Filipino Chicken Skin Recipe a.k.a Proben

Filipino Chicken Skin Recipe – Do you like crispy chicken skin? If you do, then you need to try proben. Proben is one of the many Filipino street foods to try and something you can make at home. Now, what is proben? It is basically fried chicken skin. But it also consists of chicken gizzards. These parts are dipped in cornstarch or flour, and deep-fried. They are usually served on a bamboo skewer and paired best with vinegar. It is a fairly simple snack in comparison to other Filipino street food, but it can be a delightful way to try different parts of a chicken. If you want to try your hand at making this street snack at home, this is one Filipino Chicken Skin Recipe to try:

Filipino Chicken Skin Recipe


A popular street food that basically involves chicken skin being deep fried. Generally, however, it is the offal that is found near a chicken’s gizzard that’s dredged in flour and seasoned before being deep fried
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cleaning Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 servings


  • 500 g chicken skin
  • 15 g rock salt
  • 5 to 6 pcs calamansi
  • 120 g flour
  • 60 g cornstarch
  • 10 g iodized salt
  • 5 g ground black pepper
  • 5 g garlic powder
  • 5 g chili powder
  • 500 ml oil for deep frying


  • In a mixing bowl, soak and marinate the chicken skin in calamansi juice for 5 minutes and set it aside.
  • In another large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, iodized salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili and mix them well.
  • Dredge and coat chicken skin with the seasoned flour and set it aside.
  • Fill a frying pan with enough cooking oil (or 500 ml) for frying over high heat.
  • Gently place the chicken skin into the oil and fry them for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Drain any excess oil on paper towels and serve it fresh

What Else to Know About Proben a.k.a Filipino Chicken Skin Recipe

Another name for proven is proven, which is short for proventriculus, an offal that is found near a chicken’s gizzard. One of the ways you can enjoy this street snack is with an alcoholic beverage. It is a fairly simple snack, but there are plenty of ways to try and make this dish. If you focus more on the chicken skin with vinegar and peppercorn, you can take the alternate route and make chicken chicharon. Unlike proven, it has less spices with more focus on the frying process and pairs best with more sour sides.

Proben and chicharon are the main dishes that feature chicken skin in Filipino cuisine, but there are plenty of options to pair them with. Aside from chicken, there are plenty of Filipino dishes that feature different parts of the chicken, especially the innards. One of the more popular Filipino dishes that features innards is dinugguan, which features animal’s internal organs stewed with blood, vinegar, garlic, and hot peppers.

Another innard recipe that is also enjoyed as a street snack is “Isaw“, which features chicken or beef intestines that’s been boiled and grilled in a marinade. For another crispy dish, check out our “Lechon Kawali Recipe.”

Filipino Chicken Skin Recipe

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