Homemade Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Better than Chick-fil-A Nuggets

The Littles love Chick-fil-A. I think our oldest could live happily ever after on the spicy chicken sandwich. And the nuggets? My word they are good. Recently I checked the Chick-fil-A website to see if they publish ingredients. The good news is Chick-fil-A lists all nutrition and ingredients. The bad news is what’s in those tasty, delicious, not so nutritious nuggets.

What’s a mom to do!??!

I know MSG and 1,000 grams of sodium are unhealthy, but for the love of the cow that chicken is good!

When my friend Annie told me she had a chicken nugget recipe that was as good, or even better, than Chick-fil-A, I raised an eyebrow. Really? How could that be possible? And, how on earth would I coax the recipe out of my friend?

Annie emailed me the too-good-to-be true recipe later that day. Perhaps you heard the chorus of angels singing? Friends, the recipe is better than good, and with only a short list of ingredients you can feel better about indulging on these delicious nuggets.

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient . . .

Powdered sugar. Yep. Two tablespoons. Enough to give the batter a perfect crispy finish, but still not too sweet when balanced with the spices.

I used Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix in lieu of all-purpose flour making these a perfect gluten-free option for all the Littles.

4.8 from 13 reviews

Homemade Chick-fil-A Nuggets Recipe
 
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Lip smackin’ good chicken nuggets with a short list of ingredients you already have on hand.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 – 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, about 4, boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • peanut oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. Cube chicken into bite sized pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and milk. Add the chicken to the egg mixture, stir to combine. Cover and marinate for 3-4 hours.
  3. In a gallon sized ziplock bag, mix the flour, powdered sugar, and spices until well combined. Add the chicken pieces and shake well.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet, or frying pan, pour 2 inches of peanut oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat.
  5. When oil is hot, add battered chicken to the pan. Cook chicken in batches, turning once half way through, until nuggets are golden brown.
  6. Drain chicken nuggets on a paper towel and serve.

Let’s give a shout out to Annie for sharing the recipe. I love my village.

Love,

 

Comments

  1. Love the look of the new blog by the way! And CANNOT wait to see you in 3 weeks!!!

    • Kristin
      Twitter: theschellcafe
      says:

      Hershey, PA watch out! See you soon, friend.

    • Carrie says:

      Not sure if I did something wrong. Can you advise if I did? Seems like most of my breeding fell off in oil.

  2. Maggie Tate says:

    Yum – that looks delish. Thanks for the GF option! How about waffle fries…. :)

    • Kristin
      Twitter: theschellcafe
      says:

      Maggie – I don’t have the waffle fries figured out, but I do have a delicious roasted potato fry recipe coming up soon. :)

    • sarah says:

      You need a waffle fri cutter but if you just cut up yukon gold potatos and then take egg whites and sea salt and pepper let them soak for a like 15 mins then cook them on a cookie sheet for a good 20 mins on 400 just watch them and flip them they taste just like the waffle fries <3

  3. This is amazing and potentially life changing. Thank you so much for sharing the good recipe word! I can’t wait to try these out in my own kitchen!!!!

    • Kristin
      Twitter: theschellcafe
      says:

      Karen – These nuggets were life changing at The Cafe, that’s for sure! Hope they bring as much delight to your table as they do ours, friend. :)

  4. Krista says:

    I’m making these TONIGHT! So excited! Life is so hard without a chick-fil-a around!

  5. AJ says:

    I just made these and they’re delicious! They taste very similar to chicfila…the only thing I could guess would be missing is mustard powder maybe?? This recipe is awesome though :D Thanks for sharing!

  6. Katelin says:

    These sound really good, but can I leave out the garlic powder? I’m allergic =’(

    • Kristin
      Twitter: theschellcafe
      says:

      Katelin – absolutely leave out the garlic powder! The homemade nuggets will still be delicious and you’ll be safe and sound.

  7. Sarah says:

    Have you tried these baked? I would love to avoid frying it’s so time consuming. Thank you!

  8. Helen says:

    This was a total hit tonight for dinner. My son is a very picky eater, and when I served these up he was convinced that I tricked him and bought Chick-fil-a. Ha ha I’m good with that. Thanks for sharing! Helen in SC

  9. Bev says:

    These were great!

  10. Amazing thank you soo much

  11. Porter says:

    Hey! Girlfriend and I were attempting to make this tonight, and noticed once finally looking closely at the directions, it requires 3-4 hours of marinating! I think the initial ‘prep time’ threw us off as we had basically only read that and the ingredients before-hand. We’re still making them tonight (woo! Friday night!) but maybe that time should be added into prep time :) Thanks a bunch, I’m sure they’ll turn out delicious!

  12. I made these tonight with Bisquick Mix instead of flour b/c I hardly ever use flour and I didn’t have any. They were a little on the sweet side but no sugar in Bisquick Mix? I will add more salt and pepper next time to offset the sweetness! My kids loved them!!!!

  13. Jennifer Dickens says:

    On another recipe site that my son and I looked at, someone that used to work at Chick fil A said to add a small amount of dill pickle juice to the marinade. We fixed some with juice added and some without, and we both agreed that the pickle juice added just enough “umph” to make them very close to the real thing. My chicken is marinating now and this will be supper again tonight!

    • Kristin
      Twitter: theschellcafe
      says:

      Jennifer,
      Who knew? I will try dill pickle juice next time too! Thank you so much for sharing the inside scoop. xo

    • Jackie says:

      I bet bread and butter pickle juice would be better!

  14. Mary says:

    Thank you so much in sharing this recipe. :) I made this tonight for my family and they absolutely loved it! Although I didn’t have peanut oil to fry it in, it still turned out pretty good. Next time I make these, I’ll have the peanut oil in the pantry ready for use! Again, what a great recipe. Love, love, love Chick-fil-a!

  15. Jacki says:

    I made these nuggets for my grandkids tea party and they loved them

  16. Michel says:

    Cool

  17. Laila says:

    I made these tonight and they turned out yummy!!! I let mine marinate in the milk/egg for like 5 hours, they came out really moist. The only thing I’d add next time is some lemon pepper. I made some honey mustard for dipping but they really are so good without any sauce. YUM!!

  18. Jackie says:

    Hallelujah, I am so excited to try these. Its like a ritual for me to eat lunch at chic fil a with my kiddos once a week but now we can enjoy it right in our own kitchen plus cut out a ton of driving time, gas, etc. Its way across town from me. Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

  19. Bethany says:

    It is really hard for me to find recipes that my daughter likes. She even refuses to eat Chick-fil-a’s nuggets sometimes. I decided to try these today and she is GRUBBIN’ them. She loves them and I don’t have to fight her to get her eat them.
    THANK YOU for sharing! :-)

  20. Jennifer says:

    thank you for the recipe at least since the first time I made it last week I’ve already made it again today

  21. Hope says:

    Can you put these in a deep fryer of peanut oil rather than the frying pan? It would be easier and ours is ready to go, but if it would compromise the batter then I will skip it.

  22. Roy van Es says:

    Hey, me And my wife Just went to the USA.
    We are from Holland And got addicted to the chick fil-a chicken. I Just made them this night they are deliciousssssssss!!

    Thankyou so much for sharing this online!
    I found a recipe for the famous chick fil a sauce online as well
    Im in heaven. Thank you!

  23. sherrah says:

    I made these “golden nuggets” for my daughters Peter Pan bday and they were a hit. Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe. Now when we are craving chickfila on a Sunday I can make it from home.

  24. Kelly says:

    Made this wonderful nuggets for my daughter tonight. She wanted chick-fil-A nugget for dinner and I told her if I could fined a recipe to make them at home…..Would she eat them and she said yes. So I gave this recipe a try and it was a go with this one…thanks for sharing:)

  25. Mayme says:

    I desperately want to make this during the weekend, but I want to know a calorie estimate.

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