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Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce

Copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets! Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce are addicting!


I hate Sunday’s. Not because it’s the last day of the weekend.

chick-fil-a nuggets

But because I seem to crave Chick-Fil-A only on Sunday’s and I can’t fulfill that craving because they’re CLOSED.

chick-fil-a nuggets

I’ve fixed that problem and I probably solved everyone’s problem too.

chick-fil-a nuggets

Let’s go swimming! My favorite sauce, ever at the Chick-Fil-a.

I didn’t want some lawsuit against me so I didn’t title this post appropriately with the real restaurant’s name, you get the point though, right? This is the closest to the real thing and Jason and I DEVOURED this. I laced the dipping sauce and breading in crack, true story. Not.

Seriously, I’m addicted to this place and it’s such a bad habit. It’s even worse that it’s 2 MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE. Yeah, it’s both a curse and a gift at the same time. However, Sundays are DUMB. They’re closed (which, I value their reasoning behind it) but guh, everyone and their mothers seem to crave it on Sunday’s and you can’t fulfill that craving. You have to wait til Monday, and with me, there’s no Chick-Fil-A that’s close to my work in DC (actually, that might be a really good thing).

Are you hungry yet? Are you craving Chick-Fil-A? I’m sorry, you probably are. I mean, everything about that place is heaven. Fried chicken, Chick-Fil-A sauce, cookies & creme milkshakes, waffle fries, lemonade, 7000 calories in one sitting…okay, I’ll stop.

Go make these now and every Sunday, you’ll think of me and thank me :) and so will your neighbors.

I should also point out: this isn’t Chick-Fil-A’s secret recipe. This is only a copycat. But they taste super darn close to it. So there, don’t sue me, I have a disclaimer!

Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4 as an appetizer
  • For the sauce:
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp. mustard (regular prepared yellow mustard)
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the nuggets:
  • 8 chicken tenderloins or 6 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Peanut oil or canola oil for frying (I used canola)
  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce, mix well, and set aside or pop in the fridge.
  2. In a large dutch oven or stockpot, heat up the oil over medium high heat to 375 degrees (see note below).
  3. While the oil is heating, in a gallon ziploc bag, combine flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and paprika. Seal it and shake to combine well.
  4. Throw the chicken bites into the ziploc bag, close it, and shake til all are coated well.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, fish out the nuggets and shake off excess flour and place on a clean plate.
  6. Before you start frying, prepare a plate by lining sheets of paper towels to drain the nuggets after frying.
  7. When ready, place about 10-12 nuggets in the oil and let cook for about 5 minutes (but it also depends on the size of your nuggets).
  8. Remove nuggets from oil with a spider strainer or slotted spoon and set on lined plate to drain. Continue until all nuggets have been cooked.
  9. Serve hot with dipping sauce and/or ketchup.


  1. I made my version of them for Super Bowl Sunday. I thought I was the only one who craved them on Sundays. One very important point to mention: if you make a large batch and compare it (in price) to a catering tray of CFA nuggets: OMG the savings! At most, five dollars a batch versus $20-$30 for a tray. And I think you get more in one batch than from a tray. Love love love this recipe (although I usually up the powdered sugar a bit and marinate pickle juice). Found you from a link to this recipe at One Good Thing by Jillee. Following you now!

    • Julie
      03/28/2014 at 10:39 am

      Glad to have you following me :) welcome!

    • Angel
      10/01/2015 at 3:58 pm

      I am trying these tonight. I also heard to soak them in pickle juice!

    • Ashley
      11/01/2015 at 3:01 pm

      Marinate in milk, not pickle juice. :))

      The chicken comes out more tender than you can ever imagine.

  2. Travis Vetter
    10/06/2015 at 3:36 am

    Wow so easy and yet so delicious, The sauce came out perfect and for the chicken I added a little minced onion and it was delicious, Thank you so much for this awesome recipe : ^ )

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