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Fried Chicken Strips

Fried Chicken Strips are classic comfort food that everyone can agree on! This is my tried and true recipe for the best homemade chicken strips that will beat the drive- thru any day of the week!

The Best Fried Chicken Strips

Fried Chicken Strips

Chicken strips are always a family favorite and you might think they are a lot of trouble but they are really easy to make at home. 

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Fried Chicken Strips with fries and barbecue sauce

How to Make Fried Chicken Strips:

How to make Fried Chicken Strips with buttermilk and seasoned flour

The best chicken strips are made with chicken tenders. They will turn out to be the juiciest, most tender fried chicken. 

Seasoned flour for fried chicken tenders

Mix together flour, seasoning salt and pepper into a shallow dish, I like to use a pie plate.

Egg and Buttermilk for Fried Chicken Tenders

You will mix buttermilk and egg together in another shallow dish. Dredge chicken tenders in flour, then the buttermilk mixture and then back in the flour mixture. 

Battered Chicken Tenders on parchment paper ready for the fryer

I like to layer the chicken onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet as I bread them.

Frying Chicken Strips

Next you will heat your vegetable oil and fry a few pieces of the chicken at a time. Drain cooked chicken on a wire rack that has been placed over paper towels or brown paper in a baking sheet. 

Tips for Crispy Chicken Tenders:

Dipping Chicken Strips in seasoned flour and buttermilk

  • Dredging the chicken in the flour mixture first will help the batter stick to the chicken. So flour, buttermilk and then flour again. 
  • You want your oil to maintain close to 350° for optimal frying. If you are cooking on the stovetop, a cast iron skillet is best to maintain a proper frying temperature. 
  • To test for doneness, internal temperature of fried chicken should be 165°. 
  • Draining your chicken on a wire rack will keep the chicken from sweating and making the breading soggy when you remove it from the oil. 

How to keep chicken strips crispy

Best Side Dishes for Chicken Strips:

I love serving up a batch of Fried Chicken Strips with French Fries, Creamy Coleslaw, Sweet Potato Fries or Oven Fried Tater Tots and don’t forget the biscuits!

Best Dipping Sauce for Chicken Strips:

Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce is my go-to sauce for chicken strips. You might also like our White Barbecue Sauce,it’s a tangy mayo based sauce with horseradish and garlic. If you like spicy sauces our Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce or Sriracha Comeback Sauce would be great options. Of course there’s always the classic gravy, ranch dressing or a drizzle of honey. 

More Deep Fried Recipes to Try:

My family love this Southern Shrimp and my Chicken Fried Steak Bites with Country Gravy  went viral when I made the video!

We also love good ol’ Chicken Fried Steak Sandwiches and you the kids can’t get enough of this Easy Popcorn Chicken and when you are craving take out, this Sesame Chicken is amazing!

If you are serious about fried foods this Chicken Fried Bacon is pretty much the best thing ever. My latest favorite are these crispy fried Easy Onion Strings!

Fried Chicken Strips ~ served with barbecue sauce

Chicken strips have always been on my favorites list. I think I may have spent several of my childhood years only eating chicken strips or mac and cheese. If you have picky eaters, give this fried chicken strips recipe a try for dinner. They are sure to please and you will have them running to the table!

Fried Chicken Strips ~ tried and true recipe

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How to Make Fried Chicken Strips

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Yield: 6 Servings

Fried Chicken Strips

Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe served with barbecue sauce

Fried Chicken Strips are classic comfort food that everyone can agree on! This is my tried and true recipe for the best homemade chicken strips that will beat the drive- thru any day of the week!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken tenders
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Lawry's Season Salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Add flour, seasoning salt and pepper to a shallow dish and mix well.
  2. Add buttermilk and egg to another dish and beat egg into buttermilk.
  3. Dredge chicken tenders in flour mixture, then into buttermilk mixture and then back through flour mixture. Coating both sides.
  4. Place on a lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Add vegetable oil to an iron skillet or other heavy skillet.
  6. Heat oil to 350°.
  7. Cook chicken tenders 5-6 at a time, turning to brown on both sides until chicken reaches 165° internally.
  8. Remove from skillet to a wire rack that has been placed over paper towels or brown paper in a baking sheet.
  9. Serve immediately with your favorite sauces or gravy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 876Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 50g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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21 Comments

    1. Try adding about a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a scant cup of milk . It’s an easy buttermilk substitute.

      ~Milisa

  1. There is nothing we love more than chicken strips in our house, so making some that taste amazing and can make enough to feed ALL the kids…. I could kiss you for making this recipe and sharing it!!

  2. We made these yummy chicken strips last night. They were the perfect color, flavor and texture. We enjoyed them with a tangy honey mustard sauce. Boy, were they good. They were gobbled up fast!

  3. Thanks Guys, Your Recipe Was Too Fantastic. Me and My Family Loved it. I Will Share your Rrecipe with my friends. Hope they will love it too.

    1. Hi Heather,
      I haven’t tried it but I think it would if you spray with olive oil or vegetable oil before you air fry them. Let me know if you try it.

      ~ Milisa

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