Hubs loves the Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers at Chili’s restaurant. He gets them every time we go there, literally. Lately he’s been working 12 hour shifts, seven days a week so we haven’t been able to eat out much. So for a little treat in honor of his long work days, I set out on a mission to make them at home.
I found a few recipes for a copy of the honey chipotle sauce but every recipe called for frying your own chicken. I’m not into making a greasy mess in my kitchen so I thought of a quick and easy alternative.
The Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips in the freezer section of your local grocery store are really good. They’re breaded white meat chicken breasts strips that take only 20 minutes in the oven. So I made the sauce, cooked the chicken strips then tossed them to coat. They’re not 100% like the Chili’s version but they come dang close. Plus they’re simple, fast and yummy!
Honey Chipotle Chicken Strips
adapted from Kinfolk Recipes
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
1. In a medium sauce pot, mix all of the sauce ingredients. Simmer on medium-low til thickened. While sauce is simmering, cook chicken strips according to package directions.
2. When chicken is finished, let cool for a few minutes. Dip each chicken strip into the sauce and let excess drip off before putting on a platter. Continue until all strips are coated. Enjoy!
* If preparing whole bag of chicken strips, doubling the sauce recipe is recommended. One recipe only gets about half of the strips coated.
* Don’t let the strips cool too long before eating, the sauce gets super thick and sticky the longer it sits.