Crazy Good Chick-Fil-A Style Chicken Nuggets

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I have a slight love affair with  Chick-Fil-A. Mostly it’s their lemonade. I can’t get enough of the stuff. It’s my liquid weakness.

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But, I also really like their chicken. Sandwiches, nuggets, strips. They seem simple enough, but they are sorta magical.

Well, I’ve tried a few copy cats and have been impressed. Crazy impressed.

This will sound weird, but the thing that makes me love this particular recipe, is also the thing that makes me say it is Chick Fil A “style” recipe and not a “copy cat” recipe.

This recipe brines the chicken pieces in pickle juice. GENIUS!!! However, Chick Fil A, apparently doesn’t do this. So I can’t in good conscience say they are exactly like Chick-Fil-A. But dang! These are crazy good.

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My kids devour pickles. By the jar. Saving the juice is no big deal, since we go through lotsa pickles. The pickle juice gives the nuggets a layer of flavor that can’t be beat. And it helps them stay a bit more juicy. The other sneaky thing in there is a little powdered sugar and a little powdered milk in the breading. A little sweet, a little crispy, a little tangy. Boom!

A four-piece of nuggets at chick-fil-a is in the $3.00 range. You can make WAY more than four pieces for $3.00. You can feed the whole family.

The sauce is a must for me. You can’t have Chick Fil A without the sauce. It is not okay. You may be different. I’m okay with that. Different is good. But for me, I gotta have it. Add a little lemonade and I’m in heaven.chick fil a style chicken nuggets

Try some crazy good Chick Fil A Style Chicken nuggets today. You won’t be sad!

Crazy Good (Chick-Fil-A Style) Chicken Nuggets

Crazy Good (Chick-Fil-A Style) Chicken Nuggets


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • peanut, canola, or other oil for frying
  • Chick Fil A Sauce Style Sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Combine pickle juice, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix and add chicken breasts cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes. Allow to sit for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  2. Drain chicken from brine.
  3. In a flat dish combine flour, baking powder, milk powder, powdered sugar, paprika and 1 teaspoon salt. (I love using old pie tins for this purpose.)
  4. In another flat dish beat 1 egg and 1/2 cup milk until completely homogeneous.
  5. .
  6. Dip chicken in egg mixture and then toss in flour coating. Work in batches until all the chicken is coated.
  7. Heat oil in a large saute pan or dutch oven (Aim for about 350). Place chicken in a single layer in heated oil, avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, then flip and allow the other side to cook for 1-2 minutes until golden brown on all sides.
  8. Adjust the heat as needed, so the breading doesn't burn. Continue cooking until all the chicken is cooked.
  9. To make the honey mustard combine mayo, mustard, honey and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Stir until smooth and homogeneous.

Adapted from CopyCat Chick-Fil-a Nuggets

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  1. Denise says

    Gotta love any, and all, chicken from Chick-Fil-A! Thanks for this recipe, and if you want an awesome recipe for their “sauce”, go to “”. She has an easy, delicious recipe there. :)

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