Chick-fil-A Inspired Chicken Nuggets {with Sweet & Sour Sauce}

Chick-fil-A Inspired Chicken Nuggets {with Sweet & Sour Sauce}

My husband loves Chick-fil-A Chicken nuggets. The problem is he would have to order the party platter to actually fill himself up. {seriously} I found this recipe on the internet and it is a pretty darn close replica of the delicious chicken served at Chick-fil-A. Since finding out our son is allergic to peanuts we have to skip actually going to Chick-fil-A all together right now; however, this super easy recipe is something I can make at home to satisfy my husband’s cravings.Chickfila Inspired Chicken NuggetsIngredients Needed:
Cooking Oil {you can use Peanut but it is not necessary}
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

Mix together Egg and Milk.Place cut chicken in mixture and let sit.

While the chicken is sitting, in a separate bowl, mix together the Flour, Powdered Sugar, Pepper and Salt. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture. I always like to double coat the chicken so I repeat these two steps.

Heat the oil to 375 degrees. You can use a deep fryer or I simply heat in a frying pan on the stove top. The coating makes the oil pretty messy and I just prefer to use a frying pan and discard the oil afterwards. Gently drop your chicken pieces in the heated oil and cook until golden brown.


I usually serve with Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce and this recipe is very good and quick enough to make while your chicken is frying!

Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Ingredients Needed:
3/4 Cup of White Sugar
1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
1/3 Cup of White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Ketchup
2/3 Cup of Water
2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch

Place the Sugar, Vinegar, Water, Soy Sauce, Ketchup and Cornstarch in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until mixture has thickened. You will see it turn to a gel consistency.



  1. They even look like chick-fil-A. Sounds great and not too hard for me 🙂

  2. Yum! I have never had Chick-fil-A but this looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

  3. I have never had Chic-fil-A before, but this looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  4. My kids and husband love those nuggets… can’t wait to try your copykat recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Ooh! I need to try this.

  6. My husband is going to try these. He’s drooling over my shoulder!

  7. I agree – they look exactly like CFA! I never would have guess the sugar. Thanks for posting 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

    ~Sarah @ Sugar Bananas!

  8. Yummy! Those look soooo good! I love Chick Fil A!

    Thanks Stephanie!


  9. We love Chick-fil-a!!! Thanks so much for sharing this. 🙂 My girls will be in heaven. 🙂 Visiting from Kimba’s party. 🙂

  10. These ARE like Chic-fil-A!!! My husband and girls are also fans so I put this recipe to use in a few hours of finding it. Considering they all like and eat chicken fingers at almost every restaurant, I took it a huge compliment that these are on the list of “you can make that again”. 🙂 Very good, very easy. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oh my yumm!! We love to go there…this just might save us some money!

  12. Oh, I love CFA! I never go there, because I know what would happen to my thighs if I did. But when you make stuff yourself, the calories don’t count, right? My kids would love it if I made these, that’s for sure!

  13. The Chick-Fil-A nuggets are DEFINITELY the best chicken nuggets out there! THANKS for this recipe!

  14. Can’t wait to try these… LOVE chick-fil-a

  15. Those look great! That is definitely my favorite chicken. I’m going to give this a try. Thanks!

  16. Um, hello! Those look delish!!

  17. My computer had not let me view your video about Autism for quite sometime.I just saw it today and Oh my Lord! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL child he is! Do you mind it I show it to some of my other Autism co-workers? Such a beautiful tribute to your beautiful baby boy.

  18. My son has a peanut allergy too, and we were thankful to find out he can tolerate peanut oil. Apparently, it is the protein that causes allergy and this is not in the oil. We love our chick-fil-a!

  19. Thank you thank you thank you. We recently moved from TN to IL. and IL is the land of no Chick fil a. My boys and I are having withdrawals. I can’t wait to make this for them!

  20. Wow! I’ve always wondered if there was a recipe out there ‘somewhere,’ but I never took time to look! I’m completely inspired, and determined to try this out sometime….soon! Thanks for sharing your discovery!

  21. Ohhh!!! I miss Chick-Fil-A so much!! Thanks for the copycat!! Thanks for linking up also!!

  22. I made this tonight! Absolutely tasty!!! I will make this one again!!!! My kids loved helping me with the dredging!

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  24. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing. I posted about this on my blog.


  25. Looking forward to trying these!

  26. LOVE this… oh how I love Chick Fil A! Not as much as my husband and son love Chick Fil A, though, so I’ll definitely be making this for them.
    We have a friday fun finds party… we’d love it if you’d link to this! 🙂

  27. Hi..I’m Barb from santasgiftshoppe.. Ok I’ve been drooling over these every time I go to the next link party…These wonderful looking babies are there!!! I give up..these just look too good to pass up anymore..My resistance is completely gone.. Thanks for putting them up & sharing.
    I made you a fav & I have become your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  28. Can’t wait to try, my whole family loves Chick a lay (our name for it) but to feed us all is way over priced for fast food. This will be so helpful, now if I can get over my fear of frying food.

    Have a beautiful Summer

    Cha Cha

  29. omgoodness!

    if you only knew my love for chikfilA!!!
    i know all my friends will find it absoluetly perfect that someone linked up a chik-fil-a recipe at the picnic party!
    i am a huge fan – not just of the food as well.

    putting this on the menu this week along with some sweet tea!
    thanks for coming & linking to the picnic party. it wouldn’t be a picnic without some fried chicken!
    have a great week!


  30. I seriously CAN NOT WAIT to try these!!!

  31. How yummy is that! This is one for the book for sure! Thanks for sharing.


  32. I am trying so hard not to lick the screen, seriously!! I am featuring this because it had the most links from last weeks Whatever Goes Wednesday link party!! Thanks so much!! Make sure you come and grab a button also!

  33. Hello sweet Stephanie Lynn – thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! I’m going to try it! My family will love it.


  34. OMG – I love you for posting this. How fun that all the ingredients are already in the cabinet? No need for a special trip to the grocery store. I can’t wait to try these tonight. Thanks for posting!

  35. i just made these. they are so good. i used veggi oil because i could not make myself pay the price for peanut oil. it was a little off so i think next the peanut oil will be worth it. thanks!

  36. These are AWESOME! I even made the dipping sauce and my family loves it! Next time thought I might marinate in orange juice….it seems chic fil a nuggets have a little bit of a citrus-y taste. But these are awesome!

    • I’m wondering if you’ve tried the marinating the chicken before? I just found this recipe and can’t wait to try it but I also think CFA nuggets have a kick-y taste but hadn’t be able to put my finger on what until I read your comment… citrus!!!

      Anyway, either way I can’t wait to try this recipe
      Kind regards,

    • It isn’t citrus, it is Pickle juice.

  37. If i every get the chance to meet you i shall kiss you for this recipe! Thank You so much. I have fibromyalgia and needed comfort food to cheer me up! Who knew such a simple recipe could taste like the genuine article? God bless you

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  38. Oh yum! My youngest has a peanut allergy too so Chick-Fil-A has been ruled out here. I’ll definitely be making these soon.

  39. Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for positng this! My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s super close to the actual ingredients listed in chick-fil-a nuggets!
    Of course, theirs has MSG. It also has some baking soda in the breading, not sure how much. I can’t wait to make these! Wonder if they can be frozen and then cooked in the toaster oven? We’ll see!!!!!

  40. I love Chick-Fil-A nuggets!!!! thanks so much for sharing!

  41. I made these last night and they were so beyond delicious I do not know whether to hug you or hate you. Thanks!!! Mmmmmmm…….

  42. I just tried it. It’s so, so, so good. Much better than Chick-fil-A. I live in DC, and there’s not very many of those retaurants here, unlike in Florida, where I used to live. I made a batch of these, and ate the entire thing. I sure had my own fill of Chick-fil-A nuggets for the night…… What I could do now is make a huge batch of those flour-y mix and store it, until I need to use them.

    A suggestion: I realize since I had used chicken breast, after frying it, the meat is still quite dry even after soaking it in milk and egg mixture. I would add to the mix, a slurry of corn flour into the cut up meat. This makes the breast meat more moist and taste better. Try it.

    Amazing recipe. Highly recommended!!!!!!!!

  43. Tried these and they are delious. Very simple to make everyone at my house loved them. Thanks Stephanie for posting this.

  44. See Nikki Cook :

    Made these tonight–super yummy!!! Soaked them for a couple of hours in homemade buttermilk…thanks for a great, easy to follow recipe.


  45. powdered sugar??? who would’ve thought? maybe that’s what makes them taste so extra tasty…
    thanks so much!

  46. I made these tonight with the sauce and they were SO yummy!!! My 2-year-old even said they were from Chick-fil-A (we love that place). I followed your recipe completely and they turned out great! For the frying I pan fried them in extra virgin coconut oil and it gave it a really good flavor! Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  47. I’ve actually heard that CFA uses pickle juice in their marinade. Would give it that extra tang. Your pictures are mouthwatering!

  48. I have a similar recipe posted on my blog, but I’m definitely going to have to try this one out. Tweaking ingredients slightly can make all the difference 🙂

  49. Hi! Found you on Pinterest. You may already know this now, as your original post was in 2010, but your son should be able to eat at CFA. My son has a peanut allergy and eats the nuggets from there all the time. According to our allergist, 1) Peanut Oil is so highly refined that it contains very little protein, which is what causes the allergy and 2) the heating of the oil straightens out the peanut protein molecule, making it unrecognizable by the human body.

  50. Just made these at home; perfect! We don’t get CFA up here in Michigan, but I recently moved here From Georgia, so I was really missing these great nuggets.

  51. Thanks for this recipe. Made it for my family tonight and it was well received.

  52. I make these, too! My girls wanted the sweet sauce and I had no clue how to make it. I just saw your recipe and will try it next time. I tagged you in my post with your sauce recipe.

    Thanks! Susie

  53. The manager at my local Chick-fil-A sells me the nugget powder. I use it to make my own nuggets or to coat the entire chicken breasts. My son experimented with the coating on pototoes to create his own baked ‘tater logs’.

  54. KneesesPieces :

    Wonderful recipe because it’s so simple and delicious! My father called these “exquisite.” Thank you for sharing.

  55. These look so delicious, I can’t wait to try this recipe!


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