I have a firm rule on here that I never say anything tastes exactly like a particular food from my favorite restaurants. But I do love to try to re-create some of my restaurant/fast food favorites at home. It's a fun pastime for me that started many years ago.
After a lot of trial and error, I can usually get flavors very close to my favorite meals, but never exactly the same taste. Take these chicken nuggets for example.
I played around with this recipe for a while trying to get them to taste like my favorite nuggets at Chick-Fil-A. I even tried adding pickle juice to the batter because I heard that's what they do at Chick-Fil-A. Note: it didn't add anything to the flavor so I haven't added it since.
So here's my disclaimer, these do not taste exactly like those famous nuggets, but they do taste pretty daggone good. They are juicy, tender, and have a nice, slightly sweet exterior.
And my family really loves them, so that's all that really matters, isn't it?
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup milk (2% or higher)
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp. corn starch
2 1/2 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
vegetable or peanut oil
My chicken breasts were on the large side so I only used 2 this time.
Cube chicken breasts into bite size pieces (trimming away any excess skin that might be hanging on)
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and egg.
Place cubed chicken into bowl.
If you have time, cover it and let it hang out in the refrigerator for a few hours.
This helps to make the chicken a bit more moist and tender.
When ready to cook, start preheating oil in your fryer or deep pot to 375F degrees.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine flour, sugar, corn starch, salt & pepper.
Give it a good shake to combine ingredients.
Add in cubed chicken, small batches at a time, to the flour mixture.
Seal and shake until chicken is coated.
In small batches, place chicken into fryer.
And cook until golden brown.
About 4-6 minutes.
Remove and drain on paper towels.
Continue with above steps until all your chicken is cooked.
Serve with your favorite sauce.
Printable Recipe Here
Printable Recipe Here
*Served here with my favorite Honey Mustard Sauce*