{Copycat} Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

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I spent a good portion of my Friday looking at recipes on my Pinterest to make for the next couple of weeks or so. I put a special interest in things that could include stuff I already had in my fridge, freezer, and cupboards. I put this recipe on my list thinking, “Oh, chicken nuggets. The baby will enjoy some non-processed chicken nuggets.” It wasn’t until I started making them that I realized they were intended to be a knock-off Chick-fil-A nugget. Oops!

{Copycat} Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

{Copycat} Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • peanut oil (best choice) or canola oil, for frying


  1. Combine and eggs in medium bowl. Stir in chicken pieces and mix to coat. Cover and marinate in fridge 2-4 hours (or overnight.)
  2. Place flour, sugar, salt, and pepper in gallon size storage bag. Seal and shake to mix.
  3. Heat oil in deep fryer or dutch oven until 375F.
  4. Using tongs, move half of the chicken pieces from milk mixture into bag with flour mixture. Seal and shake to coat pieces.
  5. Fry 6-8 nuggets at a time until cooked through and golden brown (approx. 3 minutes.) Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel-lined baking tray.
  6. Repeat with remaining nuggets. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
  7. To Freeze: Let nuggets cool completely. Transfer to a freezer bag for up to 1 month. Bake frozen for 15 minutes at 400F.
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This was nice a simple to make, although a little time consuming to cook all those nuggets. A big note of warning: These do NOT taste like Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets. They are very tasty in their own right.

Pros: Simple. Delicious. Family approved. Freeze and reheat instructions are a huge plus.

Cons: Could use a little more salt. Potentially other seasonings too.

Verdict: I’ll definitely make these again with some extra seasonings included. I even tried freezing some and reheating them for lunch a couple days later. They still tasted great. If you want chicken nuggets that don’t come from a giant machine and mixed with who knows what, try these. They are scrumptious.

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