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Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

This Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets recipe is as close as you're going to get to homemade Chick-fil-A nuggets! Enjoy Chick-fil-A Nuggets in the comfort of your own home!
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
  • 3 lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 6 breasts), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper
  • Peanut oil (is best) or canola oil, for frying


  • Combine the eggs and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Add the chicken bites and stir briefly to coat in the milk mixture. Cover and allow to marinate in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours, or up to overnight.
  • Using a gallon size storage bag, combine the flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven (or another deep stockpot) over medium high heat until the temperature reaches 375F.
  • Using tongs, transfer half of the marinated chicken from the milk mixture into the storage bag with the flour. Seal and shake to coat the chicken pieces. Fry 6 to 8 nuggets at a time until cooked through and golden brown, turning once halfway. The timing will depend on the size of your nuggets, but I found that I needed to fry each batch a total of 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining nuggets. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
  • To freeze: Allow nuggets to cool completely, then transfer to a labeled freezer bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. Bake frozen nuggets lined on a baking sheet with a wire rack at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Source: Adapted from My Name is Snickerdoodle