Snack Essentials: Baked Chicken Skins

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

We are all probably familiar with pork rinds… well, these tasty treats are more akin to bacon. You go shopping for chicken, and there is a sale on skin-on chicken thighs, so you purchase a bunch; however, the recipe you have calls for skinless thighs. So, you strip off the skin, and throw it away… don’t do that. Stick it in the freezer, and when you have a bit of time, make some yummy baked chicken skins. This recipe is totally easy/peasy. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 5 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake


    the skin from the breast or thighs of a fresh chicken
    salt, kosher variety
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
    olive oil, extra virgin
    a good dipping sauce, like honey, or good mustard

How To Make

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    Gather your ingredients.
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    Spread the chicken skin out on a flat surface, and sprinkle with some salt.
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    Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
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    Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 325f (165c).
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    Use a paper towel, to wipe off the salt, and any moisture that has accumulated.
  • 7
    Cut the chicken skin into strips; similar to slices of bacon, brush with the oil, and sprinkle of a bit of pepper
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    Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, and lay the chicken skin on the rack.
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    Place in the preheated oven, and bake until nice and crisp, about 35 – 45 minutes.
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    Serve with some honey, or mustard. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.