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.

Copycat Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Recipe

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.

Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins


  • lb chicken breasts, (roughly 18 ounce), boneless, cut into strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 cups cooking oil

To Serve:

  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce


  1. Soak the chicken strips in buttermilk and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  2. Prepare 3 bowls. Whisk the egg with a little water in the first bowl.

  3. Place the breadcrumbs and seasonings in the second bowl.

  4. Combine the flour and baking powder in last bowl.

  5. Dredge the chicken in the flour first, then dip it in the eggs and finally coat in the breadcrumbs.

  6. Deep fry at 350 degrees F. Leave in the pan for about 10 minutes, until the skin is golden.

  7. Place on a paper towel to absorb extra oil.

  8. Serve with ketchup or barbecue sauce.

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. 


  • Sugar: 6g
  • :
  • Calcium: 142mg
  • Calories: 1387kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 104mg
  • Fat: 126g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 76g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g
  • Potassium: 415mg
  • Protein: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Sodium: 820mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 239IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently 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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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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