Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Tenders Recipe

Here’s an easy to follow chicken tenders recipe that’s Chick-fil-A inspired! We’re making crispy coated chicken tenders with soft and juicy meat. These tenders have the flavor and texture that we’re all guilty of loving! Make this classic comfort food and enjoy an addicting snack at home.

Chick-fil-A is known for its family-friendly meals. This chicken tenders recipe will give you the perfect snack for binge-watching at home. It can also be a satisfying appetizer that goes well with tasty and filling sides like Rosemary French Fries or Mac and Cheese. You’ll love making this fun family favorite that you can easily whip up!

We’re marinating our chicken tenders in pickle juice for a silky and tangy flavor that goes perfectly with our coating. You’ll love the twist of flavors in the seasoning of our coating, with the spicy touch of paprika and sweetness of sugar for the perfect balance. Be ready to crave these flavorful chicken tenders coated with extra crispy crust that hits the spot in every bite!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Tenders Recipe

How To Make Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Tenders

The most sensational chicken tenders marinated then finely coated with a batter full of spices. These tenders are fried to golden brown perfection for the extra crispy crust that we all love.

Prep: 10 mins
Marinate Time:: 2 hrs
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins


  • lb chicken tenders
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp celery powder
  • vegetable oil, roughly 5-8 cups


  1. Combine your chicken tenders and pickle juice in either a large resealable bag or mixing bowl.

  2. Let it marinate for a minimum of 2 hours to overnight before cooking.

  3. After marinating the meat, discard the juice and pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

  4. Whisk the milk and egg together in a small bowl.

  5. Combine the flour, sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery powder in a separate bowl.

  6. Pour the oil about ¼-inch deep in a large Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium heat.

  7. Once your oil has reached 350 to 375 degrees F, you are ready to fry.

  8. Dredge your chicken first in the egg and milk mixture, then into the flour and spice mixture.

  9. Carefully set your chicken tenders into the hot oil in batches. Deep fry for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.

  10. Drain your chicken tenders using paper towels once cooked. Serve it with a side of french fries and your delicious meal is set.


  • Sugar: 3g
  • :
  • Calcium: 45mg
  • Calories: 361kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 151mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 715mg
  • Protein: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 1399mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 175IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Commonly Asked Questions

How do I keep my fried chicken tenders crispy?

You can keep them crispy by placing them on a baking sheet and heating them uncovered at 250 degrees F in an oven just to keep them warm. Just remember not to leave them in the oven for hours so they wouldn’t turn dry. Placing them on a cooling rack over a baking sheet can also help in keeping them crispy like how fast food restaurants do it with fried foods.

Can I freeze my chicken tenders?

You can! Place them on a baking sheet or cookie sheet in a single layer then freeze them. If you’re storing it up to a month, place them in a freezer bag. You can reheat them by placing your frozen chicken tenders on a different baking sheet and baking them at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

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Switch up your snack time at home with the best homemade chicken tenders! You’ll love making this chicken tenders recipe that flavors your chicken in pickle juice for zest and coats them in a batter loaded with spices. Munch on these crunchy tenders with flavors that explode in every bite. It’s the perfect binging snack and an enjoyable appetizer to add to your next meal.
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