Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

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Crispy coated fried chicken tenders coated in a sweet and spicy honey chipotle sauce. Bar food doesn’t get any better than that. And with this Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers (Chili’s copycat) recipe, you can enjoy your favorite bar food without ever leaving the house.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

This is a slight adaptation from Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3: The Secret Formulas for Duplicating Your Favorite Restaurant Dishes at Home (Top Secret Recipes). The recipe is a little involved and the ingredient list could probably be simplified some without sacrificing too much flavor, but I think the end result is well worth the effort involved.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers (Chili's copycat)


The chicken is first dipped in a batter and then rolled in a seasoned flour mixture for an extra flavorful and crispy coating. The chicken tenders are then tossed (or drizzled if you want to control the amount) in a sweet and a lot spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers (Chili's copycat)

I don’t think there’s a more fantastic flavor combination for chicken than honey and chipotle. The sticky sweetness of the honey and smoky spiciness of the chipotle really play well off each other. They make these Honey Chipotle Chicken Tenders taste so incredibly good!

Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers (Chili's copycat)

This Honey Chipotle Sauce would also be great drizzled on grilled chicken if you aren’t a fan of fried foods.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers (Chili's copycat)

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Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

Chipotle Honey Chicken Crispers

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 785kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
These Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers are a Chili's copycat. Crispy fried chicken tenders coated in a sweet and spicy sauce.
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  • 12 chicken tenderloins
  • 6-8 cups Canola oil or shortening


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup flour


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Honey Chipotle Sauce

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce


  • In a small saucepan combine honey, water, ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, salt, and hot sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • To make batter, in a medium bowl whisk together egg, milk, chicken broth,salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk in flour.
  • Combine all ingredients for breading in a pie plate and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven to 350 degrees. Dip chicken in batter and then roll to coat in breading.
  • Fry 4 at a time, frying until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes.
  • Place cooked chicken tenderloins in a large bowl and toss with honey chipotle sauce.


Slightly adapted from : Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.


Calories: 785kcal

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38 thoughts on “Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

  1. This recipe is almost spot on. For us it was a little too sweet and not quite spicy enough. Next time I will decrease the honey and add more chipotle, I think then it will taste exactly like Chilis!

  2. This was spot on flavor to savor! My sauce was thick (due to the fact I reduced the water) and i did like the batter and flour mixture. Although I did add some corn startch. My son was pleased as punch. I think we will have this many more days to come. This is a keeper!

  3. The first time I made these, my daughter came home from work just in time for dinner and wanted to know where I got the chicken. When I responded with, “The freezer?” She asked, “You made this? I’ve got to have the recipe!” She and I love Chili’s Chipotle Chicken Crispers, and this recipe is spot on!!!

  4. I love these chicken strips from Chili’s and I’ve wanted to make the copy cat for years. This one hit the nail on the head, it’s phenomenal.

  5. there’s no denying that it tasted so good but i didn’t really feel the crispiness of it, also i’d recommend adding 1 tablespoon of corn starch to about 1/4 cup of water then adding this mix to the sauce to thicken it cause it felt a bit too watery (for me), also i’d recommend adding some more flour to the batter to thicken it a bit to stick to be able to stick to the chicken better.

  6. I just tried this recipe last night and it was awesome. That sauce was just amazing and the chicken came out really tender even without a marinade. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you very much for posting this!

  7. This is one of my favorites from Chili’s so I was really excited to try these! The rest of my family is’t a big fan of glazed chicken so they ate theirs plain, while I immensely enjoyed mine tossed in the glaze. 🙂 It was SUPER close to the Chili’s glaze, and the breading was the best I’ve ever tried. We al loved it, and will definitely be doing it again. 🙂

    1. Can anyone tell me what the recipe means by “Chicken broth” being English this would indicate Chicken soup to me thanks a lot. Penny

      1. Generally speaking there is Stock, Broth, and then Soup. Stock is made from stewing bones for several hours in water. Broth can be made from meat and or bones but is quicker, and milder. Soup refers to the completion of a stock or broth into a dish using herbs, seasonings, spices and other ingredients like vegetables, chunks of meat, cream etc. the packaged stuff is generally going to be broth with seasonings added

  8. Wow just cooked these and they were delicious. Followed recipe to the letter no need to change anything yum yum

  9. The recipe for the batter/breading is great. One suggestion – don’t use chicken tenders from Sam’s or places that like. It was like frying a chicken breast instead of just the tender – way to big. We were not a fan of the sauce because it was so sweet. Is it possible to cut ONLY the honey and still have the right consistency. The flavor was good with the chipotle chili pepper but couldn’t get past the sweetness. Will use the batter for nuggets as well. Thanks for posting.

    1. I think if you cut out the honey in the sauce, I’d use half the amount of vinegar and no water. If too thick, add a little water, maybe teaspoon at a time?

      Thanks for the tip on using smaller pieces! Might just use breast strips…

  10. Making these with my boyfriend tonight. He loves the Applebee’s version so we decided to try these tonight. I couldn’t quite find “chipotle chili” seasoning so we just used plain chili powder which worked perfectly. Thank YOU!

  11. These look absolutely perfect, Christin! My husband loves crispy fried chicken and anything with chipotle so I can’t wait to make this for him!

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