The Chip Butty: A Greasy, Guilty Pleasure!

Updated on December 11, 2019
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Do you succumb to a cheeky chip butty after a night out on the town? Are you besieged by guilt afterwards? I am.

Chip butty with ketchup
Chip butty with ketchup | Source

What Exactly Is a Chip Butty?

A chip butty is a marvellous carb-laden invention, traditionally eaten as a late-night snack after a few too many drinks to soak up the booze.

Anyone from the UK will know the famous chip butty. If you are not British, however, you may wonder what on earth it is. Well, it's very simple: the term "butty" comes from the northern part of England, and it means "sandwich." The term "chips" refers to fries—but they must be thick cut. The bread for this sandwich is, with no exceptions, white and generously buttered. Add your sauce of choice and voila! A magnificent, calorific, greasy chip butty!

French fries do not make a good chip butty.
French fries do not make a good chip butty. | Source

The Perfect Chips for a Chip Butty

The correct chip for your butty is important. Without the proper chip, your butty will just be a poor imitation.

French fries are delicious, but they are too thin and crispy for a chip butty. You need something with more potato and more soggy grease! In order to find some proper chips, stay away from the fast-food chains. Walk on by to find a good English chip shop.

Fat greasy chips make an excellent chip butty
Fat greasy chips make an excellent chip butty | Source

The chips in the photo above are perfect for a chip butty! Soft, greasy and fat. Pretty much how you will turn out if you eat one of these every day. Deep-fried chips from a chip shop are the best for your butty! Look at these beauties. Mmm, tasty!

Soft white bread makes the ideal chip butty
Soft white bread makes the ideal chip butty | Source

The Best Bread

No ciabatta, sourdough, or brioche. Nothing organic and nothing that looks like it is homemade! And definitely NOT brown bread!

The bread in the photo above is ideal: large white slices buttered liberally. Perfect.

Now all you need to do is add a generous handful of chips, add the sauce and place another buttered slice on the top.

Ketchup | Source

Best Sauce

I wouldn't choose any sauce myself, but the choice for your chip butty could be ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise (if you are feeling continental and fancy) or brown sauce. Plenty of salt and vinegar can/must be added, too!

Blissed Out on Carbs...

How many calories are in a chip butty? According to one fish & chip shop, one of these sandwiches contains 712 calories! Very sinful and best avoided by dieters. Do you succumb to a cheeky chip butty after a night out on the town? Are you besieged by guilt afterwards? I am.

Chip butty with brown sauce
Chip butty with brown sauce | Source

How do you feel after eating a chip butty?

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The Greasy Chip Butty Song

Sung to the tune of Annie's Song, the chip butty song is a football chant sung by the supporters of Sheffield United Football Club. Here are the lyrics:

You fill up my senses

You fill up my senses

Like a gallon of Magnet

Like a packet of woodbine

Like a good pinch of snuff

Like a night out in Sheffield

Like a greasy chip butty

Oh Sheffield United

Come thrill me again,

Nah nah nah nah nah nah oooh!

Have you ever succumbed to a chip butty? Tell me about your experiences!

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      7 years ago

      Lovely! Especially when the butter starts to run :-)

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      7 years ago from Ontario Canada

      My wife is English and she loves these things. Personally don't see the appeal. To starchy for me.

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      Arthur Russ 

      7 years ago from England

      Yep, love them, although I am from the South West the best chip butty I had was when visiting Scotland. We occasionally make our own chip butty as a quick treat when settling down for an evening of TV.

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      8 years ago from USA

      I've never had anything like this but I think I would like the chips not the sandwich. I like you lens, Angel Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      Love them! If we have takeaway, my Mum often pops in & pinches enough chips for her chip butty too :P

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      8 years ago

      awww if only I could go to a local chippy for a chip butty, but alas living in South Carolina there is not such thing......have to make em miself

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      8 years ago

      I had a bite of my BF's while we were visiting his hometown. It was rich and delicious, and one bite was enough. :-)

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      8 years ago from USA

      Totally new to me! I learned something new!

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      Susanne Iles 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I've been ever, ever so tempted because it just looks so evil (and yummy) but am not sure I am going to take the plunge. Maybe once...yes...maybe just for the greasy thrill of it all.

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      8 years ago

      This one doesn't pass muster with me. I'm going to stick with the bacon version! :)

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      8 years ago

      Every week,chip butties with tomato sauce for me

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      I missed these on my first trip to England. Guess I need to plan another and include a good drinking session so I have reason to try a chip butty. Thanks for filling me in on this.

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      9 years ago

      god, how many calories does this contain? I need to lose 10 pounds before piling up the courage to try one.

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      Winter52 LM 

      9 years ago

      I wouldn't know what this was... then I married an Englishman! Apparently, they are quite common over there lol...

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I haven't heard of a chip butty before your lens. I would prefer to have some meat or veggies in the bread and the chips on the side. Of course, when I visit the UK I will certainly have to try a chip butty. Thank you for featuring the mustard vs ketchup debate. Have a great summer! :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      Oooh, a big greasy chip butty... it's the way the melted butter blends with the chips and soaks into the doughy bread... yum! Even worse for us than coconut ice, though, so I'm going to drool a bit over these descriptions and pictures, then try to put chip butties from my mind.

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Never even heard of a chip butty, but looks like it's very popular in England. Fun to learn about a new taste treat! :)

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      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      As a Brit I am very accustomed to the gloriousness that is a chip butty.

      I like mine with a fried egg inside. Squihs down the bread and the yummy yolk runs out and it's deliciousness personified.

      However, I am currently on a low carb diet as a lifetime of eating things like chip butties has made me rather lardy to say the least :)

      I shall come back to this lens often though to dream... :D

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I've never heard of a chip butty. Sounds quite interesting. Not sure I want to try one. I think I'll stick with poutine when I go to Canada. I think it's probably just as decadent and tastes wonderful!

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I think most Brits love chip butties. You are so right about the right way to make one. Thick, greasy chips, white sliced bread and butter.

      I'm another one who hasn't eaten a chip butty for years and my arteries would probably solidify instantly if I was in the same room as one now. Blessed.

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      9 years ago

      Oh, we have such a horrible sandwich here but it's made out of a baguette and without butter. We put whether meatballs or patties, etc.. plus fries, ketchup, mayonnaise, and we call it a "Mitraillette" (lit. machine gun)... Horrible but like chip butty, a sure success!

      Great page here!

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      Ah the memories! Haven't had a chip butty in years. Might just have to make one for lunch. Great fun lens too.

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      Surfie LM 

      9 years ago

      I've never had - or heard of - a chip butty before. But I'm very tempted to make one now!


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