I love Chik-Fil-A. I wish we had one in our area! If I could go there every week, I would. I scoured Chik-Fil-A's ingredient list on their nutrition brochure and the Internet for some recipes. I think I am really, really, really close. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, don't you think?
I found Janet's recipe on Allrecipes.com and a couple of copy cat recipes that called for Season All. The Chik-Fil-A brochure ingredient list had all the ingredients I had on hand...there was a 'tomato powder' listed and I decided to try Knorr's Caldo de Tomato...and came up with my own recipe.
What I have found is a chicken nugget recipe that my family absolutely loves. When I told my husband what I was making last night, he rolled his head back and said, "Oh good!" I knew I had a winner on my hands, so....
I am sharing it with you!
First of all, I know Chik-Fil-A cooks their chicken in a pressure fryer. I don't have a pressure fryer. It is NOT the same as a pressure cooker...
I learned a few things along the way...
Making your own bread crumbs is VERY easy!
First, you need to use bread that has a low or no sugar content, such as french bread. Why? Because when frying with a bread coating, your breading will brown more quickly, even before your chicken is done. That is what happened with my first batch.
Anyway, back to making your own bread crumbs. Just take your bread, break it up and bake it at 350 degrees until dry...usually about 12 minutes. Then dump them in your food processor or blender and chop them up fine.
The second thing I learned is that my chicken needed to be cut into small pieces, 1" cubes, in order to cook all the way through before the breading gets too brown.
The last thing I learned was: double dipping is good.
The 2 nuggets on the left were single dipped.
The 3 nuggets on the right were double dipped.
What's double dipping, you ask? That is when you dip your chicken in the egg mixture, then into the flour/breading, and BACK into the egg mixture, then flour/breading mix.
This makes a crispier nugget. It looks like Chik-Fil-A double dips their patties and only single dips their nuggets.
I like double dipping. It is so worth it!
Just don't tell your kids.
CFA Copycat Chicken Nuggets
(4x6 printable recipe) (full page recipe)
Readers who have tried this recipe and loved it!
The Double Dipped Life