I know, I know… you’re probably wondering what a chip butty is? (That is, if you don’t already know the answer). Well, it’s a British chip (French Fry) sandwich. Now, I know anyone can make this basic meal but I have added just that extra little something to make it a true Gourmet Chip Butty with a little Indian inspiration. I’m certain you’ll love my version that also includes the most delicious ketchup.

Crispy French fries stack on top of each other drizzled with ketchup wrapped in naan bread

Think British street food or college comfort food (which is when I ate them, during school). It was one of this quick meals that you could make when mum isn’t home to cook for you. 

Imagine a generous heaping of piping hot, crispy chips/French fries rolled up in soft naan with an explosion of exotic flavors from Indian spiced ketchup. Now that’s a chip butty sandwich elevated! A chip/French fry wrap.

A Posh Chip Butty with Gourmet Ketchup

My gourmet version is both a little bit homemade and a lot of store bought help. I take my favorite tomato ketchup and dress it up with some toasted Indian spices. The spices are toasted dry in a pan to bring out their flavor and take the raw taste out. It’s like an Indian style chip butty that can be served on a bun or, even tastier, warm naan bread, which is what you see here.

A piece of naan bread rolled up, filled with French Fries

Why is it called a Chip Butty?

In England French fries are called chips. Butty is a Northern England slang word for ‘sandwich’ (also sarnie) from the 1800’s, the word butt (taken from butter) and adding a ‘y’ and/or a shortened version of bread and butter. It’s a British slang thing.

Chip Butty Toppings

I have enjoyed many chip butties in my young days growing up in England. There’s no steadfast rule as far as the ingredients. It can be served on sliced white bread, a bun or roll (picture below) with a little butter and always ketchup or brown sauce (HP brand brown sauce made with vinegar, fruit and spices) and sometimes a splash of malt vinegar. Also known as a ‘chip butty splash’.

Chip/French Fries inside a bun with ketchup

Chip Butties Around the World

The plural of butty is butties and they are not just made and served in England. They also use this name in Australia and New Zealand. Other popular butties are bacon, sausage and egg.

Chip Butty Optional Toppings:

Yield: 4

Gourmet British Chip Butty

A naan wrapped around chips/French fries with Indian spiced ketchup

Crispy chips/French fries are topped with an Indian spiced ketchup and wrapped in naan bread.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ cup (120 grams) tomato ketchup
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) cooked chips/French fries *see note
  • 4 pieces of naan bread/8 slices of bread or 4 buns
  • Malt Vinegar (optional)


  1. To a dry pan, add the spices over low heat. Toast to bring out their flavors and remove the raw spice taste. Add to a mixing bowl, stir in the ketchup and set aside.
  2. Spread the ketchup over the naan or your choice of bread. Add 1 serving of the chips/fries and add more ketchup and malt vinegar if desired. If using naan bread roll up, or if using bread or buns, top with the other half.


You can make your own, or use good quality frozen chips/fries

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 578Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 872mgCarbohydrates 93gFiber 6gSugar 14gProtein 12g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.