After looking on the internet for days for a Chick-Fil-A copycat and finding only plain old fried chicken recipes, I decided to try and imitate it myself. It came out pretty darn close I think! There are two crucial ingredients chick-fil-a uses that most recipes dont have- pickle juice and sugar. They also use MSG- but its also ok without it if you dont like it. Just cut up the breasts into chunks and follow recipe for nuggets. (Edit: I also have to say I love Chick- Fil-A and that I think they're a great company. I encourage anyone to visit if they can, the staff is always so nice and polite at every location I've been to! Its just too bad they don't have more locations!)
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 cup pickle juice (use dill pickles, great way to use up that empty jar!)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon msg (Accent, leave it out if you prefer)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- peanut oil
- Pound chicken breasts till they are thin enough for your taste. (I find a lot of breasts are really too thick for a sandwich so I pound out the thick part a little) Cut into chunks if you want nuggets.
- Place chicken in plastic bag with pickle juice and marinate for an hour (preferably overnight).
- Mix up eggs in seperate bowl for the egg wash.
- Mix flour and remaining spices in another shallow bowl.
- Remove chicken from the pickle juice maranade and drain well. Dip into the egg wash and then into the flour mixture.
- Fry the chicken however you prefer here. I pan fried mine in a few tablespoons of oil and it turned out fine. Chick-Fil-A deep fries theirs in a pressure cooker, so you can try that if you are feeling adventurous.
My husband had been wanting Chik-fil-A, but we refuse to eat there anymore. He also recently had to begin eating gluten-free, so eating fried chicken is usually out. I substituted the flour in this recipe with a gluten free all-purpose flour mix and the basil and oregano with 1 tsp total of italian seasoning, and the chicken came out very close to Chik-fil-A's. I don't like their chicken, but my husband was very excited to be able to have a gluten-free version of their original chicken sandwich, and he said it tasted almost like theirs. Thanks for a good recipe!
HAVE to use dill pickle juice and powdered sugar. And a healthy dose of fresh ground pepper in the marinade.
After an hour in the dill pickle juice, I think it started to cook my boneless breasts. I silced two breasts in half horizontally and marinated them in the pickle juice for one hour. While the taste is ok and they look very nice... I had a problem when I cut the chicken. The breading slid off. So... all that work and I have my chicken on one side of the plate and the breading in a heap next to it. This would be a good recipe if I could figure out how to get the breading to stick. It's not Chick-Fil-A but it's still tasty. Thanks for the idea.