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Chick-Fil-GAYOK! Nugget Copycats

These golden nuggets of deliciousness taste nearly identical to the ones that you would get from Chick-fil-A and they are made with less than half of the ingredients. Even better, these are homophobe free! Who wouldn't want to try these?

Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword American food, brine, Chicken nuggets, Copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets, dinner, greek yogurt, honey mustard, lunch, marinade, pickle juice, powdered sugar, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 310 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik



  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice 1/4 cup
  • 1 piece egg 1 regular size egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder malted milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda a pinch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard dry
  • 1 teaspoon paprika a pinch
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey honey


  1. 1. 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.

    2. Combine flour, powdered sugar, malted milk powder, baking soda, dry mustard, paprika, and salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag or large paper grocery bag. Shake to combine. Remove chicken from the marinade and add into the bag. Shake to coat the chicken completely.

    3. Heat half the oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat (6 or 7 out of 10.) Test the oil by dropping in a bit of the flour mixture or a few droplets of water. If it sizzles, the oil is ready. If it pops, lower the temperature a bit.

    4. 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.

    5. Stir together the honey mustard dipping sauce ingredients, and serve with the hot chicken bites.

Recipe Notes

The honey mustard dipping lasts for weeks when stored in the fridge. Store in a glass mason jar, shake it before using it as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Chick-Fil-GAYOK! Nugget Copycats
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 1074mg47%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.