Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

I’ve written about Chick-Fil-A before.  I am not a fan of Chick-Fil-A as a company.  They have a 65 year history of doing business according to Biblical principles.  Enough said….

Unfortunately, their chicken is really good.  Instead of patronizing this restaurant, I make it at home.

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Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized nuggets or strips
3/4 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp seasoning salt {like Lawry’s}
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, whisked
vegetable oil, for frying

In a large bowl, add chicken pieces and buttermilk. Marinate the chicken in the  buttermilk for one hour or overnight.

Mix the breadcrumbs with the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, seasoning salt, pepper and paprika.

In a large dutch oven, heat 2 inches of vegetable [or peanut] oil to 350 degrees over medium-high heat.

Whisk eggs in a separate bowl. Piece by piece, remove chicken from buttermilk and dredge in bread crumb/flour mixture, then egg wash, then back into bread crumb/flour mixture.

Cook  the chicken in the hot oil for about 1½ minutes, then flip chicken pieces over, if necessary, and cook for another 1½- 2 minutes. Chicken is ready when the coating is medium golden brown. Transfer chicken pieces to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Repeat with remaining chicken.  Serve with Chick-Fil-A sauce.

Chick-Fil-A Sauce

Makes 1 cup

1 cup Ken’s honey mustard dressing (no brand substitutions)
2 tsp smoky barbecue sauce

Combine ingredients and cover and refrigerate until serving.

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