This Spiced Kale Chips recipe is a quick, simple, and healthy snack. It's crispy and can be flavored with any spices you like!
Kale Chips are one of the easiest things to make. They're healthy, tasty, and versatile. I often get questions from people about what to do with kale.
Greens have gained in popularity over the past few years and I get the sense that people want to eat more of them, but aren't quite sure of the best way to go about it.
There are probably a million ways to eat this stuff and this is one of the easier ways - making chips is like Kale 101. I wanted to spice things up a little bit, so I made three pans and coated each one with a different spice.
Then I tossed them together and ended up with a bowl full of spiced crispy chips. Kale chips are one of those things you really don't need to feel guilty about indulging in - they're pretty healthy.
Who knows? Maybe these things will have you hopping on the kale train.
What Type Of Kale Should I Use?
There are different types of kale. I found that the curly variety worked best for making chips. It's a hearty light green leaf with slightly curled edges.
This kind is exceptionally easy to grow and is available in most supermarkets these days. You may also be able to find it at your local farmer's market.
Lacinato (or Dinosaur) kale is widely available as well and would work equally well for preparing chips. That variety is characterized by its dark green color and long, straight leaves.
How To Make Kale Chips
To prepare the chips, heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- As the oven warms, wash and pat the kale dry. Find a few different pans suitable for roasting and tear it into smaller pieces.
- Arrange the pieces on your roasting pans. Make sure the pieces aren't overlapping too much because this will steam it instead of allowing it to get crispy.
- Drizzle a tablespoon or so of olive oil over each pan of kale. Toss it around with your fingers and make the greens are lightly coated (but not saturated) in the oil.
- Pop the pans in the oven.
How Long Does It Take To Roast Kale In The Oven?
After 12-15 minutes, the kale should be done. I like to check on it every 5 minutes or so just to make sure it isn't burning. The pieces will be quite a bit smaller than before you popped them in the oven.
The edges should be crispy, but not burnt. Immediately after removing the pans from the oven, sprinkle them with a generous amount of salt. I like to use kosher salt, but any type will do.
Because these are spiced kale chips, you want to choose three of your favorite spices and sprinkle ¼ tsp. of each spice over each pan. I used cumin, smoked paprika, and a seasoned Italian spice blend.
These spices all seemed kind of warm and earthy to me. Adding the salt and spices immediately after removing from the oven will allow them to coat the chips.
Now you can carefully remove the chips from each pan (they are a little delicate) and place them in a serving bowl.
You can use three separate bowls - one for each spice - or combine them into one. I like the variety that comes from combining it all together.
Each chip is a little bit different than the next. I'm always surprised at how addicting these things can be. I mean, let's be honest.
Crispy, salty, and spicy - Who can resist that?
Spiced Kale Chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash and pat the kale dry.
- Tear the kale into smaller pieces and place onto three separate roasting pans.
- Drizzle 1 Tbsp. olive oil onto each pan. Make sure the kale is lightly coated, but not saturated.
- Place all pans in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Check every 5 minutes or so to make sure kale is not burning. Edges should be crispy, but not burnt.
- Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle generous pinch of salt and ¼ tsp. of spice onto each pan of kale. Each pan is sprinkled in a different spice.
- Carefully remove the kale chips and serve each kind separately or all together in one bowl.