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Copycat Chick-fil-A™ Nuggets

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Copycat Chick-fil-A™ Nuggets
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 4
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Copycat Chick-fil-A™ Nuggets

Drive-thru dupe! A tried-and-true homemade version of the popular nuggets.

Ingredients

Nuggets:

1 1/2
pounds boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1-ounce chunks
1/2
cup dill pickle juice
2
large eggs
1
cup milk
2
cups all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons seasoned salt
2
teaspoons kosher salt
1
tablespoon black pepper
1
tablespoon paprika
2
quarts neutral oil, for frying

Honey Mustard Sauce:

1/2
cup Dijon mustard
1/4
cup honey

Directions

  • 1 Cut chicken into 1-ounce chunks. You should get about 24 pieces. Add chicken to a bowl with pickle juice and let marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  • 2 Preheat oil to 350°F in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan. In one bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In a second bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
  • 3 Drain chicken well and pat dry with a few paper towels. To coat nuggets, dredge each piece in the dry ingredients, then the egg mixture, then again back in dry ingredients so there is a nice crust on nuggets. Place nuggets on a baking rack and repeat until all pieces are breaded.
  • 4 Fry nuggets in batches for 6-7 minutes until they are golden brown and cooked through. Test a larger piece by cutting it in half to make sure they are cooked through.
  • 5 Remove nuggets from fry oil and drain on a few paper towels. Serve while warm with honey mustard sauce and waffle fries.
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Copycat Chick-fil-A™ Nuggets

As prepared by Macheesmo,

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.


chik-fil-a nuggets

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.


chik-fil-a nuggets

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!


chik-fil-a nuggets

Meanwhile, get your dredging ingredients ready. I like a mix of seasoned salt, salt, pepper, and paprika in my flour mix.


chik-fil-a nuggets

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.


chik-fil-a nuggets

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.


chik-fil-a nuggets

After they are coated, let them rest for a few minutes on a wire rack while you finish breading all the nuggets.


chik-fil-a 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.


chik-fil-a nuggets

Briefly drain cooked nuggets on paper towels.


Chik-fil-A

Finally, the best part: Serve with that delicious honey mustard and some crispy waffle fries.



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Tips  

If you want to make these nuggets in advance, reheat them in a 300°F oven on a baking sheet for 5-6 minutes.

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