Smoky Spiced Kale Chips

One of my favorite weekend snacks is kale chips. Wash and chop some kale, season it, and stick it in the oven. Watch some T.V. or read a book, and in twenty minutes you have a delicious, healthy snack. I can easily down an entire bunch of kale this way.

I love these cheese flavored vegan kale chips using nutritional yeast, but these are my other favorites and are a bit easier to make. The mix of sweet smoked paprika and chili powder gives the crunchy kale a nice blend of sweet and spicy. Do you know any good kale chip seasoning combinations? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Q&DK
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and leaves torn, thick stems discarded
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika (sweet, not hot)
  • Chili powder
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and arrange the racks in top/bottom third. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment. You can also do one sheet at a time in the center of the oven if you don’t want to deal with rotating sheets. Make sure kale is very dry before cooking – it will make your chips crispier!
  2. Arrange kale in a single layer on the baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and use a pastry brush to brush the olive oil across the leaves. Season generously with salt and lightly sprinkle the paprika and chili powder on the leaves.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes; flip the kale halfway through and rotate sheets if using two baking sheets.