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Wendy's Spicy Chicken Wraps

These Wendy's spicy chicken wraps take everything we love about those crispy chicken wraps and makes them even better. AND they're homemade!
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken wrap, wendy's chicken wrap
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • air fryer, oven or skillet


  • 2-3 chicken breasts 2 chicken breasts for 4 servings and 3 chicken breasts for 6
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon Tabasco or hot pepper sauce
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup cornflakes crushed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking spray
  • For Serving
  • 6-10 large tortilla shells make as many wraps as large as you want
  • ½-1 cup cheddar cheese shredded more or less to taste
  • ½-1 cup ranch dressing divided on 4 tortillas more or less to taste
  • head or baby romaine lettuce shredded or torn more or less to taste


  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
    Overhead photo of all the ingredients needed to make Wendy's chicken wrap.
  • In a large bowl, combine buttermilk and hot sauce.
    Buttermilk and hot sauce in a large mixing bowl to be combined.
  • Stir until blended.
    Ingredients mixed in a large mixing bowl using a whisk.
  • Soak chicken for at least 5 minutes, covered in fridge if longer than 10 minutes.
    Chicken soaking in the buttermilk mixture for about 5 minutes.
  • Add breadcrumbs, crushed cornflakes, paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper together in a resealable bag or large bowl.
    breadcrumbs, crushed cornflakes, paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper mixed in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Stir until blended.
    Dry ingredients mixed in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Grab your chicken and place beside crumb mixture.
    both bowls placed next to each other. The chicken is still soaking in the buttermilk.
  • Drain buttermilk from individual chicken pieces, then add chicken to breadcrumb mixture.
    chicken removed from buttermilk mixture and placed into the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Toss well to coat.
    Chicken coated well in breadcrumb mixture.
  • Remove covered chicken pieces from bowl or bag, and drench in buttermilk mixture one more time.
    chicken removed from breadcrumb mixture and dipped in the buttermilk for a second coat.
  • Next, add back to bag or bowl and toss to totally coat again.
    Chicken coated again in breadcrumb mixture.
  • You should have two or three breaded chicken breasts. I always make three to easily feed four adults. You may only need to prepare 2 chicken breasts.
    Chicken with two buttermilk and two breadcrumb coatings.
  • Air fryer method
  • Preheat your air fryer for 10 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Spray with cooking spray.
  • Add chicken to air fryer once it's done preheating in a single layer, not touching.
    Adding chicken to preheated air fryer basket.
  • Spray chicken with cooking spray.
    Spraying cooking spray onto the chicken placed inside the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
    Chicken ready to be cooked in the air fryer.
  • Remove from air fryer and place on cutting board to rest. Now you can make your wraps.
    Cooked chicken being removed from the air fryer basket by tongs.
  • Skillet method
  • Heat 2-3 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken pieces in a single layer. Fry for 5 min, then flip and cook another 5 minutes or done.
  • Oven method
  • Add prepared chicken to a parchment-lined baking sheet covered in cooking spray. Bake whole breasts for 40 minutes and no longer pink..
  • Build your wrap
  • Using a sharp knife, slice chicken into strips. As thin or as thick as you like.
    Cooked chicken placed on a cutting board. The chicken is about to be sliced by a knife.
  • At your workstation, spread ranch dressing on the middle third of your wrap.
    Ranch dressing spread onto a tortilla using a spoon.
  • Add lettuce, cheese and then your chicken strips.
    Lettuce cheese and sliced chicken added to the tortilla.
  • Fold wrap up from bottom and over from side until closed.
    The first folds of the tortilla wrap.
  • Use toothpicks to secure, if desired.
    Tortilla wrapped.
  • Enjoy every bite!
    Closeup photo of the open end of the Wendy's chicken wrap.