Spicy Cajun Chicken Strips

spicy chicken strips
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Marinate: 2 hrs
  • Servings: 8 servings

These simple fried chicken strips are delicious with a dip and fries. Enjoy them with ranch dressing, spicy chili mayonnaise, or a Louisiana remoulade sauce. The recipe is made with chicken breasts, but boneless thighs or chicken tenders may be used.

The coating mix is a simple combination of flour and Cajun seasoning. Or use a store-bought deep-fry coating mix.


  • 3 pounds chicken (boneless chicken breasts or thighs)
  • 1 cup hot pepper sauce (e.g., Texas Pete, Trappey's, Frank's)
  • For the Coating:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons Cajun seasoning

Steps to Make It

  1. Slice the chicken into finger-sized pieces and put the pieces in a plastic zip-lock bag. Pour the hot sauce into the bag and turn to coat the chicken thoroughly. 

  2. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator; marinate for one to two hours. Turn the bag occasionally to keep the chicken well coated. 

  3. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy saucepan to 360 F.

  4. Roll the chicken pieces in the coating mix and deep fry until golden brown.