Kale Chips are a healthy alternative to a potato chip snack. And you can also use the same technique to make these Baked Spicy Swiss Chard Chips.
Have you joined the kale chips band-wagon? It’s an ingenious way to get your salty chip fix and eat a healthy green at the same time. I know, it’s not exactly the same as a potato chip, but it’s a great alternative if you are watching your carb intake while you get a jump start on your new year’s resolution or if you are dancing around in your swim suit this summer.
I like keeping either kale or Swiss chard in the fridge for a number of reasons. So why not make some Swish chard chips?
Vegetable chips you can make at home
Kale is thicker than chard, but they are both packed with nutrients we all need. When choosing chard, I love using rainbow chard. Again, I love to eat the rainbow. Aren’t these colors beautiful?
I have seen online that this technique can also be used for spinach and lettuce chips, you just have to reduce the cooking time as they are not as thick as chard or kale. You can also bake sweet potato chips and bake sunchoke chips (Jerusalem artichoke chips).
So as you can see, the choices of making vegetable chips at home is limitless.
How to make chard chips at home
Whether you are making kale chips or chard chips, the concept is the same. Cut up your chard leaves into equal pieces. I chose to cut mine into 2-3 inch pieces. Then, toss with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt, spicy chile powder (or mild if you prefer), garlic powder, or whatever spices you like.
I don’t have a dehydrator so I just bake the chard leaves in a 275º F oven for 40 minutes. It works pretty darn well, and I don’t have another gadget taking up space in my cupboards.
It does require a flip over halfway through baking, but they crisp up beautifully. What do you think?
What do chard chips taste like?
Confession time: I am not a big fan of the bitter green. But, I have to admit that whether you snack on kale chips or chard chips, it is definitely a flavorful and healthy snack. And, on the plus side, it doesn’t smell like dead fish, like the dried seaweed my sweet daughter loves to snack on.
What to do with the leftover chard stems?
Since you only use the leaves for the chard chips, don’t throw out the chard stems. Check out this recipe from Cookistry on how to make Pickled Chard Stems! You can also chop up the stems and add them to Pickled Chard Stems or any other favorite soup.
And for ways to add greens to your diet, like kale and chard, check out this great article from Shockingly Delicious!
So grab a bowl and snack on, my friends!
- 3 large Swiss chard leaves
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of chile powder
- Preheat oven to 275ºF.
- Remove stem from Swiss chard leaves and cut into 2-3 inch pieces.
- Place cut leaves in one layer on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil.
- Season with salt, garlic powder and chile powder.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then turn leaves over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- Let chard chips cool and serve.
Serving Suggestions: Serve as an appetizer or snack, or crush over your steak, tacos or any else that needs a little crunch!
Cooking Tips: This technique works for swiss chard, kale and other greens, too. Keep it simple with just salt or your favorite spices. Make sure your greens are dry. The drier the green, the crispier the chip!
Serving Size:5 chips
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27.3Total Fat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: .3gTrans Fat: .3gUnsaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 134.9mgCarbohydrates: 1.5gFiber: .8gSugar: .4gProtein: .7g