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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 in a serving tray.

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.

Chicken crispers on a serving plate and honey on a separate plate.

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.

Hand picking up chicken crisper.

Honey and Chipotle Combination

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 Chicken Tenders taste so incredibly good!

Chicken Crispers on a serving plate.

Recipe Tip

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

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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 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
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, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat, fried chicken

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Originally posted March 19, 2015.

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49 thoughts on “Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers”

  1. This recipe sounds so good BUT I can’t get past the amount of oil.
    How can this recipe be adapted to an air fryer. I am just about ready to purchase an air fryer and this may be the first recipe I try. Sounds wonderful with a side of coleslaw and corn on the cob!!!

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