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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chick-fil-A Style Chicken Nuggets and Sauce

Chick-fil-A used to be one of my favorite places to eat, but since we are a single income family we've had to cut back our fast food intake the past few years. I don't really miss fast food or take out often, but every now and then I just crave some Chick-fil-A nuggets.

As fast food goes, Chick-fil-A is on the expensive end for us. Our whole family can eat at Taco Bell for under $10 but Chick-fil-A can cost up to $20. And that's with just a two year old. Imagine how much it costs for a family of four to eat there with bigger kids who eat a lot more.

So, the only way to save money without depriving ourselves of these unique chicken nuggets was to learn how to make them at home. No, we didn't have waffle fries tonight. Some may say it's not the same without the waffle fries, but trust me when I say, this tastes as close to Chick-fil-A's recipe as I will ever get. I even looked up a recipe for their sauce to dip the chicken in.

Next time I make these (and it will be very soon) I plan to try to replicate the Polynesian sauce and when I perfect it I'll share that recipe as well. Who says you can't enjoy your favorite restaurant foods and still save money?

Chick-fil-A Style Chicken Nuggets

Source: The Sisters Dish

2 large chicken breasts cut into nugget sized pieces
salt and pepper
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup dill pickle juice (yes, dill, not sweet)
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup oil (Chick-fil-A used to use peanut oil but you could use vegetable or canola oil)

Whisk together the milk, pickle juice, and egg in a small mixing bowl or liquid measuring cup.

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and place them in a Ziploc bag.

Add the milk mixture and marinate in the fridge for 2-4 hours.

In another large zip top bag combine the flour, powdered sugar, salt, and pepper and shake to mix.

Drain the marinade from the chicken and add the chicken to the flour bag. I did this in batches. Shake to coat the chicken pieces.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. The oil is ready when it sizzles a bit when you sprinkle a bit of flour over it.

Cook the chicken in the oil for 3-4 minutes per side, careful not to crowd them in the pan.

Transfer to a paper towel lined plate until ready to serve.

Serve with french fries and dipping sauces.

Homemade Chick-fil-A Dipping Sauce

Source: Juxtapost

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp mustard
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup.

Mix well with a spoon.

Chill in the fridge until ready to eat. Serve alongside chicken nuggets and french fries to dip.

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