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Fried Chicken Skin Is a Healthy and Delicious Snack


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You'd probably be lying if you said your favorite part of fried chicken wasn't the crispy fried chicken skin. Sure the juicy, plump chicken is great, but the best part of chicken is what comes on top of it. Crunchy, flavorful, and oh so delicious. And while you can go out to your local grocery store and pick off all the fried skin off yourself, one Los Angeles company is making is easier (and tastier) than ever to enjoy fried chicken skins. And get this: they are actually healthy.

About Chick N' Skin

Founded in 2017, Chick N' Skin got its start at the 626 Night Market in LA selling their crispy chicken skin to hungry shoppers. Soon they were popping up at various festivals and events, sharing their chicken skin with all types of toppings including nacho cheddar cheese. However, now you don't have to go all the way to Los Angeles to try these fried skins, currently, they are available online.

Reviews are stellar, and with flavors like BBQ Bacon, Buffalo Wing, Chinese Salt & Pepper, Salt & Vinegar, Original, and Tom Yum (Sweet and Spicy), there's a flavor for everyone. Low carb and considered healthier snacks than greasy potato chips (according to their website) these fried chicken skins are perfect on their own or dipped in your favorite dipping sauce.

Chick N' Skin is also compatible with a range of diet restrictions, as it is gluten free and keto friendly. These protein packed chicken skins are perfect for on-the-go or game day, providing low carb high protein snacks for anyone cutting down on carbs. Plus, chicken skin is actually healthy, full of unexpected benefits that you wouldn't think of when chowing down on this addicting snack.

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For one, chicken skin contains monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. This is the same oil that you can find in olive oil, and is known to help with cholesterol and aid with gluten sensitivity. Along with this, the high amount of fat in chicken skin is helpful with weight loss. Although it may be tempting to aim for a low-fat diet when losing weight, this can actually make it harder to keep the pounds off because of the hunger you'll be battling as you watch your diet.

A higher-fat diet, as long as it's full of healthy fats, its the way to go to lose weight, because it will fill you up and prevent you from pining after your next meal. There's nothing better than finding out that a delicious food also has health benefits!

According to Chick N' Skin, their most popular flavor is the Original flavor which some consider highly addicting. Spice lovers swear by Tom Yum, which top the chicken skins with Thai seasoning. Another best seller is the Chinese Salt & Pepper, which incorporates a tasty blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns to make the most incredible bite.

What we really love about Chick N' Skin is their business model. They source out chicken skin from companies that would normally throw away the skin, minimizing waste and providing us with delicious crunchy keto snacks. And that's an A+ in our book.

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This post was originally published on May 29, 2019.

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