Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Early Tasty Thursday – Chick-fil-A Nuggets & Homemade French Fries

If you know me at all you know I love me some Chick-fil-a.  It’s bad they finally opened a free standing restaurant close to my office.  I’ve been at the restaurant once a week since they’ve opened a couple months back. My wallet and waistline are taking a beating.  When I saw the recipe for the nuggets and fries on Pinterest I knew I had to try it out.  So here are the recipes along with any variations I made and some tasty looking pictures.
Chick-fil-a Nuggets


2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (cube chicken into bite sized pieces)
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 TBSP powdered sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
oil (again I used EVOO, peanut would be best)

In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk. Place chicken in milk mixture and cover. Let it 'marinate' for 2-4 hours in the fridge. This will make the chicken very nice and tender. In a gallon size resealable bag combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine. Place about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot. Over medium high heat (more towards the high side) heat oil until hot. If using a thermometer let the temperature reach 375°. If you don't have a fancy gadget like most people, I always test my oil by dropping a few drops of water into it. You want it to sizzle and not pop too much. Adjust your heat if necessary. Using a fork or tongs remove cut chicken from milk mixture and place in the flour mixture. Seal and shake until nuggets are completely coated. Place about a 6-8 nuggets into hot oil and let them cook until golden brown, turning half way through once the edge of your chicken starts to turn white. About 1 minute each side. Remove and drain on a paper towel.
Homemade French Fries

3 russet potatoes (about 24 oz. total), peeled and cut lengthwise into even sized wedges
5 tbsp. oil (I used EVOO – peanut would probably be best)
¾ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

Preheat the oven to 475˚ F.  Place the potato wedges in a large mixing bowl.  Cover with hot water; soak for 10-30 minutes.  Put 4 tablespoons of the oil onto a heavy, rimmed baking sheet.  Tilt the sheet side to side to evenly coat the pan with oil (a pastry brush can also help with this).  Sprinkle the pan evenly with the salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Drain the potatoes.  Spread the wedges out on layers of paper towels or on clean kitchen towels.  Pat dry with additional towels.  Wipe out the now empty bowl so it is dry.  Return the potatoes to the bowl and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.  Arrange the potato wedges on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 5 minutes.  Remove the foil and continue to bake until the bottoms of the potatoes are spotty golden brown, 15-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes.  Using a metal spatula and tongs, flip each potato wedge keeping them in a single layer.  Continue baking until the fries are golden and crisp, 5 -15 minutes.  Rotate the pan as needed to ensure even browning.


  1. Ok I have heard of the chic place but I have never ever seen one is is fast food Seriously I have no clue. New follower from the hop and vB hope you ca come by my site.

  2. Yes, it's usually found in malls in America, a lot in the south. It's excellent and the chicken tastes pretty close to the actual recipe, you should try it out.

  3. I don't think we have these here in Canada but I have been there. We did a road trip years ago through the states. Looks like you matched it wonderfully. I test my oil the same way you do. Lol!

  4. We don't have these in RI but I always wanted to try it. Looks like you did a fantastic job of making it as close to the original. I am writing down the recipe. Thanks

  5. I <3 Chick-Fil-A!! I can't wait to try these! Thanks so much for sharing!



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