Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich

This Crispy BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich was inspired by Whataburger’s Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich!

Holding Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich in hand

I’m not a big fast-food guy, but when I do decide to choose a quick meal on the road you may catch me eating a Whataburger chicken sandwich. Just because I don’t eat fast food often doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some of the options you can grab in the drive-through. 🙂

One of my favorite sandwiches is their Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich and that is where this latest recipe was inspired from.

Since Texas is known for its BBQ, I figured how could I go wrong with crispy chicken tenders slathered in tangy BBQ sauce on buttery Texas toast. Recreating my take on this at home didn’t sound like a bad idea.

Frying Chicken Strips
Up close and personal with my crispy chicken strips

At the core of this sandwich are the BBQ chicken tenders. The tenders are made with a combination of flour and panko breadcrumbs to give them the perfect texture.

The grand slam comes into play when you add a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce) and buttery Havarti cheese to this bad boy. The homemade Sriracha mayo adds a little heat and the final step is to surrounds all of this goodness with toasted Texas toast made from sliced brioche bread.

I call that a winner, winner chicken dinner (or sandwich). 🙂

Two honey crispy chicken sandwiches

Ingredients you’ll need to make this chicken sandwich:

  • It all starts with the chicken tenders. You’ll need organic boneless chicken breast that will be seasoned simply with paprika.
  • To get that perfect crispiness for your tenders, you’ll coat them in an egg and buttermilk mixture before dredging them in a second mixture of flour, panko, black pepper, and garlic.
  • For my BBQ sauce, I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce, but you can use your favorite BBQ sauce in its place. However, you may need to “doctor up” your sauce it it is more on the tangy side. The sauce for this recipe is meant to be sweeter. (See my notes in the recipe card for this.)
  • You’ll need slices of Havarti cheese. This cheese is similar to a Monterey Jack and is known for its smooth, creamy to buttery texture and flavor.
  • For your bread, you’ll want thick toasted slices of brioche. It just doesn’t get any better.
  • And for a little kick, my the sriracha mayo blends mayo, white pepper, crushed basil leaves, garlic powder, and of course, sriracha sauce.

If you are like me and want to satisfy that fast food craving that comes every now and then, give this Crispy BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich a try and I can almost guarantee you and the family will have this recipe on repeat!

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Here are a few more chicken sandwich recipes you might enjoy:

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Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


This Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich was inspired by Whataburger’s Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich. It’s so easy, you can make it at home.



For the Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 lb. Organic Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 2 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 Large Organic Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 3/4 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 4 Havarti Cheese Slices
  • 1 Loaf Euro Brioche Bread

For the Sriracha Mayo:

  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 tsp. White Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Crushed Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha Sauce


  1. Rinse the chicken breast and slice into strips. Season chicken with paprika and set to the side.
  2. In a bowl, add eggs and buttermilk then whisk. In one large zip lock bag, add 1 cup of flour. In a separate bag add 1 cup flour, 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp black pepper. Mix together.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken strips with 1 tbsp of flour to slightly coat. Dip chicken into the egg mixture then add to the flour only bag. Shake to coat well. Remove from bag. Add back into the egg mixture then into the flour & panko bag. Shake to coat well.
  4. Heat a cooking pan to medium heat and add approximately 2 cups of cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken breast and cook for 4 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other side.
  5. Place in a large bowl and cover with BBQ sauce. 
  6. Slice the brioche bread into Texas Toast sized slices, spread butter on one side and broil in the oven until slightly golden. Make sure to watch this process closely and the bread will brown quickly.
  7. Place slice of cheese on bread. Add three chicken strips then another slice of cheese. Place back into the oven for a few minutes (on broil) until cheese begins to melt then remove.
  8. For the sriracha mayo, blend mayo, white pepper, crushed basil leaves, garlic powder, sriracha sauce then stir. Add mayo to sandwich as desired. 


For the amount of cooking oil to be used to fry the chicken, make sure the oil covers at least 3/4 of the chicken strips.

To “doctor up” your BBQ sauce (if you are not using Sweet Baby Ray’s or a sweet and tangy sauce): Heat a cooking pan to medium-low heat. Add butter and allow to melt. Add ¾ cup BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, ¼ tsp. ground turmeric, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garlic powder, and 1/8 tsp. lemon juice. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 649
  • Fat: 22.2g

Keywords: Crispy BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich, Chicken Strip Sandwich, Whataburger’s Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich

Join the Conversation

  1. veronica rose says:

    Delicious recipe, totally nailed it, my husband and I love you! Thanks from BC Canada!

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Thanks, Veronica! We love to hear this and you just made my day! Happy to share this recipe with you and your husband and so glad it was a hit! 🙂

  2. Your photos made my mouth water. I would so love this sandwich right now! Def one to try!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thank you Jacqueline! you would really enjoy this one and if you decide to give it a try please let me know how it comes out.

  3. Quoting the husband, “PUT THAT IN MY FACEHOLE.”

    But seriously, that looks really good, and we’ll need to be making some of it, and probably a few other recipes of yours!

    1. Eric Author says:

      LOL that facehole line is hilarious. Thanks a lot I really appreciate it.

  4. Oh, waw. Love this recipe and I’m sure I would just have too much of it. My kind of food. Yummm. I must make this soon

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks so much Ramona! I really appreciate it!

  5. I love the look of this. That sauce ??
    One for the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thank you I appreciate it. I think you would really enjoy this one.

  6. That sandwich looks to die for! It looks so juicy and saucy!! I totally want one right now!!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beth I truly appreciate it!

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