Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Strips


A quick, easy, more delicious version of a fast-food favorite. Serve with barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 4 (5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • 2 cups buttermilk, or more as needed

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  2. Slice each chicken breast into thick strips.

  3. Whisk flour, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and cayenne together and pour into a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag. Pour buttermilk into a shallow dish.

  4. Fill a heavy-bottomed pan at least 4 inches deep with oil and heat it to 350 degrees (175 degrees C).

  5. Place several chicken strips in the plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake a couple of times until strips are coated. Repeat to coat remaining strips. Dip each strip into buttermilk, then back into the flour mixture.

  6. Fry the strips, 4 or 5 at a time, in the hot oil until golden brown and no longer pink in the centers, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then transfer to a baking sheet to keep warm in the oven as you fry the remaining strips.

Cook's Note:

You can cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces for buttermilk chicken "nuggets" as well, or use eggplant instead of chicken if you prefer. You can use poultry seasoning instead of Italian seasoning.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

649 Calories
17g Fat
78g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 649
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 782mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 555mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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