Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips

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Now you can duplicate those out-of-this-world chicken strips right at home with Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips recipe.

My copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken tenders recipe has the same tenderness and that unique taste as the restaurant’s original, but making them homemade will save you tons of money.

Copycat Chick fil a chicken tenders Recipe - tastes just like the real thing!

Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips

Rarely do I cook something that both boys like much less compliment. I think it’s a conspiracy, actually, but they never like the same foods…. until now! Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips had both of them raving.

I had been seeing Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips, nuggets, and sandwiches all over the internet and have been wanting to try them for a while. With the boys’ schedules this year, they are so hungry when they get home from school. I practically make a meal for them at that time then dinner a few hours later. That’s when I decided to try out these Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips. I adapted this recipe slightly from my friend, Joan.

What ingredients are in Chick-fil-a chicken strips?

  • chicken tenders
  • dill pickle juice the liquid off dill pickles
  • egg
  • milk
  • all-purpose flour
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried basil
  • garlic powder*
  • onion powder*
  • celery powder*
  • oil for cooking
Copycat Chick fil a Chicken Tenders recipe are tender and juicy! Save time and money and make them at home!

I was a little worried this recipe would let me down and not taste the same as the original. However, I thought it was spot-on and even both boys agreed. That’s huge! I even have this Copycat Honey Mustard recipe that tastes just like the Chick-fil-a dipping sauce to accompany your strips.

Check out more copycat recipes here.

Chick-fil-a Tenders Tips

  1. There are a couple of secrets to these chicken strips. First, they are brined in dill pickle juice. I know right, that’s totally the big secret!!
  2. The chicken coating also has a little confectioner’s sugar in it. That’s what gives it that back note of sweetness when you take a bite. It’s not a lot but definitely leaves a slightly sweet taste.
  3. For that super tender chicken that is such a Chick-fil-a characteristic, I pound the chicken with a flat mallet until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. It swells up when cooked and will be the thickness you want. I like to place the meat in a freezer bag, squeeze the air out and flatten it. Use tongs to remove the chicken. This is the least messy method.
  4. You can use this same recipe for Chick-fil-a Chicken Sandwiches and Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets. For the nuggets use 1 pound of chicken breast and cut them into 2-inch chunks.

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Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips recipe

Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Strips recipe. Perfect Recipe Chicken Recipe for lunch or dinner for Kids and adults!
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 1 -1.5 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice the liquid off dill pickles
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery powder*
  • oil for cooking


  • Place the chicken tenders in a freezer zip-top bag, add pickle juice and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  • Remove from back and pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
  • Add egg and milk to a small bowl and beat.
  • Add flour, sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, onion powder and celery powder to another bowl.
  • Add oil to a large skillet or saute pan to 1/4 in deep. Heat to medium.
  • Dredge chicken in egg mixture then in flour mixture.
  • Add chicken to hot oil and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot.



*garlic salt, onion salt and celery salt may be substituted, however you may want to omit the 1/2 teaspoon salt if using these.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: -7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1138mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These are outrageously delicious! The dill pickle juice and the other ingredients damn near duplicate Chick-Fil-A tenders’ taste. I followed your recipe exactly and am just amazed how good these are! I’ll be making these again and again.

  2. 3 stars
    The flavor was great but my strips had a hard time staying crisp after 5 minutes. The breading got really soggy and it was starting to come off even tho i followed the recipe exactly as it was printed on this site. Any ideas as to why?

  3. 4 stars
    Is it possible to bake the chicken rather than fry it? I’m going to try it with whole pieces of chicken to see how it turns out so would rather bake it. Any advice?


    1. If I was going to bake it, I would coat it first with the flour mixture, then liquid mixture, then a ‘crunchy’ mixture like panko breadcrumbs so that it would be crunchy on the outside. I don’t think it’ll get crunchy with the recipe as is.

  4. How can I make this in a fast manor where I don’t have to marinade for 4 hours?

  5. Ibread their ingredients, yours is better. They way too much stuff in them. No pickle juice they use apple cider vinegar and a bunch of other stuff.

  6. I have seen the copy cat recipe going around, too. But it isn’t their recipe. Years ago I was given the recipe from a former worker. She had posted it on a cooking forum. It ended up being deleted and everyone I have seen since hasn’t been the same. It isn’t soaked in pickle juice. No spices but salt and pepper. But the powdered sugar is correct.

    1. It’s MY version of their recipe. It tastes like Chick-fil-a chicken strips and that’s what I was going for. I really don’t want their exact recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with us at Weekend Potluck! Congrats on receiving most clicks!! Looking forward to what you’ll share next week. Have a wonderful fall.

  8. Hey there Paula! Thanks for sharing this at Weekend Potluck! Do you have a linky party page or do you usually link back within the post. We’d love to feature this recipe this Friday. I have a button on the main page of my site if you want to grab that. Thanks so much!

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