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Copycat Chick-fil-A® Nuggets

Posted: May 19

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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We’ve all been there: you’re desperately craving Chick-fil-A® nuggets...and it’s Sunday. Don’t fret, because the solution is in your own kitchen. You don’t even need a deep-fryer to make Copycat Chick-fil-A® Nuggets. Just a Dutch oven and lots of peanut oil. Eat your Copycat Chick-fil-A® Nuggets with biscuits for a decadent brunch or with a variety of dipping sauces and coleslaw. You may never want to sit in the famously long drive-thru lines again!


3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
3 inches peanut oil
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon chili powder


Step 1

Pulse the breadcrumbs together in a food processor until very fine.

Step 2

Add the chicken pieces, milk, and eggs to a large Ziplock bag and squish together or shake to combine.

Step 3

Place the bag with the chicken in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4

Fill a large pot or Dutch oven with about 3 inches of peanut oil.

Step 5

Heat the oil to 365-375 degrees F and watch the temperature carefully throughout the cooking process.

Step 6

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pulsed breadcrumbs, flour, salt, white pepper, powdered sugar, and chili powder.

Step 7

Dredge the chicken pieces in the breadcrumb mixture and allow them to dry for a few minutes.

Step 8

Working in small batches, fry the chicken until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Working in batches prevents the oil from cooling and ruining the cooking.

Step 9

Transfer the chicken to a wire rack or sheet pan. Do not dry on paper towels as the nuggets will get soggy from the steam.

Step 10

Serve hot!

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