Chick Fil’A Chicken Nuggets + Dipping Sauce Recipe

Copycat Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets and Dipping Sauce Recipe

I seriously love Chick Fil’A chicken! It is hands-down my favorite chicken sandwich out of all the fast food restaurants out there. I don’t eat it often, but when I find myself on the go and needing to get something quick to eat, Chick Fil’A will always be my first choice!

A while ago, I shared my recipe for Copycat Chick Fil’A Chicken Sandwiches, but my children aren’t a big fan of eating the chicken as a sandwich. They very much prefer the nuggets along with the dipping sauce. The process for making the chicken nuggets is pretty much the same as making the sandwich, but the chicken cooks much quicker.

As I have mentioned many times, I can’t stand frying foods in the house. It seems like the smell of the oil lingers in the house for 3 or 4 days. Because of that, whenever I do fry something, I try to make a double or triple batch and freeze the leftovers. These copycat Chick Fil’A Chicken Nuggets DO freeze beautifully – just pop them in the microwave for about a minute to reheat them!

You will need the juice from a pickle jar to marinate the chicken. If you don’t usually eat pickles, just pick up the cheapest jar of dill pickles at the store. Marinating the chicken in the pickle juice infuses a ton of flavor in to the chicken. There really is no substituion for it. Likewise, you need to use peanut oil to fry the chicken. While I do use vegetable or olive oil for most of the items that I fry or sautee….peanut oil is just another thing that you have to use if you want them to taste like the ones at Chick Fil’A!

Of course, what sets Chick Fil’A chicken nuggets apart is their “special” dipping sauce. Believe it or not, their sauce is just a mixture of 3 items that you probably already have in your refrigerator – Honey Mustard Dressing, Barbecue Sauce and a little bit of apple cider vinegar

Scroll down for the complete directions!

Chick Fil’A Chicken Nuggets + Dipping Sauce Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Chick Fil’A Chicken Nuggets + Dipping Sauce Recipe


    For the Chicken Nuggets:
  • 1 cup Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 3 tbsp Powdered SUgar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Peanut Oil
  • For the Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ken's Steakhouse Honey Mustard Dressing
  • 1 tsp Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Additional
  • Peanut Oil for Frying


  1. Combine dipping sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Cut chicken into roughly 1" pieces and place in zippered bag with pickle juice to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  3. Whisk together milk and egg in a large bowl.
  4. Drain pickle juice from chicken and add the chicken to the egg mixture.
  5. Toss chicken to ensure all pieces are coated with the egg.
  6. Drain excess egg mixture.
  7. In a heavy skillet, heat oil over medium heat to about 375.
  8. In a zippered bag, combine flour, powdered sugar, paprika, salt and pepper. Shake well to mix.
  9. Add chicken to zippered bag and shake to coat.
  10. Cook chicken pieces in oil until crispy and browned (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  11. Drain cooked on paper towels.
  12. Serve with the dipping sauce

5 Rules For Keeping Houseplants Alive

5 Rules For Keeping Houseplants Alive

Keeping houseplants alive and thriving is not the easiest for everyone, but its not altogether impossible. Everything depends on the plant that you bring into your home, where you decide to place it and how much attention you give, or remember to, it. There are a few simple rules for keeping houseplants alive, and it starts from the moment you decide to bring a plant into your home.

Carefully consider each of these simple rules and tips to keep happy healthy plants growing in your home for many seasons to come.

Rules to Get Started

Before you even own a plant there are a few things you need to consider. First, do you have a place where a houseplant can live. Is there a sunny window? Do you have a windowsill or counter space free? Potted or hanging? Once you have these basic questions figured out and a place ready for a plant, you can shop smarter for a plant that can have its specific needs met based on what you can provide. It took several years of my husband buying me certain plants that I killed within about 6 weeks before we realized that, just because a local store is selling it for a holiday, that doesn’t mean that we can keep it alive once the holiday is over!

Rules for Adopting

Don’t just grab the first plant you see and like. A successful plant is the one that is already in good health and will not die quickly after being moved to an entirely new environment. Shop at a nursery where care is given to the plants, not where plants are just stored till they are sold. Big box chains are great for price, but they do not care for their plants and their individual needs the same way a nursery will. Look for plants that are watered, have clean leaves and that do not have roots hanging out of the bottom of the pot– something that indicates plants that have outgrown their pots a while ago. As for the flower itself, pay attention to what stage of growth it is in. If the plant it already wilting or has leaves that are dying back, pass and find a plant with flowers that are just beginning to bud.

Rules for Watering

Watering is where most folks tend to kill their houseplants, either over or under watering the plant because they don’t know how much water it needs or forget to water it for long spans and then drowns it in one episode. Find out what your plant needs first and try to stick to a routine. If you notice brown leaves, you aren’t watering enough. If your plant’s leaves are turning yellow, it needs less water. Pressing down on the soil should never result in water pooling on the surface and soil should also never be dry enough to be removed in a single clump.

Rules for Cleaning

A clean plant is a happy plant, because a clean plant can breathe. Dust settles on everything in the home, and you are not about to let dust collect on your plates so why would you let it collect on your plants. Regularly dust the leaves of your plant so that they can take in air and sunlight. Its also a great idea to give flowers some time in the bathroom where it can enjoy the steaming atmosphere when you shower. The steam will collect on the leaves and naturally wash away dirt, as well as work like a plant spa day.

Rules for Repotting

Finally, all plants will eventually outgrow the space they have been planted in and need to trade up. As soon as you start to see roots on the surface of the soil, sides of the pot or growing out the bottoms of the pot, it is time to move your houseplant to a bigger container. Always get a pot that is able to drain itself which will help a case of overwatering. The pot that you choose should be two to four inches wider and deeper to give roots room to spread out. Add new soil and water well after repotting.

Do you have any tips to add?

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Here is a preview of the best Walgreens Coupon Deals and Matchups that I see for the week of November 2, 2014! The full list of all deals will be available by Friday! Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app! New to shopping at Walgreens? Make […]

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