These crispy and tasty kale chips are great as an appetizer, side dish, and healthy snack idea. They make a colorful, light, and fun addition to a wholesome dinner or an evening with friends.

Make these flavor-packed chips with any kale, olive oil, and salt, and garnish with grated lemon and red pepper flakes for a zesty and spicy finish.

Kale chips and lemon and red pepper flakes

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Kale chips are oven-baked pieces of kale that turn out crisp, thanks to a low baking temperature and a tiny bit of oil to spread the heat evenly.

You can make kale chips with small pieces of curly kale or dinosaur kale, but you can also make them with whole kale leaves if you want something more grandiose and unique.

Kale is a wonderful superfood with plenty of nutritional benefits, and kale chips in the oven are a fun and easy way to add this nutritional powerhouse to your diet.

Combine them with our crispy sweet potato chips for a delicious, wholesome, veggie-packed snack platter.

Kale chips with grated lemon

Ingredients

Ingredients Kale chips

Kale

You can use curly kale or dinosaur kale, also called Tuscan kale or lacinato kale. You can make the chips with chopped kale or with whole kale leaves.

We recommend removing the harder stems of the kale before making kale chips.

Olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil helps spread the heat evenly across the kale leaves and makes them crisp and tasty.

You only need very little oil, don’t put too much, or the chips will get soggy. You can substitute other vegetable oils for olive oil, but we think EVO oil tastes the best with kale.

Salt

Salt makes kale chips irresistible. We recommend sea salt or kosher salt. Only add a pinch; kale gets salty quickly.

Garlic

Garlic is optional. If you like garlic flavor, toss the leaves in some grated garlic or a little garlic powder.

Lemon zest

Lemon zest is optional. We like to use it to garnish the kale chips before serving them.

Red pepper flakes

Another optional ingredient is red pepper flakes if you like a bit of spice on your chips. You can substitute a pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper for the flakes.

dinosaur kale chips whole on a plate
Whole-leaf kale chips with dinosaur kale.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 250°F or 120°C. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Wash and dry the kale leaves well, then remove the woody stems.

removing kale leaves from stems

Chop leaves into bite-size pieces.

chopping kale leaves

Add them to a large bowl and toss with olive oil until the leaves are fully coated. Optionally, you can add some grated garlic or garlic powder.

Tip: It’s essential that the leaves are dried well, or else the water will prevent them from being crisp when you cook them in the oven. We recommend drying them one by one with a clean kitchen towel, paper towels, or a salad spinner.

Kale in a bowl without stem

Place the leaves next to each other on the baking trays on a single layer, without overlapping, and with some space between each piece.

Kale on baking tray

Bake in the oven at 250°F or 120°C for about 25 to 30 minutes. Then take it out of the oven and let it cool down for 5 minutes. The chips will get crispier as they cool down.

Note: The kale must cook slowly at a low temperature to get crisp without burning.

Kale chips after baking

Arrange them on a serving platter and sprinkle them with sea salt, red pepper flakes, and grated lemon zest.

Kale chips with grated lemon

Variations

Dinosaur Kale Chips

dinosaur kale chips whole on a plate

Did you know that you can make kale chips with whole dinosaur kale leaves? We love this variation because the chips look spectacular and get super crisp.

To make them, you’ll need dinosaur kale (aka lacinato kale, Tuscan kale, or cavolo nero) leaves. First, wash and dry them well, then brush them with olive oil.

Arrange them on baking sheets, then bake them in a preheated oven at 250°F or 120°C for 25 to 30 minutes.

Take them out of the oven, let them cool down for 5 minutes, then season them with salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest.

Serving Suggestions

Serve as a snack with other finger foods, such as:

Serve as a side dish with pasta, a stew, or casserole:

Make Ahead & Storage

Kale chips are best eaten immediately, so we don’t recommend making this recipe more than an hour ahead of time.

Store the kale chips at room temperature in an airtight container in a dry corner of your kitchen for up to 24 hours.

After that, the kale will start losing its crispiness.

More Kale Recipes

If you love cooking with kale, get fresh and green inspiration from these wholesome kalepacked recipes:

  • Tuscan bean soup with white beans, leafy greens, and rustic Italian flavors.
  • Kale pesto pasta with a creamy 5-minute kale pesto and roasted pumpkin.
  • Creamy kale pasta with lemon ricotta sauce, an easy vegetarian or vegan dinner idea
  • Lentil soup: wholesome, earthy, and easy to make, a perfect Sunday dinner idea.
  • Kale pesto with kale and almonds is excellent for bruschetta, sandwiches, and pasta!
  • Easy kale salad with roasted pumpkin, pomegranate seeds, and a tangy, creamy dressing.
  • Savory crepes with mushrooms and kale filling is a wholesome vegetarian dinner idea.
  • Kale soup: a delicious creamy kale and tomato soup with white beans.

More Green Appetizer Ideas

If you love easy and healthy appetizers, get green inspiration from these wholesome appetizer ideas:

For many more side dish ideas, check out our sides category page.

Kale chip with red pepper flakes

Kale Chips

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 5 votes
These crispy and tasty kale chips are a great appetizer, side dish, and healthy snack idea. They make a colorfullight, and fun addition to a wholesome dinner or an evening with friends.
Make these flavor-packed chips with any kale, olive oil, and salt, and garnish with grated lemon and red pepper flakes for a zesty and spicy finish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 4 – 6 cups dinosaur kale or curly kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic grated or garlic powder (optional)
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 lemon the grated zest (optional)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 250°F or 120°C. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
    Wash and dry the kale leaves well, then remove woody stems and chop leaves into bite-size pieces.
    removing kale leaves from stems
  • Add to a bowl and toss with olive oil until fully coated. Optionally, you can add some grated garlic or garlic powder.
    Kale pieces with oil
  • Place the leaves next to each other on the baking trays on a single layer and with some space between each piece.
    Kale on baking tray
  • Bake in the oven at 250°F or 120°C for about 25 to 30 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool down for 5 minutes. The chips will get crispier as they cool.
    Kale chips after baking
  • Arrange on a serving platter and sprinkle with sea saltred pepper flakes, and grated lemon zest.
    Kale chips with grated lemon

Notes

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It’s essential that the leaves are dry, or else the water will prevent them from getting crisp when you cook them in the oven. We recommend drying them one by one with a clean kitchen towel, paper towels, or a salad spinner.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Potassium: 166mg, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3304IU, Vitamin B6: 1mg, Vitamin C: 40mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 235µg, Calcium: 51mg, Folate: 10µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 16mg, Zinc: 1mg
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