It seems like the only snack options offered nowadays are greasy, fatty foods. While I love fries and chips as much as the next person, sometimes I want something more on the healthy side, and kale chips are the perfect choice. I like making kale chips in the oven. The kale chips cook temp and time are key factors to watch for a good result. Two popular questions I get is this. How long to bake kale chips in the oven? And what is the best temp to bake kale chips? In this post, I like to answer them and share some tips to perfect the recipe for kale chips in the oven.
If you are looking for a crispy, healthy snack option to enjoy throughout your day, try making kale chips. They can be a little tricky to make. So in order to get the best results, bake kale chips in the oven at 325 degrees for around 15 minutes.
This is the perfect temperature for salty and crispy kale chips that can easily be the substitute for any name brand chips. You don’t want to under bake them or else you might risk getting soggy kale. Another way to avoid this problem is to use very light olive oil when coating your chips, if there is too much moisture in them. This will help in getting the kale acquire the crispy texture. Over baking them will produce burnt kale chips that leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Trust me, I know this from experience. Baking at 325 degrees for 15 minutes is the best way to guarantee you will get crunchy and tasty kale chips that you can share with everyone around you.
You might think the baking process for kale chips is relatively simple at first glance, and while it isn’t overly complicated, it can be a little trickier than it seems. Kale chips cook really fast, so you can try to use a lower oven temperature like 300 degrees for baking. Baking at a lower temperature will take longer to cook, but you won’t have to worry about them burning as much, should you miss the cook timing to stop the heat. Try to avoid taking them out early though, burnt chips are horrible, but soggy ones aren’t much better. On the flip side, you can bake the kale chips at a higher temperature of around 350 degrees, but bake with caution. You really want to be careful when using higher temperatures as you have to watch your kale closely to make sure it doesn’t burn. Everything could be perfectly fine one minute and then completely burnt the next, so try not to use a higher temperature unless you plan on staying close to observe.
In my opinion, 325 degrees is easily the best baking temperature for kale chips. They are cooked fairly quickly while maintaining the qualities that make kale chips so delicious. Using other temperatures could work, but you will have to be diligent and stay alert to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Using 325 degrees is also great for even cooking. The pieces of kale are not all going to be the same sizes, but 325 degrees can help keep smaller pieces from cooking too fast with lesser intense heat from the lower temperature. Baking at 325 degrees will allow you to enjoy the process while also providing an outcome that will meet every expectation.
Kale chips are delicious, healthy treats that are perfect for every occasion. You can easily find lots and lots of recipes for making kale chips in the oven. However, I like to stick to just this one easy recipe for roasted kale chips in the oven. And here’s how to make kale chips in the oven.
Go to the store and buy kale, olive oil, seasonings, and parchment paper
Rinse the kale with water and dry thoroughly after. Place the kale in a bowl and very lightly coat it in a thin layer of oil.
Take out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Space the kale out evenly on the baking sheet.
Season as much as you desire, but don’t make it too bland or over seasoned. My favourite seasoning for kale chips are sea salt, pepper and garlic.
Set the oven to 325 degrees. Bake the kale chips for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Due to the healthy nature of this snack, there aren’t many things you can do to speed up the process without risking the food going bad. With this being said, there are some options to make this process a little easier. Make sure you are stocked up on all non-perishable goods you need, like parchment paper, olive oil, and seasonings. This will help you to save some time if you do have to make a trip to the store to get them. Also, if you know that you will be enjoying kale chips all week, or if you have guests coming over, grab multiple bundles of kale at a time. Just be aware that raw kale will last about 5 days in the fridge, and cooked kale chips will last for around 3 days. These are just a few simple methods that can help to decrease some of the time needed to prep and cook these crunchy little snacks.
Kale chips are absolutely delicious by themselves, but they also do really well when paired with the right foods. Kale chips are best when served with other healthy options, think carrots, tomatoes, and celery. You can also include a sandwich of your choosing to be the main dish to this kale as side. Kale chips are a great replacement for regular chips, so add them to your plate as a healthier alternative.
If you’re looking to change the flavor of your kale chips, add different seasonings that have more spice, like paprika and creole.
You can also dip your chips in the sauce of your choice to enjoy such as barbeque or zesty flavored kale chips.
The recipe for kale is really simple and easy for anyone to follow. It’s not often that we get snack ideas that don’t leave us feeling badly, so grab the ingredients and get started making this guilt free and delicious treat.
Kale chips taste a bit bitter and earthy on its own. However, with some seasoning, the bitter taste can add a contrast to the flavors of your seasonings. I like to add salt and pepper to create the flavor contrasts. It tastes even better when you use spice like paprika and creole to spice up the taste.