Food & Nutrition

Lacinato Kale Chips


If you are looking for a way to use lacinato kale (sometimes called dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale) then I have a great recipe to share with you today! This easy baked Kale Chip recipe is made with only a few ingredients and takes very little prep time to make! It makes a great crunchy and healthy snack for kids and adults alike!

kale chips on a baking sheet with a small spatula

Why We Love This Recipe

This Kale Chip recipe is a foolproof way to make lacinato kale chips in the oven with only kale, oil and salt. Pack them for snacks for summer car trips or add them to back to school lunch boxes. My daughters and I love them so much we eat them straight off the pan!

This recipe is a easy to prepare and is great for beginners. It is also a great recipe to make with kids. For older kids they can even make them on their own. The steps are simple and it is a fun way to get kids cooking and preparing kid-friendly veggie recipes that they will actually love and eat.

Of course we also love flavored kale chips like my Garlic Kale Chips which are made with bell pepper, almonds and garlic to coat them in savory flavor. It is also great to have a more simple and streamlined method for kale chips that you can pop in the oven in no time!

Ingredients For This Recipe

ingredients with labels

Lacinato Kale

Lacinato Kale, also called Tuscan Kale or Dinosaur Kale has long tapered leaves with a savoyed texture. It is dark bluish green and has pale green ribs.

You will need one large bunch of kale to make this recipe. Once you remove the stems and tear the leaves into pieces you should have about 8 loosely packed cups.

Oil and Salt

To flavor the chips and bake them you will need oil and salt. We used extra-virgin olive oil, but another cooking oil would work fine. The oil helps the salt stick to the leaves, and helps the leaves become crispy.

How To Make Lacinato Kale Chips

cleaning the kale

Step 1: Remove the ribs from the kale and then tear the leaves into large chip sized pieces (about the size of a potato chip is good.)

Step 2: Wash the kale in cold tap water and spin them completely dry.

preparing the kale for making chips

Step 3: Drizzle the oil over the kale in a large bowl and add on the salt. Toss them together and make sure that the oil evenly coats the leaves.

Step 4: Spread the kale chips out onto two large baking sheets. You do not want to overcrowd the kale so that it will crisp evenly.

baking the kale chips and turning them

Step 5: Bake the two sheet pans, evenly spaced in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Rotate the pans and turn the chips over so that they will crisp evenly. Continue baking until they are crispy (about 8 more minutes.)

a sheet pan of kale chips after it came out of the oven

Expert Tips and FAQs For This Recipe

Can other kale be used for this recipe?

Any type of kale will work for kale chips, but the timing will be slightly different. Make sure to space the leaves out on the sheet pan as overcrowding will cause them to brown unevenly.

Can other seasonings be added?

This standard lacinato kale chip recipe is a great starting point for getting creative with seasonings. Try using garlic powder, nutritional yeast or smoked paprika too!

Why did it burn?

If your chips are dark or bitter is likely that they were baked a little too long. Kale goes from crispy to burned very quickly. To avoid that from happening, check it often in the last few minutes of baking. Check for the texture by lifting up the chip with tongs, and see if there is any pliability to it. If it is crisp, remove it from the oven! They will crisp up a little bit more as they cool.

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If you are looking for a way to use lacinato kale (sometimes called dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale) then I have a great recipe to share with you today! This easy baked Kale Chip recipe is made with only a few ingredients and takes very little prep time to make! It makes a great crunchy and healthy snack for kids and adults alike!


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Ingredients

1 large bunch lacinato kale

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

¼  teaspoon salt, or to taste


Instructions

  1. Arrange oven racks to evenly space them in the upper and lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325’F.
  2. Remove and discard thick ribs and stems of kale. Tear or chop into bite-size pieces. Rinse and spin dry in a salad spinner.
  3. Toss kale with oil and salt using clean hands. Spread out evenly onto two large, rimmed baking sheets. 
  4. Bake, turning once halfway through, until crispy, about 18 minutes. Season with additional salt if desired.

Notes

One bunch of kale yields about 8 cups leaves with the ribs removed and torn.

Cooked kale chips can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. Note that chips that were not completely crispy will become even less so if stored this way.  


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 128 calories
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 262 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 8 g

Source: healthyseasonalrecipes.com

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