Best oven chips
McCain might claim the lion's share of the market when it comes to oven chips, but savvy shoppers can find bargains on supermarket shelves.
In February 2020, we pitted McCain's straight cut oven chips against eight supermarket offerings to see if any could beat the brand on appearance, texture, and, most importantly, taste.
And while we found some bargain Best Buys among the humble potatoes, we also encountered some flavourless, limp and lifeless spuds you'd be best leaving to the permafrost of the freezer aisle.
Best oven chips
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Aldi Champion Straight Cut Frozen Oven Chips
6p per 100g
Asda Straight Cut Frozen Oven Chips
8p per 100g
Co-op Straight Cut Frozen Oven Chips
15p per 100g
Iceland Straight Cut Frozen Oven Chips
8p per 100g
Lidl Harvest Basket Straight Cut Oven Chips
6p per 100g
Available from Lidl stores only.
McCain Original Oven Chips Straight Cut 5%
20p per 100g
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Morrisons Straight Cut Frozen Oven Chips
11p per 100g
Sainsbury's Straight Cut Frozen Oven Chips
10p per 100g
Essential Waitrose Straight Cut Oven Chips
14p per 100g
Note: Prices correct as of February 2020.
How to make your own homemade oven chips
If you're not daunted by all the peeling and chopping, it's pretty easy to make your own oven chips at home.
- Choose a fluffy, floury type of potato (Maris Piper or King Edward work well) and peel off the skins.
- Heat your oven to around 220-200°C, or 200-180°C if you have a fan oven.
- Rinse your potatoes under a cold tap and pat completely dry. Lovepotatoes.co.uk recommends leaving them to soak in slightly salty water for 30 minutes if you have the time.
- Cut chips into even strips.
- Season with olive oil, salt and pepper. If you like, you could add extra seasonings such as rosemary, thyme, paprika or unpeeled garlic cloves.
- Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes, turning every so often until golden brown.
Can you fry oven chips?
Luckily, most of the oven chips we've tested are suitable for frying, with instructions on the packet for cooking them to their best. The chips from Aldi and Iceland are also suitable for grilling if you're keen to try a different method.
Bear in mind that frying your chips is much quicker, taking around 4-5 minutes vs 20-30 minutes in the oven. And, as you're piling on the oil, it makes your dinner a much more indulgent affair too.
Another option is to air fry your chips. These stovetop appliances cook food more quickly than an oven manages with no pre-heating and, if you buy a good one, may yield crispier results. See the to find your perfect model.
How we tested oven chips
The chips were assessed by a large panel of people who regularly buy and consume oven chips.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.
Each brand was assessed by 60 people.
The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each tray of chips and told us which one they preferred overall.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the oven chips was fully rotated to avoid any bias.
Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on:
- 50% taste
- 30% texture
- 10% appearance
- 10% aroma