It’s often hard for me to justify taking my kids out to any restaurant, mostly because I find Kid’s Menu items to be expensive for what they are, and also my kids are very hit or miss on whether or not they will eat the food that you just shelled out too much money for. *sigh*
One exception to that is Chick-fil-A. My kids love it. And even if they don’t eat everything there, if I bring it home I know they’ll finish it sometime in the next hour. I love Chick-fil-A, too! Super tasty. And who doesn’t like a place where you can dress like a cow and get a free meal?? But hey, sometimes you want Chick-fil-A on Sunday. Or you just want a new challenge in the kitchen. Time to try your hand at making your own Chick-fil-A!
What you need:
- 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 c. pickle juice
- 1 egg
- 2 T. milk
- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
- 2 T. powdered sugar
- 1 t. garlic salt
- 1 t. celery salt
- 1 t. dried basil
- 1 T. paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4-1/2 c. peanut oil
- paper towels
- burger buns (store-bought or homemade)
- butter, optional
- pickles, optional (but, you know, not really optional)
- cutting board and knife
- plastic wrap or wax paper
- meat mallet
- 1 shallow dish with cover
- 2 shallow dishes
- large non-stick skillet
Time: 75 minutes prep time (only 15 minutes hands-on), 20 minutes prep
Freezeable: I wouldn’t. You could prep and cut the chicken to freeze, but if you froze the breaded and/or cooked chicken it wouldn’t be as crisp.
Serves: Makes 4-8 chicken sandwiches or about 36 nuggets
Multiplying the recipe: Yes, this would easily double. Cook in batches so that you do not over-crowd the pan.
To make sandwiches: If your chicken breasts are large, cut them in half to fit the size of a bun. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap or wax paper and pound them with a meat mallet to about 1/2 inch thickness.
To make nuggets: Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces.
In a shallow dish, cover chicken with pickle juice. Refrigerate and let marinate for 1 hour.
Beat together the egg and milk. Set aside in a shallow dish. Combine the flour, panko, powdered sugar, garlic salt, celery salt, basil, paprika, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Meanwhile line up your chicken, egg mixture, flour mixture, and a plate with wax paper. Coat each piece of chicken with the egg mixture and then the flour. For chicken waiting to be cooked, place it on the wax paper. Cook the chicken for about 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Let the cooked chicken dry on the paper towels.
Butter the buns and toast them on the pan. Assemble your sandwich with a few pickles and your favorite condiments. Eat more chicken at home!