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The Aussie Ingredient Your French Fries Are Missing

Gourmandize logo Gourmandize 6/19/2018

Think Canada got it right with poutine? Wait until you see how they serve French fries down under!

a pile of fries: A NEW WAY TO SERVE FRIES © Provided by Gourmandize A NEW WAY TO SERVE FRIES


Every country has its own favorite way of serving French fries. The Belgians have frites topped off with mayo, the Germans have currywurst, Americans have Animal-style fries, and the Canadians have the cheese-curd-and-gravy mountain they callĀ poutine. But did you know that the Aussies have also put their own spin on this favorite side dish?

a close up of a bottle: CHICKEN SALT © Provided by Gourmandize CHICKEN SALT


Introducing: chicken salt. This Aussie-born seasoning was invented in Adelaide during the 1970s, and it was originally used for rotisserie chicken. It's a savory blend of salt, powdered chicken stock, onion and garlic powder, paprika, and extra flavors which can range from red pepper to turmeric. Vegan versions of chicken salt, such as the one pictured above, are also available on the market.

a box with a sandwich and french fries: An Australian Sensation © Provided by Gourmandize An Australian Sensation

An Australian Sensation

Although popular in Australia, chicken salt has only just begun to get some recognition overseas. It is most often served with fries (of course), but it can also be used to flavor your morning eggs, fried chicken, roasted vegetables, and so much more! With its versatility and unbeatable taste, chicken salt might start appearing in American restaurants and grocery stores before you know it.

a sandwich and fries on a plate: The Recipe © Provided by Gourmandize The Recipe

The Recipe can always make it at home! Here's what you'll need:

  • 6 tbsp table salt
  • 3 tbsp powdered chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp celery seeds

Simply mix together all of your ingredients, then toss the French fries with the seasoning while they're still fresh from the fryer. You can find a full tutorial on how to make chicken salt here!

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