Saturday, December 29, 2012

{Copycat} Chick-fil-a Nuggets

 
 Chick-fil-a is one of my favorite places to eat. I really wish there was one near me in Idaho, but sadly I have to wait until I got to Utah to eat there. I always get the original chicken sandwich and their lemonade. My favorite part of the waffle fries are the end pieces.
Great. Now I am craving it.
Well thanks to My Name is Snickerdoodle, I can make their nuggets at home.
While these nuggets don't taste exactly like Chick-fil-a's, they do taste mighty fine.
Stick some toothpicks in them and you've got some great appetizers or snacks for New Year's Eve.
Or eat them as a meal with some fries.



Ingredients
2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
peanut oil (is best) or canola oil

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice

Directions
  • In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk. 
  •  Trim any fat away from chicken and cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  •  Place chicken in milk mixture and cover; let it marinate for 2-4 hours in the fridge. This will make the chicken very nice and tender.
  •  In a gallon size resealable baggie combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper.
  •  Seal and shake to combine. 
  •  Place about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot. 
  •  Over medium high heat (more towards the high side) heat oil until hot. If using a thermometer let the temperature reach 375°. If you don't have a thermometer,  test the oil by dropping a few drops of water into it. You want it to sizzle and not pop too much. Adjust your heat if necessary. 
  •  Using a fork or tongs, remove cut chicken from milk mixture and place in the flour mixture. 
  •  Seal and shake until nuggets are completely coated. 
  •  Place about a 6-8 nuggets into hot oil and let them cook until golden brown, turning half way through once the edge of your chicken starts to turn white, about 1 minute each side. Always double check to see if any chicken you make is cooked through. Just make a tiny cut to see if it's pink.
  •  Remove and drain on a paper towel. 
  •  Repeat until all nuggets are cooked. 
  •  For the sauce, combine all ingredients; mix till smooth.



33 comments :

  1. very appealing for kids and grown-ups... I am making this, wanna be a copy cat too :-)

    Happy New Year!

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  2. great picture mandy! I LOVE it! This looks and sounds so good! I love chick-fil-a!

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  3. I know a certain three year old that would go nuts over these nuggets!! Thanks!

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  6. I can't wait to make these! When I lived in NC we had Chick-Fil-A, however now that I live in PA, we don't :( Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday!

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  7. I love this! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures. I'm sharing on Week 67 <3 and hugs!

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  8. We love chick-fil-a but the nearest one is 30 minutes away. I am so glad I found this recipe! Thanks Mandy :)

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  9. Mandy,
    These look awesome! We love Chick-fil-A and I've made a copycat recipe before but yours are way 'prettier' than mine! haha :) Thanks for sharing last week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! You are a featured favorite this week! We can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)

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  10. Sounds and Looks Delicious! :D
    Thank you for sharing!

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  11. These look really yummy Mandy! Can't wait to try them!
    I am featuring these at tomorrow's Back For Second's Social!

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  12. maybe I can save a few bucks and go to chick-fil-a a little less now! Thanks so much for linking up at Two-Cup Tuesday! See ya again next week!

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  13. You wouldn't think chicken nuggets could look so pretty, but they do! I love the color!

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  14. Yum! These look awesome, we're a Chick-fil-A lovin' family so we'll definitely be giving these a try!

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  15. We {heart} Chick-Fil-A!! Bummin' we don't live near one anymore : / Will have to try these!

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  16. Yum, these sound so good! I've only been to the states three times, but I made sure to have Chick-Fil-a each time, I love it so much :)

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  17. Making these today but I am gonna bake mine instead... Making Mac and cheese to go with it! So looking forward to these!! I so rep inner this to my recipe board on Pinterest too!!!

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  18. These look and sound great~ Powdered sugar? Hmm may have to try these! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  19. I am featuring you today! I can't wait to try these! Thank you for linking up at Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  20. My niece loves Chick fil A nuggets. Now I know why, powdered sugar. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I made them tonight for dinner and they were GREAT!!..My kids couldn't stop eating them. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  22. These were amazing! We barely had any to sit down & eat with. Everyone kept popping them in their mouth at the counter. And the dip.... sooooo good. Thanks for the recipe.

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  23. Mandy,
    I just love your pictures, I can almost taste them. These nuggets look yummy. Thank you for sharing at Memories by the Mile.
    Wanda Ann

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  24. Thank you for sharing! Might have to try these!

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  25. Chick-Fil-A marinates their chicken in pickle juice, its the secret to the actual flavor of the chicken.

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  26. I have made the honey mustard sauce before but have not yet made the chicken nuggets we will need to give these a try they look tasty. I would love to get involved in a link party and would love it if you would check out my blog at www.chickyscafe.com

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  27. How many servings does the nuggets make?

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    1. Makes 2-4 servings. I doubled this for my family of 5.

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  28. I could not get these to brown up at all. Oil not hot enough? I don't know. But a minute per side didn't seem like enough. Also a teensy bit too sweet. Next time, 1/2 tsp conf sugar.

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    1. Your oil probably wasn't hot enough. Try adjusting that and cooking for longer. Everyone's stoves or fryers cook differently.

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  29. Does anyone have the recipe for the little rolls they use at breakfast with the nuggets?

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  30. You have to marinate the chicken in pickle juice milk amd 1 egg for 2 hours. Thats the only ingrediante your missing. Before chikfila gets theit chicken the company soaks it in pickle juice before shipping it off.

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