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Crispy Kale Chips with Lemon and Parmesan

5 stars based on 6 votes

Kale chips, or kale leaves coated with olive oil and slow-baked until shatteringly crisp, are often called “kale crack” because they’re so addictive. It’s surprising but true — I have admittedly polished off an entire sheet pan by myself just standing at the stove (which is clearly why I cannot allow myself even one single potato chip). But, thankfully, kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet so we can all indulge guilt-free. It has more nutritional value, higher levels of antioxidants and fewer calories than almost any other food around. In this recipe, I’ve topped the earthy leaves with nutty Parmesan, salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. It’s a delicious way to get your crispy-salty fix.

To make kale chips, begin with a large bunch of curly kale. Remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear them into large pieces. If washing the leaves (I don’t bother unless they look gritty), be sure they are completely dry before proceeding with the recipe; moisture will cause the leaves to steam in the oven and they won’t get crispy.

Add a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Then use your hands to rub the oil evenly onto the leaves.

Arrange the leaves in a single layer on two baking sheets.

Then bake in a low oven until crispy but not browned, about 25 minutes. As you can see, the leaves shrink quite a bit.

While they’re still hot, sprinkle them with salt, freshly grated Parmesan and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Eat for your health and enjoy!


Crispy Kale Chips with Lemon & Parmesan

Servings: 2-4 as a snack


  • 1 pound curly kale, leaves removed from tough stems and torn into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Lemon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, using your hands, toss the kale leaves with the olive oil until evenly coated. Arrange the kale in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 25-30 minutes, until leaves are completely crisp but not browned.
  3. While the leaves are still warm, sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and a squeeze of lemon (go very easy on the lemon; a little goes a long way). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Transfer to a platter and serve.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Kale chips are wonderful and I especially like this adaptation. My granddaughter and I have enjoyed massaging the kale then watching the leaves transform into chips.

    - Jean on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Really loved these chips! The salt/lemon/parmesan combo really makes these tastes amazing! Definitely easy to eat a whole pan yourself in one sitting. The drying of the Kale can take longer than you want, so if you buy it without it being pre-washed, allow enough time and space to air dry or plan on drying it by hand with towels. Those curly leaves really do hold the water. The timing was spot on. Mine were nice and crisp in 25 and 27 minutes. Another delicious recipe Jenn! Thanks!

    - Melanie on March 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I bought kale at our local farm stand intending to make but ended up using the brussels sprouts for something else. I’ve been meaning to make kale chips for a very long time. I made these tonight. They were easy to make unlike many kale recipes I’ve read. I didn’t know quite what to expect but my husband and I devoured the entire bowl in short order.

    - Carol F on November 4, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Totally going to jump on the Crispy Kale bandwagon. What a simple but amazing recipe. I’ve eaten more kale in the last few days than I have in my entire life. We introduced this as an snack for a dinner party and they lasted all of 5 seconds. Good thing we already had a third batch on the go (the first batch we might have accidentally eaten ourselves before any of our guests arrived). Many thanks!

    - Oliver Filler on April 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband and son who–for the most part–avoid anything dark, green and/or leafy BEG me to make these. So, as any smart mom did, I taught them to make them WITH me! Now we can all make them together. But we ALL eat them together too–I have to double the batch every time!

    - Linda P on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We’ve just discovered kale and this recipe was an eye opener! Delicious! I used a lemon garlic seasoning for a bit more zest.

    - sharon on July 23, 2014 Reply
  • I was late to the kale bandwagon but now have a reserved seat. Among my favorites kale chips, and this versitle recipe is great. It is rewarding to find an intrguing recipe that not only is easy but tastes great plus is good for us. Home run.

    - Jean on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • Kale chips are delicious! I used the other type of kale and it worked well too.

    - Ponyo on November 7, 2013 Reply
  • This was the best, easiest, most addicting healthy snack I have ever made for my family. You cannot make enough!

    - Christi on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • Best recipe ever. I make this every chance I get. Perfect just as is. Wonderful, super tasty way to eat your greens!

    - Lisa Ballantyne on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Made these and loved how easy they were to make. I don’t even normally like green veggies, but these I enjoyed!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I also like to add pine nuts or sliced almonds to this.

    - Tami on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • These are so good. I love kale chips and these turned out great.

    - Kelly G on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I love kale chips. I am a fan of the quicker, high degree roast. like 400 for 10ish minutes, I think it gives crispier kale chips.

    - Jen on October 3, 2012 Reply
  • Love these chips… but love making them with large spinach leaves too.

    - Holly on October 2, 2012 Reply
  • These kale chips have made converts of many of my kale-squeamish friends and family. To our 4 year-old niece they are “green chips” and she can’t get enough. My meat-and-potatoes father and father-in-law asked for the recipe so they could duplicate this at home. Wonderful recipe, that we make at least once a week.

    - DavidB on October 2, 2012 Reply
  • Just made these today, they’re delicious! Thanks!

    - Audrey P. on September 4, 2012 Reply
  • Love your wonderful tutorial! How simple and easy you make it. We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies.

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens

    - Cut `n Clean Greens on August 22, 2012 Reply
  • Your post got me to finally take a stab at these. Thanks for sharing!

    - Laura on August 2, 2012 Reply
  • My little girl loves these. I like to serve them with Parmesan rosemary crisps, too (grated parmesan mixed with freshly ground pepper and rosemary baked in the oven on a Silpat).

    - KD` on June 28, 2012 Reply
  • These were yummy! I had a bit of trouble getting them crispy without a rubbery center. I believe I need to add more olive oil because I went on the light side.

    - Kristin S on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • This stuff is adicting; I make it often. It’s even simpler when you buy the kale already precut!

    - Lisa Ballantyne on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • These are amazing!!

    - Paula Birkenstock on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I have made this recipe several times and they are addictive! The flavors blend so well.

    - Amy Masson on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe is fantastic. While my son is home from college I wanted to make a healthy lunch. For lunch we made the kale chips, and paired it with chopped tomatoes drizzled with e.v.olive oil, kosher salt and white balsamic vinegar and along side that some pita chips with hummus. It was such a healthy yets tasty meal!

    - Emma Marscher on March 17, 2012 Reply
  • Delicious!! I used an entire bunch of kale and am the only one eating them, so I have leftovers. How do you store them?

    - Jill Perry on March 15, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Jill, Honestly, I never have any left 🙂 I’d put them in an airtight container…just be gentle with them as they shatter easily. So glad you liked them!

      - Jenn on March 15, 2012 Reply
  • I love kale, but I never really thought of doing anything but boiling and eating it. Thanks for this lovely new option!

    - Brecken on March 8, 2012 Reply
  • These are so delicious! I’ve made kale chips before but the recipe had called for a higher temp and the edges burnt. The only seasoning used before was salt. This recipe id perfect. Perfect temp, perfect time and perfect seasoning! So good! Thanks for the recipe. Just found your blog yesterday and i love it. Thanks!

    - laura on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • Your recipes are so easy to follow

    - Rebecca on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • I cannot believe that I had gone 22 years without knowing about kale. These tasty kale chips are just perfect for healthy snacking!

    - Ellen on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve always wanted to try kale chips and now is the perfect time. I’m gonna get some Kale the next time I’m at the commissary

    - Christine M on March 5, 2012 Reply
  • I love making kale chips, but hadn’t tried the parmesan cheese with them. So delicious!

    - Alex on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe was a hit at my all healthy Super Bowl party this year. My friends wanted more.

    - Judy on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • Yummy! My kids love this dish and I love how healthy it is!! Thank you for the tip about the kale being completely dry before putting the olive oil on and into the oven! That makes all the difference in the crispiness!

    - Jeanine on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I’m so excited I found your blog and you are in the area! It’s fun to run into someone that enjoys the same things! Loved the kale chips! I found you via Pinterest….it will be the death of me….I look for recipes every day. My 13 year old gave up meat so it’s a challenge.

    - ccwallace on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I keep hearing this recipe is delicious, I can’t wait to try it, I love kale!!

    - Paula Laberge on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve made this at our Superbowl party. It was a hit. People who never would have considered making it, tried it and they were pleasantly surprised about how tasty they are. (Had to give them the recipe too.) I also have to mention that my children love them too! Just delicious! Thank you!

    - Melissa on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Oh my!!!! These are to good… My 2 year old loves the as well… I also got my husband to eat them and he will not eat any veggie… These are a staple in our houshold now…. Thank you!

    - EJB on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve been making these every week since you posted this recipe. I use bahamian hot sauce (scotch bonnet, lemon, lime, vinegar and salt) instead of the lemon and salt. It adds a great kick. Like you, I usually polish off the whole tray.

    - Amy on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These are my new favorite healthy snack, thanks for sharing!

    - Kelsey Quane on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Love these as does my 2 year old! Perfect snack!

    - Laura on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Kale chips rock, and I love the idea of adding cheese, because cheese makes everything better!

    - Randi on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • After reading a lot about Kale chips I decided to try them. The “shatteringly” crisp texture was surprisingly delicious!

    - ~Alex on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I had my husband make these while I was making sloppy joes one night – he had suggested tater tots originally. These were both delicious and nutritious: a much better choice than the tots 🙂

    - tracy_a on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Would it be a good endorsement of the recipe if I said that I, single handedly, ate the whole thing by myself? I should be embarrassed but am not. Sooooo good.

    - Debbie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Thanks to your Kale/Radicchio/Apple salad (salivating just thinking about it), I made these chips. I’ve heard so much about Kale chips, but the addition of cheese and lemon intrigued me. Wow, what a great combination! I love the addition of the salty cheese and the lemon adds a freshness to it.

    - Swimmy on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve made these twice now, and both times no one else got to even taste any…oops! But they really are both addicting and healthy!

    - Cindy L on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I make this recipe at least once a week. This is a wonderful alternative to starchy, fatty chips. Great flavor and just a hint of citrus!

    - Dottie White on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I have been thinking about trying this for a long time. I never liked the smell of kale so I stayed away from it. But, it is so good for you! So I finally made it yesterday and it was soooo good! Great way to replace the unhealthy potato chips.

    - Ashley on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • these are heaven….the lemon and cheese are perfect touches!

    - Meredith on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I can’t wait to try this recipe out this weekend!

    - Ada Howe on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These are great! I make them at least twice a week, usually with just salt and garlic powder, we finish the tray in 5 minutes!!

    - Eliana on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These kale chips are fabulous. Baking them at a low temperature for a longer time works great.

    - Jane Palmer on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is one of our favorite ways to eat kale (and brussel sprouts. Thank you!

    - Amanda on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I tried this recipe a month ago and it was delicious.
    I have never tried kale before, this was definitely I nice way to test it out. Loved how tangy and crunchy it was.

    - Elaina on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Does this recipe work with spinach also? This sounds great!

    - Danielle on February 22, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Danielle, I can’t say for sure since I’ve never tried it but I don’t think it would work with spinach.

      - Jenn on February 22, 2012 Reply
      • I did try it with spinach, since my daughter found the kale too bitter but she does like spinach. Results were mixed. The spinach stayed very flat and was more delicate than the kale, so it was difficult to remove it from the foil without crumbling it. The taste was good, from my perspective, but my daughter didn’t care for it. If I were making the recipe again for myself, I would stick to the kale.

        - Nancy on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Omg, I just took these out of the oven for a Superbowl snack…Doesn’t look like I’m going to have any for the game…Can’t stop picking on them!!! These are wonderful…:)

    - Donna on February 5, 2012 Reply
  • I love kale. I have cooked it many different ways and the rest of my family pleads with me to not cook any more kale.

    They groaned when they saw my shopping bags after the farmer’s market on Saturday. I had 2 large bunches of kale. I tried your recipe for kale chips with one bunch that afternoon. The chips were gone so fast; I didn’t get enough for my self. Even my pickiest eater asked for more. You know what happened to the second bunch of kale.


    - Debbie on January 30, 2012 Reply
    • So nice to hear, Debbie. I wish my kids would eat it!

      - Jenn on January 30, 2012 Reply
  • I am addicted to kale chips. i’ve never quite got my oil/salt balance right. I’ve evenutaly tried a half tsp of coconut oil and that works. Really have to try it with the lemon and parmesan too…delicious.

    - jules @ bananamondaes on January 25, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve also used Mrs. Dash instead of just salt for a little variety. Whatever flavor you want works well!
    We raise kale in our garden & it’s one of my new favorite foods….yummy in soups too for flavor, nutrition, & color!

    - pharmersue on January 25, 2012 Reply
  • i heard about these on the Ellen show from Gwen Paltrow. These look so refreshing and healthy.. I love chips.

    - honeywhatscooking on January 24, 2012 Reply
  • I have also been wanting to try the kale chips. This looks like a great recipe, plus I’ve been counting the calories lately so good timing on a healthy snack.

    - Danita on January 24, 2012 Reply
  • I am with Heidi on this one, I am the WORST with vegetables. But I might have to make a sacrifice in order to try these 🙂

    - Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on January 24, 2012 Reply
  • I don’t eat vegetables, like AT ALL. But this I must try. I am so glad I found you and signed up for emails because I pin almost EVERYTHING you post!!!

    - Heidi on January 24, 2012 Reply
  • I have been wanting to try the elusive kale chips, bought some kale yesterday and, voila, here is the perfect recipe. Just came out of the oven and demolished half a pan before you can even say “Parmigiano Reggiano”…Thank you for this!

    - Jennifer on January 24, 2012 Reply

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