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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Recipe

You already know how much we love Chick-Fil-A Sauce and we had to make something yummy to dip in it. We just had to come up with a copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets recipe.

Have you ever tried Chick-Fil-A Nuggets? They have a perfect crisp crunch and a hint of sweetness. That hint of sweetness was hard to duplicate, but I think we got pretty darn close. Now we can have our fave takeout food at home and the sauce to dip it in. I am still wishing we had a real Chick-Fil-A in our area.

I’ll bet you will be surprised to know that a few of the secret ingredients in the Chick-Fil-A Nuggets recipe are pickle juice, confectioner’s sugar, and peanut oil.

If you enjoy this Chick-Fil-A nuggets recipe I know you will love these Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipes.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Recipe

There are several steps to this recipe. You will want to prepare early in the morning or the night before. The nuggets are best served fresh and hot. If you try to reheat them, their just not the same.


  • Marinating
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into nugget size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 egg
  • Coating Mix
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Frying
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil, or less


  1. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper
  2. Whisk together egg, milk and pickle juice
  3. Add chicken pieces, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Combine flour and, powdered sugar, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag and shake well.
  5. Drain marinade from chicken and discard.
  6. Place chicken into the bag of coating mix.
  7. Shake until chicken is well covered.
  8. Heat 2 inches of oil in a cast iron skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  9. The oil is ready when a drop of water sizzles when added to the pan.
  10. Add nuggets carefully to the oil 8 - 10 at a time.
  11. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  12. Turn the chicken over and allow to cook for and additional 3 - 4 minutes.
  13. Drain well on a plate covered with paper towels.
  14. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!!


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  1. I just made these. They were good but had a pickle taste & didn’t brown up like they should, just looked like cooked chicken with no coating. Although everyone liked them I’m not sure I’d make them again. They were simple & easy to make tho which is a plus. I just like a WOW factor & this was not it, sorry!

    1. Sorry you didn’t like them. The pickle taste is supposed to be there. I always notice the pickle taste with the real CFA nuggets. Thanks!

  2. We dont have Chick Fil A in Mississauga, but now we can try it with your recipe! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. It’s way to early in the morning to be craving these but if they were here I would devour them!

  4. Thank you so much for the recipe! Kids love these! ?. Crazy to know about the pickle juice and confectioners sugar! Making these for sure!

  5. I love chick-fil-a, it is my favorite! This sounds delicious.

  6. I thought chick-a-fillet was gluten free.

  7. Yum! I would just munch and munch on these.. LOL

  8. In the recipe above you have COATING MIX….any particular type…if you use a certain one in your recipe i would want to use the same as…..Thank you

    1. HI Mickey, the coating mix is the ingredients you have placed in the ziploc bag. Thanks

  9. Would love to get the chick – a filet’s sauce. Was told it was honey mustard & bbq sauce but don’t know what else.

  10. We love Chick Fil A! My son would love this recipe, the chicken nuggets are his fave.

  11. This all looks amazing! My whole family adores Chick-Fil-A and my daughter is a huge, huge lover of the sauce! Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

  12. I miss having a Chick-Fil-A near us, so we’ll have to try this one out. I’d have never thought about using powdered sugar.