How to Make Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets at Home

Chick-fil-a is a staple in the South. Here is an easy way to make their delicious nuggets for a fraction of the in-store price.

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How to Make Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets at Home Recipe
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Start out by cutting your chicken into about 1 inch cubes. Smaller is ok, especially for the kiddos.

Start out by cutting your chicken into about 1 inch cubes. Smaller is ok, especially for the kiddos.

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This guide will work to make a Chick-fil-a sandwich as well. Just slice your breasts in half, add a bun and a couple pickle slices and you're done.

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Prep your brine by mixing pickle juice, water, salt, and sugar together.

Prep your brine by mixing pickle juice, water, salt, and sugar together.

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Stir well to make sure the salt and sugar dissolve thoroughly.

Stir well to make sure the salt and sugar dissolve thoroughly.

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Pour brine over your chicken in an airtight container. A gallon size freezer bag works here as well, but I recommend a sealable bowl/dish. I'll show you why in step 7.

Pour brine over your chicken in an airtight container. A gallon size freezer bag works here as well, but I recommend a sealable bowl/dish. I'll show you why in step 7.

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Give it a quick hand stir to make sure the chicken isn't sticking together. Seal it up and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Give it a quick hand stir to make sure the chicken isn't sticking together. Seal it up and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

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Drain the brine thoroughly and return chicken to container. This is when it is better to have a dish rather than a freezer bag (you'll see why again in step 10).

Drain the brine thoroughly and return chicken to container. This is when it is better to have a dish rather than a freezer bag (you'll see why again in step 10).

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Blend dry breading ingredients with a whisk in a large bowl.

Blend dry breading ingredients with a whisk in a large bowl.

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In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk and 2 eggs.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk and 2 eggs.

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Pour milk/egg mixture over chicken and give it another hand stir. Let this sit for about 10-15 min before the next step.

Pour milk/egg mixture over chicken and give it another hand stir. Let this sit for about 10-15 min before the next step.

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Get a dredge line ready. Preparation means less mess.

Get a dredge line ready. Preparation means less mess.

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Take a handful of chicken out of the milk/egg mixture, shake off excess liquid, then drop into breading. Toss chicken to coat all surfaces well.

Take a handful of chicken out of the milk/egg mixture, shake off excess liquid, then drop into breading. Toss chicken to coat all surfaces well.

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Drop pieces of chicken into hot frying oil of your choice. I use canola heated to about 400* F. Don't crowd the pan. This pic was about half of one batch.

Drop pieces of chicken into hot frying oil of your choice. I use canola heated to about 400* F. Don't crowd the pan. This pic was about half of one batch.

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Simple kitchen hack: Steamer basket, paper towels, and a plate make the perfect strainer for fried foods.

Simple kitchen hack: Steamer basket, paper towels, and a plate make the perfect strainer for fried foods.

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After 4-5 minutes, chicken should be golden brown and cooked through. Out of your first batch, break a nugget open to ensure they're cooked all the way (no pink!).

After 4-5 minutes, chicken should be golden brown and cooked through. Out of your first batch, break a nugget open to ensure they're cooked all the way (no pink!).

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Two lbs. of chicken produced all of these nuggets.

Two lbs. of chicken produced all of these nuggets.

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Add some fries and some ketchup (or your own favorite dipping sauce), and you've got a fast-food meal at home.

Add some fries and some ketchup (or your own favorite dipping sauce), and you've got a fast-food meal at home.

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If you enjoyed this guide, make sure to click "like." While you're here, check out my other guides. Got a great idea for a guide? Message me. But for now... go enjoy your nuggets. :)

Ingredients

2 Pounds Chicken Breast Meat 
Brine: 
½ Quarts Water 
½ Quarts Dill Pickle Juice 
¼ Cups Salt 
¼ Cups Sugar 
Breading: 
Cups All Purpose Flour 
2 Tablespoons Black Pepper 
2 Teaspoons Paprika 
½ Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper 
2 Tablespoons Powdered Milk 
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder 
Dredge: 
2 Large Eggs 
1 Cup Milk 
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