How to Make Crispy Kale Chips

When we first made kale chips at home, we were shocked at how easy it is. All you need is kale, a baking sheet and about 15 minutes. Jump to the Kale Chips Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

How to Make Chili Lime Kale Chips
Brown Butter Kale Pasta Recipe

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: How to make brown butter kale pasta with feta cheese and golden raisins. Jump to the Brown Butter Kale Pasta Recipe.

Making Kale Chips at Home

Kale chips are crispy, light and quite addictive. Here’s how to make them:

Chili Lime Kale Chips Recipe

First, step — remove thick, woody stalks and any thick ribs from the kale. You could save these for stock or something else later, but really don’t want to include them when making the chips. Then tear the kale into smaller pieces — they shrink a little when baked.

Next, rinse the kale really well then dry it. It is really important the kale is as dry as possible, here. If it is still wet when baking, it will steam — which means floppy kale, not crispy. If you have one, use a salad spinner to remove all the water. Or, use a clean kitchen towel/paper towels to pat dry.

Before baking, toss the kale with a little oil and a sprinkle of salt — we like to use olive oil, but use what you love. If you’re planning to add additional seasonings to the chips, we usually do that after baking.

Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper

Slide the kale onto a large baking sheet (or two small baking sheets). It’s important the kale is in one layer, otherwise it might steam instead of becoming crispy. Bake kale chips in a 350 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes. When baked, the kale will be crisp and crunchy.

Add to a baking sheet

We love the simplicity of olive oil, salt and pepper, but  there are lots of other options, though. Here’s a few that sound fun:

  • Chili Lime — While the kale bakes, zest one lime and measure out 1/4 teaspoon of chili pepper. Then, sprinkle over baked chips. (My favorite)
  • Old Bay Seasoning — Replace salt with Old Bay before baking.
  • Curry Powder — Try sprinkling over kale before or after baking.
  • Spicy Cayenne Pepper — Add along with the salt before baking
  • Sesame Seeds — Add along with the salt before baking.
  • Brown Sugar — Add along with the salt before baking.
  • Cheesy Popcorn Seasoning — Add after baking.
Kale Pesto Pasta Recipe

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: How to make pasta tossed with homemade kale and almond pesto. Jump to the Kale and Almond Pesto Pasta Recipe.

Season with chili and lime

For more crave-worthy kale recipes try our Lemon Garlic Sautéed Kale, this Kale and Bean Salad with Tahini Dressing and Walnuts, our Brown Butter Kale Pasta or this recipe for Braised Kale, Bacon and Egg on Toast (it’s utterly delicious).

Recipe updated, originally posted January 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

How to Make Crispy Kale Chips

  • PREP
  • COOK

Remember to dry kale very well before baking for the crispiest chips. You can season with almost anything — here we use chili powder and lime, but the options are endless.

Makes approximately 4 servings

You Will Need

1 bunch kale

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder, see our homemade chili powder recipe

1/2 teaspoon fresh lime zest


    1Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

    2Remove the thick, woody stalks and ribs from kale leaves and tear leaves into smaller pieces. Discard stalks and ribs or save for another use. Wash leaves thoroughly then use a salad spinner or clean kitchen towels/paper towels to dry them completely. (If the kale leaves are not dry, they will steam instead of becoming crisp.)

    3Toss leaves with olive oil, salt and the pepper. Arrange kale, in one layer, on a large baking sheet (you may need to work in batches.) Bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. If after 10 to 12 minutes the kale is not yet crisp, bake another 2 to 3 minutes. (Stay close to watch for the kale becoming overcooked/browned.)

    4Remove from oven and sprinkle with chili powder and lime. Let cool 5 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of batch / Calories 81 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 4 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 7 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 0 mg / Sodium 175 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
Inspired Taste Newsletter Signup
8 comments… Leave a Review
  • Trisha November 5, 2013, 5:26 pm

    How long do these stay good for? What’s the best way to store them? They look so good!

    • Joanne November 8, 2013, 2:06 pm

      Hi Trisha, kale chips don’t last long in our home. Our best guess would be to store in a brown paper bag — we think a sealed container might make them mushy or moist.

  • Wenonah March 13, 2013, 7:35 am

    I’ll have to try this! I usually season with nutritional yeast and sesame seeds. So good!

  • Morsels of Life January 11, 2012, 10:04 pm

    I just made kale chips recently, but I’ve never tried chili lime. Reminds me of one of my favorite ramen flavors. I’ll have to give it a try!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities January 11, 2012, 12:47 am

    Massage that Kale! 😛

    • Joanne January 11, 2012, 3:51 pm


  • Bev Weidner January 9, 2012, 11:11 am

    Yeeeeeeees, ye syeyseysyeysy. YES.

    • Joanne January 9, 2012, 1:47 pm

      Somehow, we knew you would like this one. I think you are a kale addict!


Leave a Reply

Leave a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe!


All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you so much for waiting. First time commenting? Please review our comment guidelines. You must be at least 16 years old to post a comment. All comments are governed by our Privacy Policy & Terms.

Previous Post: Next Post: