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Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

These crispy, juicy, yummy nuggets will hold you over the next time you find yourself craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marinate 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine American


  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar pickle juice
  • 1 ¾ cup milk, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • canola oil


  • In a large bowl, combine pickle juice, cubed chicken, and ¾ c. milk. Marinate for 30-60 minutes.
  • In a large dutch oven, begin by heating 2 inches of canola oil over med/med-high heat until it reaches 360 degrees. Allow the heat to come back up between batches of chicken.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into 1.5 - 2 inch cubes, keeping them as evenly sized as possible, so they finish cooking at the same time.
  • Combine remaining milk and egg in a bowl. Drain marinated chicken and place in this bowl.
  • In a gallon-sized bag or another bowl, mix flour, confectioners sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the milk mixture, allow excess to drip off, and coat well with flour.
  • Cook chicken in oil without overcrowding the pan for 5-6 minutes, until deeply golden brown. Allow to drain on a cooling rack or paper towel. You can keep them warm in a 200°F oven while you finish cooking the rest if you would like!


If you have an air fryer, you can cook your nuggets this way for a healthier take. Just spray your basket with oil, and place the nuggets in a single layer. Cook at 360°F for around 6 minutes, shake the basket, and cook for 6 minutes more. 
Keyword chicken nuggets, copycat Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets