Crispy Kale Chips Baked with Parmesan Cheese

I use kale a lot in my cooking and I usually pick up a bunch or two when I’m at the store. It’s packed with vitamins and other nutrients. I like to use it raw in green smoothies or cook into soups or stews like my Lentils and Brown Rice dish. If kale is too tough for your palate, try eating it as crispy chips. Besides being a very healthy snack, it’s way easier than making potato chips yourself. Try it out, they’re delicious and super crunchy!

With only a few basic ingredients, you’ll have a healthy and addictive snack. Feel free to experiment with your ingredients. Add in some chili powder for a little kick or thinly sliced garlic as an addition. My recipe is basic and uses only olive oil, salt and parmesan cheese.

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Kale leaves ready to be baked!

Parmesan Kale Chips Recipe

  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

    Cut leaves off the thick stems into large pieces. I used kitchen shears and cut each leaf into about four pieces. Rinse under cold water and dry well with a kitchen towel. In a large bowl, mix together the kale leaves, olive oil, salt and parmesan.

    Spread leaves out on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges are brown and kale is crisp when shaken in the pan.

    Total Time: 20-30 minutes
    Yield: 4-6 servings
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    11 Responses to “Crispy Kale Chips Baked with Parmesan Cheese”

    1. Gena September 29, 2011 at 5:33 am #

      Very interesting! I would have NEVER thought to bake them as chips. Love this idea. Will be trying for sure!

      • Barb September 29, 2011 at 9:49 am #

        Thanks, Gena! It’s a nice alternative to potato chips and you can season it however you like.

    2. Britt November 12, 2011 at 3:28 am #

      Wow! Amazing idea, so glad I found this! Thanks!

      • Barb November 12, 2011 at 10:14 am #

        Awesome Britt, glad you found it! Let me know how they turn out.

    3. Julie January 23, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Have you tried nutritional yeast on the kale chips? It’s a great, healthy alternative to cheese.

    4. Karen March 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Just made the Kale chips and they were great! Like real chips, they were crispy and crunchy and tasty. I will make them again. Thanks!

      • Barb March 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

        Thanks, Karen! Happy you liked them. I agree, kale chips are a wonderful replacement for potato chips.

    5. ann mckinney April 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      Can’t wait to try the kale chips. Going to so it right now.
      Thanks for the recipe.

      • Barb April 22, 2012 at 10:47 am #

        No problem, Ann! Let me know how it turns out.

    6. Kwiyoung July 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

      Damn! Made this tonight and burned the kale…a few made it and tasted great. Next time will watch the oven more attentively!

      • Barb July 22, 2013 at 8:21 am #

        Oh no! Yeah, ovens vary in temperature so definitely keep watch when you’re making this 😉

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