Skip the Line and make chick-fil-A’s famous chicken nuggets at home for a fraction of the price. Made with real chicken breasts, a blend of spices, and the secret ingredient, pickle juice. Served with a homemade Honey Mustard sauce, these nuggets are sure to satisfy the entire family!

If 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, 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 everyone’s 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 are in those little nuggets of heaven.

How To Make Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

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.

To begin, you will need to marinate the chicken in a mixture of milk and pickle juice. This helps tenderize the chicken so the longer, the better but generally you don’t want to go over 48 hours.

Next, remove the chicken from the fridge and whisk an egg into the mixture. Lastly, dip the nuggets into the seasoned flour mixture and fry until golden and cooked through.

How to Make Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

I like to serve these delicious nuggets with a honey mustard dipping sauce. It’s similar to the chick-fil-a sauce but without the bbq sauce included. If you are looking for a flavor similar to chick-fil-a, feel free to add a tablespoon of BBQ sauce to it.

To make the sauce, whisk mayo, yellow mustard, honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to use. The sauce will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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Chick Fil A Nuggets

By: Layla
Skip the Line and make chick-fil-A's famous chicken nuggets at home for a fraction of the price. Made with real chicken breasts, a blend of spices, and the secret ingredient, pill juice.
Prep15 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total30 minutes
Servings 4 serving


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


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. Remove from fridge and and an egg to the mixture.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Serve immediately with honey mustard.

To make the honey mustard

  • Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, honey and lemon juice in a small bowl; set aside in the fridge for later.



Serving: 1serving (without dipping sauce), Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 1137mg, Potassium: 353mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 379IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken, chick fil a, nuggets
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  1. Definitely thankful I followed a suggestion by one of the people who commented to triple the seasonings! They turned out so tasty! I forgot to put sugar and still tasted great! I let marinate a day and a half (just because I didn’t have time to cook earlier) and turned out great! The only thing is they didn’t look like chick fil a nuggets but did taste like it (I used vegetable oil). I just bought the chick fill a sauce they sell at Walmart to make it easier. Made them with GF flour! 😊

  2. Great recipe! I did do it slightly different. I marinated 1 1/2-2cups of pickle with the egg and milk together for 8 hours. Then did 3/4 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of corn starch, 1 Tablespoon of each Paprika, salt and pepper. We then fried them in canola oil.

  3. Made these Chick Fa La nuggets!!! So good!!! Great recipe!! Will make again!!!

  4. I made this and it was so easy, shame I didn’t have the right size tin, but I still made it work. Struggled to get it out like but I got there in the end too lol.

    Any idea on how many calories 1slice contains?

  5. This is very delicious recipe, one of the best I’ve tried so far.

  6. Honestly, go ahead and double the seasoning. Especially the salt and sugar. But they’ll come out pretty good!

  7. Easy recipe. Def lacked flavor. I tripled the seasoning amounts. Not sure if I liked the strictly flour breading texture. Will marinate in pickle juice again but will look for better breading alternatives. Thanks

  8. This was pretty good! My family ate them before they were served! But I thought that it wasn’t the strong chick fil a flavor… but it was good with the sauce!

  9. Tried a couple copycat recipes and this one is my favorite! Delicious! I actually found that buttermilk makes them even juicier so use that if you have it. =)

  10. Hi! Just a heads up that Chick-fil-A donates money to organizations that are actively LGBTQ. Not everyone knows this and I think many people might pick a different takeout place if they were aware! Plus, another great reason to use your copycat recipe 🙂

    1. So what. How about live your life and allow others to live theirs. Who Chick Fil A chooses to donate to is their damn business

    2. This is pointless information , just eat some chicken

    3. It is 2021 right???? And someone still cares about money being donated to LGBTQ?? You should be ashamed of yourself EM!!!

      1. I think what em meant to say was actively ANTI lgbtq because I know chic Fila has donated alot to conversion therapy for gay and trans people.

  11. Made these tonight! Had my picky grandkids over and they devoured them! I soaked them in the pickle juice about 3 hrs and they were amazing! Thank you for a keeper recipe!

    1. DEB darlin can i just say i absolutely love your name

  12. This is the fifth time I’ve made this and we all just stand around the kitchen eating them as they cool. They don’t even make it out of the kitchen! You are absolutely right on marinating the chicken overnight in the pickle juice and milk…it adds the perfect taste!

      1. Lgbtq is just a lot of gay people and I don’t think we need any more garbage about it

        1. Dang homophobia on the chicken recipe page is crazy lmaoo

  13. Oh-my-goodness!! These turned out so yummy. However, i dId make a few additIonS. I mixed the egg, milk (suBstituted coconut milk) and pickle juice all together. I let The chicken marinate for 30 mInutes. I SUBSTITUTED Ap flOur for cassava flour. I substituted chicken BUiLLION for salt and coconut oil INSTEAD of Peanut oil. All measurements remained the Same. It was yummo!! Thanks For sharing.

    1. Omg this was so delicious. Taste just like chick fla. I let the pieces marinate about 5hrs. Instead of using regular table salt I used sea salt, which just might be the difference. Will definitely be making this again.

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

  15. 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:

    1. Can’t watch your video it’s sets to private

  16. 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

    1. YES IM IN LOVE WITH THE DOUBLE BREAD, 10/10 i love when things are thickly breaded instead of a very small thin layer!

  17. 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.

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