Almost Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets

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Almost Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets Recipe

This is my favorite chicken nugget recipe, it is so good! I’d say you would want to slap someone but really don’t know what that means. Have you ever wondered how some sayings get started? This is one of those. Who want to hit their mama just because something tastes so good? I would think you’d want to hug her. Regardless of the saying I hope you try this recipe it is truly good….

Yes, this recipe has confectioner’s sugar in it, I can see by the comments that surprises some of you. I honestly think it might be one of the reasons this Almost Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets recipe tastes so good. If it bothers you cut the amount in half but I wouldn’t leave it out.

Almost Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets

Prep Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 - 3

Almost Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets are lightly battered chicken breast nuggets that will surely become a family favorite for you.


  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (can be omitted)
  • peanut oil or canola oil


  1. In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk. Trim any fat away from chicken. Cube chicken into bite size pieces. Place chicken in milk mixture and cover. Let it 'marinate' for 2-4 hours in the fridge.
  2. In a gallon size resealable baggie combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine.
  3. Place about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot. Over medium high heat heat oil until hot. If using a thermometer let the temperature reach 375°.
  4. 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 a couple of minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel. Repeat until all nuggets are cooked.
  5. Serve with your favorite sauce.
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    • Mary Ellen says

      You really don’t taste the sugar. I think it is what makes it taste like theirs, use just half if it bothers you but I wouldn’t leave it out totally.

  1. says

    The chicken nuggets look delicious and such a easy recipe to follow. So…..

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  2. Stefanie says

    Do you think you could make these ahead and freeze them to make later? Or would it be best to cook them and then freeze them? Nice to have nuggets on hand for those nights when I really don’t feel like cooking. 🙂

    • Mary Ellen says

      I honestly don’t know. I think I would cook or actually partially cook them first just enough to set the coating on them. Then I would think you could bake them. If you try it, let me know or next time I may try it because it actually would be good to know. Thanks for asking.

  3. Betty Rodgers says

    These look yummy. I got a copycat recipe for Chick-fil-A nuggets and it called to marinate them in dill pickle juice. Thanks for sharing. We love chicken nuggets.

      • Betty Rodgers says

        More work than worth it. Didn’t notice any difference in the taste if I would have marinated them or not.

        • Mary Ellen says

          Sorry you thought that. The buttermilk should of started to change the texture of the chicken. I have found if I leave it in the buttermilk the texture of the chicken actually gets silky. Of course that isn’t what chick fil a does, so I am just wondering if it was marinated long enough. I have served this to lots of people and they have all been surprised how good it was.

  4. Kari says

    Soak the chicken in pickle juice. I have a recipe very close to this one, except u soak the chicken in pickle juice. The milk is buttermilk that I coat it in just before the flour mixture. I do not add powdered sugar to mine, but I might try this. I do add a pinch of paprika to the flour mixture. This make it taste exactly like Chick-Fil-A.

  5. Missy says

    I was wondering if you absolutely have to marinate the chicken in the milk? Was going to make this for dinner tonight but cant if you have to let it marinade…

  6. Vickie Gonzalez says

    I’ve heard from a reliable source that they marinade their chicken in pickle juice but not 100% sure & I’ve never tried it 🙂

    • says

      No question is dumb. I don’t think this recipe would work if you do. If you wanted to quickly fry them to set the coating and then bake them they would work. Baking would get rid of some of the oil also.

    • says

      I’m not real sure but if I had to guess I would quickly fry them not all the way done. Put the pieces on a cookie sheet, not touching. Freeze, when frozen bag them. I’d bake them to serve if I did it. If you try it let me know please?

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