Kale chips recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 2


  • Kale (1/2 package) or two very large kale leaves (enough to fill an oven tray) 
  • Olive oil - 4 table spoons (you can also use rape seed oil) 
  • Black pepper - add to your liking 
  • Salt (if you like your chips less salty, you can skip the salt because you already have parmesan which is already salty) 
  • Shredded fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano or other parmesan cheese - add as much as you like. 


Step 1:
Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees C. 

Step 2:
Grab a medium-sized bowl. Add the olive oil, the black pepper (and the salt) in the bowl. Don't add the kale just yet. You need to dry them first. Read the next step. 

Step 3:
Rinse the kale in cold water. Then remove the leaves from the stems. You can use a knife/scissor, but I prefer to just tear the leaves from the stems with my bare hands, and tear them into smaller pieces. 

Place the kale on a clean and dry kitchen cloth or on kitchen paper. 

How large should the teared pieces be? They should be in bite sizes because they tend to shrink when they're baked/fried. You should tear them in equal sizes to get an even baking, and also to avoid burnt kale chips. 

Step 4:
Blend the kale well into the oil and parmesan. I would make sure that both sides of the kale are oiled, and that the parmesan is spread evenly. Turn the content a couple of times and use your fingers to slightly rub the oil into the leaves. The goal is to coat the kale evenly. 

There shouldn't be excess oil in the bowl. Too much oil on the kale will make them soggy after they have been baked. 

Step 5:
Place the kale on the oven tray. Make sure there's a little distance between the kale pieces, and that none of the pieces are lying on top of each other. Then put the tray in the oven (middle position), which should be pre-heated by now. 

Step 6:
When 5 minutes have passed in the oven, turn the kale so both sides are baked. When the kale has crispy sides, take them out and let them rest on the kitchen bench.

After a couple of minutes on the kitchen bench, you're ready to serve! :-)