Homemade Chik-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

In honor of a new Chik-Fil-A opening down the street from us, we decided to give these a whirl!  They really tasted so close to the real thing!
(And you don’t feel so bad about eating them because they are homemade, right?!)

Serves: 4

Homemade Chik-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lg egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 lb. skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1-1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • canola oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl whisk milk and egg together
  2. Place chicken on counter and cut into cubed bite size pieces; trim any fat that you may see
  3. Put the chicken in the milk mixture and mix so that all is coated and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  4. In another large bowl combine the dry ingredients listed above and stir
  5. In cast iron pot or sauce pan pour in oil so that its at least an inch deep on med/high heat
  6. Remove the chicken from refrigerator and place about 8 pieces in milk mixture and then into the flour mixture
  7. Make sure all the chicken is coated with the flour and then place into the hot oil
  8. Cook each side for at least 2-3 minutes or until golden brown (You want to make sure that chicken is no longer pink so you can cut one piece to test it out)
  9. Place the chicken on some paper towels to soak up any oil
  10. Repeat the same steps with the rest of the chicken and serve
1515 cal
37 g
157 g
131 g

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(Recipe from A Zesty Bite)
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36 Responses to “Homemade Chik-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets”

  1. MommyMulholland
    I do the exact same thing, but with one exception . . . into the egg and milk mixture, I put just a splash of dill pickle juice . . . A long time ago, I bought a tray of nuggets for a party, and asked for an ingredient list as some folks had allergies . . . listed as an ingredient was pickle juice . . . makes a big difference!!
  2. miss.marcedes
    When I was a kid we used to have Chik-Fil-A restaurants in a couple of the malls around town but they all closed down by the time I was about 11 or 12......I never actually ate at one but this looks great so I am going to try it out soon!!
  3. Priceless
    We don't have this fast food chain in Canada (yet):( so I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this on Pinterest. I can't wait to try this out I'm sure it taste fantastic. I'm a chicken nugget fan so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing :)
  4. Brittany L'Esperance
    Has anyone tried these with buttermilk? I did a similar recipe for chicken nuggets once that called for buttermilk, but I used regular milk because I didn't have any, and I had a hard time getting the "breading" to stick. I will try both and report back. :-)
  5. I saw this posted on Pinterest as "Chicken Nuggets without the hate"... haha love them. Well, I'm a vegetarian so I don't PERSONALLY love them. I love that there's a good recipe out there that can help people have the willpower to stay away from that place. ;)
  6. I have read all the tips above to get an authenticate CFA taste. These were pretty good nuggets. I made the last batch w/ an extra dash of chili powder. My hubby liked, our daughter didn't. I am going to try the pickle juice and peanut oil. The only difference I noticed was after frying, the breading didn't have the same texture or color. How can I achieve this?
  7. marla washburn
    I have made these....last week. They were so good, I am going to make them again tonight!! mikefordscfacorporate says you should not be using their name....Maybe, if I were you, I would change that title on your picture. I would really hate to see you guys get in trouble. Great website and I have made many of your recipes.
  8. Whether or not it matches the Chick-fil-A taste, this looks delicious. I'm in England for two terms, so I'm admittedly easy to impress. I'm also relieved that I can recreate their beloved chicken without having to patronize an outspokenly homophobic corporation. Thank you!
  9. Made these yesterday! So yummy! Just confused about one thing--in the directions it says to coat the chicken in the milk mixture and then refrigerate...do I refrigerate the chicken IN the milk or do I dip the chicken and then refrigerate just the chicken? Thanks!
  10. Katonna
    I was just wondering if this would work as a freezer meal type of thing..could these be cooked up and then frozen in freezer bags and taken out and just reheated? my daughter likes chicken nuggets(go figure huh? lol) and I would love to just make homemade ones but not everytime we decided spur of the moment she wants some for lunch..so if I could find something that could replace our bag/box of chicken nuggets we heat up that would be AMAZING!

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