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Crispy Chicken Wraps

December 5, 2019 (Last Updated: March 29, 2023) by Chris Collins

Chicken coated in a Southern Fried Crispy Breadcrumb, stuffed in a wrap with the most delicious fillings imaginable!

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EXTRA Crispy Chicken Wraps

Because really, there’s nothing worse than a soggy wrap is there?! Chicken wraps are great, but crispy ones are better 😏. Here’s where the crispiness comes from:

  • Breaded Chicken – The chicken is breaded in Panko breadcrumbs for extra crispiness.
  • Crispy Fried Onions – Onion slices coated in flour and shallow fried.
  • Lettuce – Fresh crispy Romaine lettuce.
  • Bacon – Of course 🤪

Now, admittedly these wraps do take a little more time to make than your average. A teeny bit more prep, BUT it’s all really simple stuff and 100% worth it.

How to make Crispy Chicken Wraps (quick summary)

  1. Add paprika, oregano, onion & garlic powder, s&p to a small pot.
  2. Combine.
  3. 3 bowls: flour, egg, breadcrumbs. Split the spices among flour and breadcrumbs.
  4. Coat chicken breast in flour then egg then breadcrumbs.
  5. Shallow fry in veg oil.
  6. Flip.

6 step by step photos showing How to shallow fry chicken for crispy chicken wraps

Ensure you don’t use olive oil to shallow fry. It’s got a low smoking point, as opposed to something like peanut, vegetable or sunflower oil.
Cheese – Firstly, I usually go for Monterey Jack, but cheddar or most other cheeses work great. I also rest it on the chicken once it’s fried just to melt it slightly. If you want it extra melty just add it after you’ve flipped the chicken in the pan. Alternatively you could just add the cheese in the wrap without melting it.

Crispy Fried Onions

These were actually a beautiful mistake as I was developing the recipe. I was always putting in onion, but figured half way I’ve got leftover flour and leftover oil. So it of course made absolute sense to coat the buggers and shallow fry them.

If you don’t want to fry the onions you don’t have to. In such case I recommend using red onion and just slicing into thin strips.

How to make crispy fried onions - 3 step by step photos

Breaded Chicken Wraps

Okay, so you’ve got your crispy breaded chicken, you’ve got your crispy fried onions, let’s talk sauce.

My pick for this recipe is always sweet chilli mayo. It not only adds a nice creaminess to balance out the crispiness of everything, but, the touch of sweetness balances out the spices in the chicken nicely. You could however use any sauce you fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

Can I make these ahead of time?

I actually don’t recommend this. I have made these, stored leftovers in the fridge and taken out the next day; they’re just simply not the same. All that glorious ‘crispiness’ you worked for disappears. Fresh is best in this case!

6 step by step photos showing how to make crispy chicken wraps

Serving Crispy Chicken Wraps

These are super hearty as they are, but if you’re feeling extra hungry you could serve the with a side.

What to serve with Crispy Chicken Wraps

Honestly? And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but these are pretty big and filling by themselves. HOWEVER, if you were extra peckish, here’s some ideas to go alongside:

Alrighty, let’s tuck into these crispy chicken wraps shall we?!

closeup shot of wraps, focus on crispy chicken

How to make Crispy Chicken Wraps (Full Recipe & Video)

holding up crispy chicken wraps, focus on front one

Crispy Chicken Wraps

Chicken coated in a Southern Fried Crispy Breadcrumb, stuffed in a wrap with the most delicious fillings imaginable. Warning - these are very big & filling!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Lunch / Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories per serving: 834kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ3 / $4

Equipment:

  • Large Heavy-Based or Cast-Iron Pan & Tongs (for cooking chicken & onions)
  • 3 Large Shallow Bowls (for coating chicken)
  • 1 Small Pot (for spice mix)
  • Wire Rack & Paper Towels (for draining onion/chicken)
  • Kitchen Thermometer (for checking oil temp)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

Crispy Chicken

  • 2x 7-9oz/200-250g Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup / 250ml Vegetable Oil (see notes)
  • 1 cup / 60g Panko Breadcrumbs (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup / 75g Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp EACH: Oregano, Salt
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Onion Powder, Black Pepper

Wraps

  • 4 large Flour Tortilla Wraps
  • 8 single rashers of Streaky Bacon, cooked to preference
  • 4-8 slices of Cheese
  • 3-4 small Tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 large Romaine Lettuce Leaves
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Chilli Mayo
  • 1 large White Onion, sliced into thin strips

Instructions:

Crispy Chicken

  • Line up 3 bowls: First with flour, the second with beaten eggs and the final with Panko breadcrumbs. In a small pot or bowl combine 2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp salt & oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder & cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp onion powder & black pepper. Mix half of the seasoning into the flour and the other half into the breadcrumbs.
  • Butterfly 2 chicken breasts right through the centre to make 4 even-sized breasts. One by one coat in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs, ensuring you fully coat at each stage (especially the last).
  • Heat up 1 cup of oil over medium heat in a large heavy-based pan until a breadcrumb rapidly sizzles (aim to get the oil around 180C). Use tongs to carefully place the chicken in the oil. Fry for 3-5mins each side or until golden brown, crispy and cooked through the centre. Rest on a wire rack above a tray or paper towels to drain away excess oil. You'll likely need to do this in two batches.

Fried Onions

  • Toss the sliced onion in the leftover flour, shake off the excess, and then place in the hot oil leftover from the chicken. Fry until golden and crispy, tossing occasionally (around 10mins). If there's a considerable amount of breadcrumbs left over in the oil from the chicken just spoon them out. Make sure the oil is back to temp before adding the onions. Drain on paper towels when done.

Wraps

  • Stack in the centre of your tortilla wrap: 1 tbsp sweet chilli mayo, 1 romaine lettuce leaf, 3-4 tomato slices, 1-2 slices of cheese, 2 rashers of bacon, sliced crispy chicken, crispy onions.
  • Fold up the bottom, then tightly roll into a wrap. If they seem slightly loose just wrap foil round the bottom to keep it all intact.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Onion - You don't have to fry these if you don't want to. In which case I'd recommend using a small amount of thinly sliced red onion.ย 
b) Oil - Use an oil with a high smoking point like sunflower, peanut or vegetable oil. Don't use olive oil, it'll smoke out the kitchen.
c) Cheese - I use Monterey Jack, but most cheddar also works well. You can sub grated cheese if you'd prefer.
d) Breadcrumbs - Panko breadcrumbs are great because they're so large (so turn extra crispy). You'll find them in most supermarkets in the Asian section.
e) UPDATED RECIPE - Updated the recipe on 29/03/23 with a new video and slight tweaks to the recipe. I changed from 1 egg + 2 tbsp milk to 2 eggs in the coating. I also changed from resting the cheese on the chicken to just stacking it separately. Everything else is the same!

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Chicken Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 834 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47.04g72%
Saturated Fat 16.571g83%
Trans Fat 0.035g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8.387g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.608g
Cholesterol 229mg76%
Sodium 1019mg42%
Potassium 833mg24%
Carbohydrates 63.4g21%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 7.72g9%
Protein 39.26g79%
Vitamin A 3887IU78%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 381mg38%
Iron 6.04mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Mike
    May 28, 2023 at 3:37 am

    5 stars
    Delicious! I cut my comment into strips, used 3 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs, and added 1 tbsp of cornstarch to the spices before mixing into the flour and breadcrumbs.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 28, 2023 at 11:11 am

      Great to hear this went down well, Mike! Thanks so much for the review ๐Ÿ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Jenna
    September 14, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    I have 5 picky, yet openminded young eaters in my house. Given some of the ingredients in this recipe alone, I will get an “aww mom, do I have to?” But when you put them all together with the sweet chili mayo sauce and “WOW” this wrap is delicious and has become a regular at our dinner table. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 15, 2021 at 9:46 am

      This is so great to hear, Jenna! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Giles
    March 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe works great, and if you forget torillas, it still works great. Going to try a variation on this for duck. Cheers Chris!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 4, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Glad to hear it went down well, Giles! Thanks for popping back for a review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jessica
    January 12, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    5 stars
    These were amazing! The sweet chilli mayo went down a treat. Such a great idea and so easy to do. Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for popping back for a review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    alan
    October 4, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this on my family last week and WOW they loved it and couldn’t get enough.
    Thank you for making it easy to cook with great info.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 4, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      That’s awesome to hear, Alan! Thanks for popping back for a review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Irene
    September 19, 2020 at 7:21 am

    5 stars
    Awesome!!!

  • Reply
    Angelina
    May 28, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    These were amazing wraps. I made them last night and again today. We loved the crunchy onions. I added avocado but wouldn’t change anything else
    Today my husband added bbq sauce to his too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 28, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      Angelina! That’s awesome to hear! Glad they went down well ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for popping back for a review!

  • Reply
    Alma
    May 22, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    5 stars
    Fantastic!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Alma! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    kim
    December 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    5 stars
    Love that this recipe is so easy, but has so much flavor! Will definitely be in my dinner rotation!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Kim!

  • Reply
    Katherine
    December 10, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    5 stars
    Panko is incredible for a crispy coating. I love the spices, particularly paprika! A winning wrap.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Katherine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    December 10, 2019 at 11:45 am

    5 stars
    I am definitely making these! Crispy chicken in a wrap is always a good idea! plus, that mayo sounds incredible!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      Allllll about the sweet chilli mayo

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    December 10, 2019 at 10:55 am

    5 stars
    These were amazing! The panko crust and the crispy onions put them over the top. I’m making it again soon!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      So glad they were enjoyed!!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    December 10, 2019 at 10:45 am

    5 stars
    Crispy chicken is always a great choice. Love the combo of spices you used to make the breading, and definitely have to try that mayo!! Great idea for lunch!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 10, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Tisha! So perfect for lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

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