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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
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
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. 02/27/2012 at 7:56 am

    Every time I’ve been in the States, I’ve tried to convince whoever I’m with that we should try Chick Fil A but I’ve never succeeded. Now I’ll just have to make my own!

    • kari richards
      09/10/2013 at 12:36 am

      Thanks for this recipe…it has become a family favorite. I make it with rice flour so it is gluten free, and the sauce needs a tbs of barbeque sauce to make it like the restaurant. Thanks again.

      • 09/10/2013 at 12:48 pm

        What a great adaptation to make this gluten free! Sounds delicious and so glad you’re enjoying it!

  2. 02/27/2012 at 8:41 am

    I only crave ChickFilA on Sundays too! I guess it’s because I know I can’t have it so t’s suddenly super important. The closest one is 20 minutes from me too! GAH! I can’t even remember the last time I had it which obviously means I need to make these. Maybe today. :)

  3. 02/27/2012 at 9:15 am

    I’ve never had chickfila – never! I know so many people are obsessed with it though so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I cave and try it… thing is, I have to go to the mall to get it and I try to avoid that place like the plague. I do love homemade chicken bites so I’ll have to give this a try soon.

  4. 02/27/2012 at 9:56 am

    I’ve never been extremely addicted to Chick-Fil-A but these I am totally on board with. Any my mouth is literally watering at the sound of the homemade sauce!

  5. 02/27/2012 at 9:59 am

    I’ve never had Chick-Fil-A, but I’m positive I’m missing out because these look awesome! We don’t have one near us, but maybe that’ll change someday :)

  6. 02/27/2012 at 9:59 am

    I’ve never turned down a nugget! :)

  7. 02/27/2012 at 10:00 am

    This is so awesome!! Will be making asap! xoxo

  8. 02/27/2012 at 10:06 am

    I work at the mall and we have a Chick-fil-A, but I have that problem of Sunday cravings too. I shall give this a try in the near future.

    By the way, I’m loving the new look and as always, love the blog! (:

  9. 02/27/2012 at 10:08 am

    Ha, I love your disclaimer. Considering I live almost 3 hours from the closest Chick-fil-A (seriously, they need to get their ish together in the north!) I’m all about any copycat recipe I can find. I do love that sauce, but Polynesian is where it’s at for me. In fact, I hoard it and stole like 15 of them last time that I keep in my fridge.

    • 02/27/2012 at 10:16 am

      LOL, I love that you hoard/steal sauce. We can’t at our Chick-Fil-A..they don’t keep them out (probably for good reason too cause I have a very large purse and I will take their entire bin) so you have to go to the register and ask for them & they skimp & give you 1 each time to ‘control’ the hoarding :(

  10. 02/27/2012 at 10:12 am

    These look so good, and the sauce sounds amazing!

  11. 02/27/2012 at 10:41 am

    These nuggets look fabulous, Julie. So flavorful and absolutely delicious, not to mention easy! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  12. 02/27/2012 at 10:53 am

    Oh. My. GOODNESS!! These look SO SO SO delicious!

  13. 02/27/2012 at 10:55 am

    Girl, FO-GET IT!

    and then feed me.

  14. 02/27/2012 at 11:03 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog, Julie. it is beautiful! your pictures are just perfect. so glad this is the first recipe I saw b/c these look incredible. who doesn’t love chicken nuggets?! yum!

  15. 02/27/2012 at 11:13 am

    Powdered sugar??? I never would have guessed! These look dead on the original. I always seem to want Chik-fil-A on Sundays too but respect them as a company for not being open.

    Congrats on this one! Can’t wait to try.

  16. 02/27/2012 at 11:15 am

    I love the way you did the name. Fuh-Lay. We don’t really have Chick-fil-a’s where I live in NY so I’ve never had the originals but these look so good.

  17. 02/27/2012 at 11:28 am

    You just solved my life’s biggest problem, AKA no Chick-Fil-A on Sundays. Can’t wait to try these!

  18. 02/27/2012 at 11:39 am

    I lived in the States, but I’ve never been in that restaurant… did I miss anything?! Uhm, I think so… that chicken is mouth watering and this blog is so cute!

  19. 02/27/2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m hungry just looking at these. Very hungry.
    In love with your new layout, by the way – it’s stunning. Did someone design it for you? Would it be too cheeky to ask who? x

    • 02/27/2012 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Skye! Thanks. The link to the lady who designed it is in my post “It’s live!” and it’s also at the bottom of the blog :)

  20. 02/27/2012 at 12:14 pm

    Okay, do you have an inside track somehow? I love Chick-fil-a. Is that right?
    Solution: Friday night, a note on your pillow saying to stop off and pick up a tray for Sunday. Hot or cold, they are pretty darn tasty… but then why when you can make them yourself you say?

    Thank you so much for sharing. In my small city we do NOT have one, dag nab it! LOL

  21. 02/27/2012 at 12:24 pm

    You won’t mind if I call you a genius will you?

  22. 02/27/2012 at 12:33 pm

    You’re a genius! We love the Chick-fil-A! Can’t get enough! We’re a 40-minute drive from one, but now I can just make this! Thanks :)

  23. 02/27/2012 at 1:07 pm

    oh yum, these look amazing! would you believe that, despite living in tennessee for 12 years, i’ve never stepped foot in a chick-fil-a? my husband loves it – i really need to try it if their nuggets are half as good as these look!

  24. 02/27/2012 at 1:40 pm

    I love this! I just went to Chic-Fil-A for the first time last month. It completely kicks McNuggets ass. And the sauce is pretty addictive.

  25. 02/27/2012 at 2:30 pm

    Love the title Julie. It’s cute and smart since it probably does save you from a lawsuit.

    These nuggets look fabulous and that sauce looks divine. Can’t wait to give this a try – especially since I have all the sauce ingredients right in my pantry.

  26. 02/27/2012 at 3:06 pm

    I might make just the sauce and drink it! It all looks amazing though.

  27. 02/27/2012 at 4:10 pm

    These look just like the real thing. Dang, I do love me some Chick-Fil-A.

  28. 02/27/2012 at 7:44 pm

    You make me smile! So much! Love the title and the non-disclaimer :)

  29. 02/27/2012 at 9:03 pm

    I was just looking for something simple and fun to eat for dinner. Thanks.

  30. 02/27/2012 at 9:44 pm

    The Chic-fil-A sauce was actually created by the owner of all of the restaurants in the Fredericksburg, Va area. He would make big vats of it at one time and it was a self-serve kind of thing where you would fill your own little cups. I loved it, and when I moved to Utah for college I was so disappointed to find out they didn’t carry it there. About the time I graduated from BYU they finally made it a corporate-wide sauce, complete in little dipping cups. Thank goodness!
    And I happen to know (from a good friend who worked in the first Chic-fil-A in Fredericksburg through high school) it’s just a combination of mayo, honey mustard, and coleslaw dressing. Equal parts of each. Cinch, huh?

  31. 02/27/2012 at 10:34 pm

    I don’t go to Chick-Fil-A often, but I always feel like I drive by in the mood for chicken nuggets on Sundays too! Still, I like that they stick to their principle of not being open on Sundays, and am so excited for a copycat recipe!

  32. 02/27/2012 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t go to Chick-Fil-A too often, but feel like I always drive by on a Sunday and find myself craving it too! Still, I like that they stick to their principle of closing on Sundays, and am grateful for the copycat recipe!

  33. 02/28/2012 at 11:54 am

    ahhh I cannot WAIT to make these!!! this sunday perhaps??

  34. Sarah
    02/28/2012 at 1:03 pm

    I’m glad to see this because I hate giving Chick-Fil-A my money because of their political practices. But they do make a tasty nugget.

  35. 02/28/2012 at 7:54 pm

    Holy moly girl… these look amazing! Love the big flecks of pepper!

  36. 02/28/2012 at 10:26 pm

    These look AH-maz-ing! But I am allergic to mustard… Any sub you think would work? Or even another sauce? We will be making 2 trips to the States in the next few months and I can’t wait to try a Chik-fil-a!

    • 02/29/2012 at 7:50 am

      You could just use plain ketchup for these nuggets. They taste equally good with ketchup. Whenever I go to the restaurant, I switch between dipping in mustard and their sauce. Sorry I don’t know an alternative to mustard.

  37. 02/29/2012 at 5:37 am

    I don’t eat chicken, but my mom LOVES (cannot emphasize this enough) chick-fil-a. I am sending her this post, and I know she will love it! Thanks for sharing!

  38. 02/29/2012 at 1:12 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Finally the recipe for the chik-fil-a sauce! I LOVE IT!!! Can’t wait to make this!! #pinning!!!!!!!!! :)

    • 02/29/2012 at 1:24 pm

      It’s *like* the chick-fil-a sauce..not entirely the same, but you can be the judge of that lol

  39. 02/29/2012 at 1:27 pm

    I will definitely try it ASAP to see how close it is. I’ll have to let you know! :)

  40. Meghin
    02/29/2012 at 9:48 pm

    Just made these for the boyfriend- he said they taste just like chick-fil-a, dead on.
    I mixed cornstarch in with the flour mixture for extra cruchiness, though.

    • 02/29/2012 at 9:52 pm

      Awesome! Good call on the cornstarch for the extra crunchiness — I will have to try that next time with the flour mixture :)

  41. Kim
    03/10/2012 at 6:08 pm

    We don’t have Chick-fil-A in Canada and these look amazing but I paused when I got the the powdered sugar in the ingredients – wow seriously? Sugar in chicken nuggests? Think it would be any good without that?

    • 03/10/2012 at 6:22 pm

      Well, technically that’s the secret to why they’re so good so if you want to omit them, that’s fine. I just don’t know how they’d taste without it.

  42. Janine
    03/11/2012 at 10:41 am

    Tried making these yesterday…delish! Wow! Couldn’t tell the difference…the sauce is a doppelganger! I’m rather terrified of frying but it worked out magnificently! Yum! I’ll be making this every time I feel the need for some good Chick-Fil-A!

  43. shannon
    03/11/2012 at 3:18 pm

    I too am in Canada so have never tried Chick-fil-A and also not a big fan of frying so I was wondering if these could be baked in the oven instead of fried?

    • 03/11/2012 at 5:30 pm

      Sure, I just wouldn’t be able to tell you the results of that. Might not be as crispy. But I’d say give it a try!

  44. Elizabeth
    03/11/2012 at 7:24 pm

    Gosh, these were sooo good! My roommates and I are big fans of Chick-fil-a and we all just loved these nuggets; they turned out perfectly! Thanks so much for the recipe! ^^

  45. Karen
    03/12/2012 at 3:37 am

    Could you bake instead of frying? Would you need to modify anything?

  46. Karen
    03/12/2012 at 3:38 am

    Sorry just saw similar comment & answer.

  47. Lori
    03/15/2012 at 8:06 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight and my 12 yr old nephew ate the first batch while I was frying the second batch. You got it pegged girlfriend! They were delicious, I made a wrap with them but they were good enough to eat by themselves. Thank you for sharing!

  48. Dee
    03/18/2012 at 11:10 am

    Actually, their “secret” is MSG. *GASP* I just found out last week.(However the article I read was 1 1/2 years old, so hopefully they have changed their recipe!) Which makes it a really good thing that they are 30 minutes away from my house and I don’t go to the mall because they rock!!!

    I went to college in KY and we had one on campus (this was when “food courts” started replacing dining halls on campus; unlike today where it is common . . .). Back then I didn’t know what caused my migraines . . .
    THANK YOU for this recipe~ I can eat Chik-Fuh-Lay ( and not just waffle fries and lemonade!)

  49. WarsawNan
    03/19/2012 at 3:36 am

    What type of vinegar do you use?

    • 03/19/2012 at 10:33 am

      White vinegar

  50. amanda
    03/22/2012 at 3:20 pm

    you dont need to dip them in any milk and eggs want to make this tonight!

  51. Marie
    03/24/2012 at 12:35 pm

    i want to make these for my daughters birthday party but dont want to all that frying the day of the party… would they be just as good if heated in the oven the next day??

    • 03/24/2012 at 1:20 pm

      I’d imagine crisping them in the oven would be ok. I’ve never done that but with takeout food, they usually say to put them in the oven the next day so I’d say go for it :)

  52. Tracie
    04/04/2012 at 6:53 pm

    I made these tonight. They were good, but didn’t taste like chick-fil-a. BUT, I must say I didn’t use the powdered sugar (because I didn’t have any), so that is probably why they were as good. I will make them again (because I make nuggets for my kids all the time anyways) but I will use the sugar next time.

    And I’ve never had this sauce at chick-fil-a, so I can’t compare it… but I am a sauce lover! It was good!

  53. Mary G
    04/10/2012 at 5:39 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! I love love love Chick-Fil-A food, but chose not to eat there very often because of, ahem, political differences. But I’m not sure what this Chick-Fil-A sauce is. All I’ve ever had there are the “normal” dipping sauces and this great Polynesian sauce. But it sounds great! I wonder if it’s a regional thing.

    My husband found your blog through foodgawker and now I’m hooked.

    • 04/11/2012 at 7:28 am

      The Chick-Fil-A sauce is like a hybrid between honey mustard and mayo. It’s basically what it is but it’s so creamy and delicious. I don’t like their regular honey mustard so I always go for the Chick-Fil-A sauce. I’m glad you found my blog – enjoy! :)

  54. Kyle
    04/15/2012 at 8:42 am

    Hi there! I can’t wait to try this. We have been making a version of the sauce at home for our 4 yr old. I have found that Ken’s Honey Mustard Salad Dressing with a squirt of ketchup is quick and easy and tastes pretty darn close to the real thing. Let me know what you think. :)

  55. Mel
    04/15/2012 at 4:26 pm

    I made these today and the result was good, however didn’t quite look like yours. As soon as they hit the hot oil (peanut), the coating melted off. Anyone else have this issue or know a remedy? I think mine would have been even better with the extra delicious coating!

    • 04/15/2012 at 5:35 pm

      You can pop them in a fridge for 10-15 mins before frying & it’ll help the coating stay on the chicken.

  56. Amanda
    04/21/2012 at 7:31 am

    I can’t WAIT to try these! I’ve been living in Japan for the past few years (with 1 more to go!), and I have missed Chick-fil-a SO much. I’m going to make these tomorrow!

  57. Ginger
    04/27/2012 at 1:05 pm

    I made these today for my 4 yr old after reading a disturbing article about our favorite fast food nugget. After eating the 8 nuggets I put on his plate I was told, “Mommy, my plate needs more chicken nuggets!” I think you may have a home run here!

  58. Ann
    05/03/2012 at 3:35 pm

    I want to make these for a birthday party. Do you think I can make them a day early? Also, can use a deep fryer instead of a stockpot?

    • 05/03/2012 at 4:12 pm

      From experience, fried food is never as good as the day of so I don’t know if I’d do it but you certainly can try and do that and pop them in the oven to re-crisp them/warm them up before guests show up. Sure, you can use a deep fryer.

  59. Carrie
    05/07/2012 at 6:26 pm

    These were great! My daughter said they’re even better than CFA! And no MSG!! Has anyone tried freezing them? I bet i can freeze them in the flour mix and have a quick week night mock-CFA meal?

  60. chelsea
    05/23/2012 at 3:23 pm

    I love Chick-fil-A!! Do you think that miracle whip would work in place of regular mayo?

    • 05/23/2012 at 3:59 pm

      Hmm, I’m not too sure. Doesn’t seem like it would since there’s less fat content, but you can go ahead and try and if it doesn’t work, go for mayo or low-fat mayo :)

  61. 05/28/2012 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks so much! Chic fil a has MSG and apparently other preservatives in their foods so we can no longer eat there(very allergic!)

    My teen daughter has missed those delicious nuggets and now I can make them for her! We will use a gluten free flour, a corn free powder sugar, and coconut oil or grapeseed to fry- We are excited!

    I have a recipe for homemade mayo to try for her too(all mayo’s are full of either soy,dairy,corn,sunflower all allergic plus preservatives) I have dried mustard powder I can hydrate- looks terrific and easy to manipulate for her unique dietary needs!

  62. 05/28/2012 at 6:42 pm

    Just found you through pinterest…can’t wait to try the sauce. My son works at CFA and he ALWAYS craves it on Sundays! (Even though he gets sick of it through the week!) I ask for the sauce everytime I go, and my CFA is generous and gives me several, so I always have extra in my fridge…but I hate it when I run out! So I’m looking forward to trying this alternative.
    A couple things concerning previous posters – someone said they added cornstarch to the nugget batter. I’m wondering if she meant cornmeal? Cornstarch is a thickener, but wouldn’t make the batter crispier. And someone else mentioned freezing them…one word of caution – they should be thawed before freezing…frying chicken that is still frozen is dangerous…it will cause boil over and could start a fire!
    Thanks for experimenting with the recipe…again…can’t wait to try it!

  63. Leanna
    05/28/2012 at 6:45 pm

    just made these! they were so yummy. i used honey BBQ instead of just honey for the sauce…it worked perfectly. my nuggets werent as dark as yours maybe bc i used peanut oil? anyway im also from NOVA and feel so lucky to have chick-fil-as all around the area! :)

  64. Nicolasyo
    05/28/2012 at 11:43 pm

    My friend Bekah came across this and sent me the link.

    I live in Washington state and there are no Chick-fil-as. Yea, that’s right, I said none.

    So I am really excited to make my chef boyfriend make these for me.


  65. Bree
    05/29/2012 at 7:57 am

    THANK YOU!!! i lived in the states for 2 years and loved my specal chick fil a treat…now that im home in australia i miss it so much and crave it pretty much every day haha! now i can share the love with my family and friends here.YAY!!!

  66. 05/29/2012 at 8:59 am

    My girls will be so happy when I make this. :-)
    Thank you

  67. joe
    05/30/2012 at 12:26 pm

    Chick-fil-A uses pressure to bread their chicken like put the chicken in a pan with your breading and use the palms of your hands to push the chicken then flip over and do the other side the same way. Also they use a milk-wash before appling the batter, it is aslo pressure cooked. The recipe is so secret that 2 or 3 diffrent companies make parts of the breading and they are each sent to a mixing plant then packaged and sent to the store.

  68. Linda Smith
    05/31/2012 at 3:31 pm

    We call it Jesus chicken lol thanks we love us some nuggets

  69. Kim
    06/03/2012 at 10:21 pm

    The secret behind the chicken is they marinate the chicken in 3 cups buttermilk and 1/2 cup dill pickle juice for 30 minutes. I promise. When I make them I use house autry breading for chicken, than deep fry them in peanut oil.

  70. Tiffany
    06/07/2012 at 9:57 am

    I too am a huge fan of Chick-fil-a. I made this recipe yesterday with my family. I tried not to get my hopes up in fear this recipe would not be as good. They were awesome! My son said he would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. :) I don’t know how you did it Julie, but thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us!!

  71. 06/09/2012 at 9:37 pm

    I found your recipe on pinterest and decided to give it a try tonight.
    I followed your recipe exactly as far as measurements and used a regular fry pan to fry them in oil and just flipped them a few minutes in. I even sifted the sugar and flour together in hopes it would evenly distribute the powdered sugar. My result was that they LOOKED like the chic fil a nuggets but tasted NOTHING like them. My little said they were bland. I agree.
    I’m going to keep trying. I would really like to modify them to oven baked once I get the coating right. They are really pretty though!

  72. Shana
    06/12/2012 at 7:07 pm

    My girls made these for dinner tonight. We LOVE Chick-Fil-A. I had previously tried another “copy cat” of these and was very disappointed. These were great!! Next time I will add an additional step,from the other recipe I tried…soak the cut up chicken pieces in Chicken broth for several hours (or overnight). It adds flavor to the chicken and makes them extra moist.

  73. Joff
    06/13/2012 at 1:50 pm

    @Kim: CFA’s strips are marinated, but not the nuggets. And the marinating used to be done in the restaurants (with the ingredients you mention), but now arrive at the restaurant pre-marinated (with a slightly different recipe).

  74. 06/15/2012 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I definitely seem to crave ChickFilA on Sundays, as well…

  75. 06/20/2012 at 5:49 pm

    You have made my life COMPLETE. I feel a simple ‘thank you’ will not suffice! ;-) (Found this post and your blog from Pinterest! Love it here!)

  76. Kim
    06/22/2012 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for this. We are moving and there are NO chick-fil-a’s there!

  77. Mark
    06/22/2012 at 6:52 pm

    Love this site!

  78. Dona
    06/23/2012 at 6:51 pm

    I can’t wait to try this, might just have to make it tonight. Wonder if my small town Dollar General has Peanut oil, all I have is olive or veggie…

    Anyway, I didn’t know what I was missing until I lived a few years in Arkansas and was introduced to this slice of Heaven! Now I live back home in Indiana and there aren’t any close to me at all, but I’ve heard a rumor that there will be one coming to a town close to me in the next year or so…. Fingers crossed!

  79. heather
    06/24/2012 at 5:44 pm

    bless you and thank you! for the recipe and the printer friendly version! my kids LOVED THIS!!

  80. Maria
    06/26/2012 at 9:26 am

    HA HA SUNDAYS ARE DUMB! I concur! Thanks, I shall try this…SUNDAY!

  81. Julie B
    06/26/2012 at 10:30 am

    I asked one day how many packets they would give me. The guy said he could give me 10 or if I really wanted alot, they sell it. I think in like pint sized containers. I took my 10 freebies that day but it’s good to know. Can’t wait to try this homemade version though!

  82. Melissa
    06/26/2012 at 12:27 pm

    Just made these today. I ran out of flour so I added Panko to make up the diff! Added a crunch to them! I also added just a tsp of bbq sauce to smoke up the chick fil a sauce. It was so yummy! My kids are devouring them!

    • 06/26/2012 at 12:40 pm

      Very nice substitute! I’m glad your kids are loving them :)

  83. Amy
    06/29/2012 at 3:34 pm

    We are stationed in Honolulu, HI. It is beautiful here and we are blessed to be here. But, There are no Chik-Fil-A’s out here. So thanks for the recipe! I will have a very happy hubby tonight!

  84. Elizabeth
    07/03/2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hey so no one used an egg wash with this? the other “copy cat” recipe I found did. Thoughts before I try this?

  85. Bicky
    07/10/2012 at 12:11 am

    Made it today. It think the recipe called for too much salt in the chicken nuggets and too much vinegar in the sauce. The vinegar made the sauce a little too…watery? Overall, it was quite tasty :) Will try again

  86. Tina
    07/11/2012 at 12:59 pm

    I have to drive 30 minutes to get to Chick-Fil-A so I don’t go often. Your recipe even LOOKS like the real deal. I’m making these as soon as the chicken breasts thaw!

  87. Ada
    07/16/2012 at 6:38 pm

    I’m making these tonight!! I’m so excited!

  88. Nikki
    07/18/2012 at 8:14 pm

    How much oil do you put in the stockpot? I may have missed seeing it somewhere.

    • 07/18/2012 at 9:06 pm

      Depends on how large your stockpot is. I would say just fill at least 1/4 – 1/2 of it with oil. You can always save the oil to use for something else later.

  89. keely
    07/22/2012 at 4:14 pm

    can these be made in big batches and then frozen? I would love to make a big bagful, and pop them in the oven on busy week nights.

    • 07/22/2012 at 7:13 pm

      Yes, you sure can!

  90. 07/23/2012 at 9:35 am

    my hubby loves to eat and can’t wait to try this dippy for our aLL new chicken fiLLet. :)

    by the way, if you don’t mind.. i posted this on my blog with your link for the complete recipe. :)

  91. Pixie
    08/01/2012 at 12:15 am

    Awesome. Thanks!

  92. Emily
    08/07/2012 at 5:10 pm

    The first time I tried it, it was too vinegary and watery. This time around, I only used 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar and added a bit more mayo. It turned out pretty good!

  93. Samantha
    08/15/2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! We’re not big fans of the recent drama created by the company president so we’re avoiding going. Gonna try out this recipe today!

  94. kat
    08/25/2012 at 4:21 pm

    This is awesome!!! Can’t wait to try!

  95. blair
    09/03/2012 at 9:43 pm

    tried this recipe tonight. my roommate and i were super excited, but the flour was not sticking to the chicken, and the sauce did not taste much like chik fil a sauce. we were very disappointed.

    • 09/03/2012 at 9:48 pm

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you & your roommate! Not sure why the flour wouldn’t stick to the wet chicken. The sauce shouldn’t be an exact copy of the chick-fil-a sauce but sorry it didn’t meet your expectations!

  96. blair
    09/03/2012 at 9:57 pm

    we did a few alterations to the chicken recipe. we added a step of putting an egg on the chicken before the flour mixture and it worked out MUCH better :) and the sauce tastes much better once it is eaten with the chicken :D. sorry for the premature e-postulation

  97. Joanna
    09/06/2012 at 1:06 pm

    I have 4 kids in my house but only car seats for my two, so we are house bound. I made just the nuggets because I love how Chic fila nuggets don’t really need any dip. They were a little bland, but I put them in a ziplock and added salt and a very small amount of melted butter (I know, you can hear my arteries clogging…) and that was all it needed to pull all the flavor back out. It may not be the real deal, but it tasted right to me! Thanks for the recipe!

  98. Mary
    09/12/2012 at 11:26 pm

    i will be trying these s soon as I get some honey, used my last bit last night. :-( I currently live in Australia but every trip back home to Virginia includes many trips to CFA. :-) Cant wait to try the nuggets and sauce!!!

  99. Carmela
    09/15/2012 at 11:10 am

    Would these nuggets be able to be baked?

    • 09/15/2012 at 1:09 pm

      You can but I’m not sure if they’d yield the same results as the fried ones. I haven’t tried baking them before.

  100. Carmelaw
    09/17/2012 at 1:03 am

    I mas baking them at 425°F for 15 mins and spraying the cooking sheet the top of the nuggets with butter flavored PAM and they turned out pretty good :) Great coating for the nuggets, lots of flavor!! Thanks!!

  101. Hailey
    09/19/2012 at 5:01 pm

    I made the sauce last night! Oh my goodness, you are almost spot on! :) It was great. Thanks

  102. Mary
    09/24/2012 at 1:15 am

    I made the sauce and nuggets last night. As an American living in Australia I miss CFA!! The sauce was fabulous! My 4 yr old ate half the sauce himself, he was dipping watermelon into the sauce today…… It was the first time in along time all 3 kids sat at the table and ate until there was nothing left. I found you on Pinterest. :)

  103. Kelly
    09/30/2012 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for a new recipe to try…We are Chick-Fil-Addicts ;)

  104. CANDICE
    10/01/2012 at 6:46 pm

    I love chick-f-la sauce and i tried this one compared to another one I found and I have to say do this recipe and add some type of “smoked” BBQ sauce to it…. and mix then add some a little more and it will come out to taste more like it…. :)

  105. thepretty bitch
    10/05/2012 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for this recipe i don’t go there any more because of their views on marriage. Very disrespectful.

  106. 10/10/2012 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you sooooo much for this recipe! We have not been to Chick-fil-a since their views about marriage came out. My children have been craving it. (we used to go 2x a week)Tonight we feast!

  107. Aly
    10/14/2012 at 3:25 am

    I live in the south so I’m SURROUNDED by chick fil a and I hate those typical Sunday cravings! I can’t wait to try this out!

  108. SmiaVS
    10/16/2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hopefully your recipe will become so popular those bigots will be driven out of business. :) Of course, that sort of thing never hurts the CEOs anyhow, so never mind. Anyway, what kind of vinegar did you use for the sauce?

    • 10/16/2012 at 5:35 pm

      I used white vinegar.

  109. Nikole
    10/17/2012 at 9:55 pm

    I really wanted to give this a great review. Unfortunately, mine didn’t turn out at all like chick fuh lay. I followed the recipe to a T… So sad!

  110. 10/21/2012 at 11:29 am

    You are a genius!! I have to make this!! I am obsessed with there sauce, and will seriously be trying this soon :)!

  111. Terri
    10/22/2012 at 5:18 pm

    I think you’re my new hero. Just found your blog when I was googl-ing chick-fil-a honey mustard, and I must say, I thought it was amaze-balls! I looooved it. I will be making this sauce more often than the nuggets to use for many dishes in the future! So delish, the whole meal. And now I am spending way too many hours looking through the rest of your blog, so glad I stumbled upon it! Thanks! <3

    • 10/22/2012 at 5:37 pm

      Haha yay!! I’m glad you found my blog :)

  112. Ann
    11/03/2012 at 7:32 pm

    I am from where the chick-fil-a sauce originated, made with bulls eye bbq sauce, mustard, honey and mayo. We used to call it “crack sauce” in highschool. :)

  113. Julianne
    11/27/2012 at 4:39 pm

    Ma’am, I believe that you are a certifiable genius!!
    I made this for dinner last night, and it was such a great big hit with my family!! The sauce really hits the spot! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  114. Amy
    11/29/2012 at 6:02 pm

    I let my chicken pieces marinade for a few hours in milk and, of all things, pickle juice!!! SO yummy! The sauce is really close to the one at the restaurant. This is a must have for my family.

  115. Emilee
    11/30/2012 at 5:42 pm

    This sauce is to DIE for! I like it a little sweeter so I added a little bit of extra honey. Fresh cracked pepper really makes it! Thanks for sharing.

  116. Lyndsey
    12/07/2012 at 3:45 pm

    I was so happy to find this recipe! I quit eating Chick fil a on account of burping nasty hot dog flavor all night after eating their chicken, not appetizing! Always looking for new ways to cook chicken at home! I love love this sauce too! Thanx!

  117. BEX
    12/12/2012 at 2:34 pm

    Is that white vinegar you used in the recipe? Or malt vinegar?

  118. 12/14/2012 at 4:29 pm

    They are building a Chick – Fil- A in my town right now! The building looks finished and they even got the sign up this past week. I can’t even wait! But since it’s probably going to be a couple of weeks or so until they open, I will have to eat this in the meantime. Thank you!!

  119. April sonier
    12/18/2012 at 9:05 pm

    This was so good!!!! I made it for supper and the kid loved it! First time in 3 weeks I didn’t have to fight them to eat.instead I had to fight them still they would quit eating lol!!!

  120. April sonier
    12/18/2012 at 9:05 pm

    This was so good!!!! I made it for supper and the kid loved it! First time in 3 weeks I didn’t have to fight them to eat.instead I had to fight them still they would quit eating lol!!!

  121. Econe
    12/21/2012 at 10:07 am

    Just an FYI: if you dip the chicken in a milk/egg mixture first, the breading will stay on the nuggets better. (I worked at CFA for about 6 years, so I know how they do their nuggets).

    BTW: it is not a company policy about marriage, but the founder’s own personal belief…which everyone is entitled to.

  122. Diana Salvo
    12/31/2012 at 4:03 pm

    I’m trying this recipe today for new year’s dinner, wish me luck! :d

  123. Emma
    01/12/2013 at 12:09 pm

    For a healthier alternative i used almond flour and grape seed oil for frying. I used vegennaise as opposed to mayo:))delicious!! Thanks for the post!

  124. Pat
    01/13/2013 at 7:23 am

    Anybody have the recipe for the polynesian sauce

  125. Yvonne
    01/14/2013 at 7:30 pm

    I’m going to try this but I giggled because like you I rarely go to fast food and it seems I crave chick -fil-a on a SUNDAY…LOL decided it’s really the sauce I love so Thank you…

  126. amanda
    01/15/2013 at 8:58 pm

    I LOVE chick-fil-a, and there is one close to my house…but i have Celiac, a gluten intolorance. The grilled nuggest are okay, not great. But I miss, I crave, the breaded orginal nuggest every day when I drive by Chick-fil-a on the way to work! I haven’t tried these yet, but i am hopeful they taste even remotely like the orginal. I plan to use some cornstarch (it will crisp them up, does a great job of crisping in my other recipies, as well as thickening) and tapioca or potato flour. And baking them, as teh smell of fried food in my house makes me queasy for days. I’ll let y’all know how they turn out!

  127. Laura
    01/21/2013 at 2:46 pm

    I have been using your recipe since I found it on pinterest awhile back…I LOVE IT!!! I do one small thing different to the sauce…I add a tiny bit of Liquid Smoke to it. Today, I happened to have a small container of the “real” stuff in my fridge from our last visit to Chick Fil A and opened it up after I made my sauce…. PERFECT! You can’t taste the difference!

  128. Bill
    01/21/2013 at 3:35 pm

    Used your recipe but cut them into strips. Also read an article from an ex chik fil a employee that said they put them raw chicken in a bath of milk and eggs to get the batter to stick better. I used 1cup milk and 2 eggs. Tenderize the chicken a lot more.

  129. Martha
    01/22/2013 at 1:40 pm

    What means Mayo? Mayonnaise?

    • 01/22/2013 at 1:57 pm

      Yes, you’re correct!

  130. K Jones
    01/24/2013 at 10:03 am

    Thank you for the recipe. My son loved these! Said they tasted like Chick-Fil-A without me telling him they were supposed to. :) I have a question… My nuggets didn’t seem very “breaded”…and they didn’t look as good as your pictures. Do you have any suggestions?

  131. Courtney
    02/01/2013 at 4:57 pm

    Im a total CFA addict but live 30 minutes away from it, so I have high hopes that this recipe will let me get my nugget fix from home, lol :) I’m actually making the sauce right now. One thing i would add is to try a little liquid smoke. I think I used about 5 drops, but you could certainly do as much or as little as you like. I don’t know if its in the ingredient list for the original CFA sauce or not, but I’ve always though it had a very faint smokey BBQish taste. Thanks for the great recipe, I cant wait for dinner tonight! :)

  132. megan
    02/02/2013 at 5:54 pm

    Yea! Now I can have the sauce without supporting a Dominionist-owned business! Seriously, thank you.

  133. From Sugar Land
    02/09/2013 at 12:16 am

    Easy way to handle Sunday Chick Fil A cravings: double your order on Saturday. Get extra sauce. Try not to eat it all at one sitting. Wait for Sunday. Re-heat. Works for me.

  134. natalie
    02/21/2013 at 7:38 pm

    I just tried the sauce and it is amaaaaazing! The honey really made it for me!

  135. Willow
    02/28/2013 at 5:49 pm

    Bless your heart. I can do you one better. I live where THERE ARE NO CHICK FIL A’s!!!!! I refer to my location as Hell. Having grown up near them, I know that taste. Your’s is so darned close I could see the cows giving me a thumbs up! Thank the good lord for your sunday cravings.

  136. 03/14/2013 at 6:24 pm

    I am going to make these NOW! I bet they freeze well too, then the kid can microwave these instead of buying the boxed up chicken nuggets.

  137. Christel
    03/26/2013 at 11:46 am

    I live in Germany where there is no chick FIL a and my husband doesn’t like it anyway. Well, I love chick FIL a and decided to give this recipe a try. Without telling my husband that this was a copycat recipe he said it was great. He enjoys these nuggets and the sauce. I LOVE the recipe. Our toddler eats them up. Thank you so much!

  138. Lindsey
    05/21/2013 at 4:09 pm

    I didn’t have time to make the chicken, but I made the sauce and used it with regular frozen chicken nuggets and it was great! Would be even better with real chicken. Thanks, keeping this recipe :)

  139. Erin
    06/13/2013 at 7:06 pm

    These look delicious! I followed your recipe, except used my deep fryer. They were ok but definitely did not taste anything like Chick-fil-a. Not sure if it’s something I did wrong or what……..

  140. Jennifer
    07/09/2013 at 7:46 am

    Has anyone had any luck baking these? I don’t mind frying them as the recipe states, but was wanting to know if anyone has baked them as well???

  141. Elyssa
    08/25/2013 at 4:57 pm

    You can also use this recipe for left over baked chicken. Follow the directions exactly. Chop up your day old chicken and fry it in the oil for 2-3 minutes. And voi-la! Your left overs are now a new meal!!! Perfect for the little ones!!!

    • 08/25/2013 at 8:50 pm

      Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  142. 09/17/2013 at 11:56 pm

    I just wanted to say, I live in Canada and we don’t have Chick-A-Fila or whatever you call it. But these are THE TASTIEST nuggets and sauce I have EVER had. I don’t even LIKE honey mustard sauce… I stand corrected I LOVE this honey mustard sauce.

    My friends 2 kids came over (picky as all get out) and apparently they only eat certain chicken and pizza. So I looked up a good recipe for them and stumbled upon this.

    They BOTH loved them, one of them even had 2nd helpings of them. I don’t think I can ever look at a McNugget ever again in my life… this recipe has ruined all other chicken nuggets for me, nothing will ever compare.

    • 09/18/2013 at 11:51 am

      This makes me so happy to hear everyone enjoyed this so much, Rachel! I’m starting to get a craving for it! Haha

  143. 09/20/2013 at 7:50 am

    I made this for dinner last night. The chicken was good but I’m not the best fryer in the world and think I overcooked the chicken a little. The sauce was perfect! I’ll come back to this recipe again.

  144. Myisha
    10/15/2013 at 9:15 pm

    It’s not quite chick-fil-a sauce, but it’s good honey mustard sauce

    • 10/16/2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Myisha!

  145. Marco
    12/02/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Phew! Just finished a whole tray of these, and I’m all happy! I’ve never before been to Chick Fil A, so I dont really know what the nuggest SHOULD taste like – from the ingredients, I guess a little peppery? Maybe I got the conversion from cups to grams wrong for the flour, as they turned out a little bland, but still okay.
    Anyways, together with the sauce, the nuggets are GREATNESS,. And the entire thing is also quick and easy to make.

    • 12/03/2013 at 12:12 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed this, Marco! It’s definitely very easy to eat the entire plate :)

  146. 12/05/2013 at 12:17 pm

    i made baked version of this and it was pretty delightful. I am sure fried version comes even close.

  147. Cathy
    01/16/2014 at 8:52 pm

    Absolutely amazing. These were the best. I have tried other copy-cat recipes before and have never been impressed. Both the honey mustard and the chicken were wonderful.

    • 01/17/2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi Cathy! I’m so glad you loved these :)

  148. Mary
    01/20/2014 at 8:55 am

    I’ve been living in Ireland for the last 2 years and miss Chick Fil A SOOOOO much!!!!! We are coming back in July and that is something I am really looking forward to! Until then I can try your recipe, thanks!

    • 01/21/2014 at 7:35 am

      This will be a great way to get a taste of CFA until you come back to the states!! Enjoy!

  149. mariely
    03/24/2014 at 3:36 pm

    do you have a recipe for Chick-Fuh-Lay Polynesian sauce?

    • Julie
      03/25/2014 at 8:31 am

      No, sorry.

  150. Val
    03/25/2014 at 7:36 pm

    I made both the sauce and nuggets tonight and both were quite tasty. What I did different was put my chicken in a ziplock bag and then added the mixture as needed. That way I didn’t waste any of it, and I’ll have more ready for next time. I also baked mine, and didn’t fry them. They didn’t have as much coating as the real deal but were just as good! Thanks for sharing these recipes!!

    • Julie
      03/26/2014 at 8:49 am

      Sounds like a great idea, Val! I’m glad you enjoyed this!

  151. 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!


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