Have you ever had Lay’s potato chips (the yellow bag)? Have you ever had those Thai sweet chili wings? You know what you get if you mix those two flavors, the best use of Lay’s chips ever created, sweet chili chips. It turns out if you coat lay’s chips with a little oil, and coat with Mae ploy sweet chili sauce you get the best potluck item ever. Ok maybe the word “ever” is a bit too strong, but sweet chili chips are amazingly good, and you won’t be able to stop eating them. I challenge anyone to watch a football or a basketball game and not eat the entire bag by themselves.
This recipe comes courtesy of my Mom, and has been served at an estimated 50 meals in the last 15 years. If you go to an extended family gathering potluck there is a 90% chance that someone in my family will bring these chips, whether it is my Mom, or an Aunt. Everyone has their own style of how much chip to sweet chili sauce, so they are all a bit different. I prefer mine saucy but not too sticky, adjust to your own tastes though.
Tips for making Sweet Chili Chips
- Don’t crowd the wok or pan – Your first instinct is to add half of the chips to the wok at one time. If you do this you will have too many chips not coated with oil. In addition you are going to probably break a bunch of them. I recommend adding 1/4 of the bag at one time.
- Use a spatula – The first tool I grabbed was tongs, but guess what tongs do? They crush chips. I would grab a spatula (rubber preferred), and instead of tossing them in the wok, scoop them from the bottom up.
- Saucy but not too saucy – If you add too much Mae ploy sweet chili sauce to your chips they are going to be super soggy. You want to aim from 1/4 of the chip being covered with the chili sauce.
Sweet Chili Chips
- Wok or Non-stick pan
- Baking pan
- 1 13oz Lays chips bag
- 1/2 cup Mae ploy sweet chili sauce
- 4 tbsp Vegetable oil
- Get Ingredients
- Put 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a wok or non-stick pan and heat on medium heat. Then add 1/4 of the Lay's chips in the wok and mix around with a spatula. You want to be careful not to break the chips so I would put the spatula under the chips and turn them over instead of tossing them.
- Get most of the chips coated in oil if possible, this is about 2 minutes for me typically. Then put the chips onto a baking pan lined with foil, in a single-layer if space permits.
- Now add another 1 tbsp of oil into the wok, and add 1/4 of the Lay's chips into your wok too. Mix the chips as you did before and put onto the baking pan. Repeat this two more times until you have used the whole bag of chips.
Coating and Baking chips
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
- Now carefully drip the Mae ploy sweet chili sauce onto your single-layer of chips. What you want is for every chip to have about 1/4 of it covered in Mae ploy sweet chili sauce. That should give you the taste you want.
- When oven is preheated put in your baking pan with the chips in it, and cook for 45 minutes.
- After your 45 minutes you are done, and now have a chips that you should serve at your next potluck. I actually like them in the frying basket, but feel free to put into a plate or bowl. I would be careful about the bowl though, as the chips will stick together.