Monday, October 14, 2013

Just like...Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Oh how we miss Chick-Fil-A!  Since we have moved to CT, we don't get our normal Chick-Fil-A very often, only when traveling.  (None in CT, but coming soon hopefully!)  There is just something about their chicken that is super yummy.  We heard a rumor that it was powdered sugar in the batter....and did a little research to see if we could find a recipe that was close to the same.  

We found a recipe for the Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich in a book named "The Best of Top Secret Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.  We altered it a little to do this as nuggets instead of a sandwich and tried his recipe.  We were VERY impressed!!!  (And we are HUGE CFA fans!!!)


  • 2 cups peanut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt (In original recipe, it had 2 TBSP...too much salt for us!)
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
1.  Mix together one beaten egg and cup of milk.
2.  In a separate bowl mix together flour, powdered sugar, salt & pepper. 

3.  Soak each piece of chicken in egg/milk mixture until completely covered.  Then roll in flour mixture and coat well.  
4.  While you are battering the chicken, heat your peanut oil to about 350 degrees.  (We don't use a pressure cooker, just a cast iron skillet with peanut oil, and use a hot oil thermometer to keep track of oil temp.)
5.  Begin to cook your chicken by carefully placing in hot oil, careful not to splatter on you.  Remember chicken needs to cook in oil at 350 degrees for about 7-9 mins or until chicken is above 180 degrees.  And golden brown!  
6. TIP:  Each time you add more chicken or start a new batch, make sure you re-heat your oil to 350....every time you place more chicken in it will cool off a little.  Keep an eye on oil temp....too cool and the batter will not cook on well.  Too hot and you will dry out your chicken quickly.  
7.  Let your cooked chicken cool on a tray with paper towels to drain some of the oil off before serving.  

These are great served with your favorite dipping sauce.  Ours is Homemade Honey Mustard.   Or how my son likes them, on a Hawaiian sweet roll with just a touch of mustard.  Almost like CFA breakfast biscuits.  Add a pickle and you will think you were at CFA!!!  

So what do you think?  Worth a try?  What's your favorite restaurant food that you just can't get enough of?  Do you have a great recipe for your favorite food?  If so, share it with us in the comments.  

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