How to Make Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters

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Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters

The Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters recipe offers a twist on a traditional chicken fingers dish. The dish offers a delectable batter that is crunchy and slightly on the spicy side, while the chicken remains moist and flavorful. This restaurant-style dish is slightly difficult to prepare, primarily because the batter is prepared thickly.

Using the Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters recipe allows a home chef to prepare a dish similar to the one found at the steakhouse restaurant, for a fraction of the expense. At Texas Roadhouse, the Chicken Critters are served as a main dish, cut up for a salad topping and can be used as an appetizer. While leftovers may be refrigerated, the batter coating does not heat up well in the microwave and loses some texture reheated in an oven. For best results, the dish should be prepared and served quickly after cooking is finished.

Start to finish: 40 minutes (Active time: 35 minutes)

Servings: 4

Chickenfingers.jpgFlickr: zoyachubby
Offered by Texas Roadhouse
Customer service phone 800-TEX-ROAD[1]
Served as Main dish
Main ingredients Chicken, flour, buttermilk
Cooking method Frying
Similar to Zaxby's chicken fingers
Author Laura Acevedo

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Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup buttermilk[2]
  • 1 cup flour[3]
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt[4]
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup club soda[5]
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Vegetable oil[6]

Recipe from CopyCatRecipeGuide Food Editors

Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters Batter Recipe

  1. Rinse chicken breasts, then cut into strips. Opt for kitchen shears over a knife if possible to make the job of chopping easier.
  2. Pour buttermilk into a bowl. If buttermilk is not available, combine 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of regular milk and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes before using.[7]
  3. Soak chicken strips in buttermilk for a few minutes.[2]
  4. In a large bowl, mix flour, seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper and white pepper and stir to mix.
  5. Add club soda and water to the mix and stir until you have a smooth consistency and no lumps of flour remain. Consider using a whisk to help make the blending easier.
  6. Remove chicken from buttermilk, then dry with a paper towel.

Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters Recipe

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Drop each chicken strip into the batter, then place on a plate for a few minutes.
  3. Fry each battered chicken strip for about 3 to 7 minutes. The timing will vary based on the size of the strips and the amount of coating. The strips should be golden brown when ready.[8]
  4. Remove each strip from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Let the strips rest until all of the surface oil has drained.[3]
  5. Dust the top of the strips with sea salt.
  6. Serve chicken critters immediately.

Making Baked Chicken Tenders

A recipe for baked chicken tenders offers a healthier baked alternative to the fried chicken critters at Texas Roadhouse.


  • An important part of making Texas Roadhouse chicken critters at home is the buttermilk soak. It softens the chicken and keeps it moist during frying. Be sure to purchase fresh chicken rather than frozen for best results. If you are unsure if the chicken critters are done, use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safety.[9]
  • Make a complete meal by serving prepared chicken critters over a fresh garden salad. Add even more bulk by making a chef salad with bacon, eggs, and cheese before topping it with fried Texas Roadhouse Chicken Critters.[10]

Also See: How to Make Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles, How to Make a Texas Roadhouse Cactus Blossom, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Killer Ribs, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Rolls, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Margaritas, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Tater Skins, How to Make KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken


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