Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Copycat Recipe

Very addictive copy cat recipe of chick-fil-A’s famous chicken nuggets, tastes 1000x better and much healthier at home!
How to Make Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Copycat RecipeIf you love Chick-Fil-A as much as I do, then you know how good their chicken is. I personally LOVE the spicy chicken deluxe sandwich (I will be posting the recipe for it in a few weeks), but today is all about the nuggets. My daughters are crazy for them. Now, of course kids do love nuggets but I was shocked to see my 2 year old actually finish her 6 nuggets at Chick-Fil-A the other day, so I took her back again and she seems to enjoy them very much. Maybe a little too much…

So everyones happy right? well not really, mainly because our family day is Sunday and that’s when we eat out but Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays (which I completely understand ). So I decided to tackle the recipe at home because I was not too happy to read about how much MSG and sodium is in those little nuggets of heaven.

Now this recipe isn’t their secret recipe it’s just my copy-cat version.  I don’t know how close I came to their original recipe, but it tastes pretty much the same, if not better and much healthier!

One of the top secrets to most fast food places is that they marinate the chicken in pickle juice to keep the chicken moist and give it an amazing taste. I know it’s hard to sacrifice a jar of pickle juice but the pickles will be just fine without the juice and will be totally worth it when you taste the chicken. You can also use this method for marinating any type of fried chicken. If you must, and you don’t have pickle juice marinating the chicken in just milk will also work just as well but again, I highly recommend the pickle juice.

How to Make Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Copycat Recipe. Tastes 1000x better and so much healthier!

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Chick Fil A Nuggets

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla

Ingredients

  • For the Nuggets:
  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts or tenderloins about 1 pound cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice optional but highly recommended
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika optional
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • peanut oil is best or canola oil (about 1-2 cups depending on pan size)
  • For the Dipping Sauce
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinger
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the honey mustard: whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, honey and lemon juice in a small bowl; set aside in the fridge for later.

  2. To make the nuggets:In a large bowl, combine chicken, 1/2 cup milk and pickle juice. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 20-60 minutes or overnight, the longer the better. If Remove from fridge and and an egg to the mixture.

  3. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Now for this step you can either use a ziplock bag or simply dip the chicken into the flour mixture (in a bowl) and then place in oil. In a gallon sized ziplock bag, mix the flour, powdered sugar, and spices until well combined. Add the chicken pieces (without liquid) and shake well until fully coated.

  4. Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack or plate lined with paper towels.

  5. Serve immediately with honey mustard.
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    Comments

    Scott

    This was pretty bad. Chicken had a great texture and juicyness, but the flavor was severely lacking.

    STEPHANIE

    Thank you so MUCH FOR POSTING THIS NUGGET RECIPE! IT TURNED OUT SO WELL. I decided to make thIS RECIPE and compare it to the actual CHICK-FIL-A NUGGETS! 10/10 would recommend and make again. THEY WERE DEFINITELY LESS SALTY, BUT HONESTLY I PREFERRED THAT And if you’re interested in the video, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJd6XrXi7KY&t=31s

    Rebecca Thompson

    Very good. I would definitely double bread these. Tried both ways and double breaded is much better. Soak in pickle juice at least 4 hours. Gives that chick fil a taste

    Kim wakeman

    Love this recipe! Chicken was super juicy.

    Loretta McCoy

    I made these just like the recipe. I let them marinate for 2 hours. They do NOT taste like Chik-fil-a, but they were pretty darn good. I ate more than a few!
    I think I will use this recipe for chicken wings also.
    For those who thought they were bland, just adjust the seasoning to your taste. A little extra/less seasoning can make a difference.

    Laurie E Neal

    ExcellenT! Did 3/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup corn starch. Tripled the paprika. So tender and juicy. Thanks for the great recipe.

    jim baker

    What happened to the egg?

    Tascha Folsoi

    I veganized this recipe. I marinated Gardein scallopini frozen cutlets in pickle juice and plain vegan milk. I used bean aquafaba for the egg coating. I added a bit more powdered sugar and a bit more Half sharp hungarian paprika from penzey’s. I made the sauce out of Just Mayo. Might try with Panko next time. Served in Sandwich form with sauce on the side. Family loved it. I’ve never had actual Chick Fil A because I’ve been vegan for so long, plus their politics are not my politics. But I was curious to get in on the experience.

    Cat

    Think you can sub almond flour in place of regular flour?

      Layla

      I have not tried that substitution and cannot answer without further recipe testing. If you do try it, please let us know how it turns out!

    Sophia

    Was not a fan. Bland. I think if you want any type of flavor you need to let the chicken soak for at least 12 hours. So much work for little reward.

    Jenny Rum

    It was amazing..
    I marinated my pounded out chicken, pickle juice for 48 hours. Then I brought it to room temperature. Coated the chicken with seasoning (+mustard seasoning) and let it rest. While it was resting, I got the roasted potatoes going in the collard greens. I came back to the chicken chopped it, then coated it with the egg and flour mixture.. and little bites with scissors cooked it roughly 7mins. On each side! It is delicious!!

      Jenny Rum

      I submitted 1/2c of flour for Pablo crumbs. And I added a good shake of corn starch. Also, I omitted diary for water.. a little trick I learn to help my son with his diary problems.

    tabatha

    do what rachel said but USE BREAD CRUMBS not flour! do not use flour it looks and tastes literally like a fried tortilla on top of flavor less chickens. get store bought bread crumbs (bout the same price as flour) and use that itll look like chick fil a!

    rachel

    the batter wont stick and seperated in the frying pan so use more eggs. 2-3 eggs!

      Jenny Rum

      I used a lot of eggs too.. it worked out great.

    rachel

    i tried this recipe again, but used butter milk instead of real milk (gets rid of that smell) and using msg salt makes a HUGE difference! if its too unhelathy use salt but put MORE in it. also in the egg pickle milk mix, put some chickfil a sauce into it. I had one in my car from the last time i ate there also u can just buy some french fries or whatever if u dont have sauce and want some. they usually give like 8 at a time!

      tabatha

      its better if u take the chicken outof the pickle juice mix and then dip into the chickfil a sauce and then the batter. it also solves the “non sticky ” batter issue there was

      tabatha

      its better if u take the chicken out of the pickle juice mix and then dip into the chickfil a sauce and then the batter. it also solves the problem rachel was having with the batter not being able to stick

    rachel

    They taste good, but NOT EVEN CLOSE to chickfil a!!! they taste flavor less

      MG

      They’re both flavorless and good? that’s confusing. (And why does this comment section make everything in caps?!)

    Jean

    What a fantastic recipe! ❤
    Made these and the honey mustard last night for New Years Eve.
    Could not have been better! Thanks so much. I will be making these often!

    Tavie

    Just tried these using the dill pickle juice. They were the best chicken nuggets we have ever had!!! They were so tender which is probably attributable to the soaking – not a food chemist but guessing. Thanks for a keeper recipe.

    Rachel

    Just made this without the pickle juice. It was very delicious! I also made the sauce. I reduced the honey to 1 tablespoon and it was perfect! I wouldn’t want it any sweeter. Thank you for the recipe! One suggestion would be to proofread your post. There are a few grammatical errors and the wording of the directions seemed a little confusing. I had to read it multiple times. Not to sound rude, I do it too. Darn autocorrect!

    Char Mahin

    Made these last night exactly like the recipe except I had no dill pickle juice. I used milk and apple cider vinegar but used only half the amount of the cider. They were in the milk mixture about an hour. They were so delicious you don’t even need the dipping sauce but it was also very good. Will be making these regularly!

    shar

    Can these be baked? I’m not good with frying things.

    Nikki

    These were fantastic! My family loved them and the kids asked if we could have them everyday. I was pleased that the flour mix actually stuck to the chicken. I substituted olive oil and plain organic yogurt in place of mayo. Big hit with my family and a keeper! Thank you!!!

    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

    these look scrumptious, totally having a craving!

      Layla

      Haha! Make sure you make them at home Christine 🙂

    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

    I am OBSESSED with chick fil a nuggets!! SO, so good! Your recreation looks even better 🙂 And the honey mustard dipping sauce? Yum! Pinned!

      Layla

      Thanks so much, Chelsea!! The Sauce is sooo good 😀

    Nicole - Coking for Keeps

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!! I’m SO making these!!! Who doesn’t love chick-fil-a chicken nuggets?? I’ve never heard of the pickle juice method, I like it!

      Layla

      I’m sure you’re going to see a huge difference when using pickle juice. You must give it a try!

        G

        Never heard about this ,,, until now, it all makes sense…counting down the minutes to cook these Nuggie’s up! Thx.

    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    mmmmmmmm these nuggets look so good! and I had no idea about the pickle juice trick!

      Layla

      Yes, please give it a try!! Thanks Kayle!

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