Make these delicious and crispy Potato Chip Chicken Tenders for a comforting meal at home. Serve potato chip crusted chicken with your favorite dipping sauce.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s a crowd pleaser – potato chip chicken is a family favorite! My old babysitter, Alex, actually taught me this recipe for potato chip chicken tenders and my family has been making it ever since. Kids and adults alike will love this easy chicken recipe
- Crispy fried taste without any deep frying – Get the crispy coating of a fried chicken tender that you know and love without any deep frying. Thanks to the potato chip breading, this baked chicken is still nice and cispy.
- Perfect for meal prep – I like to make a big batch of these potato chip chicken tenders and enjoy them as lunches throughout the week. Reheat them in the air fryer and then enjoy them on a salad or in a wrap.
- Customizable – change up the flavor of chips in order to easily change up this recipe. Crush your favorite flavor of chips into crumbs and you’re ready to use them as a breading!
The only things I love more than chicken tenders are the dipping sauces. Serve potato chip crusted chicken with these homemade sauces!
I also like to throw these crispy potato chip chicken on a bed of lettuce. I make a big salad with some crispy tenders and homemade buffalo ranch dressing. These chicken tenders would also be delicious on a wrap.
Serve them alongside some crispy baked french fries for an entire comfort meal made in your oven!
Grab a few simple kitchen tools to make these potato chip chicken tenders. The most crucial tool is a baking sheet with a rack.
The rack helps the chicken tenders stay extra crispy when they bake. You will also need some mixing bowls and a sharp knife to cut the chicken into tenders.
- Chicken breast tenderloins – If you can’t buy chicken breast tenders, you can easily cut a full boneless skinless chicken breasts into tenders. Cut each chicken breast into thirds to create 3 smaller tender sized pieces.
- Wavy potato chips – Use any type of chips you like. You can also use the crumbly bits at the end of a bag of chips to make up your potato chip mixture.
- Large egg – whisk your egg to make an egg wash for the breading
- All purpose flour – to make this recipe gluten free, use a gluten free flour and gluten free chips for breading.
- Salt, black pepper, onion powder, dried parsley, dried dill – feel free to change up these seasonings as you see fit. If you want to make this potato chip chicken recipe spicy, add some smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. I ofter add some garlic powder to this blend as well.
What type of potato chips is best?
I use wavy potato chips to bread the chicken tenders instead of the plain ones because they are a little thicker. They give the chicken tenders more of a fried texture. I usually use plain salted potato chips, but you could also use sour cream and onion, barbecue or even salt and vinegar chips.
I take the potato chips and smash them into small pieces in a food processor or in a plastic bag. Sometimes I will use a rolling pin to crush the chips in the plastic bag. Once the chips are crushed into small pieces, they are ready to be breading for the potato chip chicken strips.
How to make Potato Chip Chicken Tenders
Step 1: Prepare Breading
Start by preheating the oven to 400F. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment and place a wire rack on the sheet.
Next, cut the chicken breast into tenders. Or use premade chicken tenders.
Then, beat the egg in a small bowl. In a shallow bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, parsley, and dill (Image 1).
Next, smash potato chips into small pieces until they are small enough to be a breading (Image 2).
Step 2: bread chicken with potato Chips
Then, bread the chicken tenders. Dip the pieces of chicken first into the seasoned flour (Image 3). Then, into the egg mixture (Image 4).
Finally, coat each tender in the crushed potato chips (Image 5). You may need to push down to get the potato chip breading to stick to the chicken.
Step 3: bake chicken
Place each tender on the rack on the baking tray (Image 6). Then, bake them in the oven at 400F for 22 minutes.
Check for an internal temperature of 165F with an instant thermometer. Finally, remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly and enjoy!
Storage and reheating
If you don’t enjoy all of the potato chip chicken fingers at once, store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Reheat the tenders in an oven or toaster oven until warmed through. I also like to enjoy them cold on a salad.
Check out these other chicken tender recipes
- Honey Sriracha Chicken Tenders
- Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
- Oven Baked Chicken Tenders
- Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Keep reading to finding the full recipe. If you make this recipe, let me know in the comments or Instagram.
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins or chicken breasts
- 4oz wavy potato chips
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a wire rack on the baking sheet.
- If necessary, cut chicken breasts into tender size. Smash wavy potato chips into small pieces until they are small enough to be a breading. Scramble eggs together in a small bowl. In a shallow dish combine flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, parsley and dill
- Bread the chicken tenders by dipping them first into the flour, then in the egg, and finally coat them in the potato chip breading. Place each breaded chicken tender on the rack on the baking tray.
- Bake in the oven at 400F for 22 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before enjoying.