Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A is delicious but until recently has only been available in southern U.S. states. Out of desperation (or lack of self control? primordial urge to fry?), I stole some Chick-fil-A sauce packets and recreated the whole shebang at home. I also talked with a Chick-fil-A HQ employee to get some insider tips on how the chain makes the delicious Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich at home.
Fun fact: S. Truett Cathy, who founded Chick-fil-A, wrote a book called How Did You Do It, Truett?. Oddly enough that’s what I kept saying to myself in the dark lonely witching hours I spent trying to crack this recipe. The hubris you have, Cathy, the hubris. ANYWAY back to the Chick fil A Chicken Sandwich.
The simple secrets in a nutshell: an overnight pickle juice brine and powdered sugar-flour coating. That’s all folks. Try out the full Chick-fil-A sandwich recipe below and freak your friends’ minds.
Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Recipe
- 1-2 cups pickle juice*
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, filleted
- 3 cups peanut oil**
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Hamburger buns
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- dill pickle slices
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1/2 tablespoon water
- 1/4 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Make the chicken sandwich. Soak the chicken breasts in pickle juice 4 hours – overnight.
- Lightly pat the chicken breasts dry.
- Heat peanut oil in deep skillet to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg and milk.
- In another bowl, mix flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper.
- Dip chicken breast in milk mixture, and then coat in flour mixture.
- Fry coated chicken breasts until golden and crispy, ~8 minutes depending on your skillet size.
- Drain fried chicken on paper towels.
- Make the sauce. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until smooth.
- Assemble sandwich. Spread butter on buns and toast lightly.
- Spread sauce on top and bottom bun. Place fried chicken and top with dill pickle slices.
*Thanks you, tcalhoon on Reddit, for letting me know that they don’t pickle brine in-store, but suspects they do at a plant. The more you know, huh?
**Thank you, jonker5101 on Reddit, for letting me know that they use peanut oil instead of vegetable oil. Knowledge is power!
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