Crispy Chicken Strips

Breaded with panko breadcrumbs for added crunch, these crispy chicken strips are very easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, ready to fry in just a few minutes when it’s time to eat.  Perfect served with fresh coleslaw and a selection of your favourite dipping sauces.

Crispy Chicken Strips
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, crispy chicken, kfc, fried chicken
Servings: 1 portion
Breading Prep
  • 8 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Flour dusting prep
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper
Egg prep
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
Chicken prep
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillet around 114g
Time to cook!
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
Breading prep
  1. In a large bowl, add panko breadcrumbs, plain flour, garlic powder, onion granules, cayenne pepper, dried Italian herbs, sea salt & black pepper. Mix well.

Flour dusting prep
  1. On a plate, mix plain flour, sea salt & black pepper. Mix well.

Egg prep
  1. In a bowl, combine egg and milk and whisk thoroughly.

Chicken prep
  1. Cut the chicken into 6-7 strips. Dip a chicken strip firstly into the plate of seasoned flour, then into the egg / milk mixture and finally into the breadcrumb mix, pressing well to ensure the chicken strip is nicely coated with breadcrumbs. Set the breaded chicken strip aside on a plate and repeat the process until all of the chicken strips are coated. At this stage the chicken strips are ready to cook, or can be covered and kept aside in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Time to cook!
  1. Heat oil for deep frying to around 180c. Carefully place each breaded chicken strip into the hot oil and fry for around 6 minutes, turning occasionally until the chicken strips are crispy and golden. Lift the chicken strips from the oil using a slotted spoon, drain off any excess oil and set aside on a plate.

  2. Serve the crispy chicken strips with hot sauce, BBQ sauce or ranch dressing.

Recipe Notes

Panko breadcrumbs are a Japanese style crumb mix made with bread without crusts.  The bread is coarsely crushed, resulting in fine shards of crumb which make for a perfectly light, crispy texture.  You’ll find panko breadcrumbs in any large supermarket or in Chinese supermarkets – alternatively you can click here to order some online and help support this site!

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