One of my guiltiest pleasures is chicken nuggets- any kind of fast food, deep fried deliciousness- I just cannot resist. In addition to my crazy Lenten promises of giving up frozen meals and diet soda, I also made the commitment to abstain from fast food for the 40 days of lent. Cue copy cat chick-fil-a nugget recipe to fight those cravings. This recipe has got to be one of my favorites thus far, not only does it truly rival the original, but depending on your preparation, it can also be fairly healthy!
2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt & pepper
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup pickle juice
1-1/4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup peanut oil, divided (or canola or vegetable oil)
Whisk together egg, milk and pickle juice, and pour into a large ziplock bag or bowl. Add chicken pieces and marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
Combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag. Shake to combine. Remove chicken from the marinade and add into the bag. Shake to coat the chicken completely.
Heat half the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (6 or 7 out of 10.) Test the oil by dropping in a bit of the flour mixture. If it sizzles, the oil is ready, if it pops, lower the temperature a bit.
Gently place chicken pieces into the oil with tongs. Do this in 2 batches, as you don’t want to overcrowd the pan. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Turn the chicken over and allow to cook for 3-4 more minutes. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Heat the remaining oil and continue with the other half of the chicken pieces.
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons honey
Stir together the honey mustard dipping sauce ingredients, and serve with the hot chicken bites.
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.
These chicken bites are finger licking good and let’s just say I’m not usually a huge sauce person, but this honey mustard dressing had me scrounging for every last drop!