Crispy Seasoned Kale Chips Recipe

Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by Candi Randolph

You know those late-afternoon snack attacks? The ones that have you dreaming of a big, crunchy bag of potato chips? Yeah, those. We’ve all been there. But what if I told you there’s a superhero waiting in the wings, ready to swoop in and save your snack time? A snack that’s crispy, satisfying, and won’t leave you with a case of the guilties afterwards. Sounds too good to be true? Well, hold onto your taste buds because it’s about to get real.

Say hello to Crispy Seasoned Kale Chips. Yes, kale! That leafy green wonder that’s been quietly sitting in the produce aisle, just waiting for its moment in the spotlight. And oh boy, has its moment arrived.

crispy seasoned kale chips

Now, before you raise an eyebrow and say, “Kale? Really?”, hear me out. These aren’t your grandma’s boiled-to-death, flavorless greens. Oh no, these are something else entirely. We’re talking oven-baked to perfection, seasoned with a blend of spices that will make your taste buds do a happy dance, and so darn crispy you won’t believe they’re not fried.

Best of all? They’re not just delicious. They’re also packed with vitamins, fiber, and all sorts of health-boosting goodness. So not only will you be satisfying that craving for something salty and crunchy, but you’ll also be doing something wonderful for your body. Win-win!

Here’s a bonus if you’re following a Keto diet – these crispy seasoned kale chips are on the ‘okay to eat’ list. Yay.

So, are you ready to meet your new favorite snack? Let’s dive into this recipe for Crispy Seasoned Kale Chips. Trust me, your snack game will never be the same again.

Kale is a Superfood

kale is a superfood

Okay, let’s have a heart-to-heart for a moment. We all know that familiar craving for something crispy, salty, and just downright delicious. A little birdie told me you might be reaching for that bag of potato chips. But hold up! What if I told you there’s a healthy food superhero waiting to save your snack time? Enter: kale. Yes, you read that right. Kale!

Now, I can hear some of you saying, “Kale? Really? Isn’t that rabbit food?” I get it. Kale has had a bit of a reputation. But let’s give this leafy green guy a chance, shall we? Because this isn’t just any old lettuce we’re talking about. This is the Superman of the veggie world, a true superfood. And when we turn it into crispy, seasoned kale chips, you’ll be wondering why you ever doubted it.

So why is kale such a big deal? Well, it’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K. Vitamin A is great for your eyes, vitamin C boosts your immune system, and vitamin K is a superstar for bone health. It’s like the holy trinity of health, all wrapped up in one crunchy, tasty package.

But wait, there’s more! Kale is also rich in antioxidants, those amazing little compounds that help protect against damage from harmful free radicals. Plus, it’s got fiber to keep your digestive system happy and omega-3 fatty acids for heart health. Basically, kale is like that friend who always has everything you need in her purse. Need a tissue? She’s got it. Lip balm? Check. The solution to all your snack-time cravings? Absolutely!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “That’s all well and good, but how does it taste?” Well, when you take this nutrient-dense leafy green, season it up, and bake it until it’s nice and crispy, you get a snack that’s not only satisfying but downright addictive. It’s the perfect combo of healthy and delicious.

So next time that snack craving hits, why not reach for some crispy seasoned kale chips? Your taste buds — and your body — will thank you. And who knows, you might just find yourself saying, “Kale yeah, I love this stuff!”

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Healthy, Crispy Seasoned Kale Chips

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Crispy Seasoned Kale Chips

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If you’re looking for a healthy and satisfying alternative to fried potato chips, you are in the right place. These crispy kale chips are super easy to make, but there are a couple things to keep in mind before you begin:

The first consideration is finding the right combination of oven temperature and cooking time. These chips will burn very quickly, so keep a close eye on them, especially the first time you make them. Here, a 325-degree oven and 6-7 minutes was all that was needed to yield crispy chips that weren’t soggy or overly bitter and brown. However, you’ll want to test this closely in your own oven to find the right balance.

Next, the kale needs to be completely dry before popping it in the oven. Moisture left on the leaves can create steam, which leads to soggy chips. Also, don’t overdo it on the olive oil. Add a small amount and massage it in until each leaf is very lightly coated. If more oil is needed, add it in very small increments until each leaf is coated.

Finally, feel free to experiment with any combination of seasonings you desire. Basic sea salt is perfect on its own, but in this case the addition of smoked paprika, garlic powder, and ground cumin adds a little more depth to the flavor.

  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

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2 large bunches of kale, tough stems removed and torn into chunks

1 1/22 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 T. smoked paprika

2 t. garlic powder

2 t. ground cumin

Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

1.    Preheat oven to 325°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.

2.    Wash kale leaves and dry completely before adding to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss to combine while rubbing each leaf with your fingers to make sure it is evenly coated in oil. 

3.    Sprinkle smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cumin on top of kale and season with sea salt, to taste. Toss until evenly combined.  

4.    Arrange seasoned kale leaves on prepared baking sheet in a single layer, being careful to not overcrowd them. Work in batches, if necessary.

5.    Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 5-6 minutes before rotating the pan. Bake for another 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove chips from oven when they are still mostly green, with only a tiny bit of brown developing.

6.    Let chips sit for 2-3 minutes to crisp up a bit more before serving. Enjoy!

  • Author: Candi Randolph
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 – 8 minutes
  • Category: snacks
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