Homemade Kale Chips
Homemade kale chips are so delicious and so easy to make. While I do enjoy eating cooked kale, years ago, I thought that kale and chips did not belong in the same sentence. That is until I discovered how good they really are a couple of years ago!
A couple of years ago I found an entire stack of kale chips marked down to nearly nothing at a local grocery store. So, I thought, it’s low carb and it’s kind of healthy, so why not give them a try. I purchased at least one or two bags of every kale chips flavor they had. Well, let me tell you, those kale chips were surprisingly really good. Well, I had a whole new surprise with the homemade kale chips!
Homemade kale chips are a whole new game changer. I know it is probably hard to imagine or believe that kale would make a good chip, so you just have to give them a try for yourself. The homemade kale chips are ridiculously good – especially when you get them exactly right.
So, here are my homemade kale chips tips.
Use fresh kale for these homemade kale chips. If your kale is already starting to wilt or dry out a little in the refrigerator, they will not bake evenly in the oven. So, you will either end up with a crispy edge and a chewy center or burnt edges to get a crispy center. So, fresh kale is best.
The first time I tried the homemade kale chips was with a bag of kale that had been in the refrigerator for a while. So, the kale had started to lose some of its vigor. This is how I know the edges of the kale will burn if your kale is not super fresh.
Next, wash the kale and dry it well. If possible, wash and dry the kale hours before, if not the day before you intend to pop them in the oven to make homemade kale chips. If the kale leaves are still damp in spots, you may discover that there will be a fine line between eating a chewy kale chip and a burnt kale chip.
And lastly, do not use too much oil. The oil can make homemade kale chips take a longer time to cook as well. This is especially true when the kale is washed shortly before being baked in the oven. So, the goal is fresh dry kale leaves with a reasonable amount of oil.
My first homemade kale chips recipe.
So, my first homemade kale chips recipe is made with olive oil and ranch flavoring mix. Once you have fresh, clean, and dry kale, it is time to cut or tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces. The stalk is not used to make the chips. Once I had about 3 cups of kale, it was time to dress them up. So, I next drizzled a healthy olive oil over the kale and mixed it really well with clean dry hands. Once the leaves are all coated in oil nicely, simply sprinkle the seasoning over the kale and mix the seasoning in well with your hands.
Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Then spread the kale out evenly to bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Homemade Kale Chips
- Preheat Oven: 300 degrees
- Start with clean dry kale leaves.
- Cut or tear the leafy part of the kale into bite-sized pieces.
- Once you have about 3 cups full of kale, add the olive oil. Use your hands to mix and rub the oil over all the pieces of kale.
- If the kale still looks like its lacking a little luster, feel free to add a bit more olive oil.
- Next, sprinkle the ranch dressing mix over the olive oiled pieces of kale. Mix well with your clean hands.
- Now arrange the pieces of kale in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Stick the kale in the oven for about 20 minutes. The kale should be a slightly darker green when and crisp when cooked.
I hope you or you and your family enjoy making and eating these homemade kale chips.