Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Made at Home

Chick-fil-A has some of the best chicken nuggets around.  Crispy, tangy, and amazing are three words my family uses to describe this fantastic dish.  The nearest Chick-fil-A, though, is on the other side of town from us.  So, instead of trekking all the way over there, I decided to make them at home.  Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets have that same crispy and tangy flavor that my family loves, made from scratch.  I love making restaurant recipes at home because I can see what’s going in them and know they are getting the very best that I can make.  Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets are just such a recipe.

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What Makes Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets So Tasty

There’s a secret ingredient in Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets, and it’s something so simple, and probably something you throw away.  Dill pickle juice becomes a marinade for the pieces of chicken, tenderizing them and giving them a tangy flavor that will have your family guessing.  The vinegar in the pickle juice also starts the Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets cooking, which makes them fast to cook when you’re ready.  Marinating the chicken for at least 4 hours ensures that the flavor is completely throughout the meat and makes the Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets the best they can be.


Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets Recipe

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets Recipe


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 C dill pickle juice
  • ¼ C milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 t paprika
  • ½ t basil
  • ½ t garlic salt
  • ½ t onion salt
  • ½ t celery start
  • oil to fry with (I use peanut)


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Place in a plastic zippy bag and add the pickle juice. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  2. In a large plastic zippy bag, place the flour and seasonings. Seal and mix well.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk well.
  4. Heat about 2-3 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium-high heat, until oil reaches about 350 degrees F.
  5. Drain the chicken from the pickle juice.
  6. Coat the chicken first in the egg mixture, then place in the bag of flour mixture, seal and shake well.
  7. Remove from the flour, shaking off any excess.
  8. Gently place in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 5-7 minutes.
  9. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Allow to drain about 1 minute.
  10. Serve hot with sauces.

Making Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets for Later

If you find that this recipe makes too many Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets, or if you’d like to double or even triple the batch and have some stockpiled for later, it’s very easy to do with this recipe.  Fry the nuggets until they are lightly browned, but not quite done.  Cool them on paper toweling, until completely cool, then transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.  Freeze them then place them in a labeled plastic zippy bag or freezer container.  When you’d like to eat them, simply place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 425 degree F oven until hot and golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.  They will taste just like fresh and you’ll be all set for the wonderful flavor of Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets without having to break out the fry pot!


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  1. I like to use apple cider vinegar in marinades to tenderize and flavor. I love the idea of pickle juice instead for a different flavor. I’m pinning this for later.
    Also, I’d like to invite you to a Retro Re-pin Party at Somebody’s Dinner starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET where your old pins become new.

  2. Thank you for sharing it at the #WWDParty.

  3. These look so great! I am pinning this recipe and am going to have to try this one. Thank you for sharing! Stopping in from the link up today!

  4. Just wondering if there is a special kind of pickle juice. All dill pickles are different.

    • I used just a “dill pickle” juice, nothing special. I would think any dill pickle juice would work, you just might have a slightly different flavor, but if you like the pickle, you’ll like the chicken.

  5. so many people think that they use Pickle Juice at Chick-fil-a in their chicken nuggets. this is false. the only chicken that gets marinated in pickle juice (plus some extra spices) are their Chicken strips, which is why i highly dislike the chicken strips.

    (I worked at a Chick-fil-a for 3 years and help prep all of it!)

    • Michele S says:

      Amy, y’know, you are SO RIGHT! The Chicken STRIPS are the ones that go into the marinade! LOL It’s been so long since I worked there that I forgot that not all of the chicken had pickle juice in the recipe!!

  6. The closest Chick Fil A to us is 2.5 hours away! Now I can make our favorite chicken at home!

  7. Those look delicious! I’d love to make them….can you believe I’ve never had Chik-fil-a?

  8. sounds yummy, we love Chick-Fil-A nuggets!

  9. Will definitely have to try these, thanks!

  10. Dill pickle juice? Who knew? Thanks for sharing this at our All Things Thursday Blog Hop last week. I’ll be featuring them tomorrow. Come by to get your “featured” button. Hope you’ll party with us again!

  11. My kids love Chik-fil-A (and so do I). Who knew the secret ingredient was pickle juice? Well, now I do and am definitely giving this recipe a try. I’m so with you on prefering paper and pencil when I’m brainstorming. Great printable for planning. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  12. Can’t resist Chik-Fil-A nuggets, these look great! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  14. This looks delicious! I love Chick-fil-a chicken, because it is such a unique flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe for me to try!

  15. Yum, this looks great! I love CFA but know they’re nuggets are filled with junk.

    • @RACHEL … I worked at CFA, and their nuggets are all white meat – the same meat used in every other sandwich! Just thought I’d let you know :)

  16. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  17. Mmmmm, so yummy! Where was this recipe when I lived in a state with no Chick-fil-A?! Even though I live back in the south now, it will be fun to make them at home. Thanks for sharing! I’m visiting from the Two Cup Tuesday link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  18. I’ve been looking at recipes for copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets, and this looks like the best one so far. I’ve got my pickle juice set aside already, so these are going on the menu this week!

    Thanks for also sharing how to freeze them!

    (I’m stopping by from Not Just a Housewife’s “Show Me What You Got” linky.)

  19. These look so good! I LOVE the Chik-fil-A chicken nuggets, they are so so good, and I need to try making them at home too!!!! These look just wonderful, thanks for sharing!!

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