will fill up with smoke Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great way to eat your veggies! Boy oh boy. I can eat a week's worth of green veggies in one sitting with these kale chips. Delish! I agree with another reviewer that salt should be added sparingly. I used a good quality and very flavorful olive oil so I really didn't need much salt. I started by cutting the stems with a sharp knife but the easiest way to prepare the chips is simply to pull the leaves off the stems. Spin them dry in a salad spinner and these are ready to pop in the oven. I will definitely make these again. Who knows maybe I can even convince my teenager to eat some. Pros: Easy and fast Cons: None Read More