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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

    Love this homemade version and my boys will too!

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

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

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

    My boys will go crazy for this!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    Rating: 5
    • 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! :)

  6. 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.

  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

    Rating: 5
  8. Jenny Flakeposted March 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Yah, this needs to happen ASAP!  

  9. 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!

    Rating: 5
  10. 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! 

    Rating: 5
  11. 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 :)

    Rating: 5
    • 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?