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Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich

You won’t believe how easy this copycat recipe is, and it tastes 100000x better than the original! You can’t beat that!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich - You won't believe how easy this copycat recipe is, and it tastes 100000x better than the original! You can't beat that!

When you live 1.34 miles away from Chick-fil-A, it’s only natural to pick up a Chick-fil-A sandwich on a weekly basis. But since I have already tried re-creating their nuggets, I finally gave their sandwich a try, and I am happy to report back that we may never have to go through that drive-thru lane ever again.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich - You won't believe how easy this copycat recipe is, and it tastes 100000x better than the original! You can't beat that!

The sandwich is made similar to their nuggets, except you’ll be using thin sliced chicken cutlets here. You can also use chicken breast, butterflied and pounded out, but either way, this sandwich will knock your socks off.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich - You won't believe how easy this copycat recipe is, and it tastes 100000x better than the original! You can't beat that!

It’s amazingly crisp, juicy and tender, and you can load up your burger with plenty of pickles, greens and tomatoes, which are all three toppings they tend to skimp on! You can also prep the chicken beforehand, pop it in the fridge, and cook it right before serving. Easy peasy!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich

You won’t believe how easy this copycat recipe is, and it tastes 100000x better than the original! You can’t beat that!

45 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
  • 20 dill pickle slices

For the chicken

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

Directions:

  1. Place a chicken breast on a cutting board. With your hand flat on top of it, carefully slice the chicken in half horizontally. Trim excess fat as needed.
  2. In a large shallow baking dish, 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 another large shallow baking dish, whisk together remaining 1 cup milk and egg. Stir in chicken to coat and 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 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Serve chicken immediately on burger buns with green leaf lettuce, tomato and pickles.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 454.6 Calories from Fat 163.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.2g 28%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 72.5mg 24%
Sodium 633.6mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 44.2g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5.1g 20%
Sugars 7.6g
Protein 28.6g 57%

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

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174 comments

  1. Rated 3 out of 5

    Personally I did not enjoy this recipe i thought it tasted nothing like chick-fil-a… however my boyfriend thought it was great 

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Really good!  I will marinate a little longer next time!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very accurate flavor!! I would definitely either add more pickle juice or marinate it longer to get a stronger flavor (mine was pretty weak). I would also advise cooking the chicken longer, but I made chicken nuggets instead of a whole breast so the cooking time may vary. Thanks for the recipe!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for dinner last night. My fiancé and my son (29) absolutely raved about them. They each ate two. Like many others, I added a little paprika just for color. I also double dredged the chicken breasts before frying.  I personally thought my piece was a little too thick to serve on a regular size bun. The next time I make this, I will marinate overnight for more added flavor because it does seem to be lacking something (spices).  
    I rated it 5 stars because 1) I am a pretty picky eater and 2) My family LOVED them! Good job. Thank you. 

  5. So good! I made this twice now. Second time, I air fryer and it was just as good as fried! Marinade plus the bit if confectioners sugar really make this recipe yummy!!
    Whole family likes it!!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    First I have to say my chicken marinated for two days because I was so tired after work, but it was perfect.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good!

  8. Will the pickle juice give this a pickle taste? I always ask my sandwiches for no pickle as I despise how pickle taste.

    • I hate pickles and I have made this recipe over and over. It makes the chicken juicy and not dry at all. You should absolutely try it. The first time I bought a jar of pickles and never ate them so I gave them to my brother haha. After that, family started saving the juice for me. 

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is absolutely delicious and tastes JUST LIKE Chik Fil A!

    I substituted almond flour baking mix because of my gluten allergy and tapioca flour. Worked like a charm. I’ve bookmarked this for future use!

    20/10 DEFINITELY Recommend.

  10. This was delicious. I did not change a thing. My husband loves Chik Fil A. And has been craving during pandemic. Wow. We are impressed. Making him again today. Thank you. Pickle juice was cheap on Amazon for those who wondered. Thank you. Happy Hickey House

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    OK this is cheating! There, I’ve said that. Can we all agree the hardest part is getting the chicken right? I love the chick-fil-A sandwich, but don’t have a location very close; it would be cold by the time we got it home, and in the age of COVID don’t like indoor dining. My solution is to buy chicken strips at a nearby KFC or Popeye’s drive-up (the chicken strips can be reheated in the oven) and use that as your starting point.

  12. Absolutely delicious !!! I added a tiny bit of Panko breadcrumbs for extra crispiness, and my husband added Cayenne and Parpika into his breading for the spicy sandwich option ! This was a total success and super delicious ! Added to the recipe book for sure !!!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I absolutely loved this recipe, it tasted exactly like my favorite place, Chick fil A , my husband and teenager couldnt believe i made it taste like theirs, thank you soo much .

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can someone who air fried it let me know for about how long. I love but really I am trying for a healthier alternative.
    Thanks

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe may not taste exactly like the restaurant, but it is very close and I think the author is correct, it’s a lot better because I can add to it. I used 8 tenderloins that I beat a little with the meat tenderizer. I marinated for about 3 hours, then I used only 1/2 cup milk to one egg(1 C milk is a bit too runny) then I dipped in the flour mixture and cooked in my cast iron skillet with a mix of bacon grease and veggie oil (no peanut oil on hand) the key to making sure the breading remains is to have a very hot pan(which is why cast iron is good) it cooked up beautifully and it was amazing! I used a copy cat sauce to drizzle on top, used a toasted, buttered bun, lettuce and pickles(we don’t eat tomatoes) and coupled it with tater tots. It was an amazingly easy sandwich to make. It’s now on my list of make again meals! 

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    These were totally delicious! I split the two chicken breasts into 10 small pieces to make sliders, and they came out perfectly. Buttered buns and pickles made them taste pretty much exactly like Chick-fil-A’s.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    I lost my old copy cat recipe for these but this was basically the same thing. I never brine in pickle juice. I used to work at Chick-fil-A and they don’t do that. Still came out amazing and very similar to the original. For those having problems with breading make sure your oil is hot enough. I really think it’s the powdered sugar and peanut oil that give it the same taste. So good! Thank you for sharing. 

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    I rarely eat out because i do it better at home and this is a crazy good sandwich amazingly fresh and just as good if not better than your best chic fil a sandwich. Make sure to use a nicely toasted brioche bun for that extra crunch!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was excellent. I also recommend buttering the buns and getting a crisp on them for a savory taste with it. Very tasty though and very closely resembles chick fil a!

  20. I have a question, what is the peanut oil used for? Is it necessary or can I use vegetable oil

  21. I don’t normally do review but I tried this recipe and as an avid Chick fil a customer, I did not see the resemblance and after double battering it still fell apart. It wasn’t a bad tasting chicken sandwich it definitely not chick fil a.  

  22. I want to make this but I don’t have pickle juice. Any substitutes?

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s all about the brine and the rest. Fantastic. I

    I added a ton of different spices and then added hot sauce in my milk/egg mixture.  After dredging in the flour, put the chicken on sheet pan to rest. 5-10 min.

    I had a lot of frying to do as I had tenderloins. Giving the piece a time to rest helps the breeding adhere properly. 

    I used vegetable oil- it’s what I had on hand. Came out great. Entire family ate them up. 

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    I followed the exact recipe and my chicken came out amazing !!! I added some paprika and went heavy handed on salt and pepper but it came out just right ! I didn’t have the issue of the breading falling apart…. 

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was the BEST chicken sandwich we have ever had. Perfect seasoning, nice light breading. Thank you for recipe!

    Good work.

  26. I followed this as closely as I could and it came out ok… but definitely not like Chick fil a and definitely not better.  Not sure where I went wrong but it seemed like all the breading just fell off in the peanut oil.  It ended up something like a cross between the fried and grilled sandwiches. Was it bad? No.  Was it ‘surprisingly easy’ to recreate Chick fil a?  No.  I’ll have to research where I went wrong (I almost never deep fry or bread).  I did follow the recipe as closely as I could because of that though so if you have any tips that’s appreciated.  

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      The key to the breading is in part having ths oil nice and hot already! A good test is to take a couple drops of cool tap water and drop it into the oil. If it reacts, the pil is hot and ready! If it barely even fizzles, turn up the heat and wait another couple of minutes!

      I myself found this recipe to be very tasty! My only issue is that I love fried chicken that has a batter breading, so its nice and thick! However, I found that the chicken was very juicy and cooked through without problem, so I’m happy!

  27. For those not using peanut oil…Y’all do realize who the single largest buyer of peanut oil is right?!?!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Domain name checks out, that was damndelicious! I like spice and added cayenne to the flour mixture. Double dredged the chicken and toped the bun with a mix of mayo, hot sauce and diced pickles.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delish!!!  Better than chick fil a. Easy and quick. 

  30. Honestly I am not one to even write reviews but this was very disappointing.. the breading was not thick at all, almost non existent, when I read that there were no seasonings it gave me a red light but I persisted with the recipes.. there definitely should’ve been seasoning. 

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    DAMN DELICIOUS!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved it! I double dipped the chicken breasts and added extra spice like suggested in the comments. Next time I will marinate for 24 hours. I also ran out of All-Purpose flour and used Wheat and it was fine. Used mixture of Peanut oil and Canola oil. Made the sauce that was shared in the comments and it was delicious. I would love to try a baked version though, so if anyone does try please share results! This recipe was easy to follow with excellent results!

  33. Love the recipe but can never get it the crispy texture. Help

  34. Have any Celiacs tried this with an alternate flour? I’d love to try a Chick Fil A. My kids (non-Celiacs) love them!

    • Yes, I did this with potato flour for a friend and it came out great! Any starchy flour will work though. 

      • Rated 4 out of 5

        Very good, but I would back off the milk to 1/2 C in the egg mixture. 1 Cup caused the crust on the chicken to be too thin.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Surprisingly very good! All I was missing was the sauce.

  36. Can anyone verify a way to make this in the oven? Even a quick fry on the stove is fine, that then moves to the oven, but I never have good luck with making good totally fried large chunks of meat.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing.   Followed recipe exactly except added paprika to flour mix.   Tasted a lot like Chic Fil A, except in my opinion it was better.   Buttered buns and placed in oven to crisp.   Absolutely recommend this recipe! 

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Just did this recipe since we are stationed in Japan and have no access to a Chik-fil-A. I’ll say it did have that hint of a true Chik-fil-a sandwich and I think it was mostly because of the pickle juice marinade. It’s still not the real thing though, but was a nice “teaser” that will help restrain the cravings til we get back home!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Turned out soooo yummy! I made it with chicken thigh. Added onion powder and some garlic powder and cayenne for a kick. Pickle juice blew my mind! So tasty!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used crushed pork rinds instead of flour. They came out amazing.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    How do you describe  PERFECT!
    My son told me it was a grand slam!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Let me first start off with I never write reviews , well until now . As I was putting the recipe together I thought, no ways just going to taste like Chick-fil-A, then I thought after cooking in the peanut oil there is no way this is going to taste like Chick-fil-A. I bought a package of four chicken breasts which I cut in half long ways and then cut in half sideways which gave me 16 chicken patties for sandwiches.

    I, My wife and daughter ate a total of 6 chicken sandwiches for dinner and I thought maybe they didn’t like them. When I packed a sandwich for lunch, when I came home today from work my daughter had already ate two chicken sandwiches for lunch, when my wife got home I asked her what’s for dinner and she said chicken sandwiches because they were delicious. Needless to say we ate all 16 sandwiches within two days.

    I will definitely make these again, maybe when my family is over for the football game.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a tasty chicken sandwich. It does not resemble a chick fil a sandwich at all. Still, delicious for what it is! 

    • Have you ever had a chic fil a sandwich then? They may not be spot on but pretty damn close! Maybe you should have one before you comment.

  44. do you think you could make this in an air fryer also?

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made a couple of changes to the recipe based on what I had on hand at home, but my family loved it so much, their friends are asking me to make it for them. I used boneless, skinless chicken THIGHS, and marinated them in the pickle juice and milk. (I doubled the recipe for the amount of chicken I had). Although this step seriously grossed out my 6 and 11 year old, later on, there were NO complaints. I ran out of milk for the milk/egg mixture so I mixed 2 eggs with a cup of plain whole fat Greek yogurt and added a tiny bit of water. After dipping the chicken in that mixture (and letting it sit in that a bit), I mixed seasoning salt, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper in a bowl and sprinkled that on the chicken before tossing it in the flour/powdered sugar mixture. I fried them for about 10 minutes in vegetable oil. I had mini brioche burger rolls on hand, so I sliced those in half (as you would Hawaiian rolls for a slider dish) toasted both halves, and then put the bottom half in a baking pan. Topped the bread with mayo, the chicken, havarti cheese slices, and mixed greens (in place of lettuce). I mayo-ed the top half of the buns and sandwiches it all together. After cutting the buns to separate them, I served it with French fries and a glass of homemade lemonade- pure Chick-fil-A style! Thank you for the inspiration for a delicious dinner that we all loved!!

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trying this tonight however using vegetable oil instead of peanut.

    Has anyone tried to bake the chicken?

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    I listened to some of the comments.

    Added some paprika and chili powder to the batter.

    Doubled the egg wash and batter, so I could double dip. The batter stayed on the chicken, nice and crisp.

    Make sure oil is very hot – heat on medium high, check with flour for a sizzle, then turn back to medium heat to cook.

    Used a whole bottle of peanut oil in a cast iron pan. The oil completely covered the chicken pieces.

    Cooked 2 pieces of chicken at a time. Only took 5-6 minutes to cook each piece.

    My breasts were large, so 1 breast actually made 4 sandwiches. (I butterflied, then cut in half again after frying, to fit the sandwich.)

    Served with lettuce, tomato, pickle.

    Melted butter brushed on the toasted buns.

    This was really good! Absolutely will make again. It was fast and easy and yummy.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    I cooked mine for 7 minutes each side in an iron frying pan.  Maybe my chicken was thicker even butterflied?  My dad LOVES Chick-Fil-A but it’s an hour drive to the closest one.  This is such a treat for him (age 89).  Thanks for recipe.  

  49. Family loved them!  The chicken crisped up great, was juicy, and the marinade really made the flavor.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    The only problem i had was the breading didnt stay on to good i went by the steps i believe theres other steps or something miss out any one know what it could be ???

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing! It tasted just like the real thing!

  52. Rated 4 out of 5

    Definitely tasty and you can feel the essence of Chik-fil-a, but I wouldn’t mistake it for the real thing. I accidentally cut my chicken cutlets too thick but it didn’t end up being an issue – it seemed that as long as it had a golden-brown exterior, the interior was fine.
    Question though – any recommendation so I don’t have to use pickle juice? Husband and I really don’t like pickles and though the taste wasn’t too strong, I’d hate to waste pickles just for the juice.

  53. I will be totally honest in saying I had all kinds of doubts about this. I felt the recipe was way too simple. But I followed it just like the instructions say and I am extremely pleasantly surprised of how similar this does taste to the real thing. I don’t know what else to say other than I am totally impressed! I will definitely be using this recipe again and again!

  54. I made this for dinner last night. It was fantastic. I stuck to the recipe, I have been saving my pickle juice as it makes delicious caesar’s. I did double dip and double coat the chicken breast in the egg and flour. I kept the lid on the pan wile heating the oil and cooking – it was hot and the steam helped cook the chicken – which turned out nice and tender. I let the steam off a few times and checked on the chook. The sugar in the flours helps them brown and the hot oil crisped the crust up. Delish! thanks for sharing – also easy and quick.

  55. Would vegetable oil work just as well as peanut oil

  56. So simple, so yum ❤️ thank you for the quick go to for when I need to satisfy EVERYONE in the fam Truly identical to chick Fil a ! And actually we prefer it over theirs !

  57. As a long-time CFA employee I note two differences here: first, a fried Chick-fil-a sandwich does not use marinated chicken. Marinade is used only for grilled chicken and chicken strips. Second, you can add a little paprika to the flour mixture for more authenticity. Finally, I recommend upping the flour from 1/2 cup to 1 cup; my typical mixture is 1 c flour, 1 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper.

    Finally: be generous with the peanut oil. If you have a fryer use it.

  58. Does it matter what pickle juice. W/wo garlic 

  59. I will be trying this tomorrow for sure. I saw that Lucas added cajun spices. Are those what Chick-Fil-A to spice up their Spicy Chicken Sandwich?

  60. Here’s a link to a Chick-fil-A sauce recipe to go with 🙂 https://houseofyumm.com/copycat-chick-fil-a-sauce/ The recipe isn’t mine.

  61. I made this just now and OMG GIRL you nailed it

  62. #CHUNGAH, is it possible to make a video of this recipe, step-by-step. It will be far better us to learn. Thank you.

  63. Yay! Love Chik-Fil-A but find the owner’s policies vis-a-vis gay people and his ardent support of The Big Orange Bigot objectionable in the extreme, so I won’t patronize them.

    • Why did you even click on this article? Was it just to bitch. Move along ding dong.

      • obviously because they love the chicken. They don’t want to give money to the restaurant. They can get their chicken fix with this recipe. By making it at home. Which is exactly what I’m also here. Who cares bootlicker 

        Also thanks for the recipe OP I’ll be trying this this weekend! Looks yummy

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      ANGELA, please keep your political statements off of a cooking website. KELLY was right… MARI shouldn’t call ppl “bootlickers” either… We are here to learn and not be “triggered”. Chick-fil-A rocks!!
      I used buttermilk and Cajun spices in my marinade and double dipped. Also, I only had boneless thighs and they came out great. I will use breasts for this recipe next time we go to the store. Thanks

    • Hahahaha! You’re an idiot. Why would you think it necessary to regurgitate your political beliefs in the comment section of a recipe? You are a prime example of what is wrong with America.

  64. 1 cup pickle juice, 2 teaspoons accent, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 teaspoon potassium chloride(Morton’s Salt Substitute) and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. This gives you the Chik Fil A authentic experience. Marinate 6 to 12 hours, more if using drumsticks or thighs.

  65. Just add 2 teaspoons of Accent or MSG for an even more authentic Chik Fil A taste. Trust me, they use it.

  66. I wish we knew how much salt and pepper to add to make it taste just like the original.

  67. Chick Fil A invented a real winner, brining their chicken breasts with of all things, dill pickle brine. If we could all be so brilliantly entrepreneurial. , we’d open our own franchises

  68. Wow, made this last night. What a treat. I added cajun spices to the flour for extra flavour. The milk and pickle juice break down the chicken nicely, it remains juicy and flaky once its fried. (I used a deep fat fryer). Delicious, a slice of American Cheese and mayo with Brioche buns… Heavenly. Partner thought I cheated and used KFC fillets but said they tasted unusually better. Thank you!

    • Oh, one neat trick is to press the chicken into the flour really hard, used a big bowl with lots of flour) (I saw Chick fil a people doing that at the back of the kitchens on a youtube video) Makes it stick really well and flattens out the partially broken down chicken nicely.

  69. For those of you that are having trouble getting the batter to stick, try this trick. After marinating, place chicken in the freezer for 13-15 min, remove and do your 2 dredges and then right into the oil.

  70. I ran out of pickle juice…is there any ither substitution or can I leave it out?

  71. It curdle the milk a bit on my batch I use all the right ingredients and measure mental did I do something wrong?

    • The vinegar in the pickle juice is an acid. Any acid will eventually curdle the milk.. Maybe it eas5the length of time you marinated for? Or if your milk was close to souring, it wouldn’t take long with an acid to turn it the rest of the way.

  72. CHUNGAH-

    I made this the other day without the milk, quite frankly I forgot it but the chicken came out very well and was a big hit. I’m on a second batch now with just the pickle juice again. I’m going to marinate this for two days. What exactly does the milk add to the recipe? I may add the milk for the second night of marinating if it makes a substantial difference.

    Thanks.

  73. Just a small piece of input. The original CFA sandwich has butter on its buns which of course adds immensely to the flavor profile. I usually ask for it without when I’m order one, but would be tempted to do it at home just to add the extra “love” to my taste buds.  

  74. Doesn’t the sugar make it taste too sweet? Also, would cornstarch make for a crispier crunchier batter? 

    • Not at all! As for the cornstarch, unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  75. Yo all 🙂 I think the premise is correct like the marinade and all. to those who didn’t quite get the chick fil a affect, here’s what I’d recommend (I’m a professional chef of over 20 years so listen up! 🙂 you need to double batter it. So after you dip it in the milk/egg mixture, dredge it in the flour. THEN, dip it back in the milk/egg mixture a second time and then AGAIN into the flour. That’s the ultimate key to amazing southern style fried chicken and the same concept applies here. Cheers! 

    • Thanks, I will try this next time. Mine tasted great (i did pound chicken before marinade)….but after sautee/fry in minimal avocado oil, batter slide off.

  76. This was awesome! I added some paprika, and garlic powder in with the flour and it tasted great! We opted for just pickles and some chick fil a honey mustard. Thanks for the recipe!

  77. Mine tasted delightful – hubby was delighted – but didn’t taste quite as good. Maybe because I didn’t use peanut oil?

  78. Yum! Recipe turned out great! Instead of frying in peanut oil, I sprayed the coated chicken with a butter spray and used and air fryer to cook. 

  79. Mine was a complete fail.  Followed exact instructions.  Didn’t work out for me.  No prob-my fault darn it.  

  80. I tried this last night but all my batter stuck to the bottom of my cast iron killet so it was a fail for me. I shoulda used my trusty nonstick pan but went against my better judgement 

  81. I am very anxious to try this! I’ve been playing around with a similar recipe using buttermilk, but it just wasn’t quite right. One thing I think may help is that a good quality (preferrably organic without hormones), never frozen chicken breast can make a HUGE difference in the flavor, tenderness and juicyness of your sandwich. For those not having great success, it might be worth trying a different chicken.

  82. I tried it, and it was mediocre. Maybe I followed the recipe incorrectly. 

  83. I’ve never had chick-fil-a (gasp) but I just made this for dinner tonight and I don’t think I’ll ever need to visit the chain!  I was so happy with how quickly this came together and what a crowd pleaser it turned out to be! Thanks for sharing!!

  84. I’m making these now …I will repost after dinner!!

  85. Sounds delicious can’t wait to give this one a try!

  86. Do you need the sugar? Just wondering if leaving that out well make a huge difference in taste.

    • You can omit as needed.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        My daughter is a chic-fil-a expert as she suggests we eat it 2-3 times a week. I fried whole breast and cut into nuggets. When my daughter popped the first piece in her mouth, the smile on her face said it all!!! Thank you!!!

  87. This recipe did not deliver a Chick-Fil-A “clone.” Don’t get me wrong, it was good. I will give it another shot with coconut flour which delivers a subtle sweetness and a healthy fiber alternative.

    • Yeah I’m not able to replicate it either. I found the egg wash/milk bath did not lend itself very well to having the flour stick.

      • I have tried a chic file clone before, letting my chicken sit in a sugar/ salt solution with water for over 6 hours. I found that it made the chicken extremely tender after cooking. Maybe you should try this and then follow the recipe. 

  88. This is so good…  We placed ours in the oven  sprayed with butter cooking spray, place on broil setting.  It is a instant family hit. Thanks for sharing

  89. What would you recommend if I wanted to bake it instead of doing it over the stove top? I’m not big into frying.

  90. No Chick-Fil-As here in Oregon so I tried this recipe. Amazing! Hubby and I are both hooked and call it Pickle Chicken. Thank you for sharing!

  91. Tried this and the chicken had a strong pickle taste. We liked it, but mine didn’t come crispy.
    The coating was too soft, my fault I guess.

    • Your oil was not hot enough. You should hear a resounding sizzle when sprinkling a little flour. If its not making a noise you need to hold off. Also be sure to heat your oil on medium high, wait until its hot and the chicken then turn up the temp to bring the oil back to temperature.

  92. There’s a Chick-Fil-A practically on every corner around here but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to recreate their sandwich. Yum!

  93. This instantly made my Fry-day better =) The batter looks so crunchy! Definitely going to give this a try soon. Yumm! =)

  94. Question – shouldn’t the fry time be 5 mins per side? With only 1 cup oil, it seems like they’ll need to be flipped and 4-5 mins total doesn’t seem right….? Hoping to make this tonight 🙂

    • Kristin, if you are using a shallow pan, 1 cup oil should be more than sufficient. As for cooking time, I recommend 5 minutes total, but that may need to be adjusted as needed depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

  95. Just curious, but can pickle juice be purchased at a local grocery store? I don’t even know if we have that here in Canada =S

  96. So excited to try this! Will a different oil (perhaps canola or coconut) change the flavor?

  97. Can you substitute cashew/almond milk or does it have to be regular milk?

  98. What would you recommend using for a spicy version of the sandwich?

  99. These sandwiches look amazing!! I have never heard of Chick-fil-A.. maybe it’s an American thing? But at least I have the option of making their sandwich 🙂

  100. Just a quick question – isn’t pickle juice high in vinegar? doesn’t that curdle the milk?

  101. we just got some now in the state but the wait time to get in is about two hrs. I will try this instead

  102. Yum!! Thank you for posting this delicious copycat recipe on a Sunday. (The day of the week my Chick-Fil-A cravings are at their highest since I can’t have any!!) can’t wait to try!

  103. Would you believe I’ve never been to a Chick-Fil A? The closest one is over 80 miles away! That wouldn’t stop me from trying this sandwich though! I don’t need to try the original to see how good this one is.

  104. My life is now complete!! Copycat ChickFilA every day for a month now!