With young ones in the house, I know I’m not the only one who sees chicken nuggets on the menu almost weekly. I’m in a rush and the already made ones work, but let’s face it, things just taste better homemade and this Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Nugget Recipe is amazing!
What really sets this Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Nugget Recipe apart from the rest, is the brining your chicken bits in dill pickle juice. By brining your chicken pieces for 30-60 minutes you are adding a little extra juice to a meat that can tend to dry out easily.
Brining vs Marinating
Brining is a salt-based solution that adds juiciness to proteins with a tendency to dry out. Depending on the ingredients, brines can also impart subtle flavors. Works best with poultry, pork, hearty fish like catfish or salmon.
Marinating is a mixture of an acid (vinegar, citrus, white wine) and a base (oil, full-fat yogurt, honey) that adds intense flavors. Marinate if you’re looking for strong flavors. This works best with beef, lamb, pork, poultry, shellfish, vegetables. ~ Men’s Health
Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Nugget Recipe
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite size cubes
- ½ Cup Pickle Juice
- 1 Cup Buttermilk
- 1 Egg
- 1 ½ Cups Flour
- 1 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
- 2 teas. Salt
- 1 teas. Pepper
- 1 teas. Chili Powder
- Oil for frying (Chic-fil-A uses peanut oil)
- In a small bowl marinate the Chicken cubes in the Pickle juice 30-60 minutes then drain well.
- In a heavy pot or Dutch oven Heat 1 – 1 ½ inches of oil to 350˚-360˚.
- In a shallow dish whisk together the Buttermilk and Egg.
- In a second shallow dish or sealable container combine the Flour, Powdered Sugar, Salt, Pepper and Chili powder.
- Place half of the Chicken into the Buttermilk and stir to coat. Transfer the Chicken to the Flour and coat.
- Cook in the hot oil 3 ½ - 4 minutes until deep golden brown, drain on brown paper bag or paper towels.
- Repeat with second half of chicken.
- Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
I prefer ranch or BBQ sauce with my chicken nuggets. My husband is ketchup all the way and the boys mix it up with either ketchup or BBQ sauce.
Once in awhile my oldest will use honey mustard as his dipping sauce. The dipping possibilities are endless! This Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Nugget Recipe is so moist, your chicken nuggets might not even need a dipping sauce.
What dipping sauce will you be using with your Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Nugget Recipe?