Homemade Kale Chips are crunchy and salty and the tastiest possible way to eat more kale! They’re a great potato chip substitute for when you need something salty and crunchy, but want to eat healthy. Here is my recipe for kale chips along with some tips for crispier chips.
Kale Chip Recipe
Spices of your choice (I like using cajun seasoning)
Trim & Cut
The first thing you're going to want to do is trim the stalks away from the leaves. Next cut or rip the kale into smaller pieces. Not too small though otherwise they'll bake into basically nothing. You don't want anything smaller than a quarter. You can also buy bags of pre-cut kale at the grocery store; which is the option I went with.
Wash & Dry
Once your kale leaves are all prepared you want to wash them. I used a large colander to rinse the kale. The key to getting crispy chips is making sure your kale is completely dry before it goes in the oven. There are a lot of ways to fully dry the kale. You can use a towel to pat /fluff dry, a salad spinner, drying rack or using a hairdryer. I went for the hair dryer. Making sure your kale is dry before moving on will insure that your kale chips turn out crispy.
Oil & Season
Once you're kale is completely dry place it in a bowl and drizzle some olive oil over it. Before adding the seasonings you want to "massage" the oil into the kale with your fingers. Trust me, this works wonders. Once all of the kale is coated then add your seasonings. I like to use Cajun seasoning, but I've seen so many different flavor variations. Salt & Pepper, Gallic & Parmesan, Ranch seasoning etc. Make sure to take it easy on the salt though. Salt holds moisture; I've found that my salt & pepper kale chips don't stay crunchy as long as the other flavors I've made.
Time to Bake!
Lay your kale out on a baking sheet. You want to make sure there is space between each piece of kale. This will help your kale chips turn out crispy and crunchy. You may have to cook multiple batches.
Bake at work 300 F for 6-8 minutes until kale is crisp. Then voila your kale chips are ready!
Serve and Enjoy!