After a fantastic 4th of July visit from our favorite house guest, Michael, Jojo and I decided to have a lazy Sunday together. This particular lazy Sunday included the season finale of Mad Men, a couple episodes of Big Love, and a monsoon! I started to get a little restless (and hungry) as the day went on and decided to try a Pinterest recipe for dinner. As luck would have it, our good friend Matt happened to be back in town after his Italian vacanza so he got to join in!
I would highly recommend this recipe IF you have plenty of time on your hands (and wine to give you patience). So here it goes:
ChikFilA CopyCat Nuggets
Two warnings: First, I do not have a cool fancy camera…I have my iPhone…so sorry about the low quality pics! Second, I come from a family who refuses to follow recipes, and I am the same way! I will link the original recipe for you, but I kind of did my own thing.
Step 1: Prepare the chicken. I used five boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (my addition) and cut them into bite size pieces. I usually cut my chicken way too big, so I consciously made them pretty small this time. Who likes a big dry hunk of chicken? No one!
Step 2: Make the marinade. In a big Ziplock bag or glass dish whisk together 3 eggs, and equal parts milk and dill pickle juice (I LOVE the taste of pickles, so although the recipe calls for half the amount of pickle juice, I upped it). I think I used 2 cups of each. Adjust the amount of marinade to how many chicken breasts you are using. Place chicken cubes in marinade, cover, and put in fridge for 2-4 hours.
Step 3: Brush off all the dirt that the puppy has rolled in while you were making the marinade. Thanks Alici!
Step 4: Take a nap while the chicken marinates.
Step 5: Forget that you are blogging this recipe and stop taking pictures! Oh yeah, and heat a thin layer of oil in the biggest pan you have.
Step 6: Mix together 1.5 cups flour, 2 tbsp powdered sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika in a big Ziplock bag (I made 2 bags since I had so much chicken).
Step 7: Using a slotted spoon, place delightfully marinated chicken in flour bags and shake shake shake!
Step 8: Test the oil by putting a little piece of chicken in. If it sizzles, it’s ready. If it pops, it’s too hot. If it does nothing, it’s too cold. Once the oil is ready, put a small batch of nuggets in and let them cook for about 4-5 mins or until they turn golden brown on the bottom.
Step 9: Flip each nugget and cook about 4 mins longer, and enjoy your company (and wine…don’t forget about the wine).
Step Omg These Are Time-consuming: Keep on going until you run out of chicken!
I wanted everyone to eat at the same time, so I put my oven on 200 and kept the batches in there until I was finished with all of them!
Step 73: While the nuggets are cooking, mix together some ChikFilA sauce (which turns out is just honey-mustard and bbq sauce!
Last step: Serve with whatever delicious sides you crave (I made fontina and cheddar orrecchiette and green beans) and ENJOY!!!
Here is the link to the original recipe.
There ya have it! Let me know how it turns out if you try it! It did take forever to make but did NOT disappoint!
Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!