The BEST Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Recipe

There are a lot of copycat, Chick-fil-A recipes out there, but there’s none as good as this copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Sandwich. You may not go to Chick-fil-A again after tasting this sandwich!

copycat Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich

Chick-fil-a is definitely my favorite fast food restaurant out there. For one, it feels like it’s healthier than other places. When I was in second grade, I remember writing down that I wanted to work at Chick-fil-a when I grew up. I’m sure that was mainly because my oldest sister worked there, and it just seemed so cool. Although I out grew the desire to work there, I still love their food.

Because it’s so delicious, it does cost more than just dropping by a McDonalds. Combined with the fact that the only Chick-fil-a nearby is in a mall (and…I hate going to malls,) we haven’t been for awhile. The other day, I was having a huge craving for it though! So I searched and searched for recipes, and finally found this one. Along the way, however, I discovered a great debate: Does Chick-fil-a marinate their chicken in pickle juice?
Well, I had to find out for sure, so I went to the expert – my sister, Kristalyn. Here’s what she said (sorry the first bit is cut off, it’s the best I could do):

Does Chick-fil-A Soak Their Chicken in Pickle Juice?

Does Chick-fil-A Soak Their Chicken in Pickle Juice?
So there you have it, the nuggets and original sandwich are NOT made with pickle juice, but the chargrilled and chicken strips are. However, I decided to switch things up a little bit and marinate the chicken breast in a mixture of pickle juice and a few other spices.
I added something extra to the batter as well. These sandwiches taste very similar to Chick-fil-a, just with a slightly new kick to them. Personally, I think they taste even better, but, of course, I’m biased!
chick-fil-a sandwich recipe
I’ve also included a simple recipe for the Chick-fil-a sauce. It only has two ingredients, and it tastes exactly like it!
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How Does Chick-Fil-A Cook Their Chicken?

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches
Author: Katie
For marinade
  • ½ cup pickle juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp sugar
For Sandwiches
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. dry milk
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • Peanut oil
  • 8 pickle slices
  • 4 buns
  • 3 Tbsp. Softened butter
  1. Put thawed chicken breasts and all the marinade ingredients in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and shake. Place in fridge for at least thirty minutes to let chicken soak up the marinade.
  2. After marinating chicken, take out of fridge and cut each chicken breast in half so you have four thin slices. Wrap in plastic wrap and pound until it is about ¼-inch thick.
  3. Put enough peanut oil into a deep frying pan to cover chicken (about 1-inch) and start to heat. In a bowl, whisk milk, water, and egg. In another dish, combine the flour, powdered sugar, dry milk, baking soda, ground mustard, pepper, salt, and Cajun seasoning.
  4. Dip chicken into milk mixture and cover. Immediately place into the next dish and coat completely. Shake off excess, and place in oil. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  5. Fry in peanut oil until chicken is cooked and the coating turns a nice, golden color, about four minutes on each side.
  6. Heat a smaller frying pan. Butter each side of the bun, and place on the pan for a very short time. Place chicken on buns, and top with two pickles.
  7. Notes
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    • I have never tried! I would imagine it wouldn't have the biggest difference - might just be a slight change in taste. Let me know if you try!
  • This is one of the better recipes I've seen out there. A lot of other recipes are skipping the marinade part. The pickle juice is definitely key to achieving a chik-fil-a taste. You also understand your egg-to-milk ratio. Some are saying 2 cups of milk and one egg. That wasn't working for me.
    • Thank you! I'm glad that you feel this is a good recipe. I felt the same way about some of the recipes I found -- they just didn't quite get the ratios correct!
  • Chick-Fil-A had! These look awesome, thanks so much for sharing them at Wicked Good Wednesdays! {you've got a feature! Come check out the party tomorrow and get a featured button!}
  • I love Chick-Fil-A & the batter on the chicken looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Sweet & Savory Saturdays #6!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
  • Hmmm... I am definitely going to have to try these. I LOVE Chick-fil-a. It's probably for the best the closest one is at the mall. I have one 10 minutes away. Not so great for my wallet.
  • I love finding good copycat Chick Fil A recipes. I refuse to spend my money there anymore (not that we eat out that often anyways). ;)

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