Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich recipe

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I enjoy making a homemade sandwich for my family. I love the fact that I can control the ingredients and I can modify it to satisfy everyone’s tastes. This is just one of the many reasons why I love this Copycat Chick-fil-A recipe.

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich


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I like to use boneless chicken breast pieces however chicken strips are also a good option.  Especially for small children where the chicken strips are just the right size for their smaller appetites.

This recipe is super easy and I love that the majority of it can be prepared ahead of time.  The actual assembly can be so simple with a little organization and preparation.  

  • Prepare the chicken with the dill pickle marinade and refrigerate.  I used to pound my chicken between two sheets of parchment paper, however it works so much better in a zippered bag where all the mess stays inside.  Make sure to squeeze the air out first before gently pounding the chicken.  
  • Beat together the egg and milk in a small bowl and refrigerate.  
  • Combine the flour and spices and set aside.    
  • Once you are ready to cook and the oil is hot, it will take only minutes to dip, dredge and fry your chicken.  
  • I like to toast and butter my buns, however your can leave them if you like.  Freshly baked buns are delicious either way!

If you like to spice things up a notch, try adding a bit of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the flour mixture. This will create a wonderfully spicy Chick-fil-A sandwich! Next time your family asks for chicken nuggets, give this recipe a try because they’ll absolutely go wild for nuggets made with this recipe!

If deep frying is not your thing, try coating your chicken with the spice mixture minus the flour and grill on the BBQ. The flavour will be amazing and this grilled chicken modification is a healthy alternative to the traditional Chick-fil-A Sandwich. Your can simply grill the breast and serve with your favourite pasta side dish like fettuccini alfredo or a potato salad. Either way, this versatile recipe can be modified to suit your taste and preference.


Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich recipe
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup Dill Pickle Juice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • 1 cup Peanut Oil for frying
  • 4 Buns buttered and toasted
  • Pickle Slices!
  1. Put chicken in zippered bag and pound gently with the flat side of a mallet until about 1/2" thick.
  2. Cut each breast into 2 equal pieces.
  3. Marinate chicken in the pickle juice for about an hour.
  4. Beat together egg and milk in a bowl.
  5. Mix together the flour, sugar, and spices in another bowl.
  6. Heat the oil in a skillet to about 350.
  7. Dip each chicken piece into the egg covering both sides, then coat in flour on each side.
  8. Fry each chicken piece for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through.
  9. Place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  10. Then serve on toasted buns with pickle slices.

Whether you are a traditionalist or like to try something new, this Copycat Chick-fil-A recipe will be one to set aside in your arsenal of ‘go to’ recipes.  So quick and easy, and every bite is filled with tender, juicy deep fried goodness.


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Crispy Chick-fil-A Sandwich is so satisfying! Dill pickle juice is used as a marinade and packs a flavorful punch! It may become your favorite too!
Crispy Chick-fil-A Sandwich is so satisfying! Dill pickle juice is used as a marinade and packs a flavorful punch! It may become your favorite too!


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

  1. Do you use sweet or dill pickle juice?

  2. Chick-fil-a uses dill pickles

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  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. 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!

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

  13. No idea if it is authentic or not tastes very good though

  14. 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.

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