Copycat Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Recipe

Raising Cane’s is relatively new to the game than its rivals, such as KFC and Chick-Fil-a. Despite being founded in 1996, their Southern-style fried chicken recipe easily gained popularity. Raising Cane’s rose to fame with their minimalist approach to their menu. This minimalist approach was welcomed by people who want to have a simple yet filling meal.

If you are familiar with Raising Cane’s, you’re probably aware of their best-seller: the chicken tenders. It’s crispy, flavorful, and most importantly, inexpensive — it’s perfect for a quick lunch or a snack.

Recreate these chicken tenders at the comfort of your own home by following these easy steps. Have it for lunch, dinner, or snack and you can also prepare it for picnics and gatherings. It will also ensure a gastronomic experience reminiscent of Raising Cane’s. Sometimes, it also helps to have that “reset button” to your palate especially when eating fried foods. Try this Black Bean and Rice Salad Recipe as it goes well with the chicken fingers.

How To Make Copycat Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Recreate Raising Cane's signature fried chicken fingers at home with ease. These crispy chicken tenders are easy to make as finger food or as a simple snack.

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts (cut into strips, roughly 18 oz)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/6 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 whole egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups oil for frying (with extra on the side if needed)
  1. Mix the milk, egg, and garlic powder in a large resealable bag. You can also use a regular mixing bowl.
  2. Place the chicken strips in and marinate for 2 hours.
  3. In a thick paper bag or resealable bag, combine the flour, breadcrumbs, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Remove the strips from the milk bag and place them in the flour bag and shake to dredge.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  6. Remove any excess flour from the dredged chicken, & deep fry until it’s golden brown.

Use a wooden spoon or chopstick to test the oil temperature before deep-frying. If bubbles form around the stick and rise to the surface, the oil is ready for frying. If you see vigorous bubbling, it is too hot so turn down or turn off the heat for a while.

Make your own Cane’s dipping sauce to go with the chicken fingers:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt/powder
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Mix all the ingredients and keep chilled. You can always adjust the ingredient proportions accordingly to your taste. 

How To Make Copycat Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

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Recreate Raising Cane's signature fried chicken fingers at home with ease. These crispy chicken tenders are easy to make as finger food or as a simple snack.

Preparation: 2 hrs
Cooking: 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips, roughly 18 oz
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/6 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 whole egg beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups oil for frying with extra on the side if needed

Instructions

  1. Mix the milk, egg, and garlic powder in a large resealable bag. You can also use a regular mixing bowl.
  2. Place the chicken strips in and marinate for 2 hours.
  3. In a thick paper bag or resealable bag, combine the flour, breadcrumbs, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Remove the strips from the milk bag and place them in the flour bag and shake to dredge.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  6. Remove any excess flour from the dredged chicken, & deep fry until it’s golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Use a wooden spoon or chopstick to test the oil temperature before deep-frying. If bubbles form around the stick and rise to the surface, the oil is ready for frying. If you see vigorous bubbling, it is too hot so turn down or turn off the heat for a while.

Make your own Cane's dipping sauce to go with the chicken fingers:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt/powder
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Mix all the ingredients and keep chilled. You can always adjust the ingredient proportions accordingly to your taste. 

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 115mg
  • Calories: 1539kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg
  • Fat: 157g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 213mg
  • Protein: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Sodium: 646mg
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 136IU
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Commonly Asked Questions

What oil is good for deep-frying?

Choose an oil with a high smoke point, like canola or peanut oil. These types of oils are good for cooking at high temperatures.

Can I use an air-fryer to fry the chicken?

Yes, you can! Air-frying your chicken tenders will cut down the amount of oil used, making them a lot healthier. However, they might not be as crispy as the original deep-fried kind.

How do I make buttermilk?

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you could always make your own. It is as simple as incorporating acid into milk. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice for every cup of whole milk, let sit and wait for it to curdle. And your buttermilk is now ready!

Is there a non-dairy substitute to buttermilk?

Yes! You could make your own by using the same milk to acid ratio. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice for every cup of your preferred dairy-free milk. Let it sit and curdle.

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Conclusion

Bring the taste of the South into your home with these chicken fingers. Serve them at your next house party or potluck and they will be snapped up in no time!

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