Copycat Chic-Fil-A nugget recipe
Have you eaten at a Chic-Fil-A restaurant before? Depending on where you live, you may not know what I’m talking about.
But if you are familiar, you probably are a fan like we are!
We don’t always go out to eat and we usually don’t eat fast food.
But my kids always ask to go to Chic-Fil-A when we ask them where they would like to go.
If you love those signature nuggets, my copycat recipe is one you need to try at home!
And it’s ‘my pleasure’ to share it with you today.
If you’ve never been, Chic-Fil-A is not like any other chicken restaurant that fills a bucket with chicken and offers some sides.
They originally started with a chicken sandwich & waffle fries (salty waffle fries-squeal!!!).
But these days it is way more than just that. From nuggets, strips, soups, salads, wraps, milkshakes, lemonade and a southern staple, sweet tea.
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
YEP and it is delicious!
In my home, we are fans of their nuggets and that sweet but tart lemonade of theirs.
What about you-what is your favorite thing to get at Chic-Fil-A?
Eat more Chicken
Almost every kid I know raves about this place, too. Mine certainly do!
But as much as we enjoy eating there, I really needed and wanted to keep our visits to a minimum for a few reasons.
I just don’t want my family to eat fast food often.
And my biggest reason to limit our visits: my kids started rejecting any chicken I made at home.
So anytime my picky eater child heard we are having chicken for dinner, they were expecting to eat Chic-Fil-A.
This child went from eating anything I cooked-veggies included- to a daily battle of crying for nuggets. And not just any nuggets, it had to be Chic-Fil-A nuggets.
Meal time became extremely difficult.
I know I am not alone when it comes to meal time battles with my kids.
Are you experiencing similar hurdles? If so, let me know how you worked (or are working) through it. We are not alone in this.
Some nights at mealtime my picky eater child had me worn out.
To be honest, there were days I would just give in. It was easier to hit the drive thru and bring nuggets home just to get my child to eat and not have a battle.
But I needed that to stop.
After taking a break from eating there all together, I started trying to recreate those delicious tasting chicken nuggets at home.
So at least I knew what was going in this recipe. Maybe I could even make them healthier?
I searched the internet and found some copycat recipes.
They were close and delicious but something was always missing. Each recipe gave me ideas to work with. And I tweaked recipes and sometimes adding my spin.
But after several attempts of good (but not failed attempts) I finally can say I’ve got it!
How do I know I’ve got the recipe right?
Because my kids thought it WAS Chic-Fil-A.
Some of those early attempts didn’t have my kids cleaning their plate.
But with this recipe my kids and husband thought I bought Chic-Fil-A and brought it home.
Those nuggets I made disappeared. And after several tests, I’m sharing that recipe with you!
Not pickles but pickle juice! I’ve been saving pickle juice for different things-I know call me crazy or weird. But I do.
Especially now that I need pickle juice for Fake-Fil-A, I really make it a point stash this!
I would think almost any kind of pickle juice would do for this recipe.
Pour the secret marinade of pickle juice and buttermilk into a plastic bag. The buttermilk is one that I didn’t see in other recipes but makes a difference.
Cut your chicken breast meat into 1 inch pieces and allow to sit in here for a short time.
I know it doesn’t look attractive, but I need you to trust me on this.
While the chicken sits, prep your flour in dish. And this is where another secret is revealed. A little flour, salt & pepper, garlic powder, paprika and powdered sugar.
I did not create dredging station, I just let the excess marinade drip off the chicken. Then I placed the chicken pieces in my prepared flour.
Coat the chicken making sure every inch is covered well.
I found that cooking this in a small pot (not a frying pan) with avocado oil worked fine. And all this gave me the copycat version I’m sharing.
Chic-Fil-A does use peanut oil when frying, so feel free to use that or any high smoke point oil you have on hand.
The great thing about this recipe is this doesn’t require a ton of work. A little prepping, a little time to marinate and then a quick fry.
The only negative of this recipe, is I’ve need to double my recipe when I make this.
And There you have it
My recipe is close enough to the original recipe that your family might think you brought a tray of nuggets home for dinner like mine did!
If only I had the sauce my kids like, I could have convinced them that this was the real deal.
I had to tell them the truth. And now they enjoy eating chicken again at home especially when I make Fake-Fil-A.
They like it almost as much as the real Chic-Fil-A version.
One Last thing…Breakfast
If you are fortunate enough to have leftovers plan for breakfast.
Pop the nuggets in the oven to crisp up and heat through. I bought a pack of Hawaiian rolls and warmed those up too.
I served leftover Fake-Fil-A in the rolls with a drizzle of honey to recreate those breakfast mini’s that we love (and I craved during pregnancy).
This Fake-Fil-A recipe is a home run! When you make this, let me know how it turns out.
And let me know…What is dinner time is like in your home? Do your kids eat whatever you make? Or are you like me and have a picky eater child?
Did you make this recipe?
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