How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips

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Cook your own at home and enjoy succulent, juicy and flavorful chicken strips instead of store-bought varieties that tend to be dry and not very tasty. Crispy cooked chicken is a favorite main dish throughout the world, and chicken strips are extremely popular as well, especially with children. Making the strips takes little effort, even if you are not an avid cook. Follow a few time-honored tips to perfect the strips every time you make them.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 large shallow bowl
  • 2 small mixing bowls
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 forks
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Large, deep frying pan
  • 3 lb. chicken, breasts or tenders
  • Slotted spoon
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 1

Line the bowls up on your counter with the large shallow bowl to the right of the two small mixing bowls.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 2

Crack the eggs into the second small mixing bowl and scramble with the fork. Keep the fork in the egg bowl.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 3

Place 1 1/2 cups flour into the first small bowl. Add the salt and pepper and stir well.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 4

Place the remaining 3 cups flour in the large shallow bowl. Add any seasonings you desire. Seasonings can include chili pepper, fresh diced chili peppers, garlic powder, onion powder or paprika.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 5

Preheat the oil over medium heat in the large frying pan. The oil is ready when tiny bubbles begin forming on the bottom of the pan. It is essential that the oil be thoroughly heated before any chicken is placed in the pan to cook, or the chicken will not turn out crispy and the coating will come off of the strips.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 6

Wash the chicken and drain off the excess water. If using chicken breast, cut each breast into 1-inch thick strips.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 7

Dip the chicken in the small bowl of flour and coat well.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 8

Dip the chicken in the scrambled eggs.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 9

Use the fork to lift the chicken strips out of the egg and allow the egg to drip off. Place the chicken into the large shallow bowl and coat well with the second flour mixture. Let the chicken sit in the flour for a few moments while you dip more pieces of chicken. When the large shallow dish is full of coated chicken, use the second fork to pick the chicken up and lower into the hot oil.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

Step 10

Fry for approximately two minutes and then turn the chicken pieces and fry an additional two minutes. The chicken strips are done when the dull side of a slotted spoon or the fork cut through the strip with minimal effort. The coating on the strips will be a crispy golden brown. Be careful not to overcook the chicken or the coating will darken too much and the meat will become tough.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips
How to Cook Crispy Chicken Strips (Image: Mark May)

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Tips & Warnings

  • For even crispier chicken, after dipping in the flour during Step 8, again dip the chicken into the egg and then back into the flour in the large shallow baking dish. The double dipping will give the chicken twice the coating and more crunch.
  • As always, when frying anything, use extreme caution handling your hot oil.

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