Chicken strips: how to make them crispy outside and tender inside!

Total time: 20 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
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If you're a fan of crispy and juicy chicken strips, then this recipe is a must-try! Perfect for a quick and easy dinner or light lunch, these chicken strips are made with tender chicken breasts coated in a mixture of spices, egg whites, and cornstarch, which creates a flavorful crumb. These strips are baked to perfection and come out perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Served with your favorite dipping sauce, these chicken strips are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, they're slightly lower in carbs because they’re not made with breadcrumbs, making them a guilt-free treat!

Chicken Strips Ingredients

  • Eggs – use large, free-range eggs
  • Chicken – chicken breasts work best for this recipe
  • Seasoning – use your favorite seasoning (taco seasoning, BBQ spice, fajita seasoning, Cajun spice, etc.); if using a blend that already contains salt, leave out any additional salt in the recipe.
  • Cornstarch – makes the chicken strips extra crispy
  • Oil – use a neutral oil for frying

Chicken Strip Variations

Make the chicken strips crispier by coating them in Panko breadcrumbs before frying.

For a cheesy, savory flavor, add parmesan cheese to the spice mixture.

Use a variety of spices to create your own flavors of chicken strips.


Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the best results. If you want to make chicken nuggets instead, use chicken thigh fillets, cut into smaller pieces.

Cut the chicken into strips of even thickness to ensure they cook evenly.

Don’t overcook the chicken strips, otherwise, they will be dry.

Make sure to use an oil suitable for frying at higher temperatures. These include canola, peanut, sunflower, corn oil, and more. If you want to reuse the oil, allow it to cool, and strain it. You can use it a few times more for fried chicken.

How to Store Chicken Strips

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container (in the fridge) for up to 4 days.

Can I Make Chicken Strips in the Airfryer?

Yes, you can! Preheat the Airfryer for 5 minutes at 400°F.

Then air fry for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, making sure to turn halfway!

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

The chicken strips are best served immediately after frying, but they can be kept warm in a low-heat oven (about 170-200°F).

What To Serve With Chicken Strips

Serve the chicken strips with your favorite dipping sauce such as BBQ sauce, Ranch Dressing mustard sauce, or ketchup.

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Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

chicken breast fillets
cloves of garlic
spices of choice
2 tbsp
1/3 tsp
2 tbsp


Separate the egg yolks and egg whites.

Cut the chicken into strips.

Mix with egg yolk, garlic, and spice mixture.

Add the cornstarch and mix again.

In another clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.

Coat the chicken strips with the whipped egg whites, then lower into the hot oil.

Fry the chicken strips until golden brown.


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