Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce



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
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets & sauce recipe is so addicting!

Servings: 4
Calories: 643 kcal
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)
  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 plastic bag, combine flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and paprika. Seal it and shake to combine well.
  4. Throw the chicken bites into the plastic 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.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chick-Fuh-Lay Nuggets & Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 643 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 15g
Protein 47g 94%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


Posted on February 27, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    • moe
      04/09/2016 at 9:53 pm

      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!

  3. 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 :)

      • Tim
        02/25/2016 at 12:08 pm

        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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 :)

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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 : ^ )

  11. Sharon
    01/09/2016 at 6:30 pm

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

  12. Sam
    01/15/2016 at 6:29 am

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

    • Julie
      01/15/2016 at 7:07 am

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

  13. Lisa
    01/25/2016 at 1:24 am

    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”

  14. Sarah
    01/25/2016 at 8:37 pm

    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.

  15. 02/21/2016 at 6:40 am

    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!

  16. Monica
    05/02/2016 at 7:59 pm

    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.

  17. terry
    06/01/2016 at 7:48 pm

    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.

  18. Joy
    09/11/2016 at 6:44 pm

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

  19. Helga
    12/24/2016 at 2:53 am

    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!

  20. Beth
    05/23/2017 at 9:54 pm

    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.

  21. Allie
    06/22/2017 at 12:05 pm

    Can you use self-rising flour in this recipe?

    • Julie
      06/26/2017 at 1:59 am

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

  22. June
    09/12/2017 at 8:29 am

    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

  23. Natalie
    12/07/2017 at 7:24 pm

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

    • Julie
      12/08/2017 at 6:44 am

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

      • Sara
        02/07/2018 at 10:26 pm

        I don’t see the recipe???

      • Julie
        02/08/2018 at 7:04 am

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

  24. Betty morris
    05/02/2018 at 6:09 pm

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

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