The secret has been circulating around the Internet for a few years now that the secret ingredient in Chick-fil-A’s delicious chicken is pickle juice. I’ve previously made a copycat version of their chicken sandwich, and this week, I decided to try it in chicken strip form.

I also wanted a slightly crunchier exterior, so I used whole wheat Panko this time, instead of flour. They were absolute perfection! My kids loved them too, and I felt great about giving them these baked, healthier chicken strips instead of the greasy, oily, and non-nutritional kind that the restaurant serves.

And at just 3 Points for 3 chicken strips, this recipe makes an ideal Weight Watchers lunch. So instead of hitting up Chick-fil-A, try making this recipe at home, and save yourself some Smart Points!

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copycat chick fil a chicken tenders
Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Strips
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
8 hrs 20 mins
Get all the flavors of your favorite fast food chicken strips but with a lot less fat and calories. This baked version is lighter and healthier, but equally delicious.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 211 kcal
  • 12 chicken tenders (or skinless breasts cut into strips - about 1 1/4 lbs)
  • 1 1/2 cups dill pickle juice (enough to cover the chicken)
  • 1 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. In a large bowl, place chicken tender and pickle juice. Cover and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 425, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mist with cooking oil.
  3. Combine egg and egg white in a small, shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the Panko and the seasonings.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pickle juice, and pat dry with paper towels. One by one, dip each chicken strip in the egg, shake to remove excess, and then dip into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure to coat both sides of the chicken evenly.
  5. Place chicken strips on baking sheet, and mist with cooking oil. Place into the oven, and bake for about 10 minutes, then flip and bake for a remaining 5-7 minutes, until the crust is golden, and the chicken is cooked through. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is 3 chicken strips

Each serving = 3 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Strips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 953mg 40%
Potassium 629mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 6.1g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Sugars 1.2g
Protein 33.7g 67%
Calcium 3%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


    • LaaLoosh Reply

      Dill pickle juice :) Great question! I’ll update the recipe.

  1. I am trying to make copies of your delicious recipes but when you click on print friendly you are not getting the recipe. HELP

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