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Chick-fil-A Nuggets

These Chick-fil-A Nuggets are a copycat recipe that creates your favorite fast-food right at home using a handful of easy ingredients! Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce or add them to a salad!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people



  • Mix the milk and pickle juice in a large ziplock bag. Whisk the egg slightly and add it to the marinade.
  • Then add the bite-sized chicken pieces to the marinade. Set this in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl: flour, powdered sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and cornstarch.
  • Set a wire rack next to the bowl of dry ingredients. Prepare a plate next to the stove, lined with paper towels, to set the fried chicken on.
  • When the chicken is done marinating, remove it from the marinade (I used tongs, or you could use a slotted spoon) and put it into the bowl with the flour mixture. Toss all of the chicken pieces well. When all of the pieces are coated, place the chicken pieces onto the wire rack and allow the chicken to rest while you make the sauce and heat the oil.
  • Heat the oil to medium in a deep skillet or dutch oven.
  • Fry about half of the chicken at a time, or even smaller batches, don’t crowd the chicken as you fry it. Fry the chicken nuggets until golden brown. (3-5 minutes until cooked through. I recommend testing a couple first)
  • Place the fried chicken on a paper towel-lined plate. Then fry the rest of the chicken.
  • Serve the chicken nuggets with the dipping sauce on the side.


  • Is It Important For The Nuggets To Rest Before Frying Them? Yes, allowing the nuggets to rest allows the coating to really adhere to them.
  • Can I Double Dredge The Nuggets? I found that twice-dredged and coated nuggets were way too thick! And since classic Chick-fil-a nuggets are famous for their light, crispy breading I’d recommend only dredging them once.
  • How Do I Store Any Leftover Chicken Nuggets? Just toss them into an airtight container and then store them in the refrigerator. Enjoy the leftovers for up to 2 days! You could also freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months.
  • What’s The Best Way To Reheat The Leftovers? I find the best way to reheat the nuggets is with an air fryer! To do so, heat them for about 4 minutes at 400 degrees F in an air fryer basket. You could also reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Is The Pickle Juice A Necessary Ingredient In This Chick Fil A Nuggets Recipe? The pickle juice works great to tenderize the meat as well as add something special to the flavor.
  • Do I Have To Marinate The Bites Of Chicken For The Full Two Hours? I wouldn’t suggest skipping this step! Marinating the chicken allows the chicken to become tender as well as improves the overall taste of the nuggets.
  • What Other Dipping Sauces Can I Use With These Nuggets? Honey Mustard, sweet and sour, BBQ, and even ketchup would go great with them!