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Chick-fil-A, I say!

25 Sep

What do you do when your absolute #1 favorite establishment to dine at is no longer located anywhere near you? As much as I would love to call up the CEO and demand that they build a location in the nearest vacant lot to me, that is sadly probably not the most plausible option. So instead, I settled for attempting to make their food myself!

The restaurant I’m speaking of is none other than the most delicious and, what I think to be, the most healthy of fast food chains: Chick-fil-A! In Texas, I had the luxury in both Houston and Austin to live right down the street from at least one Chick-fil-A, with others easily within driving range. Sadly, it appears that Chick-fil-A has yet to extend its warm, chickeny embrace to the northwest. I found myself craving it intensly – I needed a fix. I was ECSTATIC when I found a recipe online that claimed to be as close in taste to the real thing as possible, and set out to make it immediately.

Sadly, this is, AGAIN, ANOTHER RECIPE I MESSED UP! Sigh. But I almost can’t even find it in myself to care, because these were still super yummy. I can’t quite seem to get the hang of my oven here. I’m very used to gas ovens, but this one is electric, so it’s taking some getting used to. I had the heat up too high apparently, and thus, the oil too hot, and so the coating is far crispier than it should have been. I also used Canola oil instead of Peanut oil, because that was all we had here. I really want to make these again using Peanut oil to see if that gets the taste closer to real Chick-fil-A or not (because this recipe comes very close, regardless)!

Mock Chick-fil-A Chicken!
(As discovered here)

What you need:

  • Cooking Oil (Peanut or Canola would be best)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • I Tablespoon of Salt
  • 2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast, cut in strips or cubed


1. Whisk together the egg and the milk. Cut chicken into cubes and place in the milk and egg mixture. I marinated them for four hours.

2. In a large Ziploc bag, mix together the Flour, Powdered Sugar, Pepper and Salt. After chicken is marinated, toss it in the bag and shake vigorously to coat well.

3. In a large frying pan, heat the oil to 375 degrees. Warning: the coating makes the oil pretty messy. Gently drop your chicken pieces in the heated oil and cook until golden brown.

4. Drain cooked chicken with a paper towel. Cool, pair with your favorite preferred dipping sauce, and enjoy!

Despite the heat fiasco, my husband still found them PHENOMENAL (he, too, is a Chick-fil-A aficionado). He wanted to eat all of them, if he hadn’t had to share them with me.

My favorite sauce at Chick-fil-A is the Honey-Roasted BBQ sauce that comes in those little long packets (my second favorite is the Chick-fil-A sauce). I paired these nuggets with an impromptu homemade honey-mustard dipping sauce that I made by mixing Miracle Whip, Dijon mustard, and honey (who would’ve thought!). Without the sauce, this recipe tasted kind of like real Chick-fil-A nuggets, though I felt like something was missing. However, when I dipped these nuggets in that sauce… wow. Yeah. They tasted EXACTLY like the real thing. And in that moment, I couldn’t have been happier.

Next on my list to find and try is a mock recipe for McDonald’s Quarter Pounder… mmm… mouth is watering just thinking about…