Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce

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    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

    This copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets & sauce recipe is so addicting!
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Total Time: 55 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 643kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the sauce

    • 1/2 cup mayo
    • 2 tbsp mustard (regular prepared yellow mustard)
    • 1/2 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)
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 4 tsp salt
    • 3 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • Peanut oil or canola oil for frying (I used canola)


    • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce, mix well, and set aside or pop in the fridge.
    • In a large dutch oven or stockpot, heat up the oil over medium high heat to 375 degrees (see note below).
    • While the oil is heating, in a gallon plastic bag, combine flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and paprika. Seal it and shake to combine well.
    • Throw the chicken bites into the plastic bag, close it, and shake til all are coated well.
    • Using a slotted spoon, fish out the nuggets and shake off excess flour and place on a clean plate.
    • Before you start frying, prepare a plate by lining sheets of paper towels to drain the nuggets after frying.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Serve hot with dipping sauce and/or ketchup.


    Nutrition Facts
    Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 643 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16g25%
    Carbohydrates 72g24%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 15g17%
    Protein 47g94%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Amber DeGrace says:

    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.

  • Myisha says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Myisha!

    • moe says:

      if you add bbq sauce to this sauce, it tastes EXACTLY like their honey roasted bbq sauce that they don’t put out or offer, but have if you ask for it. AMAZING!

  • Marco says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

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

      • Tim says:

        I didn’t think the Nuggets. where very close. I soaked them in pickle juice and milk for 1 hour. They where very tender but the crust was off and the taste .But want to put into consideration that I’m out of the country so getting good pickles are out of the question, and the flour here wellllll it’s not white Lilly . As for the dipping sauce I’m still trying to find a store that has mustard. Missing me some CFA

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

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

  • Cathy says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

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

  • Mary says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

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

  • mariely says:

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

    • Julie says:

      No, sorry.

  • Val says:

    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 says:

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

  • Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama says:

    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 says:

      Glad to have you following me :) welcome!

    • Angel says:

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

    • Ashley says:

      Marinate in milk, not pickle juice. :))

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

  • Travis Vetter says:

    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 : ^ )

  • Sharon says:

    The sauce is so very good. Appreciate that is uses readily available ingredients. I look forward to making the chicken soon. Thanks!

  • Sam says:

    Hi i have a question. Should the sauce be sweet, sour or salty?

    • Julie says:

      It should be salty. Kind of like a mild honey mustard. Not super sweet, just a hint of sweetness. Definitely not sour.

  • Lisa says:

    The trick to making all CFA taste like CFA is the dill pickle juice (soak your chicken in it overnight) in addition, the powdered sugar to the flour mixture. That IS their “secret”

  • Sarah says:

    These were good, but not really at all like CFA IMO. My hubby used to work there, and they do marinate theirs in milk. The strips have the pickle juice component, but not the nuggets. The crust on these isn’t thick enough without a binder before dreding. They’re also a little more bland than CFA. A
    Good nugget, just not a copycat.

  • Allison says:

    So going to try this tonight! My hubs hates Sundays for this reason too. Happy to have found this recipe and will definitely share once I try it!

  • Monica says:

    I have tried this recipe twice now and although it’s not a bad recipe it is not even close to chick-fil-a. Can’t even put them at a comparison. I did find this recipe was too powdery or something and definitely needed more salt and pepper. Even trying that it still needs some work to taste flavorful. But yeah, sorry, it’s not even close to chick-fil- a.

  • terry says:

    I made these nuggets for dinner tonight, They were terrible. My family can eat chicken in any form but not this.. so sad. I spend a fortune on peanut oil.

  • Joy says:

    So, should I tell you that CFA marinates their chicken in pickle juice for 24 hours??? Not the grilled chicken!

  • Helga says:

    Love the sauce!!! I can’t stop tasting it, i should it keep it now before I ran out of sauce later. Thank you for sharing. This is awesome!

  • Beth says:

    This is a weekly staple for us. Recently I went to make our sauce, and discovered we had no mayo, but I substituted sour cream and it was still delicious.

  • Allie says:

    Can you use self-rising flour in this recipe?

    • Julie says:

      I don’t see a reason for using self-rising flour in this since you aren’t really needing for it to rise.

  • June says:

    PLEASE tell me why most recipes call for Canola oil when that is one of the worse oils you can use. It was once used to grease railroad tracks and when that was not necessary anymore, they found another use for it…HUMAN CONSUMPTION. It becomes even more toxic when heated to high temperatures so please, no more Canola. Peanut oil would be much better. Thank you for such wonderful recipes….June Schiavoni

  • Natalie says:

    Did you remove the recipe? I’m confused as to why I can’t find it.

    • Julie says:

      Sorry, it’s there now. During recipe plugin converting, it didn’t convert correctly so it didn’t display. Now it’s there :)

      • Sara says:

        I don’t see the recipe???

        • Julie says:

          Sorry, it’s there now. I had a recipe plugin error.

  • Betty morris says:

    I loved your wraps,but you changed them,it is all lettuce not much of anything else.nothappy with the change..Betty morris

  • Joyce says:

    Tried the sauce just added a little bbq’s sauce and a spri Kleenex of turmeric…love love love it…ty

  • Carrie says:

    Hi. I haven’t tried this, but it’s on my list. Do you think this would work just as well in an air fryer?
    Thank you,

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I haven’t tried because I don’t have an air fryer but I bet it would be awesome!

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