Healthy, baked kale chips with an Asian twist. Tossed in sesame oil and coated with garlic powder and fresh ginger.
This is a great little snack for late at night when you don’t want to eat something heavy but you need something to munch on. I usually grab some popcorn but I wanted something different last night and these Asian kale chips hit the spot!
Usually, kale chips are tossed with olive oil but these have a tangy zip from the sesame oil. I don’t know about you but sesame oil is one of my favorite smelling (and cooking) oils! It tastes SO good. I put extra garlic powder and a sprinkle of cayenne but the best part is the fresh ginger I grated over the top.
The cayenne was a last minute addition so it didn’t make the cut for the picture, but I’m so glad I added it though because I like a little heat. Oh, and a touch of salt and pepper, too!
Asian sesame kale chips
This is a very quick and easy snack to prepare. Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 275 degrees, wash the kale and remove all the stems. Tear into about
Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 275 degrees, wash the kale and remove all the stems. Tear into about 2-inch pieces and dry the kale as much as possible! If it’s wet at all then it won’t get crispy while its baking. They might seem too big at first but they really shrink up to almost nothing, trust me!
My first tray was basically crispy green crumbs, major bummer.
But, my next tray was perfect!
Step 2 – Drizzle sesame oil over the kale pieces and massage into the leaves with your hands. Try to get into all the nooks and crannies. Place in a single layer (not touching each other) on a tray lined with parchment. Sprinkle all the seasonings and grate the fresh ginger over the chips on the tray.
Step 3 – Bake for 18 minutes or until crispy. My chips were done at 18 minutes on the dot. They burn fast though, so watch them!
They will look like this when done baking. Look how much they shrunk!
Light and crispy and perfect to snack on while I watched the Bachelorette premiere. BTW, I don’t know if you watch it but I’m SO glad they picked Kaitlyn to be the new Bachelorette instead of Britt. Anyways, back to the snacks. I thought about dipping them in hummus or something but they’re so wafer thin that I don’t think they could hold up. They pretty much blew off my plate when I turned the fan on!
- 2 cups Kale pieces, stems removed
- 1 t sesame oil ( I used a tad over 1 t but I didn't want it to be to oily, so start with 1 t and check)
- Sprinkle of garlic powder
- Sprinkle of pepper
- Sprinkle of salt
- Sprinkle of cayenne powder
- ¼ t fresh grated ginger
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
- Wash the kale and remove the stems.
- Dry thoroughly and tear into 2-inch pieces.
- Put the kale in a large bowl.
- Add sesame oil. Start with 1 t and rub all the pieces down, try to get in all the nooks and crannies. I used a tiny bit more then 1 t, I added a little more at the end. You can always add more but you can't take it away, so start with 1 t sesame oil first. It shouldn't be a pool of oil at the bottom of the bowl but each piece should be coated with it.
- Line a tray with parchment paper.
- Lay the kale out in a single layer, not touching each other.
- I don't have an exact measurement for the spices because I just evenly sprinkled the spices over the whole tray. A very light coating of garlic, cayenne and pepper and just a light touch of salt.
- Grate the fresh ginger over the tray, try to hit all the kale pieces.
- Bake for 18 minutes, remove from oven.
- Eat while they are hot and crispy.
- If you want to store them, use an airtight container.
Would you swap out regular chips for kale chips for a snack? Let me know in the comments!
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