Southern Fried Chicken Strips Recipe
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Southern Fried Chicken Strips Recipe

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What's not to love with these crowd-pleasing golden fried chicken strips? A hint of garlic makes them irresistible. Genise Krause, Sturgeon Bay, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

5 ounce-weight: 327 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein


  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk. In a separate shallow bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt and paprika. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then flour mixture.
  2. In an electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Southern Fried Chicken Strips in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p21

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Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"Substituted Penzey's Roasted garlic for garlic powder, held salt til after the chicken was fried and draining, omitted cheese. Beautiful crunchy chicken that the coating stays put when you cut it with a fork."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"My first time ever preparing chicken tenders dipped in batter. I usually saute as is. This recipe is great. The fried tenders were a hit! I substituted Lawry's Seasoning Salt for the regular salt and also added about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt. I don't have an electric skillet, but a regular non-stick skillet worked just fine and I cooked the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side to get that perfect golden color and crisp. The chicken on the inside was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy! Will definitely add this to my dinner rotation!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"This is a question rather than a review, how can it be so low in saturated fat with an egg and parmesan cheese? I would love to try it but am concerned."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

"This is definitely the best strip recipe. I made my own buttermilk and double-dipped the chicken."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"My family of picky eaters rated this to be the "bomb" of chicken strips. Which in my house is a huge compliment."

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