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Keto Copycat KFC Chicken Tenders

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A deliciously crispy (and guilt-free) copycat version of KFC chicken tenders. 

A deliciously crispy (and guilt-free) copycat version of KFC chicken tenders. 

Keto KFC Chicken Strips

As a kid, anytime I went to a restaurant I ordered chicken tenders. I never got tired of them!

Even as a grown-up, I still have a soft spot for the crispy chicken strips that I loved so much in my youth.

Let’s be real…when it comes to chicken, KFC knows what they’re doing! (Note: This is not a sponsored post in any way. Just a fun copycat recipe for my fellow KFC Chicken Tenders fans!)

The only problem is that chicken strips are usually heavily breaded and not keto-friendly.

Until now!

This Keto Chicken Tenders recipe uses an almond flour batter and a spot-on copycat KFC seasoning mix for the perfect crunch…without all the carbs!

My inner child is happy again!

Related: If you love KFC’s extra crispy recipe, you’ve got to try our crispy Keto Crackle Chicken too! It’s got ZERO carbs!


How to make keto-friendly chicken strips

Why I Love This Recipe:

  • Better-for-you than fast food
  • Simple, real food ingredients
  • Ready in about 30 minutes or less
  • Dairy free
  • You can use this spice mix on any type of protein

You’ll Need:

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The above is a quick glance at the ingredients and tools needed to make this Low Carb Copycat KFC Chicken Strips recipe. Full ingredient amounts are available in the printable recipe at the bottom of the post.

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Related: For another fast-food favorite made low carb, try our Keto Big Mac Salad!

Prep Tips:

Make a double or triple batch of our Copycat KFC seasoning and save the extra to use another time!

keto chicken strips flour mix

You may want to do the dredging in batches, as the almond flour gets wet and clumpy quicker than all-purpose flour. We used 3 batches of almond flour mixture for our chicken tenders.

how to make keto chicken strips

If you don’t have a deep fryer at home, you can also use a dutch oven to fry up your keto chicken tenders.

A deliciously crispy (and guilt-free) copycat version of KFC chicken tenders. 

Pairing Tip: Make it a meal with our Pesto Keto Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes!

Related: See all of our Keto Dinner Recipes here!

Free Printable Copy of Our Copycat Keto KFC Chicken Tenders Recipe:

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Keto Copycat KFC Chicken Strips

A deliciously crispy (and guilt-free) copycat version of KFC chicken tenders.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, copycat
Servings: 12 tenders
Calories: 218kcal



  • 4 pieces chicken thighs deboned and cut into 2-3each
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3 teaspoons KFC seasoning to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups oil of choice


  • Pour oil into a heavy pan (like a dutch oven) or deep fryer.
  • Begin heating oil on medium while you prepare the chicken tenders.
  • Combine 1/2 cup of the almond flour with 1 teaspoon or more of the KFC seasoning in a small mixing bowl.
  • Crack the eggs into a second bowl and whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Dredge the chicken through the almond flour mixture, then the eggs, then repeat through the almond flour.
  • When the oil is hot, add 3 pieces of chicken at a time and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes each, until cooked through and golden brown, flipping halfway through.
  • Place chicken tenders to dry on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat process until all chicken strips are cooked.


Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared. Cooking oil is not factored into nutrition information.
Net Carbs: 4g per chicken tender


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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A deliciously crispy (and guilt-free) copycat version of KFC chicken tenders. 


  1. This recipe didn’t say anything about a Air Fryer for cooking. I’m confused.

    • This is not an air fryer recipe, though perhaps you could make it in one. We made this recipe using a deep fryer or large pot of oil.

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