Nothing is easier than making this ranch kale chip recipe. You can snack on this nutrient-dense snack as a replacement for crackers or popcorn.
While this kale chips recipe only flavors the kale with salt, you can flavor your kale with whatever your choose- garlic powder, ranch seasoning, lemon juice, parmesan…the possibilities are endless!
How to Make Kale Chips Crispy
Nothing is worse than a soggy chip, wether it’s a kale chip, a zucchini chip or a potato chip.
There are a couple of ways to ensure your kale chips crisp up in the oven so you are not eating soggy chips.
- Watch the Oil: While oil is a necessity for these chips, be careful not to overdo it. Lightly coat your first and middle fingers in the olive oil and then rub it onto the kale. When in doubt, add less oil to the kale. If too much oil is added to the kale, they will be unable to crisp in the oven and you will be left with a greasy mess.
- Don’t Crowd the Pan: When spreading your kale out on the baking sheet and then putting it into the oven, take care not to crowd the baking sheet. If the kale is overlapping on top of itself, it will not be able to crisp. If you have a lot of kale, it’s best to do two baking sheets.
- Even Sizes: Put like-sized pieces of kale on the same baking sheet. If one piece is the size of your palm and another is the size of your thumb, the smaller one will bake much more quickly than the other and the smaller one will likely burn before the larger one is finished cooking.
How to Make Ranch Kale Chips in Oven:
First, you’ll want to part the leaves from the stalk of the kale. The starchy stem won’t crisp up well and it’ll be hard to break apart after coming out of the oven.
After taking the leaves off the kale, massage the leaves with oil (not too much!) and sprinkle with the ranch seasoning.
Place one layer on a baking pan and put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the leaves are crisp.
Remove the leaves from the baking sheet and place into a bowl for serving and serve immediately.
How to Store Kale Chips
Kale chips are best when they are fresh out of the oven or air fryer. But, if you do want to store them, it’s best to do so in an airtight container for up to 2 days. The chips will not be as crisp after they are stored in the fridge for a couple of days, but if you need to make them a couple days ahead, make sure to store in an airtight container.