Chicken Fries

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Juicy on the inside and crispy-crunchy on the outside, chicken fries are a seriously addictive snack or side. Make these in 20 minutes using a few basic pantry ingredients! 

Chicken fries on an oval platter next to a bowl of dipping sauce.

 

Just wait until you bite into a crispy homemade chicken fry! Made from tender, juicy chicken breast sliced up thin and coated in seasoned breading, this recipe has tons of satisfying crunch. Anything you’d serve with fried chicken goes well with chicken fries. Cook up a batch to enjoy on game day with dipping sauce. Or, serve crispy chicken with mashed potatoes for an easy comfort food dinner.

If you and your family are fans of Burger King chicken fries, you’re in luck. This homemade version is pretty close, if not better than the original! 

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Fries Recipe

  • Extra crispy. These chicken fries are super tender, juicy, and oh-so-crispy. Served warm with your favorite dipping sauce, they’re a tasty snack, appetizer, or side dish.
  • Flavorful. This recipe uses a few simple seasonings to pack plenty of savory, garlicky flavor into the breading. You likely have the spices in your pantry already.
  • 3 ways. I give you 3 easy ways to cook chicken fries in the oven, air fryer, or by deep frying. These fries come out perfectly tender and crispy whichever method you choose.

What Are Chicken Fries?

Chicken fries are exactly what they sound like, a French fry made from chicken! Chicken fries are long, thin chicken fingers coated with breading and fried. They’re the perfect size for dipping and great as an appetizer or as a side.

Love getting creative with a side of French fries? You might also like these air fryer green bean fries.

Ingredients for chicken fries.

What You’ll Need

The ingredients for this easy appetizer couldn’t be simpler. Below are some quick notes on what you’ll need. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for a printable ingredients list.

  • Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts work best for chicken fries, as it’s easy to slice them into narrow strips. 
  • Breading Ingredients – You’ll dredge the chicken in all-purpose flour, then in a mixture of plain Panko breadcrumbs and regular bread crumbs for an extra crispy breading. 
  • Seasoning – Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper add flavor to the bread coating. I also add a pinch of cayenne for some spice.
  • Eggs – You’ll mix an egg wash to help the breading adhere to the chicken.

How to Make Chicken Fries

These chicken fries are quick to prepare and cooking them is just as easy. Let’s walk through the steps! You’ll find printable recipe instructions in the recipe card below the post.

  • Set up a breading station. Add your flour to a bowl with the seasonings. In a second bowl, beat the eggs for the egg wash. In a third bowl, combine Panko with regular breadcrumbs.
  • Prepare the chicken. Next, slice up the chicken breasts into narrow strips. They should be long and thin, like French fries.
  • Bread the chicken. Dip each chicken strip first into the flour, then into the egg, and finally, dredge the chicken in breadcrumbs. Repeat until all of the chicken pieces are well-coated. Once all of your chicken is breaded, you’re ready to cook!

Oven

To bake your chicken fries, arrange the breaded chicken strips on a baking sheet and spray them with oil. Bake at 450ºF for 15 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through and the outside should be nice and crispy.

Air Fryer

To make air fryer chicken fries, spray the breaded chicken with oil and arrange them inside the air fryer basket. You may need to cook in batches. Cook at 400ºF for 10 minutes.

Deep Frying

To deep fry chicken fries, heat cooking oil (vegetable oil or canola oil) to 370ºF. Make sure to use a heavy-bottomed skillet or pot if you’re not using a deep fryer. Add the chicken to the hot oil in batches and cook for 5 minutes. Place the fried chicken onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Overhead view of chicken fries inside the air fryer basket.

Tips for Success

Keep these helpful tips in mind for deliciously crunchy, dippable chicken fries every time:

  • Work in batches. Whichever cooking method you use, don’t crowd your chicken fries! Letting the hot air (or oil) circulate the fries is key to getting the outsides browned and crispy. Cook your fries in a single layer, and fry them in small batches as needed.
  • Take care when deep frying. Deep frying gives you the crispiest results, but it can get a little messy. Pay attention and don’t leave your fryer unattended. Take extra precautions around the hot oil, to avoid spills or splatters.
  • Use a different seasoning. In place of the individual spices in the flour, add your favorite spice blend. Try homemade Cajun seasoning or Italian seasoning.
  • No Panko? If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs, a crunchy alternative is potato chips! Pulse potato chips (I recommend a thick-cut, sturdier brand) in your food processor. Add these into the breadcrumbs in place of Panko crumbs.
Overhead view of chicken fries on an oval platter next to a bowl of dipping sauce.

What to Serve With Homemade Chicken Fries

Serve chicken fries hot with your favorite dipping sauce. In our house, we love Cane’s sauce, this spicy Cajun dip, or this creamy avocado dressing. Chicken fries are a great Super Bowl game day or party appetizer next to more easy snacks like Philly cheesesteak sliders and jalapeño artichoke dip (plus peanut butter footballs for dessert!).

For a kid-friendly weeknight dinner, pair this fun spin on regular fries with a juicy air fryer hamburger. Crispy chicken is also amazing with a side of air fryer carrots and mashed potatoes or homemade mac and cheese.

A chicken fry being dipped into a small bowl of dipping sauce, surrounded by more chicken fries on a platter.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

  • Refrigerate. Wait until the fries are cool, and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll keep for 1-2 days. Reheat chicken fries in the air fryer or the oven to help crisp up the breading. Deep-fried chicken is best eaten on the days it’s cooked.
  • Freeze. Freeze leftover chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. Defrost the fries in the fridge before reheating.

More Easy Appetizers

Chicken fries on an oval platter next to a bowl of dipping sauce.
3.50 from 2 votes

Chicken Fries

By Erin
Chicken fries are juicy on the inside and extra crunchy on the outside, ready for dipping in 20 minutes! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce as an easy side or appetizer.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 whole large eggs

Instructions 

  • Set up a breading station. 
    Bowl 1 – Mix together flour with the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and a pinch of cayenne
    Bowl 2 – Eggs, beat until well combined
    Bowl 3 – Mix panko and regular breadcrumbs.
  • Thinly slice the chicken breast into long, thin pieces like a French fry. 
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the flour mixture, and gently shake off the excess. Coat well in the egg mixture, and then dredge into the breadcrumbs to evenly coat the entire fry. Place breaded chicken fries on a baking sheet. 

Cooking

  • Oven – Arrange chicken on a baking sheet. Spray with oil and bake at 450º F for about 15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy. 
  • Air Fryer – Spray the fries with oil and arrange in a single layer in your air fryer. Cook at 400º F for 10 minutes or until cooked through and crispy. 
  • Frying – Heat cooking oil to 370º F. Add pieces of chicken to the fryer or pot and cook for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce. (See notes)

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 870mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 519
Keyword: chicken fries, chicken fries air fryer
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7 Comments

  1. These are absolutely delicious, and the texture is perfect. I made them last night with some fries and we really liked them.

  2. Your Chicken Fries recipe was not only fun to make but also delicious to eat! Loved the crispy coating and the tender chicken inside.

    1. If they were bone dry, they were cooked too long and over done. What method did you use to cook them?