Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe

Perfect Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!You’ve got to try our Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe. It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser for parties!

Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!
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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.

Best Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

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!

Easy Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

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.

Making our Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

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.

How to Make - Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

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.

Making Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

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!

The Perfect Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

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!

The Best Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!

Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - AWESOME!! Make large batches for parties!
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Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe

Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
1 hr 12 mins
 

Homemade Chick-fil-A Nugget and Sauce Recipe - These easy copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets are so delicious and allow you to make a large amount for parties!

Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 1578 Calories from Fat 1296
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 144g 222%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 2157mg 90%
Potassium 563mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 6%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

For the Chick-fil-A Nuggets:
For the Chick-Fil-A Sauce:

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks. Warm the pickle juice in the microwave, in a microwave-safe bowl, until hot to the touch. Stir in the sugar until completely dissolved. Add the chicken chunks and allow them to soak for at least 30 minutes, or overnight. Place in the refrigerator while brining.
  2. For the Sauce: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Once the chicken has brined in the pickle juice, mix the flour, salt, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Drain off the pickle juice. Set out a drying/cooling rack and dredge the chicken chunks in the flour. Shake off all excess flour so the coating is very thin. Lay the chicken on the rack. Coat all the chicken pieces before moving on.

  4. Next beat the milk and eggs in a separate bowl. Pour 2 tablespooons of eggwash in the remaining flour mix and work it into little pebbles with your fingers. Dunk the chicken chunks in the eggwash, then dip them back into the flour mixture. Shake off the excess flour and lay them back on the drying rack.
  5. Once all the chicken is double-dipped in the flour mixture, pour the oil in a large sauce pot. Turn the heat on medium to medium-high. Place a clip-on thermometer on the side of the pot and bring the temperature up to 350 degrees F.

  6. Once the oil is ready, gently place one-third of the chicken chunks to the hot oil. Stir once, and fry 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Use a spider skimmer to scoop the chicken pieces out of the oil. Place them on a paper towel lined plate. Cut one large piece open to make sure it's cooked through.

  7. Allow the temperature to rise back to 350 degrees. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces two more times. You can keep the fried chicken pieces warm in a 200 degree F oven if you like. Once all the chicken is cooked, serve warm with Chick-fil-A Sauce.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: 1) Adding a little eggwash to the flour mixture helps create the nooks and crannies in the chicken breading. 2) Don't try to speed up the process by heating the oil sooner than recommended. Allowing the chicken to rest on the drying rack gives the breading time to adhere to the chicken, so it doesn't separate creating gaps between the chicken and the breading.

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17 comments on “Homemade Chick Fil A Nugget and Sauce Recipe

  1. DrDebbieposted December 28, 2018 at 6:25 pm Reply

    My son was born and raised eatting these regularly in New Orleans until age 7 when we moved to England. We’re still living abroad and very recently talked about how much he missed and loved Chick-fil-A . With your help, I’ll bring this dream to life. Thank you so very much for sharing!

    • Sommer Collierposted December 28, 2018 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Hi Debbie,

      So glad to help. Let me know how they turn out! :)

  2. Viespats Valentasposted July 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm Reply

    My mouth was watering just looking at this cooking and I was even more impressed after eating this masterpiece. Bravo bravo bravo

  3. Melanieposted June 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply

    These are so good! Any suggestions on reheating? And your baked pickles are perfect with this recipe. Uses the whole jar that way :)

    • Sommerposted June 2, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply

      Hi Melanie,

      I’m so glad you like them! I would just pop the nuggets in a warm oven for a few minutes to reheat. Maybe 5-10 minutes at 350?

  4. Rachael Blattposted March 24, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply

    These are even better tha Chi-fi-a! Mostly because you can make them at home. I can’t say how much I love this recipe! It’s the best chicken nugget recipe ever! 

  5. Kathyposted March 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Sommer, Thanks for this awesome recipe! I only followed it half-way so far, that is, I did the brining overnight… Then because of time I baked them (dipped in butter, then breadcrumbs mixed with parm cheese, salt & pepper). I WILL deep fry them for the full Chic-Fil-A experience, but WOW, they were so delicious. I love the sweet dill flavor! Best chicken nuggets I’ve ever had (and my first time brining). THANK YOU!

  6. Jenny Flakeposted March 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Yah, this needs to happen ASAP!  

  7. Emily @ Life on Foodposted February 28, 2017 at 2:36 pm Reply

    These look just like the Chick Fil A chicken nuggets. We have no Chick-Fil-As close by so this is the perfect substitute

  8. Laura Oramposted February 27, 2017 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Can you be more specific about barbecue sauce as there are many variations.

    • Sommerposted February 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Hi Laura,

      Of course! Go with a sweet tomato based “southern style” barbecue sauce like Stubbs.

  9. Tamara S Criswellposted February 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm Reply

    Oh my was that recipe spot on. My kid thought I was a rock star when I made this for dinner! Thanks so much.

    • Sommerposted February 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Hi Tamara,

      YAY!! I’m so glad you liked it. My kids feel the same way! :)

  10. Gaby Dalkinposted February 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply

    My mouth is watering just thinking about these! Those nuggets are delicious, and I’m so thankful for this recreation!

  11. Maria Lichtyposted February 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm Reply

    My boys will go crazy for this!

  12. Heather Christoposted February 27, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply

    Wow! this looks awesome! My kids would freak out!

  13. naomiposted February 27, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply

    Love this homemade version and my boys will too!