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
4.82 from 33 votes
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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
    This is a great recipe I tried it before and again today. It came out beautiful and so delicious. we’ll make it many times I give it five stars

  2. 5 stars
    All 4 kids in my home said 5☆s.
    Easy to make!! I didn’t have celery spice & had to use canola oil but honestly the kids didn’t know the difference. I marinated in pickle juice 24hrs/overnight. Ty for the copycat!!

  3. I used to have the original recipe. I know that it said to dredge the chicken in flour, and then dredge in an equal amount of potato starch (available on Amazon) before frying. This is a Japanese secret for making a crispy fry. All else in the recipe stays the same.

  4. I used an electric skillet set at 400 degrees and cooked them at least seven minutes per side, but they didn’t come out very crispy. They tasted good though and were very tender and moist.

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely spot on!!! Thank you for sharing. I did not have any powdered sugar in the house or celery powder and it still came out perfect. We had original Chick-fil-a sauce with them and we will definitely be making this again and again.

  6. I just made these with my husband. I brined the chicken for about 18 hours. We fried them in organic sunflower oil. They came out fantastic! Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    1. it’s my understanding you can, but I don’t have an air fryer (on my list to get) so I’m not sure of the time and temp

  7. 5 stars
    This is perfection, Paula! Thank you so much for sharing your version of what I think tastes EXACTLY like Chick Fil A, yummo! I put my chicken in to marinate for 4 hours but never got back to take it out until 48 hrs later and I was worried it would be mushy, but it held up to the long marinade and came out delicious!

  8. Let have a look on the recipe of honey paprika chicken tenders, try it and have fun.

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