Beer-Battered Chicken Strips

Beer battered chicken strips

The Spruce

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Let Stand: 25 mins
Total: 51 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Serve these crispy deep-fried beer-battered chicken strips with beer barbecue sauce or sweet and sour sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, or chipotle mayonnaise.

The chicken strips are made from chicken breasts and deep-fried to perfection. Add coleslaw and french fries to the menu for a delicious family meal.


  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 3/4 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 chicken breast halves (skinless, boneless)
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Beer Battered Chicken Strips Recipe ingredients
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  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg lightly. Whisk in the beer and then add the dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth and well blended. Cover the bowl and let stand at room temperature for about 25 minutes before using.

    Beer Battered Chicken Strips batter
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  3. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise. If the chicken breasts are large, slice them into thirds or quarters. 

    Sliced chicken breasts
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  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until oil reaches 360 F. Or heat the oil in a deep fryer with temperature control.

    Chicken strips and frying pan
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  5. Using tongs to hold chicken strips, dip in batter; allow excess to drip off.

    Chicken strip dipped in batter
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  6. Remove and carefully lower, one by one, into the hot oil. After about 1 minute, turn the strips.

    Chicken strips frying in oil
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  7. Continue to turn the strips occasionally until they are golden, cooking for a total of 4 to 6 minutes.

    Beer Battered Chicken Strips
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  8. Transfer to a paper towel-lined tray. Pat more towels on top to absorb excess oil.

    Beer Battered Chicken Strips draining on a paper towel
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  9. Serve immediately with barbecue sauce or sweet and sour sauce.

    Beer Battered Chicken Strips
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  • Start with 3/4 cup of flour, and adjust with more if necessary to make the batter. Or add 1 cup, and add a little more beer if necessary.
  • A neutral flavor oil with a high smoke point is the best choice for deep frying. Vegetable oil or corn oil is fine for deep frying. Peanut oil, canola, and grapeseed oil are very good as well.

Recipe Variations

  • Cut the salt in half, and add a teaspoon of seasoning salt or a Creole seasoning blend to the batter.