potato chip oven-fried chicken strips – CRUNCH!

potato chip oven-fried chicken strips

Want to know how to make crunchy, moist fried chicken without using a deep fryer? Potato Chip Oven-Fried Chicken Strips are genius! I wish I was the brains behind this clever idea however although the brilliance isn’t mine the recipe is. So, you ask, where’d you get the idea? 

I was having lunch with dad a couple of weeks ago, when he mentioned that he’d had the “neatest” tasting fried chicken. You have to understand, Dad is NOT a foodie. He likes what he likes as long as mom cooks it! Having a discussion with Dad about food is like talking to a vegetarian about hunting. He just isn’t interested.

“What was so neat about it?”

“It was coated in potato chips”

I’d never heard of or thought of using potato chips as a chicken crust. My fried chicken is more like the Colonel Sanders variety – flour,eggs, spices then deep fried. The idea of being able to create crunchy fried chicken without using a deep fryer to cook the chicken and having the added benefit of being gluten-free sold me. We don’t have a wheat intolerance, but so many people do it’s nice to be have ab option

Many of the recipes I looked at suggested using flavoured potato chips. I liked the idea but didn’t want the chemicals. Instead, I used a sour cream and fresh chive paste to dip the chicken in before rolling the strips in the crushed chips. The sour cream acts like a glue for the coating and keeps the chicken perfectly moist while it bakes. In less than half an hour, I served the best crunchy fried chicken I’ve ever eaten. Of course, I realised after finishing this recipe that Dad wouldn’t eat my version… sigh.

Sorry Dad – I can’t help myself! XO

potato chip oven-fried chicken strips

Preheat oven 400* F
Serves 2

2 tablespoon buttermilk
½ cup thick sour cream
½ teaspoon onions powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 chive shoots, snipped*
4 ounces potato chips
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 ½ – 2 “ wide strips

* Use kitchen shears to snip the chives.


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place buttermilk, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, snipped chives and pepper in a small mixing bowl and mix well
  • Place the potato chips in a large paper bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the chips until they resemble crumbs.
  • Dip the chicken breasts into the sour cream mixture and then into the crushed potato chips.
  • Place the chicken strips on the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 15 to 19 minutes until the cutlets are cooked through but still tender and that the topping is golden brown.
  • Allow to sit 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with your favourite dipping sauce. – I used Wildflower Honey

potato chip oven-fried chicken strips - CRUNCH!

THE LOVE:  If you don’t have an instant-read meat thermometer, cut into the middle of one of the strips to make sure they’re cooked through. This recipe can be easily increased to feed as many people as you need to!

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potato chip oven-fried chicken strips

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potato chip oven-fried chicken strips

Thanks for reading.

  • Penny Wolfe

    I love this idea! I’ve never done it on chicken though. I always use Panko. But on salmon I have a recipe that uses kettle cooked chips. SO GOOD! Now you’ve inspired me to try chips on chicken. I know my youngest will love this idea!

    • Michelle

      The chips are such a great idea! Wish I had thought of it – lol!

  • pamela crossman

    Do you think greek yogurt would work instead of sour cream? And how about my barbecue (or any) spice rub?

    • Michelle

      Absolutely! Sounds deelish!

  • I bet the sour cream really makes these – – – can’t wait to try!

    • Michelle

      It really does! And keeps the chicken moist while it’s baking… Enjoy!!

  • Cathy

    Hi Michelle, not sure if I am doing something wrong but when I use the “Print Recipe” it’s not the same as what you are showing here….. It doesn’t include the sour cream mixture that you coat the chicken in just a butter garlic mixture? No problem though, I am going to add the sour cream coating recipe to what printed out… Just wanted to mention it. Thankyou it looks so yummy!!!

    • Michelle

      Thanks Cathy, I’ll fix it right away!