With its smoky, garlicky, umami flavour, it’s no wonder chicken salt quickly converts any sampler into a full blown fan. Originally made as a seasoning for rotisserie chicken, chicken salt has fast become a signature topping on French fries, fish and chips and other savoury snacks.
While pre-made chicken salt can be purchased in store, it is easy to prepare your own at home by mixing together 7 simple ingredients:
- table salt
- powdered chicken stock
- garlic powder
- white pepper
- onion powder
- tsp celery seeds
Note: When choosing a powdered chicken stock, be sure to select one with a low sodium content. This way you have control over the saltiness of the end product.
Alternatively, you can dehydrate and pulverize chicken skin in place of using powdered chicken stock. To dehydrate chicken skin, place the skins on a baking tray in a 175°C oven until browned and crisp. Strain any excess fat and then add a bit of chicken stock to the pan, and simmer in the oven until the stock has completely reduced. Next, either place the skins in a dehydrator, or leave them in the oven on the lowest heat setting for 4 hours.
You should now be left with deliciously dehydrated chicken skin, which you can add to the food processor with the rest of the chicken salt spices. And voilà, you now have your very own chicken salt to experiment with.
Everyone knows chicken salt is great on French fries, but it’s also delicious as a seasoning for - you guessed it - chicken. Try adding some to your next chicken dish, whether it’s roasted, grilled or fried. The possibilities are endless and surely you can’t go wrong with a little sprinkling of chicken salt.