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Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

15 min Serves 6

Air Fryer Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw chicken breast meat, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup pickle juice
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups milk

Directions

1

Place chicken pieces in a bowl or freezer bag with pickle juice. Marinate for 30 minutes.

2

Whisk egg and milk together in a small bowl.

3

In a separate bowl, mix flour, powdered sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper.

4

Drain pickle juice. Dredge chicken pieces in egg mixture and then in flour mixture.

5

Place in a greased air fryer basket. (Don't skip this step as my first batch completely stuck to the basket!)

6

Make sure to place the chicken in single layer, careful not to overcrowd.

7

Mist chicken with olive oil spray.

8

Set the timer for 9 minutes at 370 degrees Fahrenheit.

9

Remove and serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

10

Alternative Oven Directions:  Simply place nuggets on parchment paper or greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Make sure to spray with oil before hand so they'll brown up and crisp.

57 Comments

These copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets are so easy to make in your air fryer

Love Chick-fil-A nuggets?

My kids are big fans of Chick-fil-A, and they went nuts over this copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets recipe! They taste super similar to the real deal and are DELICIOUS.

One of my Hip2Save sidekicks is a former Chick-fil-A employee, and she’s the one who told me about this genius idea. 😍


The secret to tender, juicy nuggets? Pickle juice.

There’s one ingredient that makes these nuggets stand out. Are you ready for this?! It’s pickle juice! Marinating your chicken in dill pickle juice makes them juicy and delicious.

And don’t worry, your pickles will be fine with a little juice missing from the jar. You could even serve some pickles on the side with your nuggets!


Marinate chicken in pickle juice for tender, delicious nuggets.


Air Fryer Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Make delicious nuggets that taste similar to Chick-fil-A at home, thanks to the air fryer!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw chicken breast meat, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup pickle juice
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups milk

Directions

1

Place chicken pieces in a bowl or freezer bag with pickle juice. Marinate for 30 minutes.

2

Whisk egg and milk together in a small bowl.

3

In a separate bowl, mix flour, powdered sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper.

4

Drain pickle juice. Dredge chicken pieces in egg mixture and then in flour mixture.

5

Place in a greased air fryer basket. (Don't skip this step as my first batch completely stuck to the basket!)

6

Make sure to place the chicken in single layer, careful not to overcrowd.

7

Mist chicken with olive oil spray.

8

Set the timer for 9 minutes at 370 degrees Fahrenheit.

9

Remove and serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

10

Alternative Oven Directions:  Simply place nuggets on parchment paper or greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Make sure to spray with oil before hand so they'll brown up and crisp.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from ByPink.com 


Use cooking mist, or you risk the chicken sticking to the pan.

My first batch of nuggets did not turn out very well, so here are some tips for success!

  • Grease your basket before placing nuggets inside your air fryer. They will stick horribly if you don’t. (I used my olive oil mister.)
  • Mist the nuggets with oil before cooking. Place the nuggets in the air fryer, and then spray them again using an oil mister. This helps the breading crisp up nicely! If you skip this step, the breading will appear white and powdery after cooking.

The result is delicious chicken that looks like you bought it in a restaurant!

These nuggets are SO GOOD!!!

Just pair them with your favorite dipping sauce. I love how the breading puffs up in the air fryer and tastes amazing! I really think you’ll enjoy them as much as my kids do – in fact, plan on making extra because these disappear quickly!

The texture on these copycat Chick-fil-A-nuggets in the air fryer is beautiful

Eating low-carb / keto?

Make this recipe with coconut flour or almond flour and skip the sugar. Our keto loving Hip2save sidekicks use this modification to create low carb nuggets!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.

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Comments 57

  1. Jenn

    This is a great recipe I’ve used many times although I deep fry them in my turkey fryer. This is an even better idea! Thanks Lina. Love the air fryer recipes. Keep em coming!

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome!

  2. Kimee

    Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try them. Do you know the amounts of egg and milk that you are supposed to use?

  3. Sara

    I think you missed the egg portion. How navy eggs are needed?

    • Lina D

      Thanks -fixed. Just one egg and 3/4 cup milk whisked together.

    • Lina D

      just one egg mixed with 3/4 cups milk – Thanks!

  4. Barb

    Are you using a refillable oil sprayer? Would you recommend one?

  5. Jean

    Thank you for another great recipe Lina! I’m excited to try this..

    Any suggestions for replacing the egg and milk to accommodate those allergies?

  6. kahila

    omg.. wonder if this would be the same technique for the chick fi la sandwich? I’m gonna have to get me one of these air fryers….stat!!!

  7. Alena

    Thank you for the recipe. It sounds soooo good, now I need to wait for a good price to buy an air fryer.

  8. MrsK

    We love Chick-Fil-A. 🙂

    • Missy Kaple

      They have one at Macy’s online for 39.99 if you choose to pick up in store

  9. bess

    I know I will get backlash for that, but…although I understand this enjoyable site is also a business, I have taken advantage several offers at different times and I have found interesting ideas in Lina’s posts, I do not think any other products have been pushed in such a relentless way besides the AirFryer and the Cricut, (both by the same Hip2Save contributor). Especially this fryer…Could we give it a break with the “suggestions” for air-fried food? You can do the same things in the oven (my opinion, since by the way I had an air-fryer 9 years ago in Europe, nothing new) so there is nooo reason to come up with recipes on a weekly basis to promote this product…And again, no offense, great site, but maybe tone it down with the pushy subliminal messages. : (

    • Kimberly (Stylish Sidekick)

      Hi Bess! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Our readers LOVE Cricut products and the Air Fryer and we have had tons requests for more deals, projects and recipes to go along with them, so that is the reason we keep posting them. 🙂 I will be sure to pass your feedback along to the rest of the team. Thank you for following Hip2Save, we sure do appreciate each of our readers.

      • Kelly

        I love seeing the air fryer recipes and ideas. Keep them coming!

      • Dee

        You’re not the only one annoyed of the cricut posts. Still <3 ya hip2save!

        • Jacob

          Please don’t stop pushing air fryer recipes! They are on point and delicious!

    • Sharon

      I personally have no babies or even children. Youngest grandchild is 15. However, I would never suggest no postings for babies and children’s products. I just skip by those and go merrily on to something of interest to me. I have often read posts complaining of this or that item. Please, people, they are trying to please everyone. If you have no interest, simply go on to the next item that might please you!

      • muquee

        Well said Sharon!

    • Amanda

      You know you can just scroll past any post you don’t want to read, right?!

    • Misty K

      I think there’s a way for you to start your own blog or website and tweak it to the things you like and maybe you can get people with similar interests to follow you. I’m so happy that you had an air fryer 9 years ago, poor people in the states better get with the times and stop sharing recipes that they like and others may like.

    • KetaKoya87

      Nope not today!…I think H2S should keep up with the Air Fryer posts as I love reading new ideas to try out in mine & also it keeps things fresh. There are coupon deals for some, recipe/ life improvement ideas for others, and freebies for others…take your pick at what you read through. It’s a free country after all 😉 I love almost everything posted here on H2S & have been a follower for 5+ years but as with many things, if it no longer interests me I move along & find something that does but in the meantime, H2S team please keep up what you’re doing 👍🏾👍🏾

      • Lina D

        That’s so nice – THANKS 👍

  10. Jan S

    My grandson had egg and dairy allergies. His mom used liquid from canned garbanzo beans and used soy milk to replace milk items. He is now good on eggs but not dairy.

  11. cheap mom

    What does the pickle juice do to the chicken

    • Jennifer (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      If it has reset for you, then yes!

    • Lina D

      It’s a very flavorful marinade. Makes it pretty juicy, and gives it a similar flavor to chick-fil-a.

    • 50ShadesofLipstick

      It tenderizes the meat, since pickle juice is acidic.

  12. Linda F

    Do you know how to make the grilled chicken. We love Chic Filet

  13. Tam

    Do air fryers give off the “fried” smell that regular deep frying gives off? You know the smell that gets into and on everything -the whole house smells, I hate that about frying food.

    • cat

      I don’t think so. besides, the smell comes the grease that actually gets in the air and lands on everything in the kitchen. Its a small amount but after time it really builds up and it hard to remove.

  14. Brittany

    I don’t plan on buying an air fryer. Would cooking in the oven work?

    • *Angela-Miles*

      Step 10 is oven directions.

  15. *Angela-Miles*

    Thanks Lina, I might try making these tomorrow in the oven. They sound pretty easy. Thanks again for the chick-fil-a secret 🙂 🙂

  16. Chicagomom

    Sounds interesting!! Thank you

  17. jac

    For those doing keto or LCHF or just paleo/primal/Whole30/grain-free: coconut flour may taste sweet (but if planning to eliminate the sugar in the recipe, maybe that’s a good thing); almond flour does work well, and you can enhance it w/ some freshly ground flax seed; one other option I recently tried was pork rinds, ground into a “flour”.

    And if you’re not interested in jumping on the air fryer bandwagon, you could just bake these in your regular oven around 375 for 7-9 minutes, on “convection” setting if you prefer. Or use a toaster/convection oven.

    Chicken nuggets have been part of the rotation in our home for a long time — can’t wait to try this Chic-Fil-A recipe w/ its pickle juice secret ingredient. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Sarah O.

    Thanks, I love to try copycat recipes. I already knew about the pickle juice because my mom is obsessed with all things pickles and has been marinading chicken in it for years.

    • Lina D

      Awesome! I was unsure about this idea but so glad I tried it!!

  19. Lori

    Can you line an air fryer with parchment paper? Or will the paper burn?

  20. Cobe vizio

    My sister-in-law just told me about this recipie
    A couple days ago……she’s a good cook.
    Thanks everybody🌸

  21. Julia

    Does anyone have a really tasty dipping sauce recipe?

    • AG

      If you Google “homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce” there are some SPOT on recipes for that, if that’s your jam. 🙂

  22. amberrobins

    Can’t wait to try this!

  23. Ariel

    I can’t wait to try this! I recieved my air fryer I won today!!! Thank you so much!!

    • Lina D

      That is so great! Enjoy!

  24. Frances

    Hi Lina: I am wondering what brand/model air fryer you have? I’m looking for recommendations for an air fryer . Thanks!

  25. pat

    I will be soaking mine in buttermilk, there’s no way that Chic fila soaks theirs in pickle juice or I would taste it and I hate pickle juice. Buttermilk is also acidic. The rest of the recipe looks delish!

  26. Pat

    I have the air fryer oven. I love it and do all my cooking in it. Keep the new recipes coming

    • Lina D

      Great! Thanks for sharing 👍

  27. Susan Sostack

    What changes to make for keto friendly? Almond flour, no sugar. What else

  28. Susan Sostack

    What changes to make for keto friendly? Almond flour, no sugar. What else

  29. Karen Griffitts

    I did this followed all the recipe and it didn’t brown. Cooked more than it stated and still didn’t brown. Looked white. With the batter..

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh no – sorry that happened! Maybe not enough oil was used to mist before cooking. That’s what makes the breading brown.

  30. Patricia Seeland

    What kind of pickle juice? Dill or sweet?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh great question – dill.

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