Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Main Courses, Recipes

Chick-fil-a Fake out

I like Chick-fil-a. I like it a lot. And the only reason I’d even consider doing a Chick-fil-a remake in my own kitchen is because the nearest Chick-fil-a is at least 20 minutes away.

In my oven, these are ready in 15 minutes.  And there weren’t millions of kids running around. And you didn’t leave the restaurant with more germs than you entered with. And they didn’t cost as much.

Don’t worry, these ARE the scrum-diddle-y-ump-cious nuggets you dream about. Even though Chick-fil-a has prided themselves in whole ingredients, I also pride myself in knowing that I know exactly what is in my food. No questions here as to what I’m feeding the kiddos. And these nuggets you can feel good about. They are fried, but its okay. Kids need fat….and vegetables…. and fiber.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 6-7 chicken breasts, cut them into bit size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. black pepper (use the powder stuff here, not coarse pepper)
  • Oil for frying, peanut oil is the best, or canola/vegetable otherwise

Whisk eggs and milk in a large bowl. Add chicken and allow to soak in milk/egg mix for 4-12 hours before making nuggets.

Take chicken out of fridge to slowly come to room temperature while you assemble the breading. Preheat a large skillet with about 1/4-1/2 inch deep oil. The temp we are headed for is 375 degrees F. So crank it up!

(Oil that is too cold = dense oil soaked breading. Oil that is too hot = burnt nuggets. Oil that is just right = light, golden brown crunchy perfect nuggets.)

Take a gallon size Ziploc bag and combine: flour, powdered sugar, salt, and pepper.

Using tongs or a slotted spoon, add half of the chicken pieces to the Ziploc bag (you don’t want to dump the milk mixture in!). Seal the bag and shake it like yo’ mamma taught you!

Using tongs again, remove chicken pieces and shake off excess flour. Add to hot oil 6-8 pieces at a time. Turn once, after about 2 minutes. Then allow to cook for an additional 1 minute, or until the chicken turns white and breading is golden brown. If necessary, start with 1 nugget at a time until you get the temperature and time down correctly.

Then go to town! You’ve got a lot of nuggets to make. When nuggets are done, remove to paper towels to cool.

When all the nuggets are cool, store in  freezer bags in the freezer. (Well, after you eat a significant amount while they are still warm….) When you are ready to re-heat, pop them onto a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 450.

Perfect. Delicious. A treat for the Chick-fil-a goddess that you are.

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