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Copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets (almost)

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This post updated 7/2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I’ve challenged myself to re-shoot old photos from ye olden days where I knew nothing about photography. Enjoy!

It's easy to make your own Chick-fil-A nuggets at home! Recipe on

I’m sort of consistently cooking again ya’ll! This is very exciting. It’s amazing how time efficient one becomes when there are many things to juggle. I love being busy and so the Mary is very happy.

Since last Friday, we have had fried chicken on the brain. Growing up near Publix, we always had fabulous chicken (both fried and rotisserie) available. For those of you not familiar with Publix, Publix is an amazing grocery store in the Southeast and I have not found its equal. I even worked for them for a time and it just made me a more loyal Publix shopper. They treat their employees well and the quality and customer service is great. Love them and miss the store very much. The chicken in their deli was a quick weeknight dinner or picnic staple in my childhood.

Then we moved to Georgia, where there was no shortage of good fried chicken. Our favorite sit-down place to order fried chicken was a lovely mom and pop restaurant called The Swanson in downtown Perry, GA. If you ever find yourself that way, stop in. Every dish we ever enjoyed was delicious, the restaurant is beautiful, and downtown Perry is charming.

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Before I go any further on this tangent, let’s come back to fried chicken. There is a Chick-fil-A just a few minutes outside the base gates, and the Godfather and I would buy lunch every few weeks and one of the items I would treat myself to if the rest of the day were rather healthy would be the chicken nuggets. Bite size food is fun, and I appreciate nuggets where you can tell it’s actual cut bits of chicken and not mystery meat. We do not approve of mystery meat. photo 2 nuggets

Comfort food just seemed right this past weekend, so we decided Sunday night would be the perfect time for a little bite-size chicken goodness. I had pinned a recipe for copycat nuggets from food blogger Kristin Schell’s site and followed it almost exactly with a few minor modifications. We love garlic, so we added a bit more garlic powder, and instead of marinating the chicken in sweet milk, I used buttermilk. That’s it. Then we mixed up some honey mustard and dinner was served! The recipe will serve four to six, or one Godmother, one Godfather, and one Dolce dog (just a few bites for our spoiled baby).

It's easy to make your own Chick-fil-A nuggets at home! Recipe on

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We served our nuggets with rice and arugula salad drizzled with pistachio oil and balsamic glaze – my current favorite salad “dressing”.

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It's easy to make your own Chick-fil-A nuggets at home! Recipe on

It's easy to make your own Chick-fil-A nuggets at home! Recipe on

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • canola oil or other oil for frying


  1. Whisk together the egg and buttermilk in a mixing bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for two to three hours.
  2. When you are ready to cook the nuggets, pour about an inch and a half of oil into a frying pan and preheat over a medium high flame.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a large ziploc bag and add the chicken pieces. Seal the bag (or you’ll make a huge mess!), and toss to coat the nuggets.
  4. Fry in batches, turning halfway through, cooking until the nuggets are golden brown.
  5. Drain on a paper towel and serve immediately with your favorite sauce and sides.

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