Chicken salt, an essential condiment at Aussie fish and chips shops, is finally making itself known outside of Australia. News.com.au says the “mystical shaker of yellowish deliciousness” is an Australian specialty, and that Australian KFC chips would not be the same without it.
In Lucky Peach, Thomas Lim of Dudley’s Deli writes, “when Aussies get together [in America], the conversation inevitably turns to chicken salt, how it’s not available in the States, and how it should be.”
Lim’s recipe is made with roasted chicken skins, which are ground and mixed with dehydrated mushroom powder, sea salt, kosher salt, white pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. As Epicurious points out, the ‘real deal’ chicken salt doesn’t contain chicken flavoring, but instead roasted braised, dried, and salted chicken.
Lim says chicken salt works on pretty much everything, and lists roasted beets, sautéed mushrooms, and chicken as examples.