Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Recipe

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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 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!!


Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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  • Reply
    October 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    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.

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    October 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    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!

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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

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    October 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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

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    October 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    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

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      Michele Brosius
      October 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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

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    March 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

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

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    June 22, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I thought chick-a-fillet was gluten free.

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    January 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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

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    Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood
    January 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    This is awesome!I was actually just reading an article about how their ‘secret’ ingredient is pickle juice!

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    Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty
    January 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    This recipe looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday!

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    August 17, 2016 at 11:52 pm

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

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    Sandra Garth
    August 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

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

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    August 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

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

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