Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets

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5 from 13 votes
Tasty Air Fryer Chick Fil A Nuggets are the perfect dupe for the take out version. But made in the Air Fryer to make them healthier but just as tasty.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on a white plate.

Tasty Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets are the perfect dupe for the take out version. But made in the Air Fryer to make them healthier but just as tasty.

Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on a white plate.

This Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets are such a family favorite they have become a staple in the house. The copycat version make such a healthier version of the original.

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What We Love About This Chick Fil a Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Fast and easy dinner, that is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, then this is the recipe for you. More about Chick Fil A here.

  • 15 Minute Meal: My nuggets cook in only 15 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: Truly family friendly ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Boy do the kids come running for these crispy chicken nuggets.
  • Adaptable: Here you can make it low-carb or low sodium.
  • Great Leftovers: For example, lunch on top of salads, chicken sandwiches or even as a wonderful snack.
A hand holding up a nugget with a dish of Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets in the background.

Ingredient Notes for Recipe for Chick Fil a Chicken Nuggets

  • Pickle Juice: Yes! It is the secret ingredient that gives that unique flavor.
  • Chicken Breasts: Cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into uniform chicken pieces.
  • Powder Sugar: The sweet balances the sour of the pickle juice.
  • House Seasoning Blend
  • Paprika: To be sure, a hint of spice makes a great kick of flavor.
Chicken, eggs, seasonings etc. for the air fryer nuggets.

Equipment Needed for Chicken Tenders

How to Make Recipe for Chick Fil a Nuggets

The basic steps for making copycat chick-fil-a nuggets. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Making the coating and putting the nuggets in the airfryer

STEP 1: Marinade

First, place cubed bite size pieces of chicken into gallon size bag and pour in pickle juice. Shake and place back in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.

STEP 2: Coat

Second mix egg and milk until completely combined and then mix the powdered sugar, all purpose flour and spices in a separate bowl and then drain nuggets and place in flour and then place in egg milk mixture and then place back into flour mixture.

STEP 3: Fry

Next, place the battered nuggets in air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil.Cook on 370 for 8-10 minutes, stirring and respraying halfway through and cook until golden brown. Finally, let nuggets cool on paper towel for 5 minutes before eating. Lastly, salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, serve along with your favorite dipping sauces.

Nuggets before and after cooking in the air fryer.

Prep and Storage Tips for Chick Fil a Chicken Tenders

MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Marinate the nuggets and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator, To make ahead of time you can have the chicken marinade for up to eight hours

STORE THIS CHICK FIL A CHICKEN NUGGETS RECIPE

To store leftovers in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge.

FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Easily freeze by placing chicken nuggets in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to six months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat, simply place in the airfryer at 370 degrees for 12 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THE COPYCAT CHICK FIL A NUGGETS?

Try some of your favorite sauces, such as:
* Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
* Buffalo Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce
* Campfire Sauce
* Easy Homemade Ranch Dip
* Yellow Mustard

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SPICES?

Of course, for this recipe you can use our House Seasoning blend or make your own with garlic powder and your favorites.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, make whatever amount that you need, however make a full batch and freeze when you are not using.

WHAT DOES THE PICKLE JUICE DO TO THE CHICKEN?

Really, dill pickle juice makes the chicken super juicy and tender. It will not taste like pickles though.

Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets pictured from the side.

Expert Tips for Making This Chick fil a Chicken Tenders Recipe

  • Doubled: Truly it is simple, increase the ingredients proportionately and split into batches.
  • Add a dash: I love a little hot sauce in the batter.
  • Preheat: Make sure that you preheat your air fryer.
  • Overcrowd: During the cooking process do not overcrowd the pan so you acquire perfect crispness.
  • Fry: No Air Fryer, you can fry in oil, for instance a peanut oil or canola oil on the stove, a fryer or even oven bake them.

What to Serve with Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets

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Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on a white plate.
5 from 13 votes

Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Tasty Air Fryer Chick Fil A Nuggets are the perfect dupe for the take out version. But made in the Air Fryer to make them healthier but just as tasty.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed into nuggets
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cup flour

Instructions

  • Place cubed chicken into gallon size bag and pour in pickle juice. Shake and place back in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
  • Mix egg and milk until completely combined. Mix powdered sugar, flour and spices in a separate bowl.
  • Drain nuggets and place in flour. Then place in egg milk mixture. Then place back into flour mixture.
  • Place the battered nuggets in air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil.
  • Cook on 370 for 8-10 minutes, stirring and respraying halfway through.
  • Let nuggets cool for 5 minutes before eating.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split into batches.
  • Add a dash: I love a little hot sauce in the batter.
  • Preheat: Make sure that you preheat your air fryer.
  • Overcrowd: During the cooking process do not overcrowd the pan so you acquire perfect crispness.
  • Fry: No Air Fryer, you can fry in peanut oil or canola oil on the stove, a fryer or even oven bake them.

    Estimated Nutritional Information

    Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg
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    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: air fryer, chicken

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    5 thoughts on “Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets”

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks for sharing this chick fil a nuggets! Really easy to make and it tasted amazing! Will make this one again!

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