Whenever you have a surplus of kale, these kale chips are an excellent way to make a sizable dent in your pile.
Beware though…like potato chips they can be addictive – they’re crispy and salty, and make a delicious savoury snack.
Kale is a one seriously impressive vegetable. It’s ridiculously good for us. From a health perspective, it has a plethora of micronutrients – which are tiny, yet super powerful, nutrients needed in smaller amounts for good health. Out of these, it’s particularly high in vitamin K, critical for blood clotting, and vitamin A, great for immunity and skin.
For perfect kale chips, keep these tips in mind:
- When pre-washing make sure to completely dry before baking, otherwise the moisture may make the chips steam rather than crisp.
- When tearing the leaf up, try and get them all similar sizes – this will help ensure they cook at an even rate.
- Keep an eye on them while they’re in the oven as they can burn very quickly. You want them crispy and dry when you remove them, while still retaining colour. Stay close to the oven and watch them like a hawk past the 8 minute mark.
Crispy Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of curly kale (5-6 leaves)
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
- Tear the leafs off the tough middle steam and rip leafs into similar sized piece. Discard any tough stems.
- Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle over the olive oil and salt. Rub the oil over each kale leaf to coat evenly.
- Arrange leaves on a lined baking tray, avoiding having them overlap. You may need an extra tray if making a big bunch.
- Cook in oven for around 8-12 minutes (depending on the size of the chips), keeping a close eye from around the 8 minute mark. Remove from oven once crispy and dry. Make sure to remove before they burn – they turn very quickly, so keep an eye on them!
- Let them sit for a few minutes and then enjoy.
To mix it up, you can add your favourite seasonings. I love adding a pinch of cayenne pepper if I’m in the mood for something spicy!
What’s your favourite Kale Chip seasoning?
Danijela Unkovich is a nutritionist from New Zealand. She divides her time between both public health and clinical work, and also runs the health blog Healthy Always, where she shares healthy recipe and meal ideas, and wellness blogs.
She is passionate about educating ways to live a healthier life, particularly with a focus on sustainable habits and making it work for you. She is a total foodie, and loves spending time in the kitchen or enjoying a delicious meal with loved ones.