Hickory Honey Bbq Chicken Strips

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken , cut into strips
    2 ¾ cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt or 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
    black pepper
    1 cup buttermilk
    vegetable oil (for deep frying)


    1 cup of hickory flavored barbecue sauce
    ¼ cup water
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 tablespoon ketchup
    ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
    For chicken strips: Mix flour, salt and pepper in a bowl; set aside.
    Place buttermilk in a separate bowl.
    Heat the oil for frying.
    Dip chicken strips in flour, then in buttermilk, and then again in flour.
    Place in hot oil (the temperature should read 325 degrees).
    Never crowd the chicken strips in the oil, fry only a few at a time until lightly golden brown (5-7 minutes) , Remove strips from oil, drain on paper towel.
    To make sauce: place all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, mix thoroughly, and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes; cool slightly.
    Dip one chicken strip in sauce at a time; place on baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
    Place the chicken strips on a 350 degree oven.
    Bake for 15-20 minutes.