Our fried chicken tenders or chicken strips recipe is so easy and good. It’s like restaurant quality! Warning, these chicken tenders are addictive!

Crispy Juicy Chicken Strips Recipe or fried chicken tenders on cooling rack

Best Fried Chicken Tenders Juicy and Crispy

Fried chicken tenders or chicken strips made with boneless skinless chicken breasts are always super juicy, but when you coat them with Japanese panko bread crumbs, they become extra special. There’s something magical and crunchy about the panko bread crumbs when they’re fried. If you’ve ever had Japanese potato croquettes, they’re crunch comes from the delicate flakes of the panko. Now coat those bread crumbs on chicken breast cutlets and what you have is a delicious chicken tender that ‘s quick and easy. Both kids and adults will be super pleased.

Crispy Juicy Chicken Strips Recipe or fried chicken tenders on a cooling rack

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Baked vs Fried Chicken Strips

We have an oven baked chicken tender recipe that’s healthy and delicious if you’re wanting something that’s less greasy. They’re baked in the oven and although they’re not deep fried, they’re still crunchy on the outside because of the double coat of flour. But if you’re willing to sacrifice some calories and go for something juicy, try these crispy panko fried chicken tenders. You won’t be sorry and sometimes you just need to treat yourself to something decadent chicken strips. At least these are fresh and not chicken nuggets or chicken strips that you get from a fast food chain. These homemade chicken tenders are way better. Go ahead and give them a try.

Tips for How to Make Easy Crispy Chicken Tenders or Strips

  • You can buy precut chicken tenderloin strips. Or you can buy a chicken breast and cut it into thin strips that like the size and shape of tenderloins.
  • We like panko Japanese style breadcrumbs because they’re really crispy. But you can use regular breadcrumbs too.
  • For a keto version, use crushed pork rinds instead of panko or bread crumbs.
  • We like to fry in a high flashpoint oil that’s neutral tasting like grape seed oil or canola oil. Don’t fry with olive oil because it has a low smoke point (flash point).
  • Try to keep the oil temperature between 350°F and 375°F. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the tenders may get soggy & oily. And if too hot, the crust may burn before the center is cooked through. An instant-read thermometer is great to regulate the oil temperature.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.

What to Serve with these?

Juicy and Delicious Chicken!

Crispy Juicy Chicken Strips Recipe on a wooden cutting board
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Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders/Strips

Make sure to cut your chicken into even sizes so they can all cook with the same timing. For extra flavor, add dried onion powder to the chicken before breading them.
Some folks prefer to dredge the chicken in flour before the egg and panko to help the coating stick to the chicken a little more. It is an optional step which you can omit if desired.
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  • 1 pound (454 g) boneless skinless chicken breast or thigh meat cut into strips
  • salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) paprika
  • 2 cups (480 ml) panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flour , optional
  • 2 large eggs
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Cut the chicken into strips. Make sure they are even sized so that they cook evenly. The thicker they are, the longer they will take to cook. Season chicken strips salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Set aside.
    Cut chicken tenders and season with spices
  • Put the panko bread crumbs in a bowl. If using the optional flour, place the flour in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs until smooth. Dredge chicken cutlets strips in optional flour, then in egg, then panko bread crumbs. Press chicken cutlet into the bowl of panko bread crumbs so that they completely coat the chicken cutlet. Repeat this process for all chicken pieces.
    Dredge chicken in mixture for frying
  • In large frying pan, heat about 1/4-inch of oil to about 375°F. An instant-read thermometer is great to regulate oil temp. Do not let oil get too hot or else the chicken strips will burn on outside and still be raw on inside. When the oil is hot, add the coated chicken in a single layer.
    Chicken strips frying in a skillet
  • Fry the chicken until golden brown on both sides and until the chicken is fully cooked in the center, about 3-5 minutes, depending on oil temperature and how big the chicken is cut.
    Turning the chicken strip in the pan with tongs
  • Serve warm with your favorite dip: ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce or ranch dressing.
    Chicken tenders on a cooling rack with ketchup in a bowl


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 290kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 178mg, Sodium: 392mg, Potassium: 517mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 310IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 2mg

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This recipe was originally published in 2016.