Buffalo Chicken Potato Chip Nachos Recipe

This recipe for potato chip nachos is so easy. All you need to do is top crispy potato slices with buffalo chicken and cheese. They are a great alternative to the usual chips and dip appetizer, and the best part is that you can prepare potato nachos ahead of time for a tasty appetizer that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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These potato chip nachos are perfect for game day or any day because who doesn’t love anything made with buffalo chicken and melted cheese? Whether its nachos or pizza, buffalo sauce makes everything taste better like these buffalo chicken flatbread pizza, buffalo chicken egg rolls or these buffalo chicken tenders.

Why you Will Love this Recipe

  • These nachos are easy to make and healthy-ish. The potatoes are not fried in oil, they are sliced thin and air fried.
  • They can easily be made ahead of time.
  • Potato nachos are perfect for an appetizer and even a quick dinner.
the ingredients for buffalo potato nachos: potatoes, chicken, hot sauce, cheese

Here is what you will need to make buffalo chicken potato nachos

This is a brief summary of the required ingredients to prepare this twist on traditional nachos along with a convenient shopping list from my Instacart affiliate link. For a printable recipe card containing exact measurements and detailed instructions, scroll down to the recipe card section.

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  • Sheet pan
  • Air fryer (for homemade potato chips)
  • Small mixing bowl

How to make buffalo chicken potato chip nachos

Potato chip nachos are almost as easy as making regular nachos. To get started with this recipe, you will need air-fried potato chips (recipe in the link) or thick kettle chips. Once the chips are made, follow the instructions below.

shredded chicken in a bowl with sauce

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f. Place the shredded chicken into a small mixing bowl. Combine the hot sauce and olive oil together; combine it with the chicken

STEP 2: Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

potato chips arranged on a baking sheet

buffalo chicken pieces on top of potato slices

STEP 3: Add a layer of chicken on top of the potato slices.

STEP 4: Sprinkle on the cheese and bake the nachos as 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until they are heated through.

potato nachos not cooked

Ingredient notes and substitutions

Air Fried Potato Chips – Crispy potatoes are the perfect vehicle for nachos. If you don’t want to take the time to make your own potato chips, you can use packaged unsalted potato chips for a shortcut (we like thick sliced kettle chips), or you can replace the potatoes with tortilla chips for more traditional nachos.

Olive Oil – Adds a velvety texture to the hot sauce and can easily be substituted with the same amount of melted butter.

Hot Sauce – The best hot sauce, in my opinion, for buffalo flavor is Frank’s, but you can use any buffalo sauce that you like to make these potato nachos.

Cheese – Cheddar cheese and blue cheese taste great on these nachos. You can also use pepper jack, Monterey jack, mozzarella, Colby jack, or your favorite cheese sauce.

a view of potato nachos on a white plate with the serving tray on the side

Make ahead instructions

This is a great recipe to make ahead of time. You can put the entire recipe together and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two and heat it up just before serving.

You can also make the chips and chicken ahead of time and store them in separate containers. The chips at room temperature and the chicken in the refrigerator, assemble the nachos just before serving.

Storing and reheating leftovers

Leftover buffalo chicken potato nachos can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat them, place them on a baking sheet or cast-iron skillet and into a preheated oven at 350.

Cook until they are heated through. You can also add a small handful of cheese to them when you are reheating them for extra cheesy flavor.

buffalo chicken potato nachos on a white plate

Potato nacho recipe variations

Bacon Buffalo Potato Nachos – Sprinkle one to two strips of crumbled crispy bacon bits onto the nachos when they come out of the oven.

Sweet Potato Nachos – Replace regular potatoes with sweet potatoes to make sweet potato chips in the air fryer.

Garlic & Onion Potato Nachos – Sprinkle the potato slices with garlic powder before adding the chicken and cheese, and top them with diced red onion.

Healthy Nachos – Even though these nachos are fairly healthy, make them healthier by using half of the cheese, and sprinkling a handful of diced celery, black olives or chopped green or red onions.

Blue Cheese Potato Chip Nachos – Use only blue cheese along with a drizzle of blue cheese dressing after the cheese melts for an extra blue cheese buffalo chicken potato nachos appetizer.

Loaded Baked Potato – Instead of potato chips, use baked potatoes stuffed with buffalo chicken, topped with cheese and blue cheese dressing or blue cheese sauce.

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Recipe FAQs

Is this recipe for potato chip nachos gluten-free?

Yes, as long as you use gluten-free hot sauce, potato chips, and cheese. Make sure to check the labels to confirm that they are gluten-free.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

You can easily make this recipe vegetarian by using roasted cauliflower coated in hot sauce or buffalo cauliflower bites in place of chicken.

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Buffalo Chicken Potato Nachos

You can forget your typical chips and dip because potato nachos are the ultimate appetizer, and you can make them ahead of time!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Click on serving size to scale this recipe

Course: Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato chip nachos
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Anne
Scale this Recipe 6 People



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f.
  • Place the shredded chicken into a bowl; mix the oil and hot sauce together and combine it with the chicken.
  • Arrange the cooked potato slices on a baking sheet, top them with the shredded chicken and the cheese.
  • Place the nachos in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese melts and the nachos are heated through. Remove from the oven and garnish with green onion.


Leftover buffalo chicken potato nachos can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Reheat leftovers in the oven or microwave
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Serving: 1 | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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