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The Kale Chip Challenge

34 Comments 13 October 2009

Kale Chips

I can hear you now, "Kale chips?!" Uh huh, I know. It sounds totally nasty. And they aren't exactly pretty either. I kept hearing my blogger buddies Elana and Melissa go on and on about how "delicious and nutritious" kale was "blah blah blah" and I would wrinkle my nose and think a sarcastic, "Yeah, right." 

I didn't believe them, but I was intrigued by the idea. What if I could eat more greens in a miraculously tasty way? I kind of wanted to try out Melissa's kale chip recipe just because it was weird.

Well, well, well…something curious and strange happens to the kale when you bake it! It behaves a bit like Shrinky Dinks. Remember those? They come out of the oven half the size they were when you put them in. The moisture is sucked out and this creates a fun crispy texture that I can't get enough of…and…I ate a whole head of kale last night! Uh huh. Crazy, but in a good way!

Oh, and the strong earthy flavor of the raw kale is muted just a tad and blends quite nicely with the sea salt and whatever other flavors you decide to add.


I'm seriously challenging you to try making and tasting kale chips! Seriously. Try them and either post about it on your blog and I'll link to it, or come back here and post a comment about them. Have fun trying to personalize the flavor in some way. Even if you don't like them in the end you'll score brownie points for trying. I just think that kale is our homely, bitter vegetable friend that needs a little help getting down the hatch, and more people might be surprised at how much they like it once they try it this way.

Kale Chip Recipe
Adapted from Melissa at Gluten-Free For Good


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Submerge your kale into a bowl of clean water to wash it.

Drain on a cloth towel. 

Rip pieces of the green leafy part off into bite size pieces and discard the heavy stalk. 

Place on a baking sheet. (I love my, corny as it is, Pampered Chef stoneware pan for jobs like this.) Spread out evenly and do not overlap any of the kale.

Spray with olive oil. What?! You don't have an olive oil sprayer?! *gasp* You really need to get one. It will change your life. I suppose drizzling olive oil will do.

Sprinkle with sea salt. Use your discretion.

I personalized my kale chips and sprinkled them with garlic powder. 

Bake on middle rack in oven for 13 minutes. Check on your kale chips just to make sure they don't burn, in case your oven runs hot. Mine only took 13 minutes, and the original recipe said 15 minutes.

Now, try to eat just one chip. Go ahead, I dare ya.


Your response to my challenge was amazing! Many people posted comments about how much they liked the kale chips…kids included! One person had never eaten kale before! Wow! What a bunch of troopers! Here are some links to your kale experiments and additional ways that you like to eat kale.

Kim The Food Allergy Coach's Kale Chip Experience

Dawn's Kale Bushes

Smita's Food Art Smita didn't link to kale, but her food art blog sure is cute and inspiring.

Italian Kale w/ Cranberries & Pine Nuts

Chicken Sausage Kale And Bean Soup Recipe

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34 Comments so far

  1. 1
    smita says:

    First time here ,what a nice idea using greens !! sounds really yummy, will surely give it a try ..

    I have a food art blog
    Do sneak a peek when time permits .
    – Smita

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    Shelly! says:

    Um…yeah…I am having the same reaction as you were on the notion. But perhaps I’ll try them…

  3. 3

    the fam, who are on a raw diet, make these all the time, in the dehydrator so they take about a day but still addicting!

  4. 4
    CeliacChick says:

    That’s the spirit, Shelly! Try them! 🙂

  5. 5
    CeliacChick says:

    Thanks for the backup, Allergic Girl! 🙂 I have a dehydrator, but I’m too impatient to use it for these. :/

  6. 6
    Elana says:

    Kelly -love this post. Can’t wait to go out to my garden tomorrow, cut some kale and make the family some of these fun chips. Tis the season for kale!

    xo Elana

  7. 7

    This is so funny! I actually made these last weekend! They were so fantastic that we ate BOTH baking trays of chips in about 4 minutes! My little modification was that I sprinkled both sea salt and a tiny bit of sugar…ohhh I love the sweet/salty! Actually, I was so inspired that I went ahead and made a soup with kale, white beans, and chicken sausage (yes, I posted the recipe for all!!). Love you guys!!

  8. 8
    Peapodamus says:

    I am sooo going to try these! I eat kale, but my family does not. Perhaps this is the key….

  9. 9
    Kendra says:

    Oh we love Kale chips at our house! Even pre-GF days. They’re great with a little vinegar and salt.

  10. 10

    I will definitely be trying these – the question is, will it be in the oven or the dehydrator? Not sure yet, but I will let you know!

  11. 11

    Yea! Thank you, Kelly! Glad you tried the recipe and I appreciate the “shout out.” Love your photograph — wow, very nice. I also dehydrate kale and use it in backpacking soups. Makes for a very light (doesn’t weigh anything), but healthy, addition to dried soups. I love the stuff!

    Peace, love and veggies!

  12. 12
    D says:

    Gonna try this…

  13. 13
    Dawn says:

    I’ve got to say that my bowl of these, while it lasted, looked SO pretty and green! I hadn’t had kale until a year or so ago and fell in love with it stirfried. So after I got over the “what if they’re gross” factor, I made up a huge batch. They are now completely gone two days later and I wish I hadn’t steamed & frozen the rest of my kale bushes. They really were bushes too:

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    CeliacChick says:

    Diary of an Epic Failure,
    Thank you for sharing your version and thanks for the love! [hugs]

  16. 16
    CeliacChick says:

    Peopodamus, Please report back on if they liked them. My mom just told me that she made them and even my meat and potatoes picky dad liked them. They were pleasantly surprised.

  17. 17
    CeliacChick says:

    Thanks for helping cheer others on!

  18. 18
    CeliacChick says:

    Thank you soooo much for sharing your experience and for sharing those great photos! Whoa! Wish I was your neighbor! It is an extra trip for me to search out quality kale. Mangia!

  19. 19
    CeliacChick says:

    Glad you enjoyed them! I’ll add your link ASAP. 🙂

  20. 20
    CeliacChick says:

    Wow! I love how this lil’ ol’ kale post stirred up so much conversation and sharing! Thank you all for your input and encouragement that will hopefully motivate others to try kale chips! If I am remembered for anything, perhaps it will be each time you enjoy kale chips!:)

  21. 21
    Peapodamus says:

    Okay, the experiment was conducted. I had Italian kale on hand so my “chips” were much flatter than yours. I had to toss my pieces with olive oil (no sprayer, gasp!) and I sprinkled them with garlic salt. I might do the salt and garlic powder separately next time so I can better control the sodium levels.

    My seven year old daughter inhaled them! She is the most vocal critic of kale-as-edible-food whenever I serve it. She ate an entire batch. My husband ate some, but I would say he was fairly neutral. He will eat kale when it is served, especially with cranberries and pine nuts ( For him, this was just another vegetable to endure. My two year old liked them, but my kale chips were fairly fragile so it was difficult for him to eat them. A worthy experiment that I will likely make again.

  22. 22
    kat f. says:

    i have never before eaten kale; because of this post, today i went to the grocery store and bought some. it is in the oven right now with some salt and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes. i’m pretty excited!

  23. 23
    Kelly says:


    How were they?!!! So excited to find out how you liked them and in real time! 😉

  24. 24
    kristin says:

    Very Interesting!!!! Think it would work with collard greens too?

  25. 25
    SCWInk says:

    I’m not sold yet on the Kale Chips, but recently had GF Beetroot chips at a local gastro pub and LOVED them. They are fried, though, so maybe that makes everything better?

  26. 26
    meredith says:

    Hands down the best kale chips – only you need a dehydrator to make them.

  27. 27

    Kale is such a nutrition powerhouse I can’t wait to try this!

  28. 28

    I love the Kale chips and have been known to call it supper (great with beer).
    I like to mix with olive oil and nutritional yeast with a little salt. (I plan to add garlic to my next batch.)
    Rather than baking, I use a dehydrator (temperature at less than 118 degrees). Let it dehydrate overnight or 6-8 hours. This gives the chip an all-over crispness. More like a potatoe chip. Plus the dehydrating process preserves the kales nutrients and live enzymes. So much better for you than baking.
    I also discovered that the same recipe makes a delicious salad without dehydrating. Try it raw.
    Thanks to Mama Courson (Kelly’s mom) for sharing her Kale recipe with me.

  29. 29
    Carrie says:

    My 2, 4 and 6 year old go through pounds of kale each week. We’re all seriously addicted, so much so that my 6 year old asked me please give him a kale garden for his next birthday–along with Legos, natch…

  30. 30
    Benevolent Kitchen says:

    Been making kale chips for well over a decade now!

  31. 31
    Laura says:

    I am in Kelly! I have some kale in my fridge right now and I’ve been meaning to try this forever so tonight’s the night!

  32. 32

    Yum, I have always wanted to try kale chips. I have heard so much about them but have been hesitant to try them but I think it’s about time! Thanks for the recipe!


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