Quick and easy, crispy Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets can be made at home in minutes! No more waiting in long lines.
Course: adult snack, Dinner, lunch
Keyword: chicken nuggets
1poundbonelessskinless chicken breasts
1 1/2tablespoonspowdered sugar
1/4teaspoonpaprikaOR smoked paprika for an extra flavor boost!
canola oilfor frying
Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces (approximately 1" chunks.)
Place the chicken in a zip top bag and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
Pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Add the panko breadcrumbs and regular breadcrumbs to a food processor. Pulse the breadcrumbs several times until a fine crumb forms.
Add the breadcrumb mixture, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and chili powder to a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Add the chicken pieces to the breadcrumb mixture tossing to coat all sides (you can do this in a separate zip top bag, too.)
Add the oil to a large dutch oven or heavy duty pot so that it's approximately 3 inches deep (you may need up to 3-4 cups of oil depending on how large your pot is.)
Heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot. (To test your oil, drop a small piece of bread into the oil and when it immediately starts to bubble your oil is ready.)
Add your chicken to the oil, a few pieces at a time to avoid overcrowding the pan, and cook until golden brown, crispy and cooked through.
Using a spider or slotted spoon, transfer your chicken nuggets to a cooling rack set over a towel to catch the oil. Repeat with the remaining nuggets.
Serve immediately with sauce, if desired.
Freezer tip: To freeze your Chick-fil-a nuggets, arrange the cooked nuggets on a baking sheet in a single layer. Transfer to the freezer and freeze until firm. Place the frozen nuggets in a zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 months.To cook frozen nuggets: Place the frozen nuggets on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 425 degrees fro 10-15 minutes or until hot and crispy.