Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich recipe

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwiches are every bit as tender and juicy as the original. Chicken is brined in pickle juice, dredged in an egg mixture and coated in seasoned flour-breading before being fried in peanut oil. 

Never stand in a fast food line again after tasting this amazing copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich. Serve with fried mashed potato balls, sweet potato fries, or a Mediterranean pasta salad.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich with waffle fries and ketchup

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich


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How to Make a Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Copycat Chick-fil-A may seem like a somewhat elaborate sandwich to prepare, but it’s actually quite easy and the results are so worth it! It requires brining skinless boneless chicken cutlets for about an hour, then coating in a seasoned flour-breading before deep-frying in peanut oil.

  1. Brine the pounded chicken breasts in pickle juice for about an hour.
  2. Mix eggs & milk in bowl and flour, sugar and seasonings in another.
  3. Dredge chicken in egg mixture, then coat in seasoned flour breading.
  4. Fry each side until golden and browned.

Let rest on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil from frying. Then serve on lightly toasted hamburger buns, with the toppings of your choice.

4 steps for prepping chicken for Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

What Is On It?

Copycat Chick-fil-A sandwiches are served on broiler-toasted hamburger buns with sliced pickles. You can also include a slice of American cheese, tomatoes or leaf lettuce according to your preference.

Mayonnaise is the classic condiment for a Chick-fil-A sandwich, but here’s where you can get creative. Top with honey mustard, Heinz 57 sauce, or ketchup.

A simple and delicious spread can be made by mixing a ½ cup of mayonnaise with 1 ½ tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Thousand Island dressing is also delicious on this sandwich.

making Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich in a skillet

How to Reheat a Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Refrigerate your copycat chicken sandwich (if there are any leftovers) but to enjoy this classic chicken sandwich fully, it should be served hot!

  • For best results, reheat the chicken portion in a hot oven to crisp up the coating.
  • Avoid using the microwave to heat because it will just make the coating soggy and toughen the chicken.
  • Top with pickles or your favorite toppings and serve on lightly toasted hamburger buns!

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich with a bite out of it, with waffle fries and ketchup

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich on a white plate with writing
4.16 from 20 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
24 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue chicken sandwiches, chick-fil-a, copycat

This Copycat Chick-fil-A recipe is a delicious homemade sandwich that the entire family will love!

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 cup peanut oil for frying
  • 4 buns buttered and toasted
  • pickle slices for topping!
  1. Put chicken in zip top bag and pound gently with the flat side of a mallet until about 1/2" thick.

  2. Cut each breast into 2 equal pieces. Marinate chicken in the pickle juice for about an hour.

  3. Beat together egg and milk in a bowl.
  4. Mix together the flour, sugar, and spices in another bowl.
  5. Heat the oil in a skillet to about 350°F.

  6. Dip each chicken piece into the egg covering both sides, then coat in flour on each side.
  7. Fry each chicken piece for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through.
  8. Place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Then serve on toasted buns with pickle slices.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 371, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 1269mg, Potassium: 288mg, Carbohydrates: 49g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 22g, Vitamin A: 445%, Vitamin C: 0.7%, Calcium: 41%, Iron: 12.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich with waffle fries and ketchup, cooking chicken in a skillet


29 comments on “Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich recipe”

  1. We made it as one of those; “Let’s give this a shot” ideas. Oh my dear Lord; you want to talk about spot on. We are now doing this recipe once every other week. Now I need to find one for their Spicy Chicken Sandwich.

  2. can you make this in an airfryer

  3. 5 stars
    I’m from Canada, never had chick-fil-a. My husband is from Philadelphia had it on a regular basis growing up. I could eat this every day, such a great flavor, he said this is amazing and is now a regular thing we make!

  4. 5 stars
    This is amazing. Trying ASAP.
    Thank you <3

  5. 5 stars
    Was so good! And much cheaper than Chick-fil-A. Thank you!!

  6. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. The ingredients list on the first window was different than the directions section list. Where does the powdered milk come in.

  7. 5 stars
    No idea if it is authentic or not tastes very good though

  8. What kind of pickle juice (dill, hamburger, sweet,)

  9. Love this recipe. Tasted super close to Chick-fil-A! There seemed to be something missing, but I didn’t notice it until we actually went to Chick-Fil-A and my husband pointed it out. We love this one! Thanks for posting it!

  10. I’ve had this pinned for a long time and finally decided to try it today for lunch. I was amazed! It really does taste just like Chik-Fil-A! Thanks so much for sharing! We’ll definitely add this into our rotation!

  11. My breading falls off. How do you stop that ?

  12. Can’t use peanut oil will it taste the same if I use canola oil.

  13. Made these tonight and they were delicious! The hubs said he couldn’t tell the difference!

  14. I tried this Chick Fil A sandwich a few months ago and it is definitely worth making. I’ve been Chick-Fil-A deprived since I moved to Arizona. I finally found my replacement.
    If a subpar cook like myself can make this, anyone can.


    Sabre P.

  15. What brand and flavor of pickles? There are all kinds of dill, classic, kosher, hambuuger slices etc. Hienz/valasic mount olive..?

  16. I have been wondering about marinating in pickle juice and will try that next! I have made other recipes using peanut oil, canola oil, and a combo of oils. The peanut oil tastes the most authentic.

  17. does it need to be peanut oil? or can i use vegetable oil?

  18. Chick-fil-a uses dill pickles

  19. Do you use sweet or dill pickle juice?

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