Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Shannon Cairns

September 3, 2021


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Skip the fast-food joints and try this famous Chick-fil-A nugget recipe that tastes just like the same thing for a fraction of the price. Made with real chicken breasts and served with a homemade honey mustard sauce, this Chick-fil-A copycat recipe will sure to satisfy the whole family!

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If you’re addicted to Chick-fil-A like myself then you HAVE to try these Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets! My little ones go crazy over these nuggets, and honestly, so do I. Because nothing can bring a huge smile to everyone’s faces than good ‘ol chicken nuggets.

These juicy and sensational Chick-fil-A nuggets copycat are perfectly seasoned and deep-fried to a golden brown and excellent crisp coating. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

This recipe is of course not their secret one but my own copycat version. I don’t know how close it got to the original recipe, but it tastes exactly the same in my opinion, and also much more healthy!

They taste as close to the original as you can get, and won’t put a dent in your wallet when serving friends and family! Try my copycat Chick-fil-A mac and cheese too!

How to Make Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

One of the top secrets fast food places do is marinating the chicken to keep them moist and delicious to bite into. You can also use this technique when you’re marinating other recipes for chicken and not just this.

Let’s start! Feel free to print the recipe below if you’d like!


  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 3 tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • Peanut Oil
  • Enjoy with the infamous Chick-fil-A sauce!


Cut chicken into 1″ pieces, place in a zippered bag with pickle juice to marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight if you can. 

In a large bowl, stir milk and egg until well mixed. 

Drain pickle juice from the bag and add the chicken pieces into the milk and egg mixture. 

Toss to ensure all pieces are coated.

Drain any excess egg mixture.

Heat oil on medium-high 375 degrees F.

In another freezer size zippered bag, add flour, powdered sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper and shake to combine.

Add chicken to zippered bag and shake to coat.

Cook chicken pieces in oil until crispy and browned (about 3 to 4 minutes).

Drain on paper towels.

How to Make Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

What are chicken nuggets without some delicious dipping sauce? Serve these copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets with some honey mustard sauce to complete this meal. If you’re looking for a similar flavor to Chick-fil-A’s sauce, just add some barbeque sauce into it.

The dip is so simple, all you need are mayo, yellow mustard, honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together, cover it, then place it in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. This sauce will last up until 2 weeks when placed inside the fridge.

This family-loved recipe takes 30 minutes or less to make. Try this easy dish for yourself!

If you try these Chick-fil-A nuggets then come back and leave a comment telling me what you think!

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hi! I'm shannon

I’m a wife, mom of three, doctor, and blogger! In 2018, I decided to turn my mom blog, into a personal finance blog so others could follow along on our journey to pay off over HALF a MILLION dollars in student loan and practice start up debt. I hope you enjoy following along, and maybe even find some inspiration along the way.