Potato Chip Garlic Chicken

Potato Chip Garlic Chicken

Salty flavor hounds unite. This is your recipe. Your mothership. The dish you can call home. Potato Chip Garlic Chicken is a recipe I’ve been making since college. (I guess that was pretty obvious since the chicken’s coating is something every college student can afford and has a surplus of in their apartment.) It was also the first dish I ever made my husband so it’s a sentimental favorite around here. Well, too be honest, I hadn’t made it since I first got married. Then, one day out of the blue, Dan starts telling Scarlett about it like it was some beautiful memory he keeps housed in a handy spot in his brain to soothe him on an exceptionally challenging day. In fact, he made such a big deal about how much he loved and never received this dinner, Scarlett insisted we run out and get a bag of chips right away so we could give poor Daddy what he’s been missing for all these years. (As if the scenario in our house is ever poor daddy!) 

Once Scarlett got bitten by the potato chip chicken bug, it was over. We’ve been making this dish now almost every week. And why not? I can’t stress enough the ease of its method and then there’s the best part–the dipping sauce. I make a sriracha mayo for us but you can make a dipping sauce in–wait for it–the flavor profile of your beloved snacking chip. That’s right use the flavor of your cherished chip to inspire your dip. You adore BBQ chips then make a BBQ dipping sauce. Sour cream and onion is your jam? (Oh god, is it ever my jam!) Then by all means mix sour cream, green onion, a pitch of onion powder and salt. Really, the dipping options are endless and make this dish the best friend of any kid in your household.

Listen, we’re completely aware that we’re not winning any culinary awards for this dish. However, the accolades we get from the hearts at our family table more than makeup for any trophy we may be missing out on. Besides, we’re happy with the “participation” award we get for just getting dinner on the table that night.

Photo by Ashely van der Laan
Potato Chip Garlic Chicken


  • 4 chicken fillets
  • 4 cups plain potato chips
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • For dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce (adjust sauce per your households preference)


Preheat your oven to 375. Prepare a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment. 


In a large plastic storage bag, add your potato chips, close and crush until they are the consistency of semi-fine crumb. Add the minced garlic and distribute the garlic throughout the chips with your hand. 


Place flour on a wide shallow dish and mix in pepper. On another large, wide, shallow dish add beaten egg. Dredge each fillet on both sides with flour. Shake off excess. Coat fillet in egg and then drop fillet into plastic storage bag and press into chips; making sure to thoroughly coat each side. Place fillet on prepared baking sheet and continue with the rest of the fillets until complete.


Bake in the oven for 18 - 20 minutes, depending on the size of your fillets, or until the chicken is cooked through and the chips have browned. 


Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise with Sriracha and a pitch of salt. Stir and set aside. 

Serve chicken warm with dipping sauce and enjoy.


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