How To Make Chicken Cracklings


Step 1Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted), or 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional). Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and have another piece of parchment paper ready to cover the chicken skins.

Step 2First, you'll need to skin the chicken. Loosen the skin by placing your fingers underneath and gently lifting it up. Make shallow cuts round the joints where the wings and drumsticks are attached to the body and lift / peel the skin off.

Step 3Remove the skin from the breast and the back of the chicken and cut as needed. I usually freeze the skin until I have just enough to make the cracklings - use skin from 2-4 chickens at a time. If you store the skins ion the freezer, defrost and pat-dry before making the cracklings.

Step 4Then, remove the remaining skin from the thighs and wings. You won't be able to remove all the skin from the wings - that's fine. Use the skinned chicken for making soups, chicken stock, shredded chicken or for roasting.

Step 5Pat dry the skins using a paper towel. Lay the skins on the parchment paper in a single layer, season with salt and spices to taste and top with another piece of parchment paper. This will help the skins get crispy without burning. Place in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. When done, there will be excess fat on the parchment paper - you can probably reuse it but I just bin it.

Step 6Try with Guacamole, Marinara sauce, soured cream or your favourite cheese dip.