I love a good savory snack. Give me the choice between sweet and savory, 9 times out of 10 I will choose savory. Sometimes though those savory snacks can be just as unhealthy as the sweet ones. So, I like to find more nutritious choices to reach for. If you’re looking for a healthy and satisfying alternative to fried potato chips, you are in the right place. These crispy seasoned kale chips are delicious and oh so easy to make!
These crispy seasoned kale chips are super simple, 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. Oh and if you’re not such a big fan of kale, try baby spinach instead!
Crispy Seasoned Kale Chips
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
2 large bunches kale, tough stems removed and torn into chunks
1½ – 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. smoked paprika
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. ground cumin
Sea salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 325°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
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.
Sprinkle smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cumin on top of kale and season with sea salt, to taste. Toss until evenly combined.
Arrange seasoned kale leaves on prepared baking sheet in a single layer, being careful to not overcrowd them. Work in batches, if necessary.
Place baking sheet in preheated 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.
Let chips sit for 2-3 minutes to crisp up a bit more before serving. Snack away!