Homemade Chick-fil-A

Homemade Chick-fil-A? Yes, you heard that right. But first came breakfast.

Mexican egg scramble

Something about eggs in warmer weather make me happy. I know most people turn to smoothies, but I love fresh eggs. Yesterday I made a Mexican egg scramble consisting of 2 eggs, black beans, red onions, mushrooms, Jack’s fresh salsa and cilantro. I also ate half and peach. Hailey ate the other half of the peach and black beans.

long walk

After a 4 mile walk with a friend, it was snack time.

cherry Chobani and LOVEgrown granola

Cherry Chobani (quite possibly my favorite variety) with some Simply Oats LOVE Grown granola (also, a favorite) topped with 3 cherries, fresh from the freezer.

fiesta salad

Clearly Mexican flavors never get old to me and I downed a salad at lunch consisting of romaine, spinach, cilantro, sautéed mushrooms and red onions, avocado and salsa.

After lunch we ventured into the rain for an afternoon of errands and voting. I ended up standing in a line that wrapped around a building, while holding an umbrella and a baby, but it was all worth it because after about 45 minutes,

I voted

Afternoon snackage was a hodgepodge of my favorites.

snack plate

Hummus, carrots, pickles, pistachios, string cheese and cantaloupe.

It held me over until I could get to the main event… HOMEMADE Chick-fil-A. Do say I was excited about the prospect of a healthier version of their delicious original sandwich is an understatement. I grabbed a Blue Moon seasonal (pictured with the beautiful lilies David brought me on our anniversary- my fav!) and got to work.

Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

I used this recipe I found on Food Babe, but had to do a little modification (because I don’t own spelt flour… or even know what it is).

For the marinade
-3 chicken breasts, pounded and cut in half
-1 cup pickle juice
-paprika
-salt and pepper

The day before, I pounded chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thick, then cut them in half to create 6 roughly equal sized pieces. I covered them generously in paprika on both sides and salt and peppered them, too. Then, I let them marinade overnight in pickle juice.

Homemade Chickfila- pickle soak

For the egg wash
-1 whole egg
-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

For the breading
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/4 tsp dry mustard
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1 Tbsp powdered sugar
-1 tsp paprika
-a pinch of cayenne (if you want the spice)

I set up my dredging station. First I dunked the chicken pieces in the egg wash, then thoroughly covered them with the flour mixture.

Homemade Chickfila- dredging station

Homemade Chickfila- dredging

Then, I placed them on a rack on a backing tray, so they could bake and get crispy on all sides.

Homemade Chickfila- ready to bake

I sprayed both sides of the chicken generously with olive oil, then stuck them in the oven at 450 degrees. After 12 minutes, I flipped them and put them back in for another 13 minutes before pulling them out and letting them rest for about 5 minutes while I toasted some whole wheat buns and sliced up some of my Nannie’s pickles.

Then, I assembled.

Homemade Chickfila-

But the true test… did it taste like the real thing??

Kind of! I wouldn’t be fooled into thinking I’d just been through the drive-through, probably because it wasn’t as greasy, which is a good thing! However, biting into the juicy sandwich was very reminiscent of the classic Chick-fil-A sandwich. The flavors were spot-on, but the intensity was lacking slightly. Overall, it’s my favorite chicken sandwich I’ve ever made at home and will definitely be making it again!

Homemade Chickfila- final product

Plus, how often do you get that crispy, delicious look and taste without frying?

Homemade Chick-fil-A for the win!

What restaurant item do you wish you could copy cat at home?

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Comments

  1. says

    OH! i MUST MUST MUST MUST! try this soon.

    I love the idea of homemade chick-fil-a – it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to indulge in that favorite because I’m so far away from one now :(

    Thanks for sharing the recipe redux and your thoughts on the outcome, dear!

  2. says

    That looks delicious! What if you replaced some of the flour with partially crushed corn flakes? I find just flour or just bread crumbs is usually not as crispy as I’d like.

    The idea of marinating the chicken in pickle juice is genius! I always thought their sandwiches tasted pickle-y even when I get them without pickles. I always wondered if they just added dill to their breading, but now seeing the pickle brine I get it! Food Babe knows her stuff, eh?

  3. says

    I really want to learn how to make Thai food at home. I’ve made Pad Thai once, and it was good but just not as good as the real thing.

    I may make this for Vishnu because he LOVES Chick-fil-A!

  4. says

    Yes! Chick Fil- A and I go way back and since there are none anywhere near where I live at the moment, I have decided its high time I make the sandwich (or nuggets) at home.

    p.s. I’m definitely a more savory breakfast eater, too. I hardly ever do granola and yogurt for breakfast and much more prefer scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, or chicken apple sausage.

    • says

      Haha, I know, I almost mentioned you in the title, but I know your love for the chicken part has gone by the wayside. I definitely still thought of you, though! ;)

  5. Katie says

    I’m from the burbs of Chicago – No Chick-Fil-A’s around here! =( But – that chicken sandwich sounds pretty awesome! Defintely going to be trying it!

  6. says

    So cool! I kind of love Chickfila so I’ll need to try this recipe!

    PS- I’m so impressed you ran errands in the rain with baby. A skill I have yet to master!

  7. says

    Goodness, that looks amazing! What a great idea. I’ve never tried chick-fil-a, but this looks like a must try recipe!

  8. says

    I think you did an awesome job with those chicken burgers you made.
    Love the meals you had yesterday and well done on voting. So important in any country.

  9. Kelli says

    My husband and I made this last night and it was great! Will definitely be a staple in our bi-weekly meal plan! Though, my husband accidently grabbed the cayenne instead of paprika, but it still turned out wondeerful!

  10. Ginny says

    This looks divine & I can’t wait to recreate! What kind of pickle juice? I’m thinking dill but thought I better double check…

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