Potato Chip Chicken with Bacon and Cheese

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This potato chip chicken is coated in crunchy potato chips and grilled to perfection. If that wasn’t enough, it’s stuffed full with a creamy and cheesy stuffing studded with jalapenos and bacon.

Potato chip chicken on a white serving dish with text overlay - Potato Chip Chicken.

Grilled Potato Chip Chicken

Do yourself a favor and grill up this awesome potato chip chicken for dinner this week. It’s a family favorite and combines crunchy potato chips, tender chicken, and a cheesy filling with jalapenos and bacon for the perfect meal.

It’s also quick to put together and cooks on the grill (or in your oven) for the ultimate weeknight easy meal that everyone in the family will love. My kids love the crunch of this chicken, and I’m feeling pretty confident that yours will too!

Potato chips being crushed in a gallon-sized zip-top bag.

Ingredients for Potato Chip Breaded Chicken

Once you’ve added this recipe to your weekly meal schedule, here’s what you’ll need to pick up from the store.

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 8.5-ounce bag of potato chips
  • 3 eggs

I like to make my potato chip crusted chicken with a salt and pepper kettle style chip for a little extra something fancy, but you can use any potato chip you like. I do find that the sturdier, kettle-style chips work a bit better for this recipe, though. They tend to hold up better without going soggy.

Here’s what you’ll need for the stuffing.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Rub

My Sweet Rub can be made from scratch using this recipe for Best Sweet Rub for Pork and Chicken, or you can purchase a bottle of Sweet Rub delivered straight to your door from the Hey Grill Hey Store.

Chicken breasts being fileted open on a cutting board.

Cheese filling being stuffed in a chicken breast.

How to Make Potato Chip Chicken

Once you have all your ingredients assembled, you’re ready to make this chicken! Here’s how to make potato chip chicken on the grill or in your oven.

  1. Preheat. Preheat the grill to 375 degrees F for two-zone cooking. You can also cook this chicken in the oven preheated to the same temperature.
  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts. Use a sharp knife to slice the chicken breast almost completely in half. Open the chicken up and press it flat.
  3. Stuff the chicken. Combine all ingredients for the cheesy stuffing in a bowl. Scoop an even amount of filling into each chicken breast, and fold the chicken back up to seal the filling inside.
  4. Crush the potato chips. Crush the chips with a mallet in a gallon-sized zip-top bag or blend with a food processor.
  5. Coat the chicken. Crack an eggs into a shallow dish and beat lightly. Carefully dip the chicken breasts in the egg and then into the chip crumbs, evenly coating all sides.
  6. Grill. Place the potato chip crusted chicken on the grill over indirect heat or in your oven on a foil-lined baking dish. Cook the chicken for around 25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  7. Serve. Remove the chicken from the grill or the oven to a serving dish. Allow to cool slightly before serving. That filling will be quite hot!

Potato chip crusted chicken on the grill reading a temperature of 165 degrees F.

Tips for Making Potato Chip Chicken

Here are some tips for making this awesome chicken.

  • Cook over indirect heat! You want to use your grill as an oven, essentially, by cooking the chicken over indirect heat. This works by creating two heat zones in a gas or charcoal grill. You can also use a pellet grill and simply set your temperature to 375 degrees F, since pellet grills are already indirect convention ovens.
  • Try a flavored chip. I use the thick, ridged kettle style potato chips because I prefer the texture. You can use simple potato chips, but switching up the flavors (like BBQ or ranch!) can bring a lot of variety to the dish.
  • Skip the filling. If you’ve got really picky eaters at home, you can skip the filling and simply coat your chicken and cook. The cook time will be a bit less, but you’ll still get some tasty chicken that tastes great dipped in BBQ Sauce.

Potato chip chicken on a white serving dish.

More Stuffed and Grilled Chicken Recipes

It’s always a happy little surprise when your family or guests bite into a stuffed chicken breast. Check out a few of our favorites from Hey Grill Hey.

Potato Chip Chicken Recipe

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This post was originally published in October 2017. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

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Potato Chip Chicken with Bacon and Cheese

By: Susie Bulloch
4.92 from 12 votes
This potato chip chicken is coated in crunchy potato chips, stuffed with a cheesy stuffing, and grilled to perfection.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings4 people

Ingredients
 

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 8.5-ounce bag potato chips I recommend using a kettle-style brand chip
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten

For the Stuffing

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • cup medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium jalapeno seeded and diced
  • ½ cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub link in recipe notes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat. Preheat your grill to 375 degrees F for 2-zone cooking (one direct heat side of the grill with flames and one indirect heat side of the grill without flames). You can also cook this chicken in the oven preheated to the same temperature.
  • Butterfly the chicken. Use a sharp knife to slice each chicken breast almost all the way in half. Open the slice and press each breast flat.
  • Make the filling. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, bacon, and Sweet Rub. Spread 1/4 of the mixture onto each of the butterflied chicken breasts. Fold the breasts over and press the cream cheese mixture so it is evenly distributed within the chicken.
  • Crush the potato chips. Dump the bag of potato chips into a food processor or blender and pulse until the chips are broken down into crumbs. Alternatively, use a kitchen mallet to crush the chips while they are in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Pour the crumbs out onto a large plate.
  • Coat the chicken. Crack the eggs into a pie pan or other shallow dish and beat lightly with a fork. Dip the stuffed chicken breasts into the eggs, then into the chip crumbs, coating each side.
  • Cook. Once all of the chicken breasts are coated with the eggs and potato chips, place them on your grill or onto a baking sheet and into the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 degrees F.
  • Enjoy. Remove the chicken from the grill and serve immediately.

Notes

Sweet Rub

Nutrition

Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 291mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1297IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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52 Reviews

  1. Cynthia says:

    I’ve made this a number of times since finding the recipe. It’s a family favorite and my adult children now request it when they visit.

  2. Kim says:

    We just love this at our house.

  3. Olivia says:

    What sides would you recommend pairing with this Main dish? So excited to try it tonight.

  4. Amy Shelton says:

    I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting chicken recipes. My husband isn’t a fan of it, but I love chicken. I usually use thighs, but I found a great deal on whole fresh breasts and thought immediately about seeing this recipe. I actually stopped in the middle of the grocery store and looked it up. I’ve prepared everything, just waiting to assemble them. The rub smells so good, I’m probably going to use the rest on pork chops this weekend. I can’t wait ????. We don’t have kettle brand chips here, but I bought a store brand kettle chip and added a pinch of pepper to the food processor.

  5. Darcie says:

    I made this today. It’s very good.

  6. Darcie says:

    I made this today.

  7. Darcie says:

    I’m going to make this today..

  8. Jessica says:

    Do you season the chicken at all? Can’t wait to try this!!

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Nope, all the seasoning is in the filling.

  9. Jamie says:

    Can someone tell me how to successfully grill this without all your Kettle Chips falling off?? Also, my BBQ did not even begin to TOUCH 325 degrees F…

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      I’m surprised your grill didn’t get up to temperature, what are you grilling on? I wonder if there is a way to get it hotter. I processed the Kettle Chips until they were pretty fine so they would stick easier to the eggs on the chicken.

  10. Denise says:

    Is there anything you could suggest in place of the bbq rub?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      The rub really adds a ton of flavor to this dish. Is there something in the rub you need to substitute?