Appetizing Chicken Strips (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

Jump To Recipe Team Team February 9, 2021

The Cheesecake Factory has a big selection of meals ranging from sweet cakes and pastries to a variety of main courses and appetizers. This includes the flavorsome Kid’s Chicken Strips. Unfortunately, The Cheesecake Factory has discontinued serving these delicious chicken tenders for us to enjoy. Not to worry, because our copycat chicken strips recipe lets you recreate that amazing taste from the famous restaurant. 

These delicious chicken strips are easy to make and are wonderful to eat. It’s a recipe marinated with seasonings to give you an extra flavorful dish. Simply mix, coat, and fry then you’re done! Enjoy the crispiness of the outer layer combined with the delicate taste of the marinated chicken. You can also try exploring other copycat chicken recipes like our Domino’s Copycat Chicken Wings to expand your menu. Serve this meal with a partner dipping sauce and other side dishes.

Why Marinating Chicken Strips is the Best

Marinating is all about keeping the meat juicy and savory. It’s the first step to making this recipe a delectable dish. Marinating is an essential technique. It enhances the flavors of your chicken strips before you coat it with flour and bread crumbs for frying. While it prevents the chicken strips from drying out, the juices seeping into the meat makes it tender and chewy. The added buttermilk does the magic on the chicken, giving it a tenderly moist texture inside. After marinating, proceed to coat with the breadcrumbs, then fry.

Tip: Be careful not to over-fry your chicken. Check the temperature of the cooking oil. It shouldn’t be too high since it can burn the chicken breading. In contrast, low heat will make the chicken too dense and oily.

Our marinating ingredients are simple and accessible. All you need to have is your onion and garlic powders, sweet honey, some ranch dressing, and buttermilk. Combine all of these ingredients and you get the best tasting marinade for your chicken. We suggest soaking the chicken for at least 3 hours or overnight. This is so the chicken can absorb all of the delicious flavor of the sauce. It also makes it easier to coat the chicken in breadcrumbs afterwards.

How to Enjoy Your Fried Chicken Strips

The Best Dipping Sauces

This delicious meal is perfect for every mood. It’s a versatile meal that finds its taste in the accompanying sauces and side dishes. That’s why choosing the best dip and sides for you is our main priority. For a memorable experience with your delicious chicken strips, serve it with a variety of delightful dipping sauces: 

  • Honey-Mustard Dip – It’s a classic dip with a combination of spices and sweetness that complements your dish.
  • Ranch Sauce – Keep it simple with some tasty ranch dipping sauce for your chicken tenders.
  • Blue Cheese Dressing – Combining the taste of aged cheese, garlic, onion, and parsley, a blue cheese dressing gives you that creamy and tangy taste which goes well with chicken tenders.

It’s the dipping sauce that makes a huge difference in enjoying and enhancing the taste of your chicken strips. Feel free to explore other kinds of sauces that satisfy your palate. You can also try adding some spiciness to your sauces for that extra kick! 

Simple and Delicious Side Dishes

Another combination that goes best with your chicken strips is adding some side dishes. These are some of our personal favorites:

Some people like to accompany their chicken tenders with some creamy pasta for a fuller meal. You can also add vegetable side dishes or fresh fruit slices. If simplicity is what you’re looking for, then you can stick with the classic fried chicken strips and crispy chips on the side. 

How To Make Appetizing Chicken Strips (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

It’s all about making that deliciously tasty chicken strips that we love from The Cheesecake Factory! This simple meal is the perfect lunch idea for you to enjoy anytime.

Prep: 15 mins
Marinate Time: 3 hrs
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup ranch dressing, plus extra to serve
  • lb chicken breast , skinless and boneless, and cut into strips
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

To Serve:

  • fruit slices and chips


  1. Defrost chicken at room-temperature, if needed.

  2. Preheat oil at 375 degrees F in a deep-fryer.

  3. Mix the garlic and onion powders, honey, ranch dressing, and buttermilk until well combined.

  4. Marinate the chicken strips into the prepared mixture for at least 3 hours, best if overnight.

  5. In a large bowl, mix the flour, crumbs, salt, and pepper.

  6. Slightly drain the chicken from the marinade, and coat the chicken breasts in the mixture.

  7. Deep fry the breasts for about 1 to 2 minutes or until they become golden brown.

  8. Serve with chips, fruits, and ranch dressing. Enjoy!



  • Calcium: 196mg
  • Calories: 977kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 113g
  • Cholesterol: 167mg
  • Fat: 31g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 1147mg
  • Protein: 61g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 1053mg
  • Sugar: 54g
  • Vitamin A: 200IU
  • Vitamin C: 5mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

How long can you keep chicken strips in the freezer?

Uncooked chicken strips stored in the freezer has a shelf life of up to 6 months. If you want to make a big batch for easy frying when needed, store some inside a freezer bag to keep its quality.

How to reheat chicken strips?

It’s best to bake chicken strips again to achieve the same crispiness. While microwaving can be a quick option, it doesn’t help retain the crunchiness of your chicken tenders and may even result in an unevenly unevenly cooked dish. Reheat it in the oven by placing your frozen chicken tenders on a baking sheet then bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Appetizing Chicken Strips (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat) - Chicken strips marinated in flour-buttermilk dredge deep-fried to a crisp


This chicken strips recipe is a simple and easy meal that promises a delicious tasting finger-food dish. Munch on these savory chicken tenders with your family and friends. Enjoy a flavorful meal with a variety of sauces and side dishes!


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