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Snoop Dogg's Potato Chip Fried Chicken Wings

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February  8, 2022
4.3 Stars
Photo by © Antonis Achilleos and Heather Gildroy
  • Prep time 10 hours
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

The batter for this crispy, golden fried chicken from rapper and culinary star (have you seen Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party?), Snoop Dogg, has the most delicious secret: potato chips. Use any potato chips you like—sour cream and onion, jalapeño, or salt and vinegar would all work well here—but we're partial to using BBQ chips. To really get that BBQ chip flavor in the final result, though, don't be afraid to add a bit more chips to the coating than the recipe calls for. In our opinion, there's no such thing as too many potato chips!

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Test Kitchen Notes

Snoop Dogg has come out with a cookbook, and one of our favorite recipes from it is his potato chip fried chicken wings. It's definitely the dish to make for any kind of party, from Super Bowl to the holidays, birthdays, and beyond. If you're curious about the book (and of course you are), here's a brief summary of what you'll find if you're able to get your hands on a copy: "From breakfast goodies to late-night munchies," he writes in the introduction, these recipes are inspired by his favorite places to eat around the world, plus some classic dishes from Long Beach City, California, where he grew up. You'll find everything from apple pie to lobster Thermidor (plus, a bologna and potato chip grilled cheese that looks divine), but the two recipes that intrigued me most were his "Get Tha Chip Fried Chicken Wings" and "OG Waffles."

I've always loved fried chicken (especially served over waffles with syrup), but never considered making it before. In fact, the prospect of frying anything in a vat of sizzling-hot oil truly terrifies me. But the idea of chicken wings coated in a thick buttermilk batter and—Snoop's twist—crunchy BBQ potato chips was simply too good to pass up. And the waffles, well, considering I had just picked up the cutest mini waffle maker a few days before, those just sealed the deal. I was nervous to try it myself, but something about Snoop's recipe assured me that I could do it at home. - Erin Alexander

Reprinted from From Crook to Cook by Snoop Dogg with permission by Chronicle Books, 2018. —The Editors

Ingredients
  • Brine:
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • Frying:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup crushed potato chips
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 quart canola oil
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Brine:
  2. Fill a large pot with 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Add the sugar, salt, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and orange peel. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until the sugar and salt dissolve. Let cool.
  3. Place the chicken in a large bowl and cover with the cooled brine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 hours and up to 24.
  4. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels; discard the brine.
  1. Frying:
  2. In a large bowl, stir the flour, cornmeal, potato chips, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, cayenne, and baking powder. Transfer to a large shallow dish. Place another large shallow dish next to the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Place a wire rack or pan next to the two dishes; this will be where you set your battered chicken.
  3. Take one wing and submerge in the buttermilk. Lift and let any excess drip back into the dish. Roll the wing in the flour mixture, coating it completely. Place the battered chicken wing on the wire rack or pan and repeat with the remaining wings.
  4. Let the wings dry for 20 to 30 minutes before frying.
  5. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°F. Place a wire rack over a plate or line a pan with brown paper and set aside.
  6. Working in batches, carefully fry the wings. Do not crowd; otherwise, they’ll become greasy. Once the chicken is added, the oil’s temperature will drop to between 300°F to 320°F. Watch and adjust the heat to maintain a consistent 350°F temperature.
  7. Fry the wings for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden. If the chicken is getting too dark, reduce the heat. Transfer the wings to the prepared rack or pan to drain. Season generously with salt.
  8. Let the oil come back to temperature before adding the next batch; repeat with the remaining chicken.
  9. Serve the wings with plenty of hot sauce (if using) or over buttermilk waffles, hot or cold, however you like them.

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24 Reviews

Sammy September 30, 2022
Let me start by saying I love salt. I believe in it. I had really been looking forward to making this and was so disappointed. It was so incredibly salty I could not eat a second wing, threw them out. After reading some of the reviews I omitted the salt at the end. I should have cut waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back on all the other salts also.
 
Kameelah March 15, 2022
The chicken only needs to be brined for 2 hours maybe 3 at most. If you soak them overnight like the recipe suggests the end product will be way too salty to eat. I wound up throwing the first batch out because they were literally in edible. Then I tried it again but only let them soak in the brine solution for 2 hours and they were perfect.
 
MrGerhard April 5, 2021
This recipe was mentioned in the current edition of Australian Gourmet Traveller. Looks interesting.
Apart from using (expensive) "Kosher " salt, which is (sea) salt flakes in the rest of the world, for making a brine. I will be using regular salt...
 
Shezzy April 2, 2021
Fantastic recipe, we do advise to leave overnight. Also we prefer to use breast meat to make tenders... so popular in our home, and with friends.
 
klove October 5, 2020
Brined it for 11 hours. End product was way too salty. I should have followed my gut instinct and rinsed the chicken off with water after it was brined. When I've smoked fish before, that's the key to not having it be too salty. Its hard to find perfect pieces of chicken for frying these days. Everything is boneless. But actually, the boneless cuts of chicken (which were thicker) tasted the best.
 
Eric L. June 30, 2020
Too salty.
 
Zach September 1, 2020
Wow. This is salty! I wish authors would list type and weights. I just ruined my chicken.
 
GMGN March 18, 2020
Why is there no weed in this recipe? It's not actually snoops if it has no Mary Jane. :(
 
Shezzy February 28, 2020
Wow game changing fried chicken! Followed the recipe to a tea, and it is devine, well done to snoop, I want the recipe book now so I can try more of his dishes. This is quickly turning into a family favorite.
 
Mimi January 23, 2020
I decided to change the brine from the recipe and used the pickle brine from a large jar of Claussen’s dill pickles. Brined the chicken for about 20 hours. Was a little worried that the flavor wouldn’t come through. Boy, was I wrong. It was fantastic and with the batter Snoop uses, mmmmmm. Will definitely make this my go to fried chicken recipe.
 
Austin S. January 20, 2020
Ok y'all, Snoop knows what he's doing. This chicken looks picture perfect and tastes so stupid good. I doubled the recipe and made 4 pounds of wings and 4 pounds of drums for a crowd and one said it was the best fried chicken they'd ever had! My approach: brined for 20 hours, crushed chips (tried out Old Bay chips and barbecue chips) in a plastic bag underfoot (so very, very small chip pieces, truly crushed), carefully monitored the oil temperature as I fried to keep it in the 310-350 range. Fry 4 minutes, then flip them and fry another four. Kept warm in the oven at 200 until ready to serve. Absolutely ridiculous. 6/5 stars. Will be making again and again!
 
dainty56gm December 16, 2019
So I made this last night. Tbh this fried chicken isnt worth the hype. I have fried chicken wayyyyy better than this one. Imo there are wayyyyy better recipes online than this one. The only good thing about this recipe is the brine. The chicken was juicy and had flavor

I would suggest to cut the salt in the dry mix in half because the coating was a bit salty. Ditch the chips becuz there's no use for them. The chicken would prolly taste better without the chips.

Overall, I won't be making this recipe anytime soon. In fact, its one of those recipes thats easily forgotten about
 
Shezzy February 28, 2020
The chips give the batter extra crunch. I agree on dropping the salt in the batter, however I would love a link to what you class as a better fried chicken recipe. This one is delisious I have not had better.
 
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yarzsky November 14, 2019
this is da bestest frood chagen evoor it tastes lake snup doooogs weeeed aloso it so da tastings of da ectasy and da meths
 
dainty56gm November 14, 2019
Really? Did you have to comment in that manner?
 
Nikita August 1, 2021
Hahahaha, dainty56gem, don't clutch those pearls any tighter or you're going to break the necklace 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
 
dainty56gm November 9, 2019
I am just finding this unusual but interesting recipe. I am not much of a snoop fan but this chicken recipe has piqued my interest. If there's one thing I love its a good fried chicken recipe. So I will definitely be making this
 
Mike G. August 7, 2019
Usually make it the original way, always fantastic. Tonight I didn’t have bbq chips or cornmeal, so sub’d in 1/2 cup of finely crushed Doritos. Raves.
 
Mserna August 4, 2019
Needs more salt. Otherwise great recipe.
 
Deborah G. December 13, 2018
I just got an air fryer... I’m wondering if I could use that for this recipe?
 
amg December 13, 2018
Does anyone know why when I try to save recipes to pinterest the only images that appear are items sold in the shop and not photos of the recipes? This is a relatively new issue; never happened until fairly recently. Thanks!
 
andyk December 11, 2018
I made this tonight. It was silly good.
 
Lisa W. December 11, 2018
This is the world we've been waiting for-- Snoop Dog sharing his gorgeous recipes on Food52. Hip hop in the kitchen! Can't wait to try this...