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Move Over Kale Chips… Here Comes Baked Spicy Swiss Chard Chips!

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.

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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  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?


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?

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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 in a 275º F oven for 40 minutes.

Fresh Swiss Chard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and Spices for Baked Spicy Swiss Chard Chips by FamilySpice.com

It does require a flip over halfway through baking, but they crisp up beautifully. What do you think?

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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.

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.

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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!

And for ways to add greens to your diet, like kale & chard, check out this great article from Shockingly Delicious!

Need more alternatives to potato chips? Try my Baked Sweet Potato Chips and Baked Jerusalem Artichoke Chips.

So grab a bowl and snack on, my friends!

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Spicy Swiss Chard Chips

Like kale chips? Then you'll love these seasoned & spicy swiss chard chips to snack on! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 3 large Swiss chard leaves
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of chile powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275ºF.
  2. Remove stem and cut into 2-3 inch pieces:
    • 3 large Swiss chard leaves
  3. Place cut leaves in one layer on a baking sheet and toss with:
    • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  4. Season with:
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • pinch of garlic powder
    • pinch of chile powder
    • Bake for 20 minutes, then turn leaves over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
    • Let chard chips cool and serve.

Notes:

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!

Prep Time:

Yield: 20 chips

Cook Time:

Rating: 5