low carb chicken strips recipe

Easy to make healthy Low Carb Chicken strips for diabetics.

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Chicken strips are an all-time favourite at my house. They are great for all ages and even appetizers if you make them small, served with some of our Sugar-Free Classic Dipping Sauce (recipe below). These Low Carb Chicken Strips are yummy and healthy, not to mention, simple to make.

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Diabetic Friendly Chicken Strips

Chicken strips are great for children with little hands. Besides, who doesn’t like to eat with their hands? Since you are making them from scratch you can cut them to whatever size you like. If you want nuggets, just cut them in nugget shapes instead of strips. You can find many of the ingredients in our diabetic-friendly Pantry.

What You Will Find In This Post

In this recipe, we use an Actifry air fryer, which we love. If you have another brand of air fryer, follow the instructions for your machine. If you do not have an air fryer, instructions are provided below for the sheet pan oven method.

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Kitchen supplies needed for this Low Carb Chicken Strips Recipe

  • Measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cutting board
  • chef’s knife
  • air fryer ( optional) or
  • baking sheet
  • wire rack ( for baking method)
  • meat tenderizer
  • dipping sauce cups (optional)
  • dredging dishes
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Recipe for Low Carb Chicken Strips for Diabetics.

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Diabetic Friendly Low Carb Chicken Strips

Easy to make, diabetic friendly, low carb chicken strips
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Carb Chicken Strips, zDiabetic Chicken Strips
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic plus seasoning
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp canola oil


  • Using a sharp chef's knife, slice chicken breasts into strips (your desired thickness)
  • In a bowl to be used for dipping, add the slightly beaten egg.
  • In a bowl, suitable for dredging, combine panko crumbs, parmesan, garlic plus, and garlic salt
  • In a third bowl, suitable for dredging, add the flour.
  • Start by dredging a chicken strip in the flour. Shake off excess
    Dip the strip into the egg.
  • Lastly, coat the strip with the breadcrumb mixture
  • Repeat with each of the chicken strips.

Air fryer

  • Add the oil to your air fryer and coat the cooking basket with a light coat of non-stick cooking spray.
  • Fry the strips according to your air fryer instructions.

Using oven

  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • On a baking sheet, place a wire rack, coated with non-stick cooking spray
  • Place the breaded chicken strips onto the wire rack.
  • If not using a wire rack, line the baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for approximately 10 minutes and then turn them over.
  • Continue baking for another 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
    Serve with your favourite dipping sauce.
Low carb chicken strips in the Actifry air fryer
Low carb chicken strips in the T-Fal Actifry -ready to cook

Helpful Tips and FAQs

Making our Low Carb Chicken Strips in the oven.

Whether you use a baking sheet without a wire rack or one with a wire rack, the taste of the chicken will be the same. The crispiness is where you will notice the difference.

Cooking on a wire rack will allow the air to circulate the chicken, resulting in a crispier chicken strip, when it is finished baking.

When you take the chicken out of the oven, it also cools faster. This means that the chicken does not continue to cook as long as it would if it were sitting directly on the pan.

I have found that a sheet pan with a sturdy wire rack works best when using the oven method. Choose a wire rack that has a grid as opposed to a lengthwise wire surface, as it is more versatile when making other similar recipes.

Another great use for the sheet pan and wire rack combination is for broiling and also for draining greasy food. I use mine for bacon as well. I line the bottom with foil and cook the bacon on it in the oven and when I am done, I can just wait for the bacon grease to solidify and throw it all away. Such an easy cleanup!

Freezing and Storing.

Refrigerator -Store chicken strips in an airtight container or cover in plastic wrap for up to 4 days.

For Freezing– Freeze the strips individually on a flat baking sheet covered in plastic wrap. Once they are frozen, place them in a large ziploc bag. Free for up to 2 months.

Nutritional Information for Low Carb Chicken strips

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings for this recipe.

Per serving:

  • KCals 292
  • Total Carbs – 7gr,
  • dietary fibre – 1 gr
  • net carbs – 6gr
  • Sugars – 0gr.

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated using an online nutrition calculator. We encourage you to calculate nutrition data with your specific brand ingredients as nutritional information can vary between brands

Dipping sauce for your Low Carb chicken strips

You can purchase many options for dipping sauces, such as sugar-free barbecue, sugar-free ketchup, sugar-free honey mustard, and sugar-free ranch sauce or you could make your own.

My family and I prefer my simple homemade sugar-free dipping sauce. I use it for many recipes as it goes well with many other types of meat and even deep-fried vegetables.

Recipe for sugar-free dipping sauce

This is a quick and easy sugar-free dipping sauce, that goes great with our Diabetic Friendly Low Carb Chicken Strips.

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Sugar-free Classic Dipping Sauce

This Classic Sugar-free dipping sauce goes great with chicken strips, deep fried pickeles or chicken wings.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Carb Dipping Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 98kcal
Author: The Naked Diabetic
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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic plus seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 packet Splenda sweetener


  • In a small mixing bowl, add all the ingredients.
  • Using a whisk, mix well until thoroughly combined
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 98kcal
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