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Our family loves Chickfila (who doesn’t?), but eating there as a family gets expensive. I decided recently to try my hand at recreating it at home, and I think I’ve finally found a good result! My kids absolutely love this chicken and would totally eat it once a week! We love eating this chicken on my homemade buns with copycat Chickfila sauce, with some frozen french fries and a vegetable on the side.
Copycat Chickfila Sandwiches
In order to make this chicken, you need pickle juice! That’s the secret ingredient. I pour out some of the juice in a jar and the pickles stay good (and we put some on the sandwiches).
You’re first going to marinade the chicken in milk and pickle juice.
I had this chicken thawed in a ziploc bag in the freezer, so I just poured the milk and pickle juice in and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour.
Then pour it all into a big pan or bowl and drain the liquid off.
Before you get any further, heat some oil! I use canola oil, but to get the authentic taste, use peanut oil. Peanut oil is usually a lot more expensive, which is why I don’t usually buy it.
Once the chicken has been drained, leave it in the same pan or bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together two eggs and more milk.
Then pour it over the chicken and make sure all of it gets coated.
In a ziptop bag, mix together flour, powdered sugar, salt, and pepper. Sometimes I also add a bit of Creole seasoning!
Doing a few pieces at a time, let the milk and egg drain off the chicken and place in the bag, coating it with the mixture.
Then use tongs to carefully place the chicken in the oil.
I can usually fit 3 pieces at a time, but it will depend on how big your chicken pieces are.
It takes about 5-7 minutes on each side to cook the chicken through. I use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s fully cooked!
Once it’s fully cooked (to at least 165 degrees), remove it from the pan and place it on a paper towel lined plate.