Easy, Crunchy Potato Chip Chicken Recipe

Potato Chip Chicken Recipe

Okay, I know potato chips aren’t exactly healthy – but I do love them. We have them here occasionally as a treat, and it makes me happy that you can readily find potato chips made without preservatives or artificial ingredients. Natural potato chips taste best on the day you open the bag, but they tend to have a short shelf life and I often find that we end up with a quarter-bag of broken chips in the pantry that no one wants to eat.

Potato Chip Chicken is the perfect way to use those broken chips, and you can also make this recipe using crushed tortilla chips or corn chips. It’s an easy weekday meal that both the adults and kids will like, and I love the fact that it helps us not be wasteful by using up the chips at the bottom of the bag.

Potato Chip Chicken

  • 1 pound thin-sliced chicken cutlets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 bag potato chips
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Trim the fat off the chicken breasts, and beat the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Fold over the top of the potato chip bag and crush the chips with a rolling pin.

Dip the chicken cutlets in the egg mixture and drop them one at a time in the potato chip bag. Fold the top over, give the bag a quick shake, and arrange the coated chicken on the greased baking sheet. After you’ve coated and arranged all the chicken pieces, take any of the leftover chip pieces from the bag and arrange them artfully over the top of the chicken pieces. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and paprika. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Makes 4 servings. (Variation:  You can cut the chicken into strips or ‘nuggets’ before breading; kids seem to like it this way.)

For other creative ideas about using up leftovers and odd ingredients, you might enjoy visiting one of my favorite sites from the UK, Love Food Hate Waste (with much-appreciated quantities provided in imperial measure for us Yanks, too).

Enjoy the weekend,

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Easy, Crunchy Potato Chip Chicken Recipe

  • Ronald Bauman

    I conceived the idea of using potato chips as breading and decided to check it out on the internet. Your recipe was the first I looked at and decided to use it since it was the way I would have normally done it. I would not have thought of the paprika, though I use it quite often on chicken. I subscribed to your email and hope to acquire more simple recipes.

  • Just stopping by to say hello and wish you a Happy New Year filled with many blessings. I like the potato chip crusted chicken idea!

  • Mike- Saving Money Today

    I saw a chef use potato chips to bread chicken on an episode of Chopped once. Looks delicious!

  • Mandi

    Sounds so yummy and easy! I will definitely try this!

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