Crispy Chicken Skin Chips: A Flavorful Snack Recipe

Are you in search of a foolproof recipe for crispy chicken skin chips? Look no further! Whether you prefer pan-frying, using an oven, or an air fryer, this delightful low-carb or paleo snack will satisfy your cravings. Not only that, but it also makes for an excellent crispy topping for your favorite dishes. Let’s dive into the delicious world of chicken skin chips!

Chicken skin chips on a paper towel seasoned with spices.

Ingredients for Chicken Skin Chips

To make these mouthwatering chicken skin chips, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • ½ lb chicken skin (approximately 8 pieces) removed from thigh or breast, including any excess yellow fat from the chicken
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

A hand holding a crispy chicken skin chip.

Pro Tips for Crispy Chicken Skins!

Here are a few pro tips to ensure your chicken skins turn out perfectly crispy and delicious:

  • Keep the chicken skin flat! Lay the chicken skin fat side down in a large (preferably non-stick) pan and let it render gradually over medium heat. This will help the chicken skin hold its shape, resulting in flat and crispy pieces.
  • Save the chicken fat! As you crisp up the chicken skin in the pan, it will render out a lot of flavorful chicken fat. Strain and save this fat in an airtight container for later use in cooking potatoes or other vegetables.
  • Choose the right pan. Opt for the largest non-stick pan you have to prevent the skin from tearing if it sticks. A large frying pan is an excellent choice.
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Chicken skin spread out face down in a pan.

Get Creative with Seasonings

While this recipe provides a unique blend of seasonings, feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors. Try adding onion powder, sugar, parsley, or chili powder to create your own signature chicken skin chips. Alternatively, a simple seasoning of kosher salt and black pepper can also result in delicious chips. Remember to season them while hot to ensure the seasonings stick!

Recipe Instructions

Follow these simple steps to achieve perfectly crispy chicken skin chips:

1. Lay the Chicken Skin Flat on a Non-Stick Pan

Place the chicken skin, fat side down, in a cold non-stick pan. If you have any excess chicken fat, add it to the pan along with the skin.

2. Render Out the Fat Over Medium Heat

Turn the heat to medium and cook until you hear sizzling, approximately 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to keep the chicken skin as flat as possible. Lower heat helps the chicken skin to remain flat while rendering out the fat.

3. Add Water and Fry the Chicken Skin

Add water to the pan and bring it to a high simmer over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until the water evaporates. This will ensure all parts of the chicken skin crisp up evenly. Reduce the heat to maintain a temperature of about 350F in the pan. Cook until the chicken skin turns golden brown and crispy.

Water being poured into a pan with chicken skin.
Chicken skin chips being fried in rendered chicken fat.

4. Drain the Chicken Skin and Season

Remove the chicken skin from the pan and drain it on a paper towel. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

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5. Store the Chicken Skin and Save the Chicken Fat

While the chips are still hot, sprinkle them with the seasoning mix to ensure it sticks to the chicken skin. Alternatively, cut the chicken skin into bite-size pieces and use them as a crunchy topping for stir-fries, noodles, or soups. Don’t forget to save the rendered chicken fat in an airtight container for future use!

A hand seasoning chicken skin chips with spices.
Rendered chicken fat being poured into a glass container.

Air Fryer and Oven Options

If you prefer using an air fryer, simply place the chicken skins in a flat layer in the air fryer basket, sprinkle them with kosher salt, and add a sheet of parchment paper to keep them flat. Air fry at 350F for approximately 15 minutes or until the skin turns crispy. Season with your favorite seasonings!

For oven cooking, place the chicken skins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, season them with salt, and place another parchment sheet on top along with a baking sheet to keep the skins flat. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until the skin becomes crispy. Season with your desired seasonings.

Discover More Delicious Recipes

If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to explore our other popular recipes, including Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly, Air Fryer Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Chicken Wings, and Air Fryer Chicken Skewers. Don’t forget to share your creations on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #cjeatsrecipes.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some chicken skins and get ready to enjoy the crispy goodness of these flavorful chicken skin chips. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration. Happy snacking!

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