It’s dangerously easy, folks.
Almost every fast food place has some version of nuggets on their menu. Some are better than others. In my humble opinion, I think Chick-fil-A™ does a great job with theirs.
Of course, if it’s Sunday and you’re craving them, you are out of luck! Until now. Because now you can just make them at home. Don’t forget the waffle fries!
I don’t know this for a fact, but it seems like they must brine their nuggets or something. They are always nicely seasoned and really juicy.
This might sound crazy (okay… it definitely does), but pickle juice is the way to get that Chick-fil-A brined flavor! So for the first step of this recipe, cut your chicken into one-ounce chunks and then marinate it in pickle juice. Both dill and sweet pickle juice would work, but I prefer dill.
It doesn’t take long. A quick 20 minute marinade will do the trick here. (If you let the chicken sit too long in the pickle juice it will actually pickle, which you definitely don’t want.) Don’t let it sit overnight!
Meanwhile, get your dredging ingredients ready. I like a mix of seasoned salt, salt, pepper, and paprika in my flour mix.
You can also go ahead and mix up some honey mustard sauce because it’s known to be the best dipping sauce. That’s not my opinion. That’s an actual fact.
A fact based on my opinion, of course.
Anytime I’m frying something, I always recommend doing a test batch just to make sure you have the breading right and everything.
My test nugget came out very delicious. It was immediately consumed after this photo.
Now you can ramp up your nugget production. After your chicken is drained from the pickle juice, dry off the pieces with a few paper towels and dredge them in flour, then in the egg mixture, then once more in the flour to form a nice crust.
After they are coated, let them rest for a few minutes on a wire rack while you finish breading all the nuggets.
You know the next step: It’s fry time! Divide nuggets into batches and quickly fry for 6-7 minutes at 350°F. That’s all these guys need to become golden brown and delicious.
Briefly drain cooked nuggets on paper towels.
Finally, the best part: Serve with that delicious honey mustard and some crispy waffle fries.