It took several attempts, but I finally found success when making these Crispy Oven Baked Kale Chips! By changing the way I bake the kale chips, they come out perfect (and delicious) every time.
You only need a few ingredients: a bunch of kale (I like Lacinato), extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Start by removing kale leaves from stems. You can tear some pieces to make smaller, but you do want long-ish strips. Next, wash and dry the kale leaves. If you have a salad spinner, great!, use this to dry the kale leaves because you want them very dry so they bake crispy. A salad spinner is a great investment! Making homemade kale chips is less expensive than store bought, and you can use your salad spinner for other things like salad greens and herbs!
After you have used the salad spinner, check the leaves and pat extra moisture with paper towels, just to insure the leaves are very dry.
Place a wire rack on a baking sheet. This is where you will place the leaves to bake, in a single row. The hot air circulating under the chips, in the oven, via the wire rack makes all the difference in getting crispy kale chips. Also, baking the chips at a lower temperature for a longer period of time dries them out and this also creates crispy, wispy kale chips.
- One bunch Lacinto Kale preferably organic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- teaspoon Optional: 1/2 cinnamon
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Prepare a baking pan with a wire rack.
Remove kale leaves from stems. Wash and dry kale leaves thoroughly. Preferably use salad spinner to dry kale leaves. Additionally, use paper towels to dry kale leaves as well. Remove as much moisture as possible.
Break up Kale in a few pieces and place in a medium size bowl with olive oil and salt. Toss the kale so all leaves are coated.
Place kale leaves on the rack of the baking pan in a single row (none on top of each other).
Bake for 1 hour and remove the kale chips that are done. If any need longer, bake for 10 minutes, check, until all are done.
Store in an air tight container.