Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on November 29, 2012

Kale is one of my absolute favorite vegetables.

I add it to absolutely everything: soups, mashed potatoes, even Indian food!

It’s such a powerhouse whole food: it’s high in fiber, is a great source of Vitamins A, K, C, E, and Calcium, is low in calories, contains antioxidants, and most importantly — it tastes great!

I’ve gotten the husband to go from a place of not even knowing what kale was, to loving it in the recipes I make at home (little victory dance for me! πŸ™‚ )

Kale chips are the perfect guilt-free treat because they have the wonderful crunch and flavor of a traditional chip, but are much healthier for you – and having them on hand makes it a lot easier to eat Kale on a regular basis! If you eat a handful of kale chips, you can end up eating a whole head of kale without even realizing it.

I like adding garlic and parmesan to my chips, because there is nothing like that combination of flavors.

But if you are dairy-free, you can do garlic + sesame seeds which is also delicious.

They only take about 20 minutes to make, and they can last you for a week if you keep them in an airtight container! Although I usually will end up eating this whole bowlful in one sitting πŸ™‚


Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 68.7

Fat per serving: 3.3g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 68.7 Calories, 3.3g Fat, 107.5mg Sodium, 7.5g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 1.6g Sugar, 4.2g Protein


  • 2 bunches of kale
  • 2 tsp olive oil (more if needed)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced (or more if you like)
  • Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional (for dairy free): 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Rinse kale in a salad spinner
  3. Remove dark ribs and chop kale roughly
  4. Put leaves in a big bowl, toss with olive oil, garlic and salt
  5. Spread leaves on a one large rimmed baking sheet. Kale does not need to be in a single layer,as it will shrink in volume as it cooks.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice while it’s cooking, and until leaves are tender, crisp on edges and slightly browned
  7. Optional if dairy-free: Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving
  8. Note: for the parmesan, you can add it before or after baking. If you add it before baking, toss the kale with the olive oil, garlic, salt and parmesan together – then bake (the parmesan will get slightly browned and crispy with the chip). If adding it after baking, add it right after you pull the kale chips out of the oven so the cheese will melt a bit on the chips (but the cheese will stay creamy and moist).

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristi Rimkus February 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Okay, I’m going to try this one more time. Mine came out kind of bitter tasting. I’ll see if I have more luck with your recipe. Everyone I know who has had these chips loves them, and I’m a big chip and cracker fiend. I’d love to find a healthy alternative.


anjalim February 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I think if you add enough salt/garlic it should counteract the bitterness. Let me know how it turns out for you!


Chls122 May 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I’ve been using garlic powder instead of garlic, I think that helps cut down the bitterness


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

Oh that’s an interesting tip! Thanks for sharing!


kimberbro February 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

Sounds interesting! I wonder if I can get my kids to try it? Love the blog! Looks great!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Thank you so much!! You have to let me know if your kids like this recipe! πŸ™‚


emaliah82 November 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

While I love kale, I have had the hardest time finding a kale chip recipe I actually really like. This one sounds GREAT! I like the idea of using the parmesan. Did you sprinkle that on before baking and if so, how much did you use?? THANKS! πŸ™‚


Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Thanks so much! I like adding the parmesan too – it just gives it that little something extra to make it delicious πŸ™‚ I used 1/4 cup total (just added that as a note to the recipe). And honestly, you can add the cheese before or after baking. If you add it before baking, the parmesan will get slightly browned and crispy with the chip. If you add it after baking, then the parmesan will melt slightly but will still retain that fresh feeling. I like adding it right after baking because I feel like it makes the kale chips “cheesier.” Hope that helps!


Sharmila November 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Love, LOVE kale chips! Such a fabulous easy recipe to try. You have a lovely space here. So glad I found it.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Awwww thank you so much Sharmila! I’m sure you will love this recipe – it is so nice to meet you! πŸ™‚


Lauren November 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

This sounds wonderful! I have never tried kale chips but am very tempted to do so now! It is wonderful that they are a healthy vegetable. In addition, it is good they are so high in different vitamins and calcium. I have a hard time not eating chips so this might be the PERFECT substitution for me! Thanks for the great article!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Thanks Lauren!! You should definitely try this recipe if you are looking for a chip substitution – you can eat as many as of these as you want and still feel like you’re eating healthily!


Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 30, 2012 at 5:35 am

yum! what great flavors to add to kale chips!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 30, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks Elizabeth! Enjoy! πŸ™‚


Parita @ myinnershakti November 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

LOVE kale chips. I made them for the first time a month or so ago – and my husband and I really did eat 2 bunches of kale in one sitting. πŸ™‚


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

Haha! That is so great Parita – isn’t it wonderful that you can be proud of eating a whole bowl-full of kale chips since they’re so good for you? πŸ™‚ I’m sure you will love this recipe when you try it!


Jennifer W December 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I hear you about eating the whole bowl in one sitting! Once you start, its hard to stop eating them πŸ™‚ I usually make mine with salt and vinegar and they are delicious. I’ll have to try them with parmesan next time.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Haha absolutely πŸ™‚ Love the idea of making them with salt & vinegar – I will try that next time! Let me know how you like the parmesan on your next batch!


Erika January 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

made these for the first time today they were good but i had to scrap like half of it cause they overbaked and became really bitter but they ones that didn’t were delicious


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hi Erika! Sorry to hear that some of these came out burned! You might want to check your oven’s temperature calibration – because it sounds like it unevenly baked the kale chips. Also next time, try baking it at a lower heat and continually check it – that way you’ll be able to guarantee that they won’t burn!


Honey,What's Cooking November 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Looks amazing Anjali.. can’t wait to try.. I was going to make regular Kale Chips, but I think I’ll add the garlic and parm, this is exactly how I make roasted broccoli. πŸ™‚


Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Thank you so much!! Oh definitely add the garlic & parm — adds such a richness of flavor to the kale chips! πŸ™‚ Let me know how it turns out!


Scotty December 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

It helps a lot to semi-saute the garlic in the a partial portion of the oil, let it cool, then add it to the kale. brings out much more of the garlic. i only needed 2 cloves and the kale was just bursting with transfused garlicky flavor. only adds 5 minutes to the prep.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Oh that’s a great tip, thanks Scotty!


Stacey Dixon January 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

I just made these and I like them but they stuck to the sheet. How do you get them not to stick? Was I supposed to use parchment paper?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

Hi Stacey! Yes parchment paper would help to make sure they don’t stick, also if you spray your baking sheet evenly with olive oil spray, that should help it to not stick as well. Hope that helps! Glad you liked the taste of these chips though!


Kiki July 1, 2016 at 12:26 am

Can’t wait to try this….I have never eaten kale but I’m on a health journey and clearly potatoe chips are out from here on in. I will be so happy if the kale chip is as good as everyone is saying!!!! I’m doing so well on my healthy eating plan and I’m so excited to find new and better ways with food!
Thanks for the recipe xxx


Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 1, 2016 at 6:28 am

Hi Kiki! I can’t wait to hear how you like this recipe — kale is one of my favorite ingredients and this is a great way to eat clean and get some extra veggies without trying! πŸ™‚


Bob September 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm

These look delicious. I was surfing the internet looking for a healthy alternative to garlic bread. I am making Beef Stroganoff tonight where i substitute the noodles with cauliflower and this will make the perfect companion piece!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 11, 2016 at 5:39 am

Thanks Bob!! I’m sure you will love these chips! πŸ™‚


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