Lemon Kale Chips

We are loving these Lemon Kale Chips.  I can’t make enough of them –the boys scarf them down hot out of the oven.  Yesterday, they ate 3 batches, yes you heard that right, 3 batches of kale chips, after school.  Of course, like everything else I make, these are gluten free.

You can use curly kale (as in the photo above), or dino (lacinto) kale or any other type.  My boys say it is best with the curly kale.

Lemon Kale Chips

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  • Chop kale into ½ inch pieces
  • Place kale in a large bowl
  • With hands massage oil, lemon juice and salt into kale
  • Place kale on parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes until kale is dark green and crispy
  • Cool and serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
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I first heard of kale chips in a comment from a reader more than a year ago.  Then these tasty green treats started showing up on websites all over the internet, so I decided I really had to try some.  And then… when my son made his birthday dinner request a few weeks ago, he asked for “Lemon Kale Chips,” little did I know at that point, what I was making a few times a week had a name.  And so, there you have it, Lemon Kale Chips.

I’m really looking forward to this Thursday, April 15th when I will doing a book signing at Pharmaca in Boulder at 6:30pm. There will be homemade gluten free treats. Hope to see you there!


57 responses to “Lemon Kale Chips”

  1. Mary, I haven’t tried baking the kale chips on foil which may or may not collect moisture; it may work better to use parchment as recommended in the above recipe. Let me know how it goes :-)

  2. I tried this recipe but after 12 min the kale became soggy and stuck to the foil. only few came out crispy. Any suggestions?

  3. I got this recipe from a Parents magazine recently. I had never tried kale but thought it sounded good. Anyway, I followed all of the directions but before the chips were done my oven started to smoke. I tried it with the second batch and the same thing happened. I’ve used the oven since and there is nothing wrong with it. I can’t figure out what I did wrong to nearly burn down the house :) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Becky, thanks for your comment. First, check that your oven is calibrated properly with an oven thermometer. What this means is that the temperature you set the oven to is actually the temperature inside the oven :-)

      Next, if your oven is properly calibrated, then check the kale for doneness at 6-7 minutes, instead of the recommended 10-15. Please let me know how it goes next time you try.

  4. Healthy and delicious. Yummy! Baked kale sounds like a great idea to make tasty and healthy meal for whole family. Although our family doesn’t like to eat kale, but they will surely love it when I make it on this way.
    Thank you!

  5. I made kale chips once but I never thought of making lemon ones. These are going to be yummy. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  6. Elana,

    My friend pointed me to your website and this was the first post I saw. Having never eaten kale, I immediately was disgusted. But then intreged and read more. Reading that your boys love it, I reasoned it couldn’t be that bad, because kids are picky you know. I tried them out, and LOVED them! Now I get CRAVINGS for them all the time! These are just sooo delicious! I love the lemon juice on them. Thank you SO much for sharing!

  7. I love these so much. Now I crave them all the time! I did add a little paprika, and, because it was a lot of kale, I used more than 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ll never want a potato chip again! :)

  8. I just put some in the oven, i didn’t have lemons on hand…so I used balsamic vinegar and tamari along with salt & pepper. yum!

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