Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

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Tastes just like the real thing!  This recipe will save you time and money!  A must pin!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets taste just like the real thing to my boys and me. I am in love with this easy recipe for dinner!  We love to eat at Chick-fil-A but now we won’t have to spend as much money because now we can just eat at home instead.  Chick-fil-A uses Peanut Oil to fry their nuggets.  It is worth the investment if you want them to taste just like the real thing :-)

Some readers say that Chick-fil-A brines their nuggets in pickle juice (dill) and some don’t agree.  You can can always give it a try both ways and see what you think.  We do not brine our nuggets and they taste amazing!

When I make these for lunch or dinner I also make this copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce and Chick-fil-A Lemonade Recipe.

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets
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Serves: 4
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 lb. skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • peanut or canola oil for frying
  1. In a large bowl whisk milk and egg together.
  2. Place chicken on counter and cut into cubed bite size pieces; trim any fat that you may see.
  3. Put the chicken in the milk mixture and mix so that all is coated and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. In another large bowl combine the dry ingredients listed above and stir
  5. In cast iron pot or sauce pan pour in oil so that its at least an inch deep on med/high heat.
  6. Remove the chicken from refrigerator and place about 8 pieces in milk mixture and then into the flour mixture.
  7. Make sure all the chicken is coated with the flour and then place into the hot oil.
  8. Cook each side for at least 2-3 minutes or until golden brown (You want to make sure that chicken is no longer pink so you can cut one piece to test it out).
  9. Place the chicken on some paper towels to soak up any oil.
  10. Repeat the same steps with the rest of the chicken and serve.

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  1. This recipe is going to make me so popular with the kiddos! pinned!
    Corey from

  2. Yummm! I love chicken nuggets but I’ve never tried a recipe like this before. Pinning and can’t wait to give it a go! I’d be thrilled if you’d come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays:

  3. Who doen’t love a Chick Fil A Chicken Nugget, these look delicious. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  4. My husband and boys can’t get enough of Chick Fil A! I can’t wait to try these!

  5. Desirae says:

    I was excited to make these for dinner tonight but ran out of time. Could you add the 30 minutes in the fridge to the prep time at the top please? Looks like mine will be waiting a full day!

  6. Can I offer a variation? My husband worked at a chickfila in college and told me peanut oil was used for the chicken… Not canola. They had canola for the fries tho.

  7. Cmkleiser says:

    These were very tasty. Will make again for sure.

  8. Melissa@StockpilingMoms says:

    We are Chick-fil-A Fanatics and this is a must pin recipe! Love it!

  9. I worked at CFA and they do use peanut oil to fry the chicken.

  10. I made these tonight and they were great! I used the peanut oil like Chic-Fil-A does. With the CFA sauce, they tasted just like the real thing. Thanks for posting!

  11. Chick fil a brines their chicken in pickle juice, also. May want to try that in addition.

  12. Chick-Fil-A does not use pickle juice. I don’t know why everyone thinks this. I was a kitchen manager there for 10 years.

    • Mike Smith says:

      Agreed Amy. I made chicken nuggets at Chick Fil A for several years. Chicken went from milk wash (where it didn’t marinate more than a few minutes) directly into the breading mixture. No pickle juice involved.

      • where does the chicken come from before it goes into the milk wash? i’ve done the pickle brine and it’s spot on with the chicken flavor from CFA

  13. I made these and they taste nothing like chic fila… They were good but bland… When I researched it it’s kissing marinating in pickle juice

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says:

      Some say they use a pickle brine and some say not – however these taste just like the real thing to me!

  14. I made these tonight. I was bummed that the didn’t turn out like yours. They were not as crispy as yours. I did everything you did but I used Vegetable oil. Maybe if I used peanut oil they would have been crispier. I will say they tasted wonderful. My kids, husband and I scarfed them down.

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says:

      You should use peanut or canola oil – did you make sure to drain them well on paper towels? Another idea is to put them in the oven after they fry for a couple of minutes.

      • yes I did drain them well on paper towels. I don’t think putting them in the oven would have made them crispier. I think I will try the oil change and see if that helps. I noticed others pins had the same result so maybe it was the temp of the oil. The meat was very juicy and the crust was very tasty. Thanks for replying.

  15. I worked at Chickfila for awhile. They do not brine their chicken in pickle juice. The chicken is placed in a milk wash then dry mix before being pressure cooked in peanut oil. I can’t tell you everything that goes into the milk wash and dry mix because the recipe isn’t listed in the containers for these items. But the key to Chickfila’s taste is the pressure cooking and the peanut oil.

  16. Made these the other night & tasted just like the real thing (besides the one I burned)! Boyfriend loved them as well! Planning to cook it again.

  17. You will get a closure texture if you use breadcrumbs instead of flour. Otherwise you are very close in nailing it. I have come as close as I am going to get and changing to breadcrumbs made quite a difference. Even a blend of breadcrumbs and flour is better.

  18. Any chance anyone’s tried this with a gluten free flour ???

  19. md Kennedy says:

    Tomorrow we are having a “bad” food day – fried chicken fingers and butter-fried potatoes. I am going to use your recipe for the chicken – thanks!

  20. I was wandering if you have ever tried “deep frying” these? They look delicious, and can’t wait to make these and the sauce. Love that sauce and I agree with you I could bathe in this also :) :). Thanks so much for posting both recipes (sauce and nuggets).

  21. Making these tonight!

  22. When I worked a CFA, years ago, the grilled chicken and the chicken strips were brined in a mixture of pickle juice, water, and seasoning.

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