Chain lightning can specifically target objects and does not specify that the object must be unattended; spells like fireball or lightning bolt do. Does this mean its secondary targets can be objects worn or carried by the initial target creature? Can the initial target be an object worn or carried by a creature? What about any combination of these?
You create a bolt of lightning that arcs toward a target of your choice that you can see within range. Three bolts then leap from that target to as many as three other targets, each of which must be within 30 feet of the first target. A target can be a creature or an object and can be targeted by only one of the bolts. [...] (PHB p. 221, emphasis mine.)
Note that the bolded section has no specification that the objects must be unattended or have any other restrictions on it.
Dealing 10d8 damage to up to three worn or carried objects after zapping the creature seems to be a really effective way to use this spell; it would probably break things you don't want your enemy to use and deal him a good chunk of damage. This potential use of the spell, its expected damage output, and the comparatively low HP of objects suggested in the DMG make for a potentially pretty electrifying attack.
Related, though I couldn't find an answer here:
How does the Chain Lightning spell target?
This one's accepted answer does address areas of effect, though I think chain lightning is different enough to warrant my question:
What qualifies for the target of a spell?
Related regarding HP of items (Thanks NautArch!):
What HP do armor pieces have?