Citizen Kale Chips: The Secret to Getting Kids (and you) to Eat Green Stuff

9 Jun

By Molly Norton

Kale Chip Photo for Blog

Kale chips on a vintage tray with a rose on it, you guys.
Tastier than they might appear.


The secret to getting your kids (and other members of your family) to fulfill their daily intake of veggies? Kale chips. Super-easy, tasty, nutritious and more addictive than a can of Pringles or a box of popcorn. Kale is a super anti-oxidant. And kids beg for these chips like they beg for puppies.

Here’s a great recipe. The best chips are made with red kale – especially red kale from the Hillsdale Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon. The apple cider adds a nice sweet tang. Fresh garlic adds a nutty punch (Pow!)


1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 bunches of kale (if we can’t get red kale from a local farmers’ market, we get a pre-cut bag). Dry using towels or salad spinner.


Chop kale into 2-3 inch pieces and remove fibrous “spine” using scissors (you can later use these for your stock pot).

Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl and then toss with kale.

Spread on baking sheet covered in foil or parchment and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes – tossing kale periodically and spreading out to create a single layer. Convection heating works extremely well if your stove has the ability, but they cook well in any type of stove.

Remove crisped chips. Continue to bake non-crisp chips in 5 minute increments until crispy, watching closely so as not to burn.

Next time, double recipe.


33 Responses to “Citizen Kale Chips: The Secret to Getting Kids (and you) to Eat Green Stuff”

  1. Abby Tollefson June 13, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    These kale chips are unbelievably tasty! Absolutely delicious, a definite favorite now in our household. Great to have a healthy veggie snack that everyone enjoys!

  2. mollynorton June 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks, Abby! So pleased to hear your family enjoyed. Happy kales to you 🙂

  3. Beth Morgan June 15, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Just made this for some folks and it was a hit! My prep tip: trimming the kale with scissors is faster and safer. And then you can use the spines for your next stock pot.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 6:49 am #

      Beth, I love your tips about using scissors to cut the spines and then using them for stock. I’m adding to blog.

  4. Karen Hearn June 15, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Everyone from my teenager to my two-year-old loved these!

  5. Ari M. June 15, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Great recipe. We’re going to have some kale-happy little boys! They also love green smoothies.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      Green smoothies = great idea, Ari. Sometimes we can get green juice from TJs in him because it tastes like very sweet peach juice.

  6. Christin E June 15, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Nice. I love spicy green beans and crunchy fresh lettuce as green options too. But I’ll have to try Kale Chips…. mmm… they look yummy!

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

      Christin, they are not just kale chips, but Citizen Kale Chips. Does that make them kinda literary, even though it was a movie? 😉

  7. Ozwegonian June 15, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I can’t wait to pick up some kale at the farmer’s market this weekend and try these.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Oh cool! We may go with you, Jennifer.

  8. Shannon Crain June 15, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Yum! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks, Shannon! Let me know if you have any recommendations/alterations when you try. Watch these closely so they don’t burn!

  9. Micci Reed June 15, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    These chips are a hit at our house, and easy to make. Thanks! Dont smell so good if overcooked – which was our great fortune the first time. Otherwise, this is another winner! Thanks for sharing.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      Micci, good point! They are really easy to burn in the final stages.

  10. Johanna June 15, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Definitely trying these this weekend!

  11. Tripp Ritter June 15, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I made some inroads using spinach, I need to try this!

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      Fantastic, Tripp. Let me know what your kids eat with spinach in it – curious.

  12. Estelle June 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Yum! These are my favorite. Being they cost $8 at the store and pennies to make at home, it’s a great treat. Nutritional yeast is also a great addition. Thanks for sharing.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks, Estelle! I love the idea of adding nutritional yeast. Does it change the flavor?

  13. Sarah June 15, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Well done. Finally, a healthy snack for my 4 year old! I’m impressed!

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks, Sarah! Let me know how it goes over 🙂

  14. Suzanne I Martley June 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    We will definitely try this for the grandkids, whose food universe is bounded by “sugar, salt & grease,” never “green.” This might do the trick. tnx, Molly!

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      We are in the same universe, Suzanne. The food groups being sugar, salt, grease, and bacon (it overlaps, but believe me, it’s its own group). Hope it works!

  15. Mary Sue Benz June 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I made these for my 7 year-old, who I knew who love the flavor and texture. Forget about my 5 year old; if it’s green, it’s gross. But for some reason, he gave these a shot, and loved them. They are excited to help me shop for AND make them. (double batch!) next time.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Wow. That is quite an endorsement, lady. So glad the trick works 🙂

  16. kellycalabria June 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks for the new idea, these are fabulous!

    • mollynorton June 16, 2011 at 12:00 am #

      Thank you! I’m trying to think up some new and exciting ways to cook with Kelly’s Jelly. I need your recipes!

  17. Marty June 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Love, love, love this recipe, don’t even want to share it with kids… It’s to yummy! Great for pick-me-up snack at the office also.

    • mollynorton June 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      That’s great, Marty! Don’t share. I’m glad to hear you’ve parted from your martyr-like ways 🙂

  18. Alex Dethier June 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    This is great — thanks for the post!

  19. rd June 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Yummilicious. Look forward to more from you.

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