Skinny Chick-Fil-A Nuggets from Girls Can Grill
Skinny Chick-Fil-A Nuggets from Girls Can Grill

Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

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December 30, 2015

We are addicted to Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but we love to grill, so we’ve made a copycat version of Grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets using two (no longer) secret ingredients to make them extra juicy and well seasoned.

  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 30 nuggets


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup dill pickle juice

1/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


1Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl with pickle juice and milk. Marinate for 30 minutes.

2Remove from marinade and pat dry.

3In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and celery salt. Sprinkle all over chicken.

4Heat grill to high. Grill chicken for 3 minutes per side until cooked through.

5Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

1Combine ingredients in a small bowl and chill.


The pickle juice makes these nuggets extra juicy. We don't recommend marinading them longer than 30 minutes tho, because too much brine time can make them salty.

The powdered sugar in the dry rub helps create a nice crust on the nuggets and balances out the seasonings.

Make the dipping sauce skinny by using Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise.

We love using Suzie's organic yellow and dijon mustard for this recipe.

Skinny Chick-Fil-A Nuggets


7 Reviews


March 7, 2017

Thank you Megan and Faylore. I’m so glad you liked it. I love the idea of grilling tenders for salads.


March 7, 2017

I had to try this and it turned out great! I had cut my chicken into strips instead of nugget-sized bites, added 5 minutes to the brine time and they were fantastic. Not too salty or too bland.
Definitely going to make these again!


March 2, 2017

My teenagers inhaled these! I set a timer for the brining phase, but it turned out a little salty; however, I suspect I cut my bites too small since I had to be careful placing them on the grill so they wouldn’t fall through the grate, so I probably should have brined for less than 30 minutes given the size of my chicken bites. I think this recipe would be also be great for grilling chicken breasts or tenderloins for salads and had planned to use the leftovers to try to recreate the Chic-fil-a market salad for my lunch tommorrow, but I didn’t have any leftovers with this recipe. Thanks so much for this great recipe – it is a keeper.


February 27, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe.


February 24, 2017

This recipe is so, SO good!! I am out of garlic powder and celery salt, so I poured a little garlic juice into the bag with the pickle juice and milk. I cooked mine just in a skillet with butter and a little apple cider vinegar (because we had some really tough pieces of chicken) and it is super delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!!


June 18, 2016

I usually use 2%, but you could use whole milk or 1%.

Rob Richardson

April 28, 2016

What percent milk did you use?

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