Southern Fried Chicken Strips

Sometimes I defrost something with a specific meal in mind, and then the weather completely makes me crave something else.   We had a nice sunny warm stretch of weather here in New Hampshire over the weekend.   It was easy to ignore my menu plan of a heavy, creamy chicken and pasta dish for some crispy, golden brown fried chicken.

I chose this recipe, and made very minor changes- first, I used Penzey's Roasted Garlic instead of regular garlic powder.   Second, I held the salt out of the flour mixture, I prefer to salt fried foods as they come out of the oil instead.   I also omitted the parmesan cheese, it didn't need it.

I don't fry often, so I'm always glad when the recipe turns out to be worth it.  Using tenderloins made for a quick fry, and the crunchy outside stayed put when you cut them with a fork.    There was just the right amount of seasoning for the guys, though I admit I'd have like to have swapped out the paprika for some cayenne pepper.   I like spicy.   Next time I might even let them rest after the first round of egg/flour mixtures and then dip them again before frying.

Thank you so much to Genise K for the recipe!

Southern Fried Chicken Strips



  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, Used Penzey's Roasted Garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (held til end after frying)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, omitted


How to cook Southern Fried Chicken Strips

  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.
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  1. My oh my! These chicken strips are SO inviting...makes my mouth water. I think your photos are great! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon. And have a wonderful Easter weekend.

    1. You are so sweet! Thank you so much for hosting :)

  2. The sound amazing. I love the addition and flavor of roasted garlic. Now I want these!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kim! I can't wait to put these on the menu again :)

  3. Oh, and I love that it isba Taste of Home recipe also. :)

    1. Lots and lots of my family favorite and go-to recipes are from Taste of Home!

  4. The best thing I have found to do after I fried chicken is to put it on a rack over a pan lined with paper towels. Any excess grease (shouldn't be much) will drip onto the towels and your chicken will stay crisp.

    1. That's a great tip! Thank you for stopping by :)


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