Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

Copycat Chick-Fil-a Nuggets

Woo week two of our Copycat Series and I have an awesome one for you this week .  We have all been there before, it’s Sunday and you want some Chick-Fil-a but it is closed and there is no satisfying that craving for their yummy chicken and perfect waffle fries.  Until now!

I have four secrets to making the perfect Copycat Chick-fil-a nuggets at home.Chik-fil-a Ingredients

These things are essential in making your 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.  Wet&DryThe crackers get pulverized and mixed with the powdered sugar and a few other ingredients to make an amazing breading.BreadedFinally 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 wont believe didn’t come from the drive-thru.Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

So next time you have a serious Chick-fil-a craving just whip up a batch of these little nuggets and you are set!
Craving a juicy chicken sandwich instead?  Just follow the same directions using a breast instead!

Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

Author Parrish


  • 4 chicken boneless skinless chicken breast chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1 sleeve crackers saltines, townhouse, ritz, any is fine
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 t salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • peanut oil for frying for those with nut allergies use your regular oil, it will still be delicious!


  1. Mix the milk and pickle juice and add the cut up chicken pieces to it and let sit 30 mins to an hour.
  2. In a food processor add the cracker, breadcrumbs, paprika, pepper, salt and powdered sugar and pulse till fine.
  3. Dredge the chicken pieces in the cracker mixture.
  4. Pour enough peanut oil in your pan that it will cover the nuggets and let it get hot.
  5. When oil is hot enough drop in the nuggets and let them fry until golden brown.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve!!
  7. For a true Chick-fil-a meal drop some frozen waffle fries in the oil and cook till done.

Want another Copycat Recipe?  Check out Dana’s Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins.  Yum!gfinal

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I have 20 Lovely Comments, I would love to have yours... on Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

  1. avatar
    Stephanie says:
    March 11, 2014

    My husband loves Chick Fil A- I will give this a try..saw you on the blackberry link up!

    • avatar
      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      March 12, 2014

      Yup it is that easy, so easy it’s dangerous, I could easily make this 7 days a week lol! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. avatar
    March 15, 2014

    yummy! We just had a chik fil a open up near us. The kids loved watching it be built, and then getting to go. My poor 6 year old didn’t realize her only options would be chicken though, lol. She still asks to go but I have to remind her she never eats chicken and they don’t have anything else.
    Thanks for sharing this on Foodie Friday

  3. avatar
    Manda Peel says:
    March 15, 2014

    I’m visiting from the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop. I love copy cat recipes so I had to click on your link. I haven’t tried using the crackers to recreate the Chik-fil-a nuggets and I noticed the breading was never crispy enough so this should be good.

  4. avatar
    March 17, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your yumminess at the hop I happily featured you today xo

  5. avatar
    March 19, 2014

    Absolutely drooling over these nuggets. I don’t think I have seen or ate such a mouthwatering nugget before. After seeing this, those frozen nuggets just won’t do anymore!

  6. avatar
    March 20, 2014

    Told hubby about the pickle juice and he didn’t believe me. I am going to try these though, the boys love chicken nuggets! Thanks for linking to our Snickerdoodle Sunday!!

    • avatar
      Angela Farnell says:
      April 18, 2017

      Yeah, my brother worked at Chick fila and they saved the pickle juice after using the pickles.

  7. avatar
    Diana says:
    March 21, 2014

    Wow, these look so amazing and it seems like they are pretty easy to make…tasty and simple, I’m down for that! Happy Friday!

  8. avatar
    March 22, 2014

    Holy yum! Love us some Chic Fil A! Thanks for sharing on Sunday FUNday!

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