Captain Crunch Chicken

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I love the Cap’n Crunch Chicken at Planet Hollywood! I honestly can’t go there and without ordering this favorite appetizer. This Captain Crunch Chicken has a delicious savory sweet crunch, and a flavor unlike anything else you have tried.

Captain Crunch Chicken with two dipping sauces

We love figuring out how to make our favorite restaurant recipes at home. It is a great way to save money, and to test new skills in the kitchen! One of our very first, and our most popular recipes is the Cafe Rio Sweet Pork. We also love to make Panda Express Chow Mein, and Outback Steakhouse’s Alice Springs Chicken.

Captain Crunch Chicken

I first tried Captain Crunch Chicken when Planet Hollywood opened in Las Vegas. Captain Crunch cereal was always a favorite of mine as a kid, and the idea of it breading chicken was so intriguing! It did not disappoint. The coating on the chicken is crunchy and yummy and bursting with flavor. On the inside, the chicken is moist and tender. The sweet honey mustard sauce balances out the flavors of the chicken perfectly. We also sometimes like to dip the chicken in fry sauce (recipe HERE). It also makes a great appetizer for having friends over to watch your favorite team play.

Captain Crunch Chicken being dipped in honey mustard

A Recipe Your Whole Family Will Love

This recipe for Captain Crunch Chicken is a real kid pleaser, my daughter couldn’t get enough of them! Kids love the lightly sweet crunchy flavor of this chicken and tangy dip. My kids especially like to make them with our potato wedges and some carrot sticks or cucumber slices for a dinner of finger foods. This chicken is a meal the whole family will love again and again.

Captain Crunch Chicken being dipped in honey mustard

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How To Make Captain Crunch Chicken

Captain Crunch Chicken with two dipping sauces

Captain Crunch Chicken

5 from 8 votes
I love the Cap’n Crunch Chicken at Planet Hollywood! I honestly can’t go there and without ordering this favorite appetizer. This chicken has a delicious savory sweet crunch, and a flavor unlike anything else you have tried.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

Creole Mustard Sauce:

Honey Mustard Sauce:

Instructions

  • Use a kitchen mallet or rolling pin to flatten each chicken breast to about 1 inch thick. Cut each chicken breast (lengthwise) into 4 to 6 long slices to make the chicken strips. Place chicken in a bowl, cover with buttermilk, and marinate several hours or overnight.
    Chicken marinating in buttermilk
  • Using a food processor or blender, crush the Cap’n Crunch cereal into crumbs. You can also place the cereal into a resealable plastic bag, squeeze out all the air, and roll over it with a rolling pin until the cereal is crushed into crumbs.
    Captain Crunch in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin
  • Place the cereal crumbs in a bowl and add bread crumbs, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
    Breading mix in a shallow glass dish
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk marinade and set aside. Whisk one egg into the remaining marinade. Add the chicken back in and stir well.
    Chicken marinating in buttermilk and egg
  • Coat each piece of chicken in the cereal crumb mixture.
    Breaded chicken on a pan before being cooked
  • Deep Fry Method: Fill a deep fry pan with 2 inches of vegetable oil. Heat to 375 degrees. Fry each chicken strip for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. When fully cooked, place each chicken strip on a paper towel or rack to drain the oil.
    Air Fryer Method: Preheat air fryer to 350. Spray each side of the chicken strips with a little bit of cooking spray. Cook at 350 for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    Captain Crunch Chicken with two dipping sauces
  • For the Sauces: Mix ingredients together and let chill in the fridge at least one hour before serving.
    Captain Crunch Chicken being dipped in honey mustard

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 31gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 824mgPotassium: 563mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 442IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 6mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Just tried this last evening. I took Donna’s advice and put some of the seasonings in the buttermilk. Nice touch. To keep it crunchy, place on a wire rack. Placing fried foods on paper towels will steam the crust and will make it less crunchy. Next time I will try boneless skinless thighs

    1. No crunch berries. You can get plain cereal without the crunch berries so you don’t have to pick it out. They even have a variety that you can get at Winco in their bulk bins without the berries. Hope this helps!

  2. when you put in buttermilk, put seasoning in buttermilk, then your chicken absorbs the seasoning. fresh herbs work real well. i have tried other coatings and lots of other cereals work also. as long as you are relaxed and cook with love your dinner or anything comes out great. also use friends family, and neighbors as testers. just have fun.!!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was great! I used the exact ingredients and fried it in my “Mac Fry.” The texture of the chicken came out crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. Mine must have been really thin because they cooked in less than two minutes. My entire family of seven ate it which is saying a lot.

    1. Fry sauce is kind of a regional thing in Utah and Idaho. It’s basically ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. Some people get all fancy and add a tiny bit of mustard or BBQ sauce too. You can customize it however you want. All proportions are “to taste”. Start with a big blob of ketchup and add mayo until it’s nice and light pink and creamy. Yummy!

  4. In the receipe, does it have to be Wondra flour or is that just a name brand? Can it be just regular flour?

    1. Wondra flour is just a lighter flour that makes it extra tasty… regular flour would work OK though!

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this its amazing. I only let it marinate in the buttermilk for 2 hours because I decided to make it last minute, but its still so good. My twins love it! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe!!! I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it (which for my picky family is saying a lot!!!) Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this many years ago and it is so good! I had totally forgotten about it though until now. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!