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.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- In a large plastic zippy bag, place the flour and seasonings. Seal and mix well.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk well.
- Heat about 2-3 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium-high heat, until oil reaches about 350 degrees F.
- Drain the chicken from the pickle juice.
- Coat the chicken first in the egg mixture, then place in the bag of flour mixture, seal and shake well.
- Remove from the flour, shaking off any excess.
- Gently place in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 5-7 minutes.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Allow to drain about 1 minute.
- 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!