Tastes Like Chickfila, Chicken Nuggets

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 egg

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)

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First you need to put together a marinade for your chicken- milk, an egg, & the pickle juice.

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Mix it all up in an airtight container.

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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.

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Add the chicken & get it all combined well.

Aka use your hands!

Now let that bathe in the fridge for at least an hour.

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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.

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Measure Dump it all in a shallow bowl.

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Whisk all those dry ingredients together.

Think ahead & get a bigger bowl than mine. I made a mess.

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When you’re ready to fry, start dredging your chicken, a few at a time.

Make sure your oil is gettin’ hot!

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Shake off the excess & place on a large plate.

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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!

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So golden.

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So crispy

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So juicy.

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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!



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