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Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

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

These Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers are a Chili's copycat. Crispy fried chicken tenders coated in a sweet and spicy sauce.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
SERVINGS: 4 servings


  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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43 thoughts on “Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers”

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

  2. 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…

  3. 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!

  4. Look at all of that crunch! I’m sure the home made version is better. Love the sweet and spicy drizzle! 🙂

  5. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    This looks great! Plus I’m sure it’s a million times better than regular bar food!

  6. Holly @Spend With Pennies

    Oh wow! These look seriously delicious… I can’t get over that yummy crispy coating!!

  7. Brittaney @ Sips and Snacks

    These look amazing! I love honey on chicken, but the extra kick from the chipotle makes it sound even better!

  8. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Oh my gosh Christin!! These look amazing!! I am adding them to my dinner meal plan for next week! Pinned!! 🙂

  9. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    omg … you are the chicken finger queen, Christin! How did you manage to make chicken fingers look so deliciously elegant?! Totally making these soon. My family would go CRAZY for them!

  10. 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!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These chicken crispers look amazing, Christin! I love the honey sauce drizzled on top. Looks so crispy and perfect! Pinned!

  12. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

    I remember my niece ordering these once at Chili’s….they were good! And I’m sure yours are even better!

  13. Love the crispy layer in this chicken and the idea of sweet and spicy just sound delicious!
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

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