Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch Chicken

Craving the delicious Captain Crunch Chicken from Planet Hollywood? Find out how to make this iconic dish with this easy copycat recipe! Juicy, tender chicken tenders encased in a crispy Cap’N Crunch cereal crust are the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. Level up your next family dinner or game night with crunchy chicken fingers cooked in a deep fryer, skillet, oven, or air fryer.

Copycat Captain Crunch chicken tenders on a platter with a bowl of Creole mustard.

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Captain Crunch Fried Chicken

Planet Hollywood may have fewer locations than formerly, but you don’t have to forgo their wonderful Captain Crunch Chicken. In fact, you can make Captain Crunch fried chicken in your very own kitchen.

This Captain Crunch breading is a sweet alternative to the usual (and some would say boring!) breadcrumb breading. Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch chicken is simple, sweet, and crunchy. The chicken is juicy and tender, while the Cap’n Crunch breading is crispy and sweet – it really is such a delightful combination!

This Captain Crunch chicken recipe gives you crispy, slightly sweet chicken tenders. The breading for the chicken includes Cap’n Crunch cereal. You might think oh, that cereal’s sweet as all get-out, but once you add some salt for balance, you get a super delicious unique coating that’s both crispy and slightly caramelized.

Why You Should Try This Recipe for Captain Crunch Chicken

Your kids will love these fried chicken tenders, especially if you tell them they’re coated with Cap’n Crunch cereal to pique their interest. Believe it – this Captain Crunch fried chicken recipe has a delicious savory sweet crunch and is a real kid pleaser!

However, this Captain Crunch chicken recipe is not just for kids. It also makes a great snack when you have friends over to watch your favorite team play.

Captain Crunch Chicken Recipe – Ingredients

This recipe for fried chicken tenders needs the following simple ingredients:

Using Peanut Butter Crunch will send you over the moon!

Instead of Creole mustard, serve with ketchup, your favorite dipping sauce, or other sauces (see below).

Copycat Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch chicken ingredients on a tray.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Captain Crunch Chicken

This Captain Crunch fried chicken recipe is quite easy to make. Here’s what you do:

  1. Make crumbs from the cereals.
Crushed Captain Crunch and cornflakes cereals in a food processor.
  1. Combine the flour, onion, garlic, and pepper. 
Breading mixture for Captain Crunch chicken.
  1. Beat together the eggs and milk. 
Egg and milk mixture in a bowl.
  1. Dip the chicken in milk/eggs, flour, and cereal crumbs. Remember to shake off the excess flour and crumbs.
  2. Deep fry at 325°F for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Drain the chicken on a wire rack.
Fried Captain Crunch chicken tenders on a wire rack.
  1. Serve with Creole mustard sauce if desired.
Copycat Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch chicken tenders and a bowl of Creole mustard on a white platter.

Recipe Notes and Tips

Cereal Crumbs: Another way of making cereal crumbs is to place the cereal in a resealable plastic bag. Then seal, carefully pressing out as much air as possible. Use a rolling pin to smash the cereal into crumbs.

Breading Tips: When breading, it’s a good idea to use one hand for wet ingredients and one hand for dry ingredients. This will keep the ingredients from combining and getting clumpy. You may want to coat the chicken twice to ensure it stays nice and moist.

Heat: Do not cook the chicken at too high of heat. Because of the sugar in the cereal, it will burn. Keep the heat at medium and keep an eye on the chicken.

Alternative Cooking Methods

Skillet: If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can use a large heavy skillet over medium heat or an electric skillet. The amount of oil will vary depending on the size of your skillet. Your goal should be to have approximately one inch of oil in the skillet, and the oil should be about halfway up the chicken. Cook the chicken in batches until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes, turning them to prevent burning.

Only flip the chicken once in the skillet. It will get too greasy if flipped back and forth. Use a fork to lift up one corner to see how it looks before flipping it or removing it from the oil.

Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Spray each side of the coated chicken strips with a little cooking spray. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Oven Baked: If you don’t want deep-fried chicken, you can make baked chicken tenders. Here are the instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Bread the chicken as per the recipe. 
  3. Place the breaded chicken strips on an oiled wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
Closeup of copycat Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch chicken and a bowl of Creole mustard on a platter.

How to Serve Planet Hollywood, Captain Crunch Chicken

This Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch Chicken is fantastic with Creole mustard, but you can use whatever dipping sauce you want. Suggestions are:

You could also serve your fried chicken with mashed potatoes and baked beans. And once you’ve learned how to make Captain Crunch Chicken, try pairing it with homemade waffles for a super kid-friendly meal.

How to Store Fried Chicken

Refrigerator: Store leftovers in a shallow airtight container or wrap each piece in foil. It will last for up to 5 days. Fried chicken tenders actually taste really good without being reheated. However, if you have an air fryer, use it to reheat at 400°F for 5 to 7 minutes.

Freezer: Use either a shallow airtight container or wrap pieces individually in foil and place them in a freezer bag. Your frozen chicken tenders will be good for 3 to 4 months.

Reheating: If frozen, allow the chicken to thaw to room temperature before warming. Reheat in the microwave or oven. Note that refrying could cause your chicken to get an overcooked flavor or become slightly soggy.

  • Microwave – Wrap individual pieces of fried chicken in a paper towel and microwave in 30-second intervals.
  • Oven – layer a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place your fried chicken in a single layer on top. Cover with more foil and place in a preheated 400°F oven for about 20 minutes. 
Overhead view of copycat Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch chicken tenders and a bowl of Creole mustard on a platter.

More Delicious Chicken Recipes

And if you can’t get enough of fried chicken, here are some recipes to keep you busy frying:

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Check out more of my easy chicken recipes and the best restaurant dinner ideas on CopyKat!

Copycat Captain Crunch chicken tenders on a platter with a bowl of Creole mustard.

Captain Crunch Chicken

You gotta try Captain Crunch fried chicken.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 383kcal


  • 1 cup Captain Crunch cereal
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • creole mustard to serve


  • Pulse the Captain Crunch cereal and cornflakes in a blender until they reach the consistency of fine crumbs.
  • Set up a dredging station for the chicken: Mix the flour, onion, garlic, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Beat the eggs and milk in a second bowl. Place the cereal crumbs in a third bowl.
  • Dredge the chicken tenders first in the eggs, coating thoroughly, then in the flour, and finally in the cereal crumbs.
  • Deep fry at 325°F for 3 to 4 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Serve with Creole mustard.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 7.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Josh

    5 stars
    You start by saying “Planet Hollywood may no longer be around,”…. It is still around. Just ate there last night.

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I should have re-worded that, many of the locations have closed, the nearest one to me, in San Antonio closed years ago. ~Stephanie

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