Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets are so easy to make at home with 4 secret ingredients to make this recipe taste exactly like the ones you get at the drive-thru!
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets are so close to the real thing you won’t be able to tell a difference!! They don’t take too long to make and come out spot on! So if you are craving those delicious little nuggets on Sunday when they are closed, just whip up a batch yourself!
We love Chick-Fil-A, their nuggets are delicious with just that little hint of sweetness. Their sandwiches are to die for. Their waffle fries are what dreams are made of. And you can get ice cream with your kid’s meal?!? It really one of the best fast food restaurants there is.
Now no trip to Target is complete without stopping by Chick-Fil-A and picking up some lunch, they go together hand in hand and create such an awesome day.
I could sing the praises of Chick-Fil-A all day long but there is one thing I do not love about them, the price. It is pricey. I know, I know, we are paying for quality and service but with 2 boys who already eat like linebackers, my wallet does cry a little when I pull into that drive-thru.
I decided to try my hand at making Copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets at home for those days I don’t feel like spending half my paycheck on nuggets lol or hauling all the kids out to the drive-thru or it’s Sunday :/ It’s always Sunday when the nugget cravings hit the hardest lol
These things are essential in making your Copycat-Chick-Fil-A nuggets taste authentic. The chicken needs to marinate in the pickle juice/milk mixture for about 30 minutes to an hour before cooking to provide the perfect nugget. The crackers get pulverized and mixed with the powdered sugar and a few other ingredients to make an amazing breading.
They take a little fry in some peanut oil which is the final piece to the recipe. Throw some frozen waffles fries in the oil and you have an amazing meal you won’t believe didn’t come from the drive-thru.
So next time you have a serious Chick-fil-a craving just whip up a batch of these little Copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets and you are set!
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
Mix the milk and pickle juice and add the cut up chicken pieces to it and let sit 30 mins to an hour.
In a food processor add the cracker, breadcrumbs, paprika, pepper, salt and powdered sugar and pulse till fine.
Dredge the chicken pieces in the cracker mixture.
Pour enough peanut oil in your pan that it will cover the nuggets and let it get hot.
When oil is hot enough drop in the nuggets and let them fry until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels and serve!!
For a true Chick-fil-a meal drop some frozen waffle fries in the oil and cook till done.
Can I use boneless skinless thighs?
Sure! Now Chick-Fil-A uses white meat, so you won’t get an exact copycat taste but it would still be tasty!
Will this recipe work for a sandwich?
Yup!! Just use the same method and recipe above but don’t cut the breasts into nuggets. Then just put them on buttered buns with pickle slices, yum!!
Can I use another oil?
You sure can! Feel free to switch to canola or vegetable oil if your family has allergies.
Products I used to make this dish:
Spider Utensil: This is my favorite for getting fried foods out of that hot oil!
Cooling Rack: My favorite rack for cooling fried foods and baked goods, it’s huge!
Ceramic Skillet: My favorite pan for frying! Heavy duty so the heat distributes evenly!
Peanut Oil: This is THE brand of peanut oil to use! We love it!!