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Fried Chicken Strips

I recently made this recipe of Mom's for my in-laws and they told me it was the "best fried chicken ever." Slicing the chicken breasts into strips cuts down on cooking time and ensures every piece is crunchy and evenly coated. Serve the homemade chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce. —Genny Monchamp, Redding, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2-2/3 cups crushed saltines (about 80 crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • Oil for frying


  • In a shallow bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. In another shallow bowl, beat egg and milk. Dip chicken into egg mixture, then cracker mixture.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few strips at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked chicken: 388 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 704mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


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  • Therese
    Jun 21, 2019

    I want to make these but want to use my air fryer. Tips please as to how to this, how long to cook them, etc. I am really wanting fried chicken. Thank you.

  • jadegreen_eyz
    Jun 21, 2019

    Aquarelle, last year after finding this recipe, I also had a lot of the cracker meal left over which I had to throw away because I had been dipping the raw chicken into the container I had put them in. The next time I made these delicious strips, I made the full batch of the coating but divided it in half, putting the unused portion into a separate container which I wouldn't be dipping the raw chicken into. That way I would have as much coating as needed without contaminating the whole batch and there would be enough for the next time I made the strips (saving some of the prep time the next time around).

  • Aquarelle
    Feb 11, 2019

    Made these tonight. They are very good. We dipped then in honey-mustard dressing. However, I think that the breading recipe could easily be cut in half. I dumped quite a bit of it into the trash can after we finished frying the chicken.

  • Misty
    Feb 5, 2019

    If the grandkids don’t come up for air, it gets 5 stars from me! Have to figure out time in the air fryer (I’m new to that world)!

  • Kreena
    Jul 6, 2018

    Wow! it came out awesome my daughter and hubby loves it too much

  • Sandra
    Aug 12, 2017

    Best chicken strips I've ever had! I used garlic and herb bread crumbs.

  • theresahill
    Jan 19, 2017

    My family loved this recipe. This will be my go-to recipe for chicken strips going forward. Thank you!

  • desmma15
    Dec 23, 2015

    For a faster fix, I use chicken tenders; no slicing needed.

  • Ruffshse
    Oct 8, 2015

    Have made these many times family eats them up

  • crotbc
    May 20, 2015

    My wife and son made this tonight. It is the best fried chicken I've ever tasted, bar none. Light and tasty, you can still taste the chicken and not just the breading. Chef Jeff