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Chicken nuggets with dipping sauce in basket.

Chick-fil-A Nuggets Copycat Recipe

Make these famous Chick-fil-A Nuggets at home, from scratch, with just a few ingredients! Save money and time with this easy copycat recipe. I always whip up the Chick-fil-A Sauce, also made from scratch, for dipping the nuggets!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chick-fil-a nuggets
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chilling 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 293 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 medium chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup pickle juice see note
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces, about 1" in size. I start by slicing the breast into thick strips, then each strip into 3 to 4 nuggets.
  2. Place chicken in a large glass bowl. Add milk and pickle juice. Stir. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Add egg to chicken mixture and stir in. Set aside.
  4. Heat up oil in a medium saucepan, until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  5. In a ziploc bag, combine flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Close and shake a few times.
  6. Add chicken to flour, in batches. Shake until well coated. Remove from bag onto wire rack (see note).
  7. Fry chicken in batches, until crispy and golden brown. Remove onto another wire cooling rack.
  8. Repeat until all pieces are fried.
  9. Serve with dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • The total time is an estimate.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • If you place coated chicken nuggets on a plate, they will stick to it as they sit while you fry the batches. Wire rack works better here.
  • Cooling fried nuggets on a wire rack keeps them crispy. If you place them on a paper towel, they may become soggy.
  • If you want to skip the pickle juice, I recommend using buttermilk or milk with lemon juice for marinating.
Nutrition Facts
Chick-fil-A Nuggets Copycat Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 895mg39%
Potassium 509mg15%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 143IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.