Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

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Have you ever had a craving for a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, but it’s Sunday and they’re closed? Or maybe you just want to enjoy a homemade version of this mouthwatering sandwich?

Well, you’re in luck!

I’ve spent countless hours in the kitchen perfecting this copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich recipe and let me tell you, it’s spot-on! So put on your apron, and let’s get started on making this tasty treat right in the comfort of your own kitchen.

First things first, let’s talk about the key ingredients in this sandwich. The secret to a perfect Chick-fil-A sandwich lies in the brine. Yes, you read that right, we’re going to brine our chicken! This simple step is what makes the chicken incredibly juicy and flavorful.

Next up, the breading. This part is crucial for achieving that golden, crispy exterior we all know and love. My recipe uses a combination of flour, spices, and a secret ingredient that gives it that signature Chick-fil-A taste. Curious? Keep reading to find out!

Finally, we can’t forget about the fixings. A classic Chick-fil-A sandwich only requires a couple of pickle slices and a soft, buttered bun. Simple, yet oh-so-delicious.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive into the cooking process. The key to a perfect sandwich is all in the frying technique. We’re going to shallow fry our chicken in a cast-iron skillet, which helps create that perfectly crispy crust while keeping the chicken tender and moist on the inside.

So, are you ready to make your very own copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich? I promise you, this recipe will become a family favorite in no time!

And here’s the secret ingredient I mentioned earlier: powdered sugar. Yes, you read that right! Adding a small amount of powdered sugar to the breading mixture is the secret to achieving that distinctive Chick-fil-A taste.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But I don’t have a deep fryer!” Don’t worry! You can still achieve the perfect golden-brown crust by shallow frying the chicken in a cast-iron skillet. Trust me, it’s just as delicious!

Once you’ve mastered this recipe, you’ll never have to worry about those Sunday Chick-fil-A cravings again. Not to mention, you can impress your friends and family with your culinary prowess.

So go ahead, give this copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich recipe a try, and experience the joy of making this classic fast-food favorite at home. You won’t be disappointed!

And if you’re looking for the perfect side to pair with your sandwich, why not try some homemade waffle fries or a crisp, refreshing coleslaw? The possibilities are endless!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

Course: Main CourseCuisine: American


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Make your favorite Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich at home and satisfy your cravings any day of the week!


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup dill pickle juice

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons powdered suga

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 4 hamburger buns

  • Butter, for toasting buns

  • 8 dill pickle slices


  • Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness and place in a ziplock bag. Pour pickle juice over chicken, seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together milk and egg. In another shallow dish, combine flour, powdered sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  • Remove chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Dip each chicken breast in the milk mixture, then dredge in the flour mixture, pressing to coat. Repeat the process for a thicker crust.
  • Heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Carefully add breaded chicken and fry for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown. Use a thermometer to ensure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).
  • Transfer cooked chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  • Lightly butter the inside of each hamburger bun and toast in the skillet for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by placing a fried chicken breast on the bottom half of each bun, topping with two pickle slices, and closing with the top half of the bun.


  • Brining the chicken in pickle juice is essential for achieving that signature Chick-fil-A flavor and tenderness.
  • Shallow frying in a cast-iron skillet helps achieve a crispy crust without the need for a deep fryer.
  • Adjust the cayenne pepper to your desired level of spiciness.

This Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich pairs well with homemade waffle fries, a crisp coleslaw, or even a refreshing fruit salad. Enjoy this delicious sandwich any day of the week and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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