Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets - Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

I have always been somewhat of a late adopter in almost all aspects of life. I was one of the last people on earth to start wearing converse “chucks”. Or make the switch to skinny jeans. I was also very late on the iPhone adoption. And now I’m one of the last people to finally try Chick-fil-A.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets - Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

The funny thing is, we didn’t even mean to go there. I was craving pancakes so we made our way to a popular waffle house just to find out that there was a 30-min wait on a Tuesday afternoon. So we drove back to our house and on the way home, we passed a Chick-Fil-A when Jason looked at me and said, “It’s time. We have to try this place at some point.”

So we pull up to the drive-thru and ordered 2 chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and all of their dipping sauces. And boy, was I in for a treat. It was ah-mazing. All of it. The sandwich. The nuggets. Oh, the nuggets. We almost went back because there wasn’t enough nuggets to go around!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets - Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

But as amazing as that was, I couldn’t help but recreate this at home. I was a bit skeptical because I was unsure if the homemade version could actually top the original but surely enough, it tasted a million times better.  Not to mention the epic homemade honey mustard sauce. I’m not even a mustard fan but this – this I could slurp, drink, and gulp down in my sleep. And once you dip those crisp nuggets, you’ll never want to go to Chick-fil-A again!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the honey mustard

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  1. To make the honey mustard, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, mustards and lemon juice in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, pickle juice and 1/2 cup milk; marinate for at least 30 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 1 cup milk and egg. Stir in chicken and gently toss to combine; drain excess milk mixture.
  5. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken, flour and confectioners’ sugar; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Serve immediately with honey mustard.

Adapted from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 597.2 Calories from Fat 292.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.5g 50%
Saturated Fat 5.6g 28%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 122.8mg 41%
Sodium 539.4mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 40.9g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Sugars 12.3g
Protein 34.9g 70%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

While any deep-fried food is an indulgent choice, making these yourself ensures quality ingredient control. This recipe uses whole chicken breast; a lean source of high quality protein. Some chicken nuggets are made from processed meats, which are typically higher in fat and sodium.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.