Crispy Kale Chips with Za’atar


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Deliciously crispy and packed with flavor, these za’atar kale chips are the perfect healthy snack. Easy to make and easier to enjoy!

These za’atar kale chips are your go-to for a crispy, healthy, and flavor-packed snack! Making homemade kale chips in the oven is simple and budget-friendly compared to the pricey versions in high-end grocery stores. This is a must-try if you’ve been searching for a kale chips recipe for the oven. All you need for this easy kale chips homemade recipe are three ingredients: kale, olive oil, and your seasoning of choice—in this case, za’atar.

I harvested a bounty of kale this spring, prompting me to find creative ways to use it. The result? The best recipe for crispy kale chips seasoned with za’atar. The earthy spice blend complements the crunchy, baked kale beautifully, making it the perfect on-the-go snack or when you’re in the mood for something crunchy.


Ingredients for Crispy Kale Chips

  1. Kale (Washed, Dried, Stems Removed): Choose fresh kale, wash it thoroughly, and ensure it’s completely dry before tearing into large pieces for that satisfying crunch.
  2. Olive Oil: Drizzle with high-quality olive oil to coat the kale pieces evenly, contributing richness and aiding in the crisping process.
  3. Za’atar or Lemon Zest: Elevate the flavor profile with either the Middle Eastern spice blend Za’atar, providing a savory and tangy kick, or the bright citrusy notes of lemon zest for a refreshing twist on your kale chips.

Health Benefits of Kale Chips

Yes, kale chips are a super healthy snack! Known as a superfood, kale is packed with antioxidants and rich in vitamins C, A, and K. Plus, they’re low in calories and will keep you feeling full—an excellent choice for those watching their weight. Want another delicious way to enjoy the health benefits of kale? Try my Kale Juice Recipe.

Picking the Right Kale

 You can use any type of kale for baked kale chips, including red kale, Tuscan kale, curly kale, or Siberian kale. Each type has a different taste and texture, so try them out and find your favorite one!

Flavoring Your Kale Chips

My go-to seasoning is za’atar, but the sky’s the limit regarding flavoring. Below are some more creative options to elevate your crispy kale snacks:

  • Garlic Parmesan: Combine garlic powder and grated Parmesan cheese for a cheesy, garlicky kick.
  • Spicy Chili: If you like it hot, add some chili powder or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
  • Lemon Pepper: A classic! Use lemon zest and black pepper for a zesty, tangy flavor.
  • Salt and Vinegar: A dash of sea salt and a sprinkle of vinegar powder will make you think you’re eating traditional potato chips!

So whether you stick with za’atar or try something new, you have plenty of options for making kale chips that suit your taste buds.

Tips for the Best Kale Chips

Before you start baking your kale, remove the thick stems. They hold water and can lead to soggy, unevenly crispy chips. Once that’s done, follow these simple tips for the best homemade kale chips:

  1. Dry the Kale: Make sure to pat the kale completely dry after washing. This is crucial for a crispy end result.
  2. Lightly Oil: Use just a light coating of olive oil. Overdoing it will make your chips soggy.
  3. Don’t Crowd the Pan: Place the kale leaves in a single layer on the baking sheet to ensure they crisp properly. Overcrowding leads to sogginess.
  4. Baking Time: Bake the kale for 15 minutes, flip the leaves, and bake for another 15 minutes. Keep a close eye to prevent overcooking, as chips that turn brown taste bitter.

Troubleshooting Your Homemade Kale Chips

Even the best recipe can sometimes hit a snag. Here are some common issues and how to fix them:

  • Not Crispy Enough: If your baked kale chips aren’t as crispy as you’d like, they might be too wet. Make sure to pat the kale dry before adding the oil. Also, consider extending the baking time by a few minutes, but keep a close eye to prevent burning.
  • Too Salty or Over-seasoned: If you’ve added too much seasoning, you can’t remove it, but you can balance it by making another batch with no seasoning and mixing the two batches together.
  • Storing Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. You can revive them in a warm oven for a few minutes if they lose their crunch.
How to Make Crispy Kale Chips with Za’atar


Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Toss the kale with olive oil and za’atar.
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Prepare a baking sheet layer with parchment paper and place the kale loosely apart.
Bake the kale in the oven for 15 minutes.
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Flip the kale over and bake them again for 10 to 15 minutes. The kale should now be nice and crispy.
Take them out of the oven and enjoy!
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1 bunch kale (remove stems and tear into large pieces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon zaatar or lemon zest


Preheat the oven to 300 F. Toss the kale with olive oil and za’atar.
Prepare a baking sheet layer with parchment paper and place the kale loosely apart. Bake the kale in the oven for 15 minutes.
Flip the kale over and bake them again for 10 to 15 minutes. The kale should now be nice and crispy. Take them out of the oven and enjoy!

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

How to Store Kale Chips?

Kale chips are a super tasty snack that tends to be eaten immediately. However, if you miraculously have some leftover kale chips, you can also easily store them. Baked kale chips should be cooled before you go to store them. This will prevent the moisture from making them soggy. Once completely cooled, store them at room temperature in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.

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By Rana

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