This Chick-fil-A crispy chicken sandwich with homemade Chick-fil-A sauce is the perfect copycat recipe of the classic sandwich we all love!
This is one of those recipes that cause my husband to sing my praises!  It’s a true winner.  Serve copycat Chick-fil-A with french fries, a Side salad, a Fresh fruit bowl, or some homemade Potato Salad.
A copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich on a plate with fries and sauce.

If you’re familiar with Chick-fil-A you will know that fans of this fast food chain are passionate!  So many people, my husband Jeff included, are completely fanatical about their chicken sandwiches! We love them so much that I make this copycat version whenever we get a craving.

I found that the key to getting an extra crispy and delicious coating on the chicken is double-dipping. That’s right, “double dipping” in this instance is allowed and encouraged! You’ll see what I mean when you read the recipe.

I hope you all enjoy this tasty fried sandwich as much as we did.  And, the homemade Chick-fil-A sauce we smothered all over it is a must.  That stuff is out of this world!

Here’s how to make your own AMAZING Chick-fil-A Sandwich, at home!

1. Marinate the chicken. Place chicken breast halves in pickle juice/water marinade, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Combine dry ingredients. Combine flour, powdered sugar, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, salt, and baking powder.

3. Make egg wash. In another bowl mix the milk, and egg.

A bowl with chicken in egg and milk, next to a sheet pan with the chicken dipped in flour.

4. Coat the chicken: Dip the marinated chicken into the egg mixture, and then coat in the flour breading mixture. Then repeat this step and dip that same chicken tender back into the egg mixture and then back into the flour again! Yep, this double dipping is how we’re making a super yummy, crispy sandwich.

5. Pan Fry. Place chicken in hot oil in a sauce pan and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove to paper towel to dry.

6. Assemble Sandwich. Toast the sandwich buns. Grab the Chick-fil-A sauce and smooth it on both sides of the buns. Top with lettuce, cheese, and crispy chicken! Enjoy!

Three breaded and fried chicken breasts on a sheet pan.

Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce:

All you need to make homemade Chick-fil-A sauce is:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Yellow mustard
  • Honey
  • BBQ sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Lemon juice

A small bowl with ingredients for homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce

Make the Chick-fil-A sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Sandwich:

Preheat fryer to 370ºF. Grease the inside basket/rack of the air fryer and place two coated chicken breasts in the air fryer.  Lightly spray the top of the chicken.  Cook the chicken for 11-13 minutes, flipping halfway through cook time.  Assemble sandwich as instructed below.

Baked Chick-fil-A Sandwich:

Preheat oven to 450ºF.  Place a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.  Place your coated chicken breasts on the wire rack and spray both sides lightly with olive oil. Bake the chicken for 12 minutes, flip and bake for another 15 minutes or until it’s cooked through.

For a Spicy Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich:

We love spicy chicken at our house!  If you’d like to add a little heat to your chicken sandwich, add 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture when making the breading.  I like to coat my kids sandwiches in the flour first, then add the cayenne for spice, and make mine and my husbands.

A open faced Chick-Fil-A sandwich with fries and sauce.

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Recipe

Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 40 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • oil for frying
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Pickle, lettuce, tomato and cheese slices , for topping

For the breading:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper *optional, for a spicy chicken sandwich

For the Chick-fil-A-sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoon barbecue sauce (hickory tastes the best)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Marinate the chicken: combine the pickle juice and water in a ziplock bag. Add the chicken breast halves and marinate for 30 minutes. 
  • Make the sauce: Make the Chick-fil-A sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Next, in a large bowl mix the breading ingredients together: flour, powdered sugar, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, salt, and baking powder.
  • In another bowl mix the milk, and egg.
  • Add 2-3 cups of oil to a large saucepan and heat oil to about 350 degrees F. 
  • Coat the chicken: Dip the marinated chicken into the egg mixture, and then coat in the flour breading mixture. Now "double-dip" by repeating this step and dipping that same chicken tender back into the egg mixture and then back into the flour again!
  • Pan fry: Place chicken in hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove to paper towel to dry. 
  • Assemble Sandwich: Toast the sandwich buns. Grab the Chick-fil-A sauce and smooth it on both sides of the buns. Top with lettuce, cheese, and crispy chicken! Enjoy!

Notes

Air Fryer Chick-Fil-A Sandwich:

Preheat fryer to 370ºF. Grease the inside basket/rack of the air fryer and place two coated chicken breasts in the air fryer.  Lightly spray the top of the chicken.  Cook the chicken for 11-13 minutes, flipping halfway through cook time.  Assemble sandwich as instructed below.

Baked Chick-Fil-A Sandwich:

Preheat oven to 450ºF.  Place a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.  Place your coated chicken breasts on the wire rack and spray both sides lightly with olive oil. Bake the chicken for 12 minutes, flip and bake for another 15 minutes or until it's cooked through.

For a Spicy Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich:

We love spicy chicken at our house!  If you'd like to add a little heat to your chicken sandwich, add 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture when making the breading.  I like to coat my kids sandwiches in the flour first, then add the cayenne for spice, and make mine and my husbands.

Nutrition

Calories: 579kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 21gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1286mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 525IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 3.7mg

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I originally shared this recipe May 2013. Updated November 2019 with process photos and improved instructions.

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  1. I’ve been all about copycat recipes recently! I tackled the chick-fil-a chicken too…it was good, but not as close as I was hoping. I may give it another shot one day soon!

  2. The chicken was really tasty with a nice crunchy crust. My 7 year old daughter said it was better than Chick-fil-A. I did not make the sauce but will try it out next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Just found your website today thru Facebook. I have already booked mark on my phone. Just a question on the Chick-fil-A Crispy chicken sandwich; what kind of pickle juice did you use dill or sweet?

    Thanks so much, I think I’m going to enjoy your website.

    1. 5 stars
      THANKS FOR THIS VERSION!
      I’ve tried the CFA sandwich recipe from Serious Eats, twice now, and I wasn’t happy. Your double dipping method makes so much sense.
      And your sauce is perfect!

  4. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe. We have one near us, but in a mall food court. Spot on. You also have a lovely smile! Thank you for sharing this. My wife and I thank you!

  5. Chick Fil A pulls and tears their chicken breast to create more peaks and valleys for breading and frying for extra crispy and tender vs. large muscle bites

  6. Question: Would you recommend butterflying thicker chicken breasts or pounding them to a uniform thickness? I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this lastnight, let just say that this best chicken Sandwich I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. The chicken was so juicy and tender. for the breading I did a-mixture of flour and cornstarch, I really wanted that crunch. And I marinated the chicken 1/2 cup pickle juice and 1cup butter milk and salt and black pepper to marinate. I added cayenne for the kick of spicy you mentioned. It was so good! I’ve shared my recipes with my loved ones and followers. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    So good, made it for our neighbors for game night. This, every bit of this recipe, is a keeper. Double dipping is the key, and the sauce goes in any sandwich!

  9. 5 stars
    This was really good, honestly. It tastes better than the original. The sauce is fantastic, I was hesitant at first but it came together really nice. One thing I would change though is instead of flour, use panko bread crumbs. It doesn’t burn nearly as fast and gives it a crunchy texture. Improvise! Apart from that, it was really just awesome!

  10. 3 stars
    WAAAAY too much sugar. The breading was so sweet that it overpowered everything. I will try this again but with far less sugar and more seasonings like onion powder, celery salt, and a pinch of garlic.
    The pickle juice did a great job of keeping the chicken tender and moist.

    1. Careful how you measure powdered sugar. if you scoop it like regular sugar it’s VERY easy to get quite a bit more sugar than you think you are getting. Up to 20-25 percent more.

      Do it like for flour. Fluff it up a bit and then scoop and scrape.

  11. Wasn’t exactly like chic fil a but it was amazing! I used king Arthur Flour gluten free flour so that is probably why it didn’t come out similar to it. The flavor was all the way there . I did add garlic powder and onion powder and a wee bit of complete seasoning .

    1. Could you please state what the difference was? I’m a Celiac and really wanted to try this! Maybe we could try another flour? Anyone else try a substitute? My kids love the real thing–they can have gluten, thank goodness. Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Tried both ways of frying in a pan and cooking them in an air fryer and both tasted yummy. My family just kept raving about how yummy they were. Marinating them in the pickle juice really makes the chicken juicy. Thanks!

  13. 4 stars
    One glaring omission: it’s not a Chick Fil A without 2 pickle slices on the bottom bun. My son’s friend works there, and it is a MUST! Look at real pictures, and you’ll see the pickle slices! Otherwise, good recipe! The sauce was great!

    1. Try breading the chicken by doing the flour mixture first, then the egg, then flour again. All the breading fell off of mine the first time I tried too, but the second time I did flour first and it stayed on so much better.

  14. 5 stars
    Both the chicken and sauce were excellent! I used vinegar for the pickle juice because we don’t like pickles and didn’t have any. I never had Chic-Fil-A but I’ll have to try it for comparison now. I usually don’t fry foods but this was worth the exception!

  15. 3 stars
    This was a frustrating endeavor. Like others, I experienced all of the coating falling off of the cooked chicken. Also, there’s no way the chicken will be done in the middle with only 2-3 minutes of cooking on each side. If I ever make these again, not sure that I will, I will pound the chicken breasts down to only 1/2″ thickness. I ended up having to cut my chicken breasts down to 1″ strips to get them to cook through. In the meantime, the crust got overcooked and very, very dark brown. That is the crust that managed to stay on the breasts, most of it fell off after the first trip into the oil. The flavor of the chicken was good, but it was a true mess and very disheartening. The best I can possibly give is 3 stars.

  16. Worst recipe ever. Waste of time for disappointing result. Not worth going off my diet for, that is for sure.

  17. 5 stars
    The spicy chicken sandwich came out ahh-mazing! I marinated the chicken in dill pickle juice for several hours. I didn’t have peanut oil so I used olive oil. I also pounded the chicken so the thickness was was the same. The sauce was really good too! Very similar to the real one. This definitely hit the spot! It saved us a trip of having to go out during this quarantine.

  18. 5 stars
    An absolute hit in our household! Thank you for this AMAZING recipe! Lots of work but so worth it.

  19. 4 stars
    Thank you for posting this recipe. My daughter was craving a Chick-fil-a sandwich and with the quarantine I was hesitant to go out to buy it. I made some modifications to the brine (added a few additional ingredients), but nonetheless it turned out to be a success! Everyone in my home LOVED it.

  20. The batter was off; it was too cake-like. I think the baking powder is the wrong ingredient but the chicken had a similar taste to Chik Fil A.

  21. 5 stars
    I’ve never had chick-fil-a but my husband requested I make a ‘copycat’ so I found this. Was my first time frying chicken and it was not as scary as I expected! The directions are great and they came out amazing.

  22. 5 stars
    Pretty close to the real deal. The breading did fall off during the cooking process though but it was most likely me and it didn’t really change the overall taste because I scooped out the breading from the oil and put it back on the sandwich after patting it dry (don’t judge).

    Overall, this was extremely enjoyable (especially when I don’t have to leave the house) and will be a repeat offender in my household

  23. 5 stars
    Sauce was on point! and we baked the chicken but wished we fried it. The flavor was still good but it stuck to our wire rack (our fault forgot to spray with oil) next time we will fry it.

    1. That sounds like a really bad idea. I really hope whatever you did turned out well, but if not, please don’t judge this recipe by your experience using ground chicken. It’s more or less the equivalent of trying a steak recipe with ground beef. It’s never going to be anywhere close. Like I said, I hope it turned it well, but I implore you to do this the right way in the future.

  24. I made this and it was a big hit! The only substitution I made was I used buttermilk instead of water with the pickle juice. (Only because I had extra and wanted to use it up) And then, I let it marinate for two days because I forgot about it. It was amazing!!! Sauce was right on, if not better, since it lacked the chemically taste in packaged sauce.

    1. The chicken was delicious! But… Don’t you want to first put the marinated chicken in the flour then egg and repeat? I did egg first like you said and all the batter fell off.

  25. 5 stars
    I made this for my family and it was great I never knew Chick-fil-A use pickle juice for the nuggets.It taste just like it! This is great for quarantine.I would totally recommend this!

  26. I made this tonight…After marinating in a 1/2 jar of Claussen dill pickle juice for 3 hours; I pounded the breasts down some. THEN… I made some “tweaks” for the breading and the egg-wash so that this recipe was also KETO-friendly! I used unswtnd. coconut 🥥 milk (w/ a squirt of Stevia) instead of milk and used finely ground almond flour instead of white flour. I oven baked in some melted coconut 🥥 oil and cut each breast in half and melted colby-jack cheese on each serving; then placed in a low-carb tortilla wrap because I didn’t have enough ingredients for my low-carb buns. I added shredded lettuce, bacon 🥓 (optional), a Claussen pickle slice, and a lil’ sugar-free honey 🍯 bbq sauce. Supper was a huge success!

  27. 4 stars
    Good recipe. I forgot about the chicken marinating in pickle juice & ended up marinating for 3 days, which made it very tender. However, definitely not a copycat for Chick Fil A.

  28. This did not taste like a chick fil a sandwich at all. There was no flavor. The sauce was great however.

    1. No copycat recipe will taste exactly like chick fil la unless you use MSG. It is in both the chicken and breading and is the reason they are so addictive.

  29. This was a great copy cat recipe! My family loved it. Thanks. Ill be using this sauce for everything!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I loved this recipe! Everything tasted great. We didn’t use the sauce because I prefer their honey roasted bbq sauce to the Chicken-FilA sauce but the chicken turned out AWESOME!!

  30. This was a great copycat. I added just a touch of dill to the flour. I also let the chicken marinade for a about 12hr(not intentionally). However the result was a chicken breast so juicy and tender you couldn’t imagine. Basically this recipe was everything I need in my life 😍

    1. Hi i have the chicken in the pickle juice in the fridge but i noticed the chicken seems to be cooking in it. Turning white.. is this normal/ safe to cook and eat?

  31. 5 stars
    Loved it! My CFA loving husband said it was better than CFA and something you’d expect to be served at an upscale bistro. Small changes I made was to add a couple of tablespoons of Bisquick and omit the water and chili powder. Didn’t make a sauce because I was pressed for time, used lots of pickle slices instead. Also, I used Aldi red bag chicken and Aldi brioche buns. Really delicious!

  32. 1 star
    I have no idea why mine didn’t turn out 5 star quality. I followed this to a T and thought it tasted NOTHING like Chick-Fil-A. It was way to sweet. Tasted like I was eating a funnel cake coated chicken breast. Not only did the breading crumble off as it was handled but it had no flavor.

    1. 1 star
      I had the same problem. I baked it per directions and it was a disaster. The batter was so sweet. The sauce was delicious though!

  33. 1 star
    Amanda Says was right! I wish I read her review and listened before wasting time, energy, and chicken attempting this recipe. The flour coating overall was a mess. The flour mixture didn’t stick to the chicken prior to being cooked or even after, it was too sweet and outside of the sweetness there was no flavor what so ever.

  34. 4 stars
    I tried this a few times, and I am going to give it another attempt. This will be my third time. The first time the chicken was wayyyyyyyy too salty. So the second time I made it I added more water to my brine and less salt. This was almost perfect, but now it wasn’t salty enough. I’ve seen many recipes add MSG and dry milk to the batter, so I am going to try that so we get that umami flavor. We shall see!!! Overall, not bad at all!!

  35. Breading burns way faster than chicken will be done choose a very thin cut if you follow this recipe. Sauce is okay but I add a little more yellow mustard and barbecue to make it more like cfa sauce.

  36. 5 stars
    The basic ingredient for this recipe is patience. don’t rush, it says 30 minutes to marinate, 2 hours is better. really breaks down the meatb and provided a really juicy texture. *Don’t marinate over night, way too much, a few hours at best! Use an oil thermometer, I set the temp to 330°. slower cooking helped from drying it out and better color. I also cut and pounded down the chicken to make sure the pieces were as even as possible to avoid a thin side that would dry out. I was a bit surprised how thick my chicken was when it was cooked. It seemed to puff up. I could have made the first ones smaller..aka bun size this is a great recipe. the sauce is pretty darn close

    1. I am planning to make this tomorrow. Do you think it would be better to halve the chicken breasts instead of using the whole?

  37. 1 star
    I think the peanut oil is the key to Chick fil A chicken. I did everything else, because I’m not one of those people who doctors a recipe and then rates it badly, but didn’t have peanut oil and it tasted nothing like it. It had no flavor. Even more annoyingly – and I should have anticipated this when I saw the dipping process start with egg – as soon as I bit into it the chicken literally slid out of the sandwich and across the table, leaving me a bun filled with breading and nothing else. Total disappointment.

  38. I made this tonight. As an expat living in the U.K. we miss chick fil a. I worked there while in high school in the 80’s, there was no sauce on the sandwiches, only buttered buns with pickle slices. I’ve stuck to that version. I also know there is no sugar in the batter. Flour, salt, pepper, paprika and baking powder are all I used. I opted for the air fryer version. My adaptations to your recipe worked a treat. Work work well if doing chicken nuggets as well. Thank you.

  39. 5 stars
    Fantastic!! I used fermented pickle juice from my Bubbie’s pickles ( dont know if it makes a difference) I made a batch with the double coating and a batch with just one coating. I prefer the single coating, other than that, this was amazing!!!

  40. Just for kicks, I soaked lightly breaded FROZEN chicken tenders I bought at Grocery Outlet, overnight in a big pickle jar with left over juice. Baked them for 20 min on 355 in my airfrier. Worked great. The sauce recipe is perfect according to my 15 yr old son. He wants this every Friday night now. 🙂 I’ll try the fresh chicken next time. but this saved time…

  41. 5 stars
    My family enjoys this very much! I actually pounded out the chicken some to even it out. I did not make the sauce because we buy the niceness dipping sauce at Walmart. Lol. Taste just like Chick-Fil-A sauce. Thanks for the recipe.

  42. My family loved this. Its really good . the chicken has to be thin in order for it to cook all the way. The oil has to be just right. I tried this with chicken tenders and they came out really good as well.

  43. 5 stars
    Tastes better from scratch! I marinated my chicken for a couple of hours and used one coating instead of double. The sauce is fantastic as well. Well loved by the whole family.

  44. 4 stars
    This was really delicious and I really love how you can taste the pickle-y ness because that’s how Chick Fil A makes their chicken taste. I think it should be marinated at least an hour and not just 30 minutes but other than that, I’m so amazed. Definitely not going back to Chick Fil A when I can make this at home.

  45. It’s an ok recipe but it’s not chick fil a. I have the actual recipe and let me tell you it’s amazing down to the drippings just like the real thing. Best advice is to deep fry in peanut oil instead of pan fry if you try this recipe.

  46. 5 stars
    My family was skeptical when I told them I was making their beloved CFA sandwhiches — but they DEVOURED these!

    We happened to have a bottle of the chik-fil-a sauce on hand that they now sell, so it made them even more easy and delicious!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  47. 1 star
    The only thing good about this recipe is the sauce. My kids hated the chicken. I tried frying and air frying, spicy and not. Chicken shouldn’t taste like pickle juice. Nuggets cooked better than sandwich size pieces. The coating fell off the large pieces.

  48. This was so yummy taste just like Chic fi la no complaints from me and my family fresh and made from my hands was the best. Thanks for sharing the recipe…….Btw when I read the comments people were saying negative things about how it didn’t taste exactly like Chic fi la well when it’s homemade it’s not going to exactly taste like it….. we enjoyed every bit of it thanks so much

  49. Followed recipe exactly as written. The chicken & sauce was delicious, family loved it. Before marinating the halved chicken, lightly pounded the chicken with rolling pin. After taking out of marinade, placed chicken on sheets of paper towel and covered top with more sheets of paper towel to make sure they were dry. Shook of excess flour after dredging. Chilled the breaded chicken about 30 min (help breading adhere better to the chicken) before frying in hot peanut oil. Thank you, delicious.

  50. 4 stars
    Great flavors! Easy to follow recipe EXCEPT there are different air fryers and mine is the Power Air Fryer Pro and it takes 30-40 minutes for the chicken to cook at 375 degrees not 15! That’s a huge difference when trying to plan a meal do just make sure you know the cooking times for your machine before you get started

  51. 1 star
    Cook times were way under for pan frying and the Airfryer. And the flour batter tastes much sweeter than an actual chic-fil-a sandwich. I would not add powdered sugar to the mixture if doing this again. The sauce recipe was good. Not my favorite recipe overall, though.

  52. This was a hit! The hubby and kids both loved it. (They are all picky eaters.) I was nervous because previously I tried another copycat recipe and it didn’t come out. This recipe was perfect. I followed the recipe exactly except I marinated the chicken for an hour instead of 30 mins. The sauce was on point! It was so, so good! I will definitely be making it again. Thank you!

  53. 4 stars
    This recipe was amazing! Only downfall was the breading sticking to the chicken after cooking! I will be making again!

  54. 5 stars
    EXCELENT< BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS Air fryer turned out perfect was crispy and juicy, flavors were completely awesome , wife and son raved, as a perfectionist cook I was completely satisfied with the outcome,
    GREAT RECIPE THANK YOU

  55. I’m new to cooking and I tried this recipe tonight, but I ended up with burnt breading and raw chicken. I’m assuming my oil was too hot, or maybe I had too much oil? I’m wondering how to tell when the oil is “hot” but not too hot, and also how much oil are you supposed to use for this?

    1. I can’t help with your oil question, but if you can I would suggest investing in an air fryer. It uses very little oil and in my experience it fries chicken perfectly and hassle free. Just add a little oil, turn the dial according to your fryer instructions, and forget about it.

  56. 3 stars
    Honestly, I haven’t tasted them yet. As I write this they are in the oven. I didn’t have enough oil to fry them, so I opted to bake. I just flipped them and all of the breading stuck to the rack, despite following the instructions about the olive oil. I feel frustrated and like I wasted a lot of time. Have you made this recipe in the oven? Perhaps update your instructions to include using parchment paper or something. What a disappointment.

  57. 3 stars
    Attempted to make these on the stove and the air fryer. The stove top ones burnt and the air fryer ones were raw… what a mess. #defeatedbyCFA

  58. 5 stars
    My whole family loves this recipe! I’ve done it twice so far. Once as sandwiches as the recipe calls for and once as chicken nuggets. I have a deep fryer, 10 minutes @ 350 and it’s perfect. The sauce is so spot on and the breading is wonderfully crispy and flavorful!

  59. 4 stars
    Really delicious! I think the chicken would be best served alone with the dipping sauce, salad, and fries, as it’s so good it tastes just as you would expect in any good sports bar. My only critique would be that it’s not crunchy enough, but you could tweak this by adding crushed cornflakes. The sauce is so yummy and I’ve never used pickle juice in this way before. Definitely a keeper!

  60. 5 stars
    Made this chicken sandwich recipe and the sauce. Family loved the sandwiches and the sauce.
    This recipe will be a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing.

  61. This recipe is straight butt cheek dodo residue. This taste nothing like or even looks like a chick fil la chicken sandwich. It looks as sad and bad as the New York knicks for the past 7 years. If anybody is reading this DON’T USE THIS. It is straight dodo. And after i took it out of the brine it smelt worse than foot cheese. You are better off eating KFC than this copycat. For dinner i was suck eating fries and pickles on a bun.

      1. I bet they’re a troll trying to elicit a laugh with their silly, over-the-top hyperboles. Or maybe they’re being genuine but failed to realise that all of the ingredients they used were long expired. 🙂 Either way, I wouldn’t pay them much mind. Their comment is nonsensical and mean-spirited.

  62. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was so delicious! Fried chicken has always intimidated me but this was simple and so so good. I love how the pickle juice marinade helps keep the chicken moist and tender! Chick-Fil-A is great but it isn’t cheap to take my family of 7 there often. Saving this recipe to make again!

  63. Made this tonight, flavor was good but I had issues with the batter coming off easily. What am I missing? Thanks.

  64. I absolutely love the taste however I had issues with the breading staying. I had to switch from baking to frying. Any suggestions? I lost all my breading and I sprayed my racks.

  65. I have been a chef for over 20 years. The proper breading procedure is flour mix, egg wash, breading, which in this case will be the flower mix again. Try taking the chicken out of the brine and doing this procedure instead of going straight into the egg wash. The breading should stay on better.

  66. I am definitely giving this copycat a GO! O saw a few comments on loosing batter, Chick-fil-a uses peanut oil for frying chicken so I wonder if swapping oils will help. I am going to use peanut oil and follow up on my Copy Cat Adventure!

  67. 2 stars
    Just regular fries cicken tried the air fryer recipe and it was a disaster had to rebroadcast the chicken because it ended so badly THIS IS NOT CHICK FIL A CHICKEN save yourself and use a better recipe

  68. 5 stars
    I gave this 5 stars because it was delicious & I think it would have been even more delicious had I been able to follow it exactly. I went 1 week with no income thanks to the Winter Storm that hit Houston so I had to make this using what I had. I only had bread & butter pickles so I used that. I eyeballed the marinade using less than called for. I didn’t have powdered sugar or baking soda so I couldn’t use those. I did put in 1 tbsp of granulated sugar & hoped that the sweetness from the pickles & the sugar would be just an ok substitute. I -also added garlic powder (we are garlic lovers). It turned out amazing. I can’t wait to try this the way it’s written!!!!

  69. Hi, so I have some chicken marinating right now. I meant to make it that night after a few hours of marinating but things came up & I didn’t cook them. They’ve been marinating for 2 days now….do you think it’s still okay to cook for tonight?

  70. I made this it was soooo good whoever is reading this you guys should try it. It’s really good😋🤤

  71. 1 star
    unfortunately, this was a complete disaster. Every last of the coating fell off in the air fryer. I followed the recipe exactly too. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but all we got was naked chicken that tasted like pickles 😉

    1. There’s a trick to that, when you dip the chicken in the breading and milk mixture, once you are done double dipping. Set the chicken aside for the batter to become like a wet consistency. No more dry flour should be seen on the chicken. Usually no more than 10-15 minutes. Once it reaches this point you can fry with no breading coming off your chicken. I learned this after my first attempt at “naked chicken”

  72. 2 stars
    You’re missing some key ingredients to the batter. You need to add a tablespoon of powdered sugar, a tablespoon of mustard powder, and a tablespoon of malted milk powder. Basically, this recipe is just typical Fried Chicken without the right ingredients.

  73. Chick-fil-A doesn’t doubled dip their chicken. And they also do NOT open fry their chicken, they pressure cook them in peanut oil, which some people may not be able to cook it that way, but just so you know!

  74. Made the recipe twice and it came out perfectly. My family loved the chicken. I followed the recipe exactly as stated using chicken tenderloins and vegetable oil for frying. I flipped the chicken every two minutes to prevent burning until internal temp of 165. The sauce is a great taste and enhanced the chicken.

  75. This is one of the worst chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had. Followed the recipe to a T- the breading wasn’t cooked all the way through after cooking for 3 minutes each side and was very thick, and it was extremely sweet. 1/10, the chicken was well cooked but mouthfuls of sweet, gloopy breading is nothing even remotely resembling enjoyable.

  76. 5 stars
    Changed recipe to keto friendly, using 3/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 coconut flour and swerve confection sugar for powder sugar. Also used avocado oil to fry 3 minutes each side, then baked on 400 for 8 minutes each side. Turned out perfect! Chicken was moist , breading light and tasted wonderful. Now a new favorite recipe. Won’t be waiting in lines at Chick Fil a anymore, and much healthier.

  77. It was delicious. I used less sugar and I grinded the dry ingredients together that made them very fine it adhered to the chicken easier and it the tasted better and less gloopy as the writer described above. Great recipe!!

  78. 1 star
    Followed the recipe exactly. Little flavor and most of the breading fell off. Would not make again.

  79. This is our mainstay chicken sandwich recipe. Been making this recipe for about 2 years and everyone love it! I follow this recipe exactly end it turns out wonderful every time! Thank you so much for posting this recipe everyone should try this!

  80. 4 stars
    Flavors were amazing, but I mistakenly omitted the spray step. The coating paid for it, but the chicken and sauce were delicious! Will 100% make again!

  81. 2 stars
    As others have stated, I followed this recipe exactly and the breading fell right off of the chicken before it even hit the plate which was a bummer. I had high hopes for this recipe.

    1. Too much milk in the egg wash. Should be a few tablespoons. Decrease the milk and your breading will stay on.

  82. 5 stars
    We loved this. That sauce is so yummy….hubs said he likes it better than a burger so this will be in rotation.

  83. I pan fried this and the breading fell right off, and even though the breasts were sliced thin, the outside was overdone before the inside was completely cooked through.

    May try to bake it, but at this point a huge disappointment. Nothing like Chick Filet.

  84. 5 stars
    This was such a hit! I absolutely loved your recipe. I made it with soymilk instead of dairy milk but that was the only change. It was so flavorful and ttender. Thank you!

  85. 1 star
    Might as well have just marinated the chicken and put it straight in the oven. I went to bake it and the breading fell right off.

  86. 5 stars
    Could not find my wire rack, so I tried it without when baking. Had a bit of extra flour mix so I put some on the bottom of the pan in case the breading fell off. Only substitution I made was to use dry milk instead of fresh, but I mixed it as I always do.
    My only question is, is it supposed to taste sweet?
    Is it possible to make it without the powdered sugar? I don’t like sweets, as I am diabetic.

  87. 4 stars
    This was very good! I think my oil was a little too hot and because of the powdered sugar it burned a bit. Didn’t ruin it though. A tip for keeping coating on is pat chicken dry after marinating, and after breading let it sit on a wire rack for about 30 min before frying. I had no issues with the coating coming off.

  88. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I’m gluten free and I switched the flour to gluten free flour (cup4cup) & now I can enjoy Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich again.

  89. 4 stars
    The breading shouldn’t fall off if use the bumpy side of a meat tenderizer first and tenderize the chicken real well. Also let the chicken rest a few minutes after breading before placing in the pan.