Chicken Crackling Chips & other Keto Friendly Dippables

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Can you have chips on the keto diet? Yes! But finding suitable low carb chips can be challenging. We all want something crunchy and dippable to snack on at parties that doesn't derail the low carb lifestyles we work so hard to maintain
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Keto friendly chips made from baked salami with dip

When it come to keto friendly dippables, there are actually quite a few convenient store bought options out there to choose from, as well as some great options you can easily make right at home. 

If you are looking for some crunchy low carb chips to enjoy with friends at your next party, you just want to to lounge at home like couch potato avocado, you are need to satisfy those insatiable munchies, this guide to low carb chips and other things you can use as a vehicle to shovel dip into your mouth is for you.

 

Keto friendly “chips” you can dip

Here are some crunchy keto friendly chip like dippables:

Pork rinds: Pork Rinds are great, I eat them with lots of things. They work really well for things like salsa, nacho dip, hummus, and guacamole. Hands down, the best store bought pork rinds I have ever had are Utz Pork Rinds. You can get a huge tub of them from Costco for around $10 CAD. The first time we bought them we were worried we wouldn’t eat them in time..they lasted about 4 days.  But what if you don’t like pork rinds? What if you don’t have access to them or you don’t eat pork? Veggies: Cut veggies are great for dipping, I like putting crunchy low carb veggie platters out at parties and events because it appeals to so many people with varying dietary restrictions (sorry carnivores, but we will get to you).  Low carb tortilla chips: Much like you would with regular flour tortillas, you can cut your favourite low carb tortillas into chip sized pieces and fry, or bake them into low carb nacho chips. These taste pretty close to the real thing. I recommend using a pizza cutter to cut your tortillas to get a nice chip shape. The main downside to this is that low carb tortillas are relatively expensive and not all of us have that kind of moolah to spend making chips. 

Cheese Whisps: Cheese whisps are wonderful crunchy chips made from parmesan cheese. If you haven’t tried them yet, you really should, they are awesome. For dipping, they work, but some cheese whisps are quite small,  the price can be an issue here as well. They are not as cost effective as traditional chips. They do however make a great snack all on their own.  

Store bought keto friendly chips: There are various pre-made keto friendly chip options like Quest chips, and a few others on the market. Some of these are actually a pretty good substitution. I do enjoy Quest chips Nacho cheese flavour, so far it’s the closest thing to a low carb Doritos I have found, but I promise I am still working on that. Price and availability are both factors here, like other pre-made foods. I consider them and convenience in a pinch, or as a treat yourself kind of snack. 

Massive tub of Utz Pork rind from Costco, dirty coffee cup for scale
Bell pepper 'chips' and low carb nacho dip
Romaine lettuce chips and dip

There are some cost effective DIY keto chip options though. Some you might not have considered before. Even better, there are keto, low carb, paleo, and carnivore friendly chips you can easily make at home. 

The Low Carb Grocery

Homemade Meat Chips - Pepperoni, Salami, and Bacon, Oh my!

A variety of homemade low carb keto friendly meat chips on a platter with dip
Crispy chicken chips & baked salami chps with avocado dip

Meat chips are a fairly popular low carb snack. It is quite common to take a few slices of pepperoni or other cured meat and microwave it until it becomes slightly crispy. Usually a minute or so. Pepperoni chips in the microwave are actually great for a quick, convenient, low carb chip, or midnight snack. Only real downside to this method is the microwave tends to make them slightly chewy, and they don’t always become crunchy and crispy.

For perfectly crispy meat chips, use the oven. You will want to slice the meat to chip shape before cooking because much like trying to cut a tortilla chip, it won’t work well after they are crunchified. 

Low carb salami chip dipped in avocado yogurt
Crispy low carb salami chips and dip

Cured meats work better than lunch meats or cold cuts for making chips. Cold cuts like ham, bologna, turkey slices, roast beef, etc. don’t really get as crispy in the oven, they stray closer to chewy if you use them. That’s not a bad thing really, just a matter of which you prefer. 

Cured meats like, salami (Genoa, hard salami, Hungarian, German, soppressata, etc) will get much crispier using this method.

Meat chips crisp up fast! 

You should keep a close eye on them, because in the oven they will go from soft to crisp very quickly and it’s very easy to let them go too far.

How to make keto Salami/pepperoni chips

Ingredients:

  • salami/pepperoni/cured meat
 

Directions:

  1. Slice meat into chip sized pieces
  2. Place pieces on a foil lined baking sheet and cook in 350°F oven for 10-15 min until crispy as seen above, don’t let them burn
  3. Drain on paper towel and allow to cool
  4. Serve with favourite low carb dip, guacamole, or just eat as a snack

Macros:

Per chip:

Calories: 35 cals | Fat: 3g | Carbs: 0.1g | Protein: 2g

*macro values will vary with different types of meat, always check your labels*

Bacon Chips - Yes you read the right

Cooked thick steak cut bacon cut into keto friendly chips

Yes, chips made out of bacon. I don’t think I really need to sell anyone on why this is amazing. 

If you want to make low carb bacon chips, I wouldn’t recommend making them in the microwave unless the bacon is already cooked. 

Thick cut bacon works the best. Just cut it into pieces a little larger than chip size and cook as you would any bacon. I like to use the oven since it keeps the bacon flat like a chip. But with really thick bacon its not really a problem. 

For my fellow Canadian keto friends, if you can get a hold of some President’s Choice ‘Steak cut bacon’ Stacon, you should. Just look at how amazing this bacon looks. Basically sliced pork belly and it tasted as good as it looks. It also made a very sturdy low carb bacon chip. 

How to make keto bacon chips

Ingredients:

  • Thick cut bacon, sliced into chip sized pieces
 

Directions:

  1. Place bacon pieces on a foil lined baking sheet and cook in 350°F oven for 15-20 min until crispy as seen above
  2. Drain on paper towel and allow to cool
  3. Serve with favourite low carb dip, guac, or just eat as a snack

Macros:

Per chip:

Calories: 25 cals | Fat: 2g | Carbs: 0.1g | Protein: 2g

*macro values will vary with different types of meat, always check your labels*

Raw sliced steak cut bacon stacon ready to be made into low carb chips
Stacon sliced chip size
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Chicken skin cracklings - Resourcefully delicious keto friendly chips

Keto friendly chicken skin nacho chips in a bowl from an angle

This option is by far my favourite method to make carb free chips at home. Even better, it uses something you likely already buy but are probably throwing away, or paying more to have someone else get rid of. Chicken skins!

Chicken skins are something I feel are heavily underutilized. Not only do most people pay more to buy skinless chicken. When they do get skin on chicken, it is often removed and thrown away!

I mean even if we weren’t going to make some crispy chicken cracklings with them, they are one of the best parts of eating chicken! Cooking chicken with the skin on keeps it soft, juicy, and flavourful. 

Keeping the skin on the chicken while roasting can protect the chicken from becoming dry even if you cook it a bit too long. If you don’t like that for some reason, add it to your chicken stock (if you aren’t making chicken stock from your chicken leftovers you really need to be). 

Have you ever had a chicken stock that is thick and rich and wonder how that is done? It’s by including the chicken skins in your bone broth! There is a special unique protein in chicken skins called collagen, you know the one you might be paying extra for as a supplement or in anti-aging skin care products. Not only is collagen good for you, it adds a wonderful depth to your food. 

But after all that, if you still aren’t sold on using chicken skins in your food, I think I might have just the thing. Chicken skin nacho chips! 

Whether you are just looking for a quick snack, a low carb dippable to join in on the party, or you are living that nose to tail carnivore life, and just hate throwing away part of your food, I think you will love these baked keto friendly chicken chips. 

As an added bonus, since we apparently haven’t stretched the use of this chicken enough, after you make the skins, you can save the rendered fat that collects on the tray and use it later for some flavourful, high heat cooking oil. 

If you are normal like me you have a jar above your stove where you keep animal fat for cooking anyways. 

Raw chicken skins ready to be turned into chips on a a baking sheet
Chicken skins, cut, seasoned, and ready for the oven

Get that satisfying crunch – Getting the chips crispy

This is also incredibly simple, the reward to effort ratio is favourable on this one. You could easily do this in preparation for a party, or as you are preparing dinner. This snack doesn’t mind sharing the oven with other food and isn’t really that sensitive to cooking temperature. 

I would avoid cooking it on really low heats below 300 °F because I don’t think it would be crispy enough. But you could throw it in the oven with the rest of your dinner and it would do just fine. 

You will know these are done when they are crispy and crunchy enough for you to want to eat. Trust me you’ll know when you see them what I mean. They will have crisped up quite a bit and a lot of the fat will have rendered out. Could be as little as 10 minutes depending on the fat content of the skin. 

They will crisp up a little bit more out of the oven as well. Let them cool on a paper towel to keep the chips from getting soggy.

Welcome to flavour town – seasoning the chips

These can be seasoned with whatever you think would be delicious. I wanted to make just a standard nacho type chip since this is all part of my quest to make the ultimate keto dorito (I’ll keep you posted). I have tried this with a few different spices and seasonings and it’s always been great. 

Some great spices for seasoning your low carb chips:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onions powder
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Store bought seasonings
 
 

I highly recommend trying Weber’s kick’n chicken grill seasoning, not only for this, but just for life in general. It is my go to for a quick delicious low carb dinner, just apply liberally to almost anything and toss it in the oven. I’ve converted my girlfriend as well because now she asks for it on everything!

I hope that this guide to keto friendly chips and dippables was useful to you. If you found it helpful at all be sure to leave comment down below, and share this with your friend so that it may help others too. 

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The macros for this recipe will vary. Chicken skin loses about half it’s weight during cooking due to rendered fat and water loss. 

The macros per chip may range from:

Calories: 60-100 cals

Fat: 5-10g 

Net carbs: 0g 

Protein:  3-5g

Always check labels and nutritional info using a verified database and a food scale to ensure accuracy

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How to make keto friendly chicken crackling chips

These low carb nacho chips are keto, carnivore, and paleo friendly. Super easy to make, and very delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carnivore, dippables, keto, low carb, snacks
Servings: 15 chips
Calories: 80kcal

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Knife

Ingredients

  • 6-7 oz (200g) chicken skin skin from 5-6 chicken legs

Chip Seasoning

  • 1 tsp (3g) garlic powder
  • ½ tsp (1g) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp (2g) paprika
  • salt & pepper apply liberally

Alternative Seasoning

  • favourite pre-made seasoning

Instructions

  • Cut chicken skins into pieces slightly larger than you want your chips, they will shrink a bit in the oven
  • Mix dry spices together and combine well. Season chicken skin lightly on both sides
  • Cover baking sheet with aluminium foil and place chicken skins flat and spaced out
  • Bake in 375°F [190C] oven for 25-30 mins, until crispy and golden brown, you should be able to hear them sizzle. Keep a close eye on them and don't let them burn, it happens quick!
  • Remove from oven and drain chips on paper towel, save the fat for cooking oil
  • Serve with your favourite low carb dip, or as a crunchy keto snack!

Notes

  • Macros will vary depending on fat content of chicken skin, and amount of fat rendered off during cooking
  • You could use other poultry skin for this as well
  • See post above doe details about using salami or bacon to make chips
  • Store bought keto friendly chip options discussed in post above

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal
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