Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

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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 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

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 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

  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.

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!!

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Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

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!

Author Parrish

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken boneless skinless chicken breast chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1 sleeve crackers townhouse ritz, any buttery cracker is fine
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 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!

Instructions

  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, flour, 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.

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!

Want more copycat recipes? Check these out!

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  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!

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      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

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    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!!

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      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!

  9. avatar
    Judy says:
    April 23, 2018

    For the sandwich slice the chicken breast in half vertically, you’ll have two sandwiches and the chicken will cook faster.

  10. avatar
    Judy says:
    April 23, 2018

    It’s been a while, what kind of pickle juice, dill or sweet? Thanks!!

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      April 24, 2018

      I use dill!! I found the sweet made the nuggets too sweet. :)

  11. avatar
    Dana DeVolk says:
    April 24, 2018

    I would have never thought these ingredients would result in Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but they were amazing! Thanks so much for this recipe!!

  12. avatar
    Jenn says:
    April 24, 2018

    This recipe is basically a rock star! Gahhh so perfect for my CFA loving husband who is legit going to flip when he sees these on his plate for dinner! Thank you!

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