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Copycat weeknight recipes, kid approved: Chick fil a style nuggets

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

I have two confessions (some of you all will read this a brag but I promise you it's not). The first is my kids literally do not ask me to eat out, anytime they have having something from a restaurant or fast food joint they always liken it to mommy can make that at home. In the same breath confession number two if they do eat fast food they are obsessed with chick fil a nuggets (please do not ask about how many reward points I have in my bay on any given day). So what does one do, I re create as close as possible to the chick fil a nugget at home. I can make bounties of these, freeze them and even add a bottle of chick fil a sauce (FYI you can actually buy this now) and it's a win win for everyone. I save a few bucks and know exactly what is going into their food and they get one of their fav treats in the comfort of their home


  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup of pickle juice

  • 1 pound chicken breasts cut into 1" chunks

  • 3/4 cup flour

  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 3 inches of peanut oil or vegetable oil


  • In a food processor, add the breadcrumbs and process until very fine.

  • In a large ziplock bag add the chicken pieces, the milk, pickle juice and the eggs and combine.

  • In a large dutch oven fill it 3 inches deep with peanut oil (or veg oil if that's all you have) and heat to 365-375 degrees

  • Put the breadcrumbs, flour, powdered sugar, Kosher salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic in a bowl and whisk together.

  • Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and let dry for a few minutes.

  • Fry in batches (avoid crowding them) until golden brown, about 3 minutes, and remove to a sheet pan that can be lined with a rack




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