This is my Chick-Fil-A ® Copy Cat Recipe, better known as the best ever chicken nuggets! They are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. You will never have to go get take out again with this easy recipe. I think every kid on the planet loves chicken nuggets, right? Give the Best Ever Chicken Nuggets a try!
When I was frying these chicken nuggets, I was snacking on them as they cooled down. I have to laugh, by the time I was finished cooking them I couldn’t eat dinner. Yes, they are that yummy! I have heard that Chick-Fil-A ® now sells its dipping sauces which are awesome.
The Best Ever Chicken Nuggets
Do your kids and grandkids love dipping them in a sauce? It doesn’t matter what sauce as long as we have something for them to dip in, right? I remember I had a granddaughter who went through a phase where she had to have sour cream to dip everything she ate in it. In case you missed this post, The Best BBQ Chicken Legs Recipe
Kitchen Items You May Need
While making these Chicken Nuggets aren’t as simple as driving up to the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, they taste great and can save you some time and money. Most of these kitchen items, you likely already have in your kitchen. Grab these kitchen items you may need and let’s get to work making the most homemade chicken nuggets you’ll ever make in your own home:
- Frying Pan
- Whisk or Hand Egg Beater
- Mixing Bowl
- Gallon Baggies
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Meat Thermometer
The Best Ever Chicken Nuggets
(Chick-Fil-A ® Copy Cat Recipe)
I wash my chicken before I cook it, it’s how I roll. It’s easier if you use a colander to drain the pieces. Please note, I bleach my sink after rinsing them.
Assemble the ingredients for the marinate, the milk, egg, and pickle juice. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Please note, I used chicken tenderloins today because I didn’t have any chicken breasts.
You can eye-ball the amount needed. It doesn’t have to be exactly two chicken breasts.
Combine the milk, egg, and dill pickle juice in a bowl.
Now whisk the milk, the egg, and pickle juice together.
Place the chicken pieces in the milk mixture, cover, and let it marinate for 2-4 hours in the refrigerator.
Next, grab a gallon size baggie and mix the dry ingredients, flour, powdered sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
After the allotted marinate time, place the chicken pieces (drained) in the baggie with the flour mixture, seal, and shake until completely coated.
Heat the oil in a frying pan until it reaches 375 degrees. Place about 10-12 chicken nuggets in the hot oil, I used Canola oil today. Cook until golden brown, turning the pieces halfway through the cooking time.
The chicken pieces will start to turn white. When cooked the chicken pieces should register 165 degrees to be safe for eating. I always use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat I cook is safe to consume. Meat Thermometer
Drain the cooked chicken nuggets on some paper towels in a baking sheet as shown below. Serve with your favorite chicken dipping sauce.
Chicken Nuggets Recipe
- 2 Chicken breasts, skinless and boneless (cubed in bite-size pieces) I used Chicken Tenderloins today.
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup dill pickle juice (optional, but I used it)
- 1-1/4 cups white flour (I use bread flour, that's what I stock)
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- Canola or Peanut Oil about 1 inch deep in a frying pan (I've used vegetable oil as well).
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- Lemon to taste
Grab a medium-size bowl and whisk the milk, the egg, and pickle juice together. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Place the chicken pieces in the milk mixture, cover, and let it marinate for 2-4 hours in the refrigerator. Next, grab a gallon size baggie and mix the dry ingredients, flour, powdered sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. After the allotted marinate time, place the chicken pieces in the baggie with the flour mixture, seal, and shake until completely coated.
Heat the oil in a frying pan until it reaches 375 degrees. Place about 10-12 chicken nuggets in the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, turning the pieces halfway through. The chicken pieces will start to turn white. When cooked the chicken pieces should register 165 degrees to be safe for eating. Drain them on paper towels. Serve with your favorite chicken dipping sauce.
Combine the ingredients and whisk until smooth.
What Can I Serve With These?
Is it Bad to Wash Chicken Before Cooking It?
There is a potential for getting campylobacter bacteria if you wash your chicken before you cook it. The idea is that the campylobacter cells can splash up from rinsing the raw chicken under your tap water.
It doesn’t take much to spread the bacteria via hands, countertop, or cooking utensils to cause food poisoning. Whatever you do, make sure you wash anything you think that the chicken bacteria has touched.
How Long Can I Keep the Raw Chicken in the Refrigerator?
Here again, according to the USDA, raw poultry, whether it’s a whole chicken, breast, thigh, leg pieces, or ground chicken, keep the chicken in the refrigerator only 1-2 days maximum to be safe.
Most of the time, when I cook this meal, it doesn’t even last on the kitchen table. It gets eaten up so quickly, which is why I don’t have to worry too much about how long it will stay in the fridge.
How Long Will Cooked Chicken Stay Good in the Fridge?
According to the USDA, cooked chicken is safe to store in your refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container. If you plan on keeping it for a longer time, you will want to put it in the freezer.
Even when stored in the fridge, the cooked chicken needs to be properly covered. You don’t want to leave chicken uncovered in the fridge because it can easily dry out.
Can I Freeze These?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked chicken. I store mine in quart size baggies and thaw them in the refrigerator for lunch the next day. It will keep for about three months.
Keep in mind that the key to freezing anything is to make sure they are in proper airtight containers. If the air reaches the food, then it can easily become freezer burnt.
Please let me know if you try making the Best Ever Chicken Nuggets. There is something awesome about making meals from scratch and serving them to family and friends. This recipe is a keeper and I can’t wait to make it for my grandkids when they come to visit.
It’s critical we teach our kids and grandkids to cook from scratch, it’s a skill they need for life. Please keep prepping, we must. May God Bless this world, Linda