Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken

How to make amazing oven baked potato chip chicken just like your Grandma used to make! This is a classic oven baked chicken recipe! 
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This retro Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken is a classic that I swear everyone’s Grandma used to make! I decided it was high time I fooled around with my Oven Baked Crispy Chicken recipe aka my Man Catching Oven Fried Chicken. This is a treat. A salty, greasy, get yo’ love on for potato chips treat.

But you know what? It’s high in protein and it’s also a fabulous picnic food! You can refrigerate this chicken and eat it as cold picnic chicken from your cooler.

three pieces fried potato chip chicken on a white platter

Potato Chip Chicken

Potato chip coated chicken is definitely a mid-century recipe and it was really popular as a picnic food that you took cold with you. I changed it slightly by adding some spices to it and drizzling butter or margarine over top of the chicken to really give it some crunch!

Ingredients Needed

This is so simple to make and I will bet you have the ingredients in your pantry and freezer !

  • chicken pieces of choice
  • flour
  • garlic
  • paprika
  • seasoning salt
  • pepper
  • eggs
  • potato chips
  • butter or margarine
potato chip chicken ingredients

How to Make Potato Chip Chicken

The real secret is the order that you dip the chicken into the different coatings. You want to dip the chicken into the flour first, believe it or not. This gives the chicken a nice dry surface for the egg to stick to. Most recipes dip the chicken right into the egg, this method actually helps the batter stick properly! You want to:

  1. Dip the chicken into the flour mixture, coating completely. Shake off the excess flour.
  2. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture, coating completely.
  3. Dip the chicken into the crushed potato chips, coating completely.
  4. Place on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven.
close up of potato chip chicken on a white platter

More Baked Chicken Recipes

I love baking up some chicken! I have a ton of recipes, here’s some of my faves:

Whew, what a decadent dinner this was! To be honest though, it’s the yummiest fried chicken I’ve had in a long, long time and it wasn’t even really fried. I absolutely love plain potato chips as my snack of choice, so that makes sense. If you want to reheat it, try my method here: how to reheat fried chicken.

Let me know if you try this! It’s a great treat dinner!



Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken

How to make amazing oven baked potato chip chicken just like your Grandma used to make! This is a classic oven baked chicken recipe! 
4.99 from 86 votes
Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 6-8 pieces of chicken

Flour Coating

  • 1 1/3 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • 2-3 large eggs
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips low salt if you don't want too much salt
  • 1/3 cup of butter or margarine melted


  • Whisk together the flour coating ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  • Grease a baking sheet large enough for 8 pieces of chicken and set aside,
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  • First, dip your chicken into the flour mixture and cover it completely.
  • Dip it into the egg mixture, then into the broken chips for a second coat.
  • Place on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat with all chicken pieces.
  • Place in the fridge for half an hour to let the coating set.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Melt the margarine/butter and drizzle evenly over the top of the chicken pieces.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken reaches the appropriate temperature (165 for Breast meat, 180 for dark meat)
  • Remove and serve!

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional values will depend on the pieces of chicken you use and the brand of chips etc
  • Margarine has a higher smoke point than butter does, but a lot of people use butter successfully in this recipe as well. Just watch to make sure it doesn’t burn!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1servings, Calories: 540kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 191mg, Sodium: 1345mg, Potassium: 1245mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 597IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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How to make amazing oven baked potato chip chicken just like your Grandma used to make! This is a classic oven baked chicken recipe! 

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Misty Tierney says

    This was deliciously amazing. I used thighs; my husband cut them to be boneless, skinless. I didn’t have quite enough potato chips in the bottom of the bag so I substituted instant potato flakes ( 1.5 c chips & .5 c flakes). It was a fairly simple recipe and not as time consuming as many of the meals I make. Thanks. Definitely making again. I used Lay’s plain this time and the next time I’m gonna try w Lay’s BBQ chips.5 stars

  2. Judy Brown says

    In step 8 how long can you leave the chicken in the frig? I’d like to make it 1st thing in the morning when I have more time for prep work.5 stars

    • doris says

      Place in the fridge for half an hour to let the coating set.

  3. Lisa Davies says

    This recipe has made me think about all the options with chips I am going to use 2 thighs each with regular potato chips and then bbq, and salt and vinegar each, I will also try the regular flour recipe. I will let everyone know how they come out.

  4. Linda says

    Delicious!!!! I’m not a great cook but this chicken came out great! I accidentally forgot to do the butter drizzle but I’m sure that would’ve made it even better. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. Char Berge says

    Today is the second time that I ‘m making this absolutely delicious chicken. The first time I used spicy BBQ chips and they were a huge hit! Today I am using plain chips. Boneless skinless chicken thighs are my favorite part of the chicken because they pretty much always turn out so much juicier than the breast. I didn’t pour any margarine over the top because I figured the potato chips had enough fat. This is now my go-to recipe for chicken thighs. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

  6. GuineaChica says

    This recipe sounds yummy. Can this be done with wings? If so, what temp and cooking time please?

  7. Bobbi Fagone says

    This looks really tasty. Question: Can you make this potato chip chicken recipe in an air fryer?

    • Yogi P says

      A REAL WINNER 🏆 The juiciest fried chicken ever! Excellent instructions to dredge in flour before the egg…no more lost crumb coating. My oven runs hot, so was ready in 30 minutes ~ my family of 6 was pleased! Thank you!!

  8. Stacey says

    This is a crowd pleaser!! I just lay parchment paper down and don’t grease it or use melted butter because the oil in chips does the job. I was short on time so I put another layer of parchment on top then laid frozen vegetable bags on top to chill it for about 10 minutes. I also season the flour, eggs and potato chips. So yummy!!5 stars

  9. Lee Willits says

    My Mom dipped in flour then melted butter followed by the spiced crushed chips…Thanks for the memory…
    Lee5 stars

  10. Carol R says

    I substituted butter for margarine and used barbecue potato chips. Excellent!!!

    • Joanne Williams says

      This is now my weekend meal with a side.
      Thank you very much for the recipe.
      Never knew it would be so delicious.

      thanks again

  11. Tom says

    Don’t you dip the chicken into the egg FIRST, then the flour??

    • Karlynn says

      No, you have to give the chicken a dry base in order for the egg to actually adhere to it. If you dip wet chicken skin into wet egg, the egg is simply going to run off. It’s always flour first!

      • Natalie Blackburn says

        Can you reheat the next day in the oven? Will
        They get crispy again?

  12. Susan Tchokreff says

    Loved your recipe!! Instead of only the baking sheet I put the chicken on an oven rack on top of the baking sheet and sprayed the chicken with PAM – no margarine. Perhaps it’s less calories? Who knows- I didn’t make it for a diet meal anyway. It turned out perfect! Thank you for reminding me of a comfort food recipe from years gone by.4 stars

  13. Molly Scanlan says

    Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. They turned out so crispy and NOT a bit oily AT ALL.

  14. Pat Faryna Langridge says

    I wonder to give it a little Mexican, zest try the spicy or zesty nacho chips served with salsa as a side. Ummmmm

    • Bland says

      How do you whisk chicken breast? It says to use the first 5 ingredients.
      Your coating bowls are in the wrong order. The flour should be first, as you mention in the next step, and some people work left to right.

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