These Chicken Fries feature thin, tender strips of chicken breast with a flavorful, crispy exterior. Dip them in a tangy roasted garlic aioli and enjoy as a snack, party appetizer, or a fun finger food dinner!

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Easy & Crispy Homemade Chicken Fries

My family loves a hot, crispy batch of Chicken Fries, how ’bout yours?!

This easy chicken fries recipe is inspired by the Burger King chicken fries – but they’re so much better! Think of these as the grown-up version of BK chicken fries, with thin strips of tender chicken breast and a crispier, more seasoned exterior. Plus, I added a fun twist – an irresistible roasted garlic aioli for dipping!

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Fries Recipe

  • Easy. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep, you can make a batch of crispy chicken fries in a snap! Serve them for a lunch or weeknight dinner.
  • Crunchy. Moist and tender chicken breast coated in a golden, crisp exterior? It doesn’t get much better then that. Biting into one of these crunchy fries is ultra satisfying.
  • Flexible. We like to serve these with a delicious aioli dip, but you could also serve chicken fries with honey mustard or even a side of mashed potatoes.
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What’s The Difference Between Chicken Fries and Chicken Strips?

Chicken fries and chicken strips are very similar. Both are made with strips of chicken breast that are breaded and then fried to crispy perfection.

The noticeable difference is that chicken fries are cut into long, thin pieces, to resemble the size and shape of French fries (hence the name). Chicken strips are also long, but feature wider pieces of chicken. (And chicken nuggets are basically smaller, shorter chunks of chicken!)

So if you already love chicken strips, you’re gonna love these chicken fries too!

Homemade garlic aioli ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll only need a handful of ingredients to make the tangy garlic aioli. And the chicken requires only a few seasonings, eggs, and breadcrumbs.

Scroll down to the recipe card below for exact measurements and the full instructions.

For the Garlic Aioli Sauce

  • Garlic – Roasted garlic gives a sweeter, slightly nutty, and mellow flavor to this aioli, instead of the sharp bite of raw garlic.
  • Mayonnaise – The creamy, tangy base of the aioli.
  • Lemon juice – Fresh citrus thins the aioli and contrasts with the richness of the mayo.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Just a splash of Worcestershire sauce adds savory undertones to the sauce.
  • Salt & pepper
Homemade chicken fries ingredients

For the Chicken Fries

  • Chicken – For this recipe, use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and slice them into thin strips.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, onion powder, chili flakes, salt, and pepper season the chicken.
  • Flour – For coating the chicken.
  • Eggs – Help the breadcrumbs and flour adhere to the chicken.
  • Breadcrumbs – Add crispiness to the outside breading.
  • Oil – I use vegetable oil but any neutral cooking oil will work.  

How to Make Garlic Aioli

The garlic dipping sauce is very easy to make (can even be made the day before), just plan in advance as the garlic needs time to roast and cool.

  • Roast the garlic. Cut the whole garlic bulb in half cross-wise, then drizzle the cut sides with olive oil and salt. Wrap in foil, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft and golden brown. Allow it to cool enough to touch, then squeeze out the garlic into a small bowl. Then mash it into a paste.
  • Combine the ingredients. Whisk together the mashed garlic and the other ingredients until well combined.
  • Refrigerate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

How to Make Chicken Fries

Here’s how to make crispy chicken fries in just a few easy steps!

  • Slice the chicken. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
  • Season the chicken. Combine the seasonings, then generously season all sides of the chicken.
  • Bread the chicken. In one bowl, whisk the eggs until beaten. In a second bowl, add the flour, and in a third bowl, the breadcrumbs. Dip each piece of chicken into the flour, then the beaten egg, and finally the breadcrumbs.
  • Fry the chicken. Pour oil to a depth of 1 inch into a large skillet over medium heat. When oil reaches 350° F, carefully add chicken fries, taking care to not overcrowd the skillet. Cook for 2-4 minutes total per batch, turning once or twice, until golden brown and very crispy. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Enjoy. Enjoy with the garlic aioli on the side for dipping.
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Tips for Success

Here are a few tips and tricks for making the best homemade chicken fries:

  • Make the aioli first. Garlic aioli is best chilled, so prepare that first and refrigerate it while you make the chicken fries. You could make this earlier in the day, or even the night before.
  • Slice the chicken evenly. Be sure to slice the chicken breast into thin, even strips to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Keep the oil at an even, medium heat. Heat the oil over medium heat, and aim for 350° F. This will allow the chicken to cook properly while also giving you a perfectly crispy, golden exterior.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet. When cooking the chicken fries, take care to not add too many to the skillet. Overcrowding will drop the temperature of the oil more and will cause the breading to not be its crispy best.
A chicken fry dipped in garlic aioli

What to Serve with Chicken Fries

Serve up chicken fries as a party appetizer, snack, or meal. They’re not just for kids – adults find them irresistible as well!

We’re pretty addicted to the garlic aioli dipping sauce – but if that’s not your thing, feel free to serve the chicken fries with ketchup, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, or whatever your favorite dipping sauce is.

Our daughter Hatti participated in a study abroad program in Munich earlier this year. She fell in love with pork schnitzel during that time and has since taught us to squeeze fresh lemon wedges over breaded meats. So definitely try that with chicken fries – it’s pretty wonderful!

To turn this into a meal, just add a simple side like French fries or onion rings. Or go for a fresh salad such as my mom’s vinegar coleslaw or cucumber salad. Roasted asparagus would be good. And I’d definitely welcome a side of my mom’s sweet pickles!

How to Store Leftovers

  • Garlic aioli. Store the garlic aioli in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Chicken fries. Store any leftover chicken fries in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, air fryer, or oven.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, you can freeze chicken fries. Once they’ve cooled, flash freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat them in the microwave, air fryer, oven, or gently refry them. You can cook them from frozen.

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Chicken Fries with Garlic Aioli

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Chicken Fries feature thin, tender strips of chicken breast with a flavorful, crispy exterior. Dip them in a tangy roasted garlic aioli and enjoy as a snack, party appetizer, or a fun finger food dinner!

Ingredients

Garlic Aioli Sauce

  • 1 garlic bulb, cut in half cross-wise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Morton kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Chicken Fries

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Morton kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

Garlic Aioli Sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place cut garlic bulb in the middle of a double layer of foil. Drizzle the cut sides of the bulb with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Wrap the foil up around the garlic and place on a small rimmed pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the garlic is soft and golden brown.
  3. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins, into a medium bowl. Mash them into a paste with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper, and whisk until well combined.
  4. Cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to use. This can be made several hours in advance or even the day before.

Chicken Fries

  1. Slice the chicken into thin strips, about ½ inch wide, giving them a similar appearance to French fries.
  2. Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, chili flakes, salt, and black pepper. Season the chicken strips with this spice mixture.
  3. In shallow bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten.
  4. In a second bowl, place the flour.
  5. In a third bowl, place the breadcrumbs.
  6. Coat each chicken strip in the flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip each chicken strip in the beaten egg, followed by the breadcrumbs.
  7. In a large skillet over medium heat, add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the skillet by 1 inch.
  8. Once oil is at 350° F, carefully add the chicken strips, taking care to not overcrowd the skillet. Fry for 2-4 minutes per side, turning as needed, until chicken fries are cooked through and have a crispy, golden brown exterior. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels. Adjust heat as needed to maintain oil temperature of 350° F while frying.
  9. Serve the chicken fries hot with garlic aioli sauce on the side for dipping.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 906Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 259mgSodium: 905mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 48g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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