Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat

This ” Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat ” recipe is, of course, a copycat of the famous Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets. This post contains affiliate links/ads. See disclosure/privacy policy

My wife, our daughter, and I love Chick-fil A especially its chicken nuggets. They taste different and super yummy compared to the ones we’ve had in the past . I’m referring to any nuggets we’ve tried even from the fancier restaurants.

For us, nothing beats Chick-fil-A’s chicken nuggets.

Every time we do our weekly grocery shopping, we always pass by Chick-fil-A. We are always tempted to stop by and by our favorite meal but we don’t. Why? It’s because they are quite expensive. A couple of chicken nuggets cost around $4.00ish. That’s too much especially when the portion is not even enough to satisfy our hunger.

I would say that we are in love with its chicken nuggets even when we don’t eat there that often.

One thing I learned a long time ago is that there is always a way to get what you want without paying too much? What do or did we do to get these yummy chicken nuggets? Well, we make our own version.

I’ve researched so many recipes in the past couple of months or probably years. I’ve made quite a few. Some are good. Some are bad. Some came close to the true taste of Chick-fil-A’s chicken nuggets.

But nothing comes close with the recipe my friend gave me. The recipe is immaculate and the ingredients are mostly basic ingredients that are already present in our pantry. I couldn’t believe the perfect Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat recipe is within my reach and the ingredients to make it are already in our pantry.

That’s what I happen almost always when I start doing something without asking those people who are close to me. I’m learning though. So, please don’t judge. Haha 🙂

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Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat

Every time, we use this Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat recipe, it always feels like there’s an occasion. These nuggets are so good that we like Christmas season stopped by all of the sudden and without notice.

Thanks to my friend because we have finally found the perfect recipe that comes close to the original one. For us, it’s, by far, the best copycat recipe of these famous chicken nuggets that we have ever found.

Many times, we try to mix things up and add/subtract an ingredient from this recipe to make it a little bit more different. But, as always, we keep the original recipe (thanks again to my friend) handy and in special vault (I’m not kidding when I say that).

So, let’s go down to the meat of this post. I am warning… You will love this recipe. Considered yourself warned in this case.

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Instructions:

Cut chicken into bite pieces. Set aside. Chicken nuggets are meant to be bite size. The bigger the cut, the longer the cook time. Be aware that if you opt for large pieces, then, you are running the risk of not fully cooking the inside part of the chicken (i.e. salmonella alert).

In a large bowl, mix milk and egg. Whisk both ingredients. Add chicken to the egg mixture. Make sure chicken nuggets are well-coated. Marinate for at least 4 hours. Most of the time, when I make these chicken nuggets, I marinate the chicken for 8 hours. This allows the chicken to absorb the egg mixture better.

In a large frying pan, pour peanut oil that is enough to completely submerge the pieces of chicken. Heat oil over medium-high heat.

While oil is heating up, in a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (i.e. flour, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper). Coat each piece of chicken. Make sure that each chicken is well coated or the chicken won’t cook evenly.

Slowly drop chicken to the pan. Don’t just briskly drop the chicken pieces as this will make oil splatter and hot oil will burn you. Cook chicken in batches. Turn each side of the chicken until both sides are golden brown.

Place chicken nuggets on plate with paper towels. Get paper towels and remove excess oil from the chicken nuggets. Serve.

Tip: Try a small batch first before frying all the rest. This allows you to adjust your cook time. You want to get perfectly cooked, juicy chicken nuggets. The best way to do this is to cook a few pieces of chicken first and taste them before cooking the rest.

Recommendation: If you want crispier chicken nuggets, you can add 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs in the dry mix. This may stray away a little bit from the original recipe but this ingredients can really bring additional crunch in your chicken nuggets. It’s an optional ingredient and it won’t affect the overall taste of the chicken nuggets if you want or don’t want to include this ingredient. 

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Yummy, crunchy, and tasty chicken nuggets copycat of the famous Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets. So good, it's not even funny.
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Serves: 15 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp paprka
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Peanut oil
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into bite pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix milk and egg. Whisk both ingredients. Add chicken to the egg mixture. Make sure chicken nuggets are well-coated. Marinate for at least 4 hours.
  3. In a large frying pan, pour peanut oil that is enough to completely submerge the pieces of chicken. Heat oil over medium-high heat.
  4. While oil is heating up, in a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (i.e. flour, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper). Coat each piece of chicken. Make sure that each chicken is well coated or the chicken won't cook evenly.
  5. Slowly drop chicken to the pan. Turn each side of the chicken until both sides are golden brown.
  6. Place chicken nuggets on plate with paper towels. Get paper towels and remove excess oil from the chicken nuggets. Serve.

Final thoughts:

See, it’s not hard to create this Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Copycat. It’s a simple recipe but can compete with the taste of the famous Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets. You can make more or less but just make sure the ingredients are proportion to how big or small the servings you are going to do.

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