Friday, September 2, 2011

Copycat Chik-fil-a nuggets

I briefly worked at a CFA during college. It was the only time I had heard of the place and once I moved, I haven't had the opportunity to eat at one again. Let me tell you it was the best 3 months of my life. I got to eat fried chicken, all day every day. As much fried chicken as I wanted and, sadly, was about 50 pounds skinner. I loved every single nugget I put in my mouth.

That's what she said.

But now I must live too North for their southern, bible-thumping, anti-gay chicken, since we have none up here. Which is fine by me b/c now I can make my own.

::cue thunder bolt and lightening, while I laugh evilly::: MAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

This is the best homemade version of the real thing. Served with honey mustard sauce and biscuits I could almost believe I was in college again, glow-in-black-light pink hair, tongue ring, beer bong and all.

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
oil for frying

~In a medium bowl whisk together egg and milk. Trim fat from chicken and dice into large cubes. Place chicken in egg mixture, cover and allow to marinate in the fridge 2-4 hours.

~In a large bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Dredge chicken until thoroughly coated. Meanwhile, over medium high heat, heat oil in a large, high sided skillet until hot or 375°. There should be 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch or so in the pan. Drop 10-12 nuggets into the oil and fry until golden brown and the chicken is completely cooked through, turning several times. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked. Drain on a paper towel. Serve warm. For that real CFA touch, make sure you say "God bless you" as you plate the nuggets for your family.

recipe found: here


Kate said...

I've never eaten Chick-Fil-A, but, seriously, fried chicken battered with powdered sugar? That's disgusting.

The Good Wife said...

It's not super sugary. In fact, I didn't tell the husband I put it in there and he had no clue. It just makes them slightly sweet but since there is salt and pepper too, not overly.

Elizabeth said...

disgusting? Harsh much?

Do you normally cut the chicken into nuggets before you marinate? after?

The Good Wife said...

Elizabeth, I like to cut the chicken up before I marinade it b/c 1. it is less messy and 2. I think it adds more flavor to the chicken, since more surface area is covered by the marinade.

dreamcarr said...

What do you recommend for sides for this?

The Good Wife said...

I think we had roasted potatoes and broccoli with this.