Day 1: Chicken Skin Butter

Day 1: Chicken Skin Butter

inspired by Copper & Ink

So I’m starting small but also starting with one of my favourite bits of eating out. You know that moment when you’ve sat down at the table, you’re starving (not helped by the couple of G&Ts you’ve had before dinner) and you can’t decide what to order. You want to eat everything!

Then the waiter puts down some bread and butter. All is well in the world now. And the best butter I’ve ever had in a restaurant was at Copper & Ink in Blackheath.

They make a chicken skin butter which is so good I would go there just for that. But that would be a shame as everything else is delicious too!

So I roasted a chicken last Sunday and decided to save the skin. I popped it back in the oven (between layers of parchment and weighted down with another oven tray) to crisp up. Once I had delicious shards of chicken skin these got blitzed in a food processor and then added to some butter. Voila!

Chicken Skin Butter

Using lefotver roast chicken skin to make an amazing flavoured butter
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine British
Servings 2


  • a few pieces of leftover roast chicken skin
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat fan oven to 200°C
  • Take your leftover chicken skin and lay it out flat on a piece of baking parchment and place on a baking tray
  • Cover the skin with another piece of baking parchment
  • Put something on top to press the skin down. I used another baking tray but an oven proof dish would work too
  • Place in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the skin is really crisp and brittle
  • Let the skin cool and then blitz in a food processor
  • Stir your chicken skin powder into softened butter. Then I rolled mine into a sausage shape in cling film and left in the fridge to chill.


After posting this on Instagram I got a message from Tony Todd who is the Chef Patron of Copper & Ink. And he shared the some tips on how he makes the butter!
  • Use some fat from the bottom of the chicken roasting pan to add extra chickenyness (yes, it’s totally a word!) to the butter
  • Use unsalted butter with 3% salt and whip with a paddle attachment in  a stand mixer until light and fluffy
I don’t have a stand mixer but when I eventually get one I will totally be trying this out!
Keyword Butter, Chicken, Roast Chicken

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