Chicken Lips Recipe

Photograph: Melody Fury

This oyster shooter goes over the top with chicken cracklings and a chicken salt rim. At Lucy's, they use local Dripping Springs Vodka or El Jimador Tequila.

Recipe from Jerry Reid of Lucy's Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas.

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Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Makes: 1 oyster shooter

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  • For the chicken salt rim and cracklings:
  • Chicken skin from 1 chicken, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 3 cups cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • For the oyster shooter:
  • Chicken salt rim
  • 1/2 ounce chilled vodka or tequila
  • 1 fresh oyster, shucked
  • 1 barspoon tomato juice
  • 1 dash hot sauce, such as Cholula
  • 1 lime
  • 1 barspoon crushed chicken crackling
  • 1 pinch minced chives


  1. To make the chicken salt rim, heat the cooking oil in a small saucepan until it reaches 300°F. Carefully deep fry chicken skin in batches until golden brown and crispy. Drain and cool. Reserve some chicken crackling for garnish.

  2. In a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind enough chicken crackling to make 2 tablespoons. Combine with kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

  3. Run a wedge of lime along the rim of a Champagne flute. Press the flute into the chicken salt rim.

  4. To make the oyster shooter, build layers in the flute in this order: vodka or tequila, raw oyster, tomato juice, hot sauce, 1 squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with chicken crackling and chives and serve cold.

Special equipment

Spice grinder or mortar and pestle, shucking knife