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.
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.
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.
Try some crazy good Chick Fil A Style Chicken nuggets today. You won’t be sad!
Adapted from CopyCat Chick-Fil-a Nuggets