Chip butty

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Chip butty
Chip butty
A classic chip butty made with chips, white bread, and butter
Alternative namesChip sandwich, chip barm, chip roll, chip muffin, chip stottie, piece and chips, hot chip sandwich, chip sarnie, chip cob
Place of originUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Main ingredientsBread or a bread roll, butter, chips, and sometimes condiments such as tomato ketchup, malt vinegar, or mayonnaise

A chip butty is a sandwich made with chips (i.e. French fried potatoes) on buttered white bread or a bread roll, often with an added condiment such as brown sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, or malt vinegar.[1][2][3][4][5] The chip butty can be found in fish and chip shops and other casual dining establishments in the United Kingdom.

A chip butty is also less commonly known as a chip sandwich, chip roll, chip muffin, piece and chips, chip piece, or chip sarnie. In Australia, the sandwich is commonly known as a chip sanger. Kate Fox noted in her book Watching the English, "even if you call it a chip sandwich rather than a butty, it is about as working-class as food can get".[6]

One variation is the chip bap or chip barm, which uses a floury bap or barm cake instead of sliced white bread. In the East Midlands a chip butty made with a bread roll is referred to as a chip cob.

Scallop butty[edit]

A variation frequently seen in the North of England is the scallop butty, in which potato scallops (potato slices that have been battered and deep fried) are used in place of chips.[7][8]

In popular culture[edit]

A football chant called "The Greasy Chip Butty Song" (sung to the tune of "Annie's Song" by John Denver) is popular with the supporters of Sheffield United Football Club.[1][2]

The chip butty made appearances both as a power-up in the video game Earthworm Jim 2 and as a house in the PC game The Neverhood.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Modha, Sanjana. "11 Reasons Why the Chip Butty Deserves Your Love and Respect". Food Network. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Brooks, Zach. "Serious Sandwiches: The Chip Butty". Serious Eats. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ Kapadia, Jess (5 April 2012). "Eating in England: Chip Butty". Food Republic. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  4. ^ Hayward, Tim (28 August 2015). "How to Make the Ultimate Chip Butty". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Chip Butty: The British Empire Strikes Back". Sandwich Tribunal. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  6. ^ Fox, Kate (2014). Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior (2nd edition). Nicholas Brealey. ISBN 185788616X.
  7. ^ Groch, Laura (9 February 2012). "Try Some New Sandwich Ideas". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  8. ^ "15 Regional Treats Worth Traveling For". Enterprise Magazine. Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.