These quick, crispy chicken wraps are easy meal prep for a quick, healthy lunch or snack. Each delicious crispy chicken wrap is packed with crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cheese, and crisp onion pieces. However, it’s easy to adjust the ingredients inside to your preferences.
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Easy recipe – This recipe is great for beginners in the kitchen, as you’ll need minimal tools.
Simple ingredients – You likely already have the ingredients in your kitchen/pantry for this crispy chicken wrap recipe.
Make it to your liking – The filling is easily customizable to your preferences!
Family-friendly – This crispy chicken wrap is great for everyone in the family – including picky eaters!
Quick go-to – You can have this yummy recipe (including veggies for the inside) ready in less than 30 minutes!
A crispy chicken wrap typically has crispy chicken pieces, veggies (like lettuce), cheese, and sauce wrapped in a tortilla. You’ve likely seen similar Southern fried chicken wraps at McDonalds and KFC.
How long do they take to make?
It takes about 15 minutes to prep and cook the chicken goujons. While the chicken is cooking, you can slice/prep the veggies. It will take a few extra minutes to create the wraps once the chicken is done cooking. In total, it should take fewer than 30 minutes to create chicken wraps.
The key to extra crispy chicken is using flour, crushed cornflakes, and an egg coating. The cornflake pieces turn extra crispy as the chicken goujons cook compared to regular bread crumbs. You’ll also enjoy a crispy texture from the fresh lettuce and onion pieces. These ingredients combine to create an extra-crispy chicken wrap.
I prefer using chicken breast strips to create a crispy chicken wrap since they do not have bones. If you want a vegetarian-friendly recipe, consider using meat-free crispy chicken strips instead.
I love using cheesy singles in wraps as they add a delicious flavour. However, you can use any sliced (or shredded) cheese you’d like. Gouda, cheddar, and mozzarella are all great options for fried chicken wraps.
The key to extra crispy chicken is a coating of crushed cornflakes. If you don’t have any, you can also use panko or breadcrumbs. As a note, these swaps will still create crispy chicken, but it won’t be quite as crispy without the cornflakes.
See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.
Here are some ways to change each chicken wrap to fit your (and your family’s) tastes!
Filling Ideas: Fried onions, Feta, Beans, Avocado, Coleslaw, Tomatoes, Pickles, Bacon and Different cheeses
Sauce/Dressing Ideas: Any salad dressing – Caesar, ranch, blue cheese, BBQ sauce, Sweet Thai chilli sauce, Peanut sauce, Avocado crema, Chipotle ranch and Buffalo hot sauce
If you want a lower-calorie version of this recipe, you can swap out the tortillas and turn them into lettuce wraps. You’ll need large pieces of romaine or iceberg lettuce for this swap. These breaded chicken wraps can also be turned into breakfast wraps. Simply add scrambled eggs and enjoy these protein-filled wraps in the morning.
Preheat your airfryer to 200°C/390°F
*Place the cornflakes into a ziplock bag over a large chopping board and using a rolling pin (or bottle) crush/roll over the cornflakes until a coarse breadcrumb texture is achieved.
Add the flour to a plate (season with salt), whisk the eggs onto a second plate and on the third plate, combine the seasoning (onion powder, garlic powder and paprika) with the crushed cornflakes.
3. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Now start the conveyor belt by coating the chicken in the flour and then the egg (Image 3).
4. Then ensure you coat each chicken piece with a covering of the cornflake mix and lay out the chicken pieces on a tray (Image 4).
5. Once every strip is breaded, spray with oil and place ready on the tray (Image 5).
6. Now add the chicken to your air fryer. Depending on how big your airfryer is, you might need to fry in batches. For maximum crispiness, don’t overlap the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes then rotate and cook for another 5 minutes (Image 6).
7. Once the chicken is fully cooked and crispy, season generously with flaky salt (Image 7).
8. Then prepare your wrap using 1 large tortilla, a layer of lettuce, tomato and red onion and 2 cheese slices, then top with a few goujons. You can also add a dressing of your choice, before you roll up the wrap ready to enjoy (Image 8).
Use separate hands for wet and dry ingredients when breading chicken
If you use the same hand for the wet and dry ingredients, you’ll be left with a clumpy flour/cornflake mixture and a breading-covered hand. Using separate hands makes the process (and the cleanup) easier.
Pat cornflakes onto the chicken with a dry hand to avoid mess
Save time on cleanup by patting the cornflakes into the chicken instead of rolling the chicken strips in the cornflakes. This tip also ensures you get a more even coverage on the chicken.
Season goujons with salt right after air frying
It can be easy for flakey salt to fall off in the air fryer, so I recommend adding the salt right after pulling them out.
Cook pre-sliced chicken in batches of similarly sized pieces to prevent over or under-cooking
Add the same amount of chicken pieces to the air fryer each time, ensuring they’re evenly spaced. This will allow you to continue cooking chicken for the same amount of time without worrying about whether it’s under or overcooked.
Depending on the size of your goujon, increase or decrease the cook time
If you slice the chicken goujons into bigger pieces, you may need to add time. Likewise, smaller pieces will require less time. Check the internal temperature of each piece to ensure it’s fully cooked. The meat thermometer should read 165F.
This technique will help you get a tightly wrapped crispy chicken wrap every time! No more worrying about the wrap falling apart as you’re eating it.
Start by laying the tortilla on a flat surface (like a counter). Add the fillings to the centre of the tortilla. Fold the left 1/3 of the tortilla and the right 1/3 into the centre. Then, fold the bottom flap over the toppings and start rolling from bottom to top. As you’re rolling the wrap, ensure you’re keeping the tortilla taut over the filling.
Not sure what to serve a crispy chicken wrap with? Here are some ideas!
Dips – You can add dips to the side for a bolder flavour. Some dip options include ranch, nacho cheese, and honey mustard.
Other appetizers – For a more filling meal, consider adding other appetizers on the side. Fries work great as sides to chicken wraps.
Soup or salad – Soup or salads are also great side dishes for chicken wraps. They’ll help create a more satisfying meal. Here are more recipe options for leftover chicken breasts: Chicken Pho, The BEST Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, or a Chicken Shawarma Bowl.
Storing: I don’t recommend storing the assembled chicken wraps in the fridge, as the chicken will get soggy. If you don’t mind soggy chicken, you can keep them in the fridge for up to four days. For the best results – store the chopped veggies, cheese, tortillas, and crispy chicken separately. Then, heat the chicken in the air fryer for a few minutes and assemble the wrap a few minutes before you’re ready to eat it.
Freezing: Skip freezing the veggies for this crispy chicken wrap dish, as veg like tomatoes and lettuce don’t freeze well. However, you can freeze the cooked chicken and reheat it later. The chicken goujons should be good in the freezer for up to six months.
Reheating: To reheat chicken from the fridge, add it to the air fryer in a single layer (do it in batches if needed) and heat for about 3-4 minutes. If you’ve frozen the chicken, you can reheat it right from the freezer (no need to defrost). It will take about 10-15 minutes for the goujons to reheat from frozen, depending on the size of the fried chicken strips.
For this crispy chicken wrap dish, I do not recommend making the wraps ahead of time. The chicken will be soggy after it sits in the fridge. This Southern fried chicken wrap is best when made fresh.
When making wraps, you’ll want to grab tortillas that are at least 8″ in diameter. If you want to include extra veggies, consider buying tortillas that are closer to 10.5″ in diameter so you can fit all the toppings into the wrap.
Flour tortillas are best for wraps, as they’re typically more pliable than corn tortillas. Meaning they’re less likely to rip as you’re digging into the wrap.
If you’re tight on time, you can use pre-made grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken. Since pre-made chicken is typically already seasoned, you likely won’t need to add seasoning to the chicken. As a note, the wraps will not be crispy since the chicken is pre-cooked. However, they will still be tasty with pre-made or rotisserie chicken.
Now that winter is approaching, it’s the perfect time to pair these chicken wraps with a warm, cosy soup. Here are a few ideas: 10 Minute Vegetable Noodle Soup, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, or Loaded Vegetable Minestrone Soup.
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