Chickfila is amazing & my absolute favorite fast food place ever. I feel awful for those who live so far from one. You are seriously seriously seriously missing out. I want to cry for you. But I won’t. Instead, I’ll give you my version of their precious golden nuggets. Honestly, I like these better than Chickfila’s, probably because I put in some extra love. 😉
You’ll only need a few ingredients & you most likely have them all on hand:
2 boneless/skinless chicken breast (cubed)
1 c. milk
1/4 c. pickle juice
1 c. flour
1/3 c. powdered sugar
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. paprika
+ oil of your choice for frying (I hear CFA uses peanut oil)
First you need to put together a marinade for your chicken- milk, an egg, & the pickle juice.
Mix it all up in an airtight container.
Cube your chicken breasts into bite size pieces.
Hmmm this photo looks a little too familiar…I saw one just like it last week in my white chicken chili post.
Add the chicken & get it all combined well.
Aka use your hands!
Now let that bathe in the fridge for at least an hour.
Let’s get on to the breading! Gather together some flour, powdered sugar, paprika, & salt/pepper.
Obviously salt is more popular than pepper in this house.
Measure Dump it all in a shallow bowl.
Whisk all those dry ingredients together.
Think ahead & get a bigger bowl than mine. I made a mess.
When you’re ready to fry, start dredging your chicken, a few at a time.
Make sure your oil is gettin’ hot!
Shake off the excess & place on a large plate.
My mom got a deep fryer for Christmas so that’s what we used. The fryer had specific instructions for the temperature & time for chicken. If you’re frying these in a pan, keep the stove on medium high & cook for 5-8 minutes. If you’re deep frying them in a pot, keep your oil around 350 degrees & cook for about 5 minutes. Cooking times are approximate & may vary so be sure to check it is totally done before consuming!
Of course, I will NEVER turn down a chance to head to Chickfila for the real deal.
However, these make a pretty darn good substitute on a Sunday.
Now go to Chickfila or get to makin’ a batch of these goldens yourself!