Chick-fil-A has mastered the art of chicken nuggets. In fact, I'm not the only one who thinks Chick-fil-A is king in the nugget game. This article ranked their nuggets number one on a list with some worthy fast food opponents. I enjoy Chick-fil-A's nuggets so much that I once ordered a 64-piece nugget tray all for myself. You may call it desperate, but I call it genius, just like this copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets recipe.

Since I live and breathe for Chick-fil-A, I decided to find a recipe for their famous nuggs, so I could make them at home. Once you try this copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets recipe for yourself, you'll see that you can eat Chick-fil-A any day of the week, even Sunday.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets Recipe

  • Prep Time:1 hr
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 10 mins
  • Servings:40
  • Medium


  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups peanut oil for frying
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  • Step 1

    Wash the chicken and cut off the fat. Cut chicken into nugget sized pieces.

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  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, add the uncooked chicken, dill pickle juice, and buttermilk together to marinate for an hour or more.

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  • Step 3

    Remove chicken from marinade and move it to a new bowl. Toss the chicken with the well beaten egg.

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  • Step 4

    Combine the flour, powdered sugar, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large zipper plastic bag.

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  • Step 5

    Put the chicken pieces in the plastic bag and shake bag to coat chicken completely with flour mixture.

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  • Step 6

    Add 4 cups of peanut oil to a large frying pan and heat oil to 350° Fahrenheit. Add a few chicken pieces to the oil, about 4 or 5 at a time, and fry until the chicken’s internal temperature is 165° Fahrenheit. If you have a low level of oil in the pan, make sure to flip your nugget pieces so they are evenly done.

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  • Step 7

    Remove chicken from oil when cooked and put the pieces on a paper towel covered plate.

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  • Step 8

    Once the chicken is cooled, remove the pieces from the paper towel and serve.

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