You’ve got to try our Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe. It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser for parties!
Chick-fil-A. It’s the one fast food joint my kids can talk me into taking them on a somewhat regular basis.
If we’re running errands and starving, I can’t say no to the thought of hot, crispy, perfectly seasoned chicken chunks with tangy Chick-fil-A Sauce… And an ice cold lemonade.
What is it about those darn nuggets that make them so irresistible? To me it’s the simplicity of the flavor, combined with the contrast of crunchy breading and juicy little morsels of chicken.
I determined to find out what exactly makes Chick-fil-A so tantalizing.
Rather than getting a part-time job as an undercover fry cook, I did a lot of googling and asking around. You wouldn’t believe how many people have worked at Chick-fil-A in the past!
Here are the tips I collected for making a perfect Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe…
Brine the chicken chunks in pickle juice. This helps give the chicken flavor, and its ultra moist texture.
Season the flour mixture heavily. Don’t worry about there being too much salt or seasoning in the flour. Most of it gets shaken off anyway.
Double dip the chicken. Chicken needs two layers of flour, with eggwash in between, in order to properly crust the chicken and give it a crunchy coating. The first layer of flour should be very thin. Once wet, it acts as the glue that holds the second layer of flour to the chicken chunks.
Let the chicken rest before frying. One former Chick-fil-A cook said that the longer the chicken sits between coating and frying, the better. Allowing the breaded chicken some rest time, helps the breading hold-tight to the chicken, not bubble and fall off. By double-dipping all the pieces and placing them on a drying rack before heating the oil, you give the chicken and breading time to become one, so to speak.
Create nooks and crannies. Another secret Chick-fil-A trick is to add a little bit of the eggwash to the flour mixture before the second dredge. By mixing the eggwash into the flour with your fingers, you create tiny crumbs that will hold onto the chicken in the second dunk.
Fry in peanut oil. Peanut oil helps give Chick-fil-A nuggets their special flavor and texture. If you have a nut allergy, feel free to use canola oil. However, Chick-fil-A insists their peanut oil is specially refined to remove nut proteins and therefore is allergen-free.
Dip in Chick-fil-A Sauce! It’s not just the chicken, but the sauce as well, that makes Chick-fil-A so great. Guess what, you can make your own at home!
Today’s Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe is as close to the original as I could possible make it. These little guys are crispy, juicy, and utterly irresistible.
You can save a bundle on party platters by making several batches of this Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe for your events. Your guests will never know the difference… Unless you tell them!
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