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Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

I am addicted to Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but I love to grill, so I’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.
4.48 from 368 votes

By Christie Vanover | Published December 30, 2015 | Last Updated June 4, 2022

This is one of the most viewed recipes on my website because it’s easy, healthy and oh so delicious.

To start, grab some boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders and dice them into even size pieces. Then, we can get to the secrets…

Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets on ceramic plate


The first secret ingredient in grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets is pickle juice

Simply, use the juice straight out of the jar from your favorite type of pickles. I recommend going with dill pickle juice, but if you prefer sweet or bread and butter pickles, go for it. 

Be mindful that not all pickles and hence not all pickle juice is the same. Some have way more sodium than others. Check the label on the jar to make sure you don’t pick one that’s too salty.

Here is some info from the nutrition labels of some popular brands. This level of sodium is per ounce.

Heinz dill chips = 60 mg

Wickles Original Pickles = 150 mg

Vlasic dill spears = 220 mg

Mt Olive dill spears = 240 mg

Mt Olive dill chips = 290 mg

Claussen dill spears = 330 mg

Vlasic stackers = 410 mg

 Brine the chicken

To create the brine, you’re going to combine the pickle juice with some milk. You can use whole or low-fat, depending on your diet. If you use a milk alternative like almond milk, just make sure it’s not flavored or sweetened. 

chicken nuggets in bowl of pickle juice and milk

Place the chicken nuggets in a bowl or zip top bag and pour the juice and milk right on top. Give it a gentle stir. The brine is the secret to making the nuggets extra juicy.

I don’t recommend marinating the nuggets for longer than 30 minutes, because too much brine time can make them too salty.

The second secret ingredient is powdered sugar

After the chicken brines for 30 minutes in the pickle juice and milk, you’ll rub it with the powdered sugar and other seasonings.

Adding the sugar to the dry rub helps create a nice crust on the nuggets and balances out the seasonings.

Don’t try this recipe with granulated or brown sugar. It won’t be the same.

Powdered sugar is usually combined with corn starch. That’s the component that gives the nuggets their nice texture. 

bowl of seasoned chicken nuggets

When I first created this recipe in 2015, the rub was a little different. I included it in the recipe notes, if you’re interested. 

Now, that I have my own award-winning Chicken Rub from Spiceology, I just mix two teaspoons of it with the powdered sugar. 

Chick-Fil-A Nuggets on grill


How to grill copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets

You can make these on any type of grill. I usually use a gas grill, because it’s such a quick cook, but you could also use a charcoal grill, pellet grill or even an indoor grill. Just heat the grill to high or about 400F degrees. 

For juicy nuggets, you only need to grill them about 3 minutes per side.

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165F degrees. 

Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets dipped in honey mustard


Chick-Fil-A copycat honey mustard sauce

If you’re like me, you can’t have the nuggets without the sauce, so I’ve included my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A’s honey mustard dipping sauce below. 

It uses mayo, two types of mustard, and of course honey. The touch of vinegar gives it the added pop. You could also use hot honey or add a dash of hot sauce, if you like a little heat.

spoon with honey mustard dipping sauce


How closely does this match the ingredients in actual grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets?

This is a question I get asked a lot. So here you go. Below is the ingredients list straight from their website:

Chicken (boneless skinless chicken breast, water, apple cider vinegar, soybean oil, modified corn starch, salt, yeast extract, sugar, chicken breast meat, chicken broth, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic, sea salt, cane molasses, spices, chicken fat, natural flavor [including smoke], lemon peel, red bell pepper, paprika, lemon juice concentrate, parsley and vinegar solids, xanthan gum, and calcium disodium EDTA [to protect quality]).

The chicken breasts is an obvious match.

slicing chicken breast into nuggets

The water, vinegar, salt, onion, garlic, pepper and herbs are ingredients you’ll find in pickle juice, so that’s a close match. 

They don’t list milk, so my brine recipe differs in that manner. If you have a dairy intolerance or just don’t want to use milk, you could follow their ingredients list more closely and substitute the milk with oil and chicken broth.

I like the milk, because it helps break down the chicken to make it tender, and based on the reviews this recipe gets, a lot of other people like it, too. 

Lastly, you can see they list a variety of herbs, spices, sugar and cornstarch. That’s where powdered sugar rub comes in.  

So there you go. Give the recipe a shot, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets on ceramic plate

Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

I am addicted to Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but I love to grill, so I’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.
4.48 from 368 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 5



  • Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl with pickle juice and milk. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from marinade and pat dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and Chicken Rub. Sprinkle all over chicken.
  • Heat grill to high. Grill chicken for 3 minutes per side until cooked through.
  • Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.



This recipe has been updated. Now it calls for two teaspoons of my Chicken Rub combined with the powdered sugar. It reduces the sodium level significantly.
If you loved the old rub recipe, here you go:
  • 2 tsps powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt


Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 20gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 466mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator

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spoon with honey mustard dipping sauce

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

This sweet and tangy honey mustard dipping sauce goes great with grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets.
4.57 from 105 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 7 tablespoons


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl and chill.


Calories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 175mgSugar: 2g

This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator

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  1. Rob Richardson April 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    What percent milk did you use?

    • Christie June 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

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

      • Bee G October 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm - Reply

        I made these with flaxmilk and whole earth monk fruit stevia and they turned out with great flavor. I baked them at 375 covered for 25min then turned over and covered again for another 25. Came out decent.

        My question is can I use more than 1lb chicken for the brine or do I have to double the brine?

        I’d like to make that for many recipes. Had this with roasted veggies but likely would be nice on a salad or rice and bean bowl.

        • Christie Vanover October 25, 2019 at 9:51 am - Reply

          Sounds like a nice twist. It will depend on how much more chicken you add. If you use 2 pounds, you might need a little more brine, unless you work in batches and reuse the brine.

        • Anonymous November 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          There is no way cooking at 375 for 50 min turned out good! Cook lower and shorter time.

          • Christie Vanover November 17, 2019 at 6:58 am

            The prep time is 40 minutes and the cook time is 10 minutes.

      • Jimmy December 11, 2019 at 6:21 pm - Reply

        Love them…but they’re a little salty. Will make it without adding salt to the rub next time. The salt from the brine is plenty for my liking.

      • MARK DISHON October 31, 2020 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        I think you’re mistaken. Powdered sugar and pickle juice are used on the FRIED chicken. Grilled chicken is garlic and lemon juice, etc.

  2. Mindi February 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    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!!

    • Christie February 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

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

    • Ashley Shea April 10, 2020 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      I’ve used this recipe at least, 10 times, and it’s always awesome! I use tenders and doubled the amounts, as I feed many. Its identical to cfa.

  3. Megan March 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Juanita February 17, 2020 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      I followed the recipe completely but the finished product had a strong taste of the dill pickle juice. I marinated for 30 minutes using Clausen dill pickle juice. If I tried this again, I’d only use a third of the amount of pickle juice and add more milk.

    • Vicki March 28, 2020 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      You stated that you decreased the amount of salt. By how much??

      • Christie Vanover March 31, 2020 at 3:49 pm - Reply

        The recipe used to call for 2 tsps salt. I have found that it depends on your pickle juice, too. Some brands are saltier than others.

  4. Faylore March 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    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!

  5. Christie March 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

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

  6. Anonymous September 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Why is the milk needed? I don’t see it listed in the official ingredients list

    • Christie September 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      The milk is part of the brine with the pickle juice. If you omit the milk, the pickle flavor will be too strong.

      • Gabe December 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        Doing the milk and pickle juice actually make it almost like butter milk but the pickle juice adds to the flavor as well

      • Alex March 31, 2020 at 9:04 am - Reply

        I was wondering this as well as the grilled chicken/nuggets from Chick Fil A are dairy free. I have a child with a dairy allergy and I’m wanting to find a good recipe similar to theirs because he inhales their chicken… but I need a dairy free recipe.

        • Christie Vanover March 31, 2020 at 3:53 pm - Reply

          You could try diluting the pickle juice with water or chicken broth.

    • Teresa February 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      1/4 cup of milk is listed as one of the ingredients.

      • Alex June 15, 2020 at 10:28 am - Reply

        For the grilled nuggets? No. On their website it says it’s free of dairy. And my son has consumed them with no problem. The original nuggets do have dairy.

  7. Danielle Graef January 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I am grilling on my stove top in a Frying pan.

    Should I still cut them in bite size pieces because that will take a lot of time to turn each piece over?

    Or should I cut them in small Patty size pieces so I can turn each piece easy and then cut them in bite size when they are done cooking?

    • Christie January 20, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      You can definitely cook them in patties and then cut them later or eat the patty on a sandwich.

  8. Sylvie January 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I have a dumb question…I don’t like dill pickles will the juice from sour pickles work? Maybe brine for 10-15 minutes? What do ya think?

    • Christie January 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Sure thing. You could even use bread and butter pickles.

  9. Ashley Hickman January 27, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I can’t have dairy, could I substitute the milk for maybe plant milk?

    • Christie January 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Ashley, I haven’t tried that, but it should absolutely work. Let us know. I’m sure that would be a helpful tips for others. Christie

  10. Don Gemmell February 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    This was awesome, so good and exactly like the restaurant. I was hesitant about the pickle juice and milk marinate, but it turned out excellent. Will definitely cook again. Thanks!!!

    • Christie February 3, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Awesome! I’m so glad you liked them.

    • Teresa February 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      I worked at Chick-fil-A for a couple of years and there is pickle juice and milk in their brine.

      • Christie February 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        Thanks for sharing.

      • Morgan February 24, 2020 at 9:48 am - Reply

        Not in their grilled nuggets. They are dairy free.

  11. Mona March 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    If I don’t have powdered sugar, will it make a big difference or do I have to make a store run?

    • Christie March 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      You could try regular sugar, but it might make it grainy. Do you have a spice grinder? You could try grinding regular sugar in the spice grinder to make it more fine.

      • Anonymous December 18, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

        Or maybe heat up the pickle juice to dissolve the regular sugar?

  12. Danielle April 9, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I made these for lunch but I think I put to much seasoning on them and they were super spicy. My daughter and I didn’t mind, they were super tender and delicious. My boys however didn’t like how spicy they were and passed. Next time I’ll cut back. :)

    • Christie April 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed them. Did you adjust the seasoning blend? There are no spicy seasonings used in the recipe.

      • Anonymous September 7, 2020 at 3:59 pm - Reply

        The pepper has to be off – way spicy (and I typically like peppered products.)

  13. Amanda Murphy June 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you so so much for this recipe ! My two year old son will only consistently eat hot dogs and Chick fil A grilled nuggets, and the closest Chick fil A is an hour away! This will be a keeper in this house. I had it wrapped up with cheese lettuce and tomato and chipotle Mayo and it was super delish. I do see what the previous commenter was saying about it being spicy, next time i will double the chicken (leftovers will not last long with this) and keep the seasoning blend the same. Mine was kind of salty and too much celery seed as i did not have celery salt so i substituted celery seed and a little extra salt. Next time I’ll cut that back. But thank you so much , i can finally get my child to eat more meat haha

    • Christie June 4, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing. Glad your kiddo enjoyed it.

  14. Crystal B June 26, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I’m following the Keto diet and I’m wondering if the powdered sugar is absolutely necessary to the outcome of the nuggets. Other than that, it’s a very keto-friendly recipe.

    • Christie June 27, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

      It won’t turn out exactly the same, but you can skip the powdered sugar and still end up with some good nuggets.

    • Anonymous July 29, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

      I’m on keto so i used stevia. They turned out great.

      • Christie Vanover July 30, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

        Thanks for the feedback. Others doing keto will be glad to know it worked.

    • Jody October 15, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

      My Keto friends all swear by erythritol granulated and confectioner “sugar”. Now that I’m doing WW, I decided to try it and LOVE it. It is a sugar alcohol (erythritol) but naturally is produced in some fruits and vegetables. The most popular brand is Swerve, but a search on Amazon will turn up more affordable erythritol options.

  15. VALERIE LONGOBARDI June 27, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I soaked it in the brine x 30 mins, and then let the seasonings stay on overnight. I made two pounds of chicken so I doubled the recipe. It came it tasting VERY strong and over seasoned! I probably shouldn’t let it sit over night…uugh.

    • Christie June 27, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      There is no need to let the rub sit overnight. That brine is pretty powerful stuff. After 30 minutes in the marinade, just season and toss on the grill. You can also cut back on the rub, if you prefer. I hope you give the recipe another shot.

  16. Cindy July 5, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    You could try using Swerve confectioners.

  17. Tyler July 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    These were good as F. My wife made some regular ol’ baked chicken and I told her I was going to try to do something different. After she tasted the chicken I made she didn’t even bother finishing her chicken.

    Genuinely the best recipe I’ve ever found on the internet. I will use this recipe until I die, so thanks for this.

    • Christie July 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      You’re so kind. Thanks so much. I’m thrilled you enjoyed them.

  18. Megan August 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I am trying this for the first time tonight…I’m hoping this will reheat good for meal preps. I didn’t cut my chicken into small pieces because I didn’t want to lose any to the grill. Other than that wish me luck.

    • Bethany August 20, 2020 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Just made them and the only complaint was from my 5 year old… But they’re not in the Chick-fil-A box!!! 🤦‍♀️

  19. John August 28, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Can I use vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead of the pickle juice?

    • Christie Vanover August 28, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried it, but you could give it a shot. Or you could make a brine with apple cider vinegar, water and sugar.

  20. Raena P October 18, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

    This recipe turned out great! My hubby even took the leftovers to work in the morning.

  21. Greg November 26, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

    How long would I cook these on a George Foreman grill?

  22. Raj December 4, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

    In the Nutrition facts, total fat is 14 gms. Is that coming from the Dipping Sauce??

  23. Matt December 15, 2018 at 6:12 am - Reply

    The allergens on chick fil a doesn’t contain dairy though? How do they do it without milk?

  24. Charles December 24, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

    What type of paprika do you use?

  25. Diane December 28, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

    We don’t have any pickles on hand but do have olives. Could I use olive brine instead?

  26. Anonymous January 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I know why the other reviews said it was a bit spicy.I didn’t have any celery seed but it was still delicious !!!!!!

  27. Cindy February 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Delicious. I cooked mine in the microwave using a Rangemate (3 minutes each side) and it was perfect. No messy cleanup and super easy. Thanks for the recipe.

  28. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Are the nutrition facts for this the same as Chick Fil A’s nuggets? Since the info you provided is with the sauce, I’m curious to know what the macros are without the sauce.

  29. Emily February 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    What are the nutrition facts without the sauce? I count macros and would probably eat this without the sauce.

    • Christie Vanover February 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      I just broke the recipe into two parts to separate the calories for the sauce and the chicken. I hope this helps.

  30. scott February 15, 2019 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Family loved this! I did find it pretty spicy too, not sure if is the pepper or celery salt? Thanks!!

  31. Missy February 17, 2019 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I am curious if anyone has tried these in the air fryer?

  32. Katty May 7, 2019 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Strong flavor. I will definitely leave the chicken less time marinating and use way less salt and pepper for the seasoning. Too strong for my toddler

  33. Peggy Melton May 11, 2019 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    These came out absolutely delicious. No changes to the recipe. My hubby begged me to make them again to out in lunch salads.

  34. Jack Barker May 25, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Going to try them.I m going to follow step by step i hope you are not bullshiting me on this recipe.

  35. KMetro June 6, 2019 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Waaaaaaaaaay too salty for us! Even the dog would not touch them. I think that marinating them in the pickle juice and milk makes them salty enough.

  36. Ricky July 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Hey is there anything else I can use except pickle juice. Could I marinate in them in limes for the acidity ?

    • Christie Vanover July 20, 2019 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Limes would give this dish an entirely different taste. If you want it to taste like chick-fil-a, you’ll need to use the pickle juice. Sorry.

  37. MeeDeessa Morgan August 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for yummy recipe.

  38. Brittany R Perry September 28, 2019 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Can you reheat these in a microwave?
    Would love to make these for my work lunch!

    • Christie Vanover September 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Sure. They would taste a little better re-heated in a toaster oven, but a microwave will work.

  39. Shellie Hubbartt November 3, 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I can my own pickles. We like them a tad spicy, so usually cut up a jalapeño in it. I used the juice from that. Also it’s cold outside, and I don’t have an indoor grill, so I pulled out the George foreman. I grilled the chicken whole breasts (I flattened them before marinating) then cut them into bite size after grilling. I mixed honey mustard sauce with BBQ sauce equal parts for the dipping sauce. YUM! Love chick fla la, but not the price lol, I will be making this often! Thanks

  40. Tim January 2, 2020 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Is it ok to marinade longer than the 30 minutes? Would like to prep before work.

    • Christie Vanover January 2, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

      I don’t recommend marinating for more than 30 minutes. If you do, they will be really salty.

  41. Denise Smith January 15, 2020 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I made this following the recipe, but I cooked in cast iron skillet because it was late. That’s the only improvement I can see, actually grilling the chicken. Otherwise, it was great! It is a little salty, and I’m a salt lover. You could probably dial it back a bit. I used Whole Foods dill pickles, next time I will use one with a stronger pickle-y taste, like Vlassic or Mt Olive. The Whole Food dills were pretty weak.

  42. PK February 8, 2020 at 11:31 am - Reply

    It’s a good marinade/rub, and my kids still really liked them, but to me they just didn’t taste like Chickfila. They were also way salty even though we didn’t marinate them in the pickle juice that long. I workout quite a bit and love Chickfila grilled nuggets for a quick protein boost, so I was really hoping these would be a good alternative. They’re not bad, just not quite Chickfila.

  43. Jeannine February 9, 2020 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Perfect! We love Chick Fil A bit can’t go because our daughter is so severely allergic to peanuts and peanut oil. This was a perfect way to get the chicken for everyone. It tastes delicious.

  44. Madisen February 18, 2020 at 10:02 am - Reply

    How many nuggets are a serving?

  45. Linda Hausdorf March 9, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Made these for the first time tonight, they were awesome! We love Chick-fil-A nuggets so we’re excited that we can make them at home. Will you skim milk here so that’s the quarter cup that I used with a pickle juice. And when I made the honey mustard dipping sauce I had everything but the regular mustard, But it was still great!

  46. Chris April 25, 2020 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Not a Grill Master so are you just using aluminum foil to prevent these bite size pieces from falling into the grill?

    • Anonymous September 22, 2020 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      I cut mine into strips! So yummy!

  47. Joy May 31, 2020 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Would you recommend air frying these? Our grill is currently out of commission. How long and at what temp would be good on the air fryer!

    • Christie Vanover May 31, 2020 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Sorry. I don’t have an air fryer, so I’m not sure.

    • Joe C October 4, 2020 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      I’ve done 8 oz @ 400 degrees for about 8-12 minutes in the air fryer, I would say 1lb @ 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

  48. April May 31, 2020 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Great recipe! I used it for chicken then I decide to try using it on Mahi Mahi fillets cut into nugget size pieces and following the same process. They turned out fantastic as well. I am keto so I opted to use Swerve confections for the sugar. The taste is CFA yummy and I love having another seasoning for my Mahi Mahi as well. Thanks so much!

  49. Erika September 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Ok….as a Chick-fil-A connoisseur, these didn’t taste identical BUT…holy moly were so close and SO GOOD!!!!! A smidge on the peppery side for us but, that’s a personal preference and it was handled with our use of CFA sauce and nonfat greek yogurt (sour cream) as dips. These were soooo yummy!!! I used a 4 pack of chicken from Walmart at 3lbs so I tripled the seasonings and doubled the liquids. Worked great! I made them as strips as to not have any lost pieces in my grill LOL! Have enough leftovers for dinner tomorrow! Wahoo! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Now to share with all my friends LOL

    • Joe C October 4, 2020 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Noob question, why did you only double the liquids instead of tripling them?

  50. Amanda January 7, 2021 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Better than chick fil a grilled chicken nuggets I used whole milk and was super delicious and tender!!!

  51. Kathy March 13, 2021 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Delicious but spicy. Do you think I could rinse the extra brine off before adding the spices?

  52. Anonymous May 27, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    First time in my life seeing tsps. That’s so stupid. No need to pluralize more than one tsp. 🙄

    • Christie Vanover May 30, 2021 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Wow you took the time out of your day to make fun of my typo and call me stupid. Multiple people initially complained this recipe was too salty, so I reduced the salt content down to 1 tsp. I simply forgot to change tsps to tsp when I made that edit. While I edit this post, may I suggest you edit your look on life and try to be a little more kind to people.

  53. Brad Prose October 7, 2021 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Made it exactly as-is, multiple times, it’s amazing. My kids love it just as much and we pair it with homemade honey mustard. Seriously simple.

    I like to cook them on skewers to keep it simple for flipping. Just make sure the grates are oiled otherwise the sugar will make them stick.

    Homerun recipe!

  54. Merrick April 13, 2022 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Everyone who has this copycat recipe uses milk. The Chic-Fil-A website states there are no milk allergens in their nuggets, and my son, who has severe milk allergies but loves Chic-Fil-A chicken nuggets is testament to the fact that there is no milk in Chic-Fil-A chicken nuggets. I don’t think your recipe needs milk.

  55. Kim November 12, 2022 at 7:48 am - Reply

    These nuggets are life changing! The flavor is on point and they fit perfectly with our dietary needs. We have made three batches in a little over a week. It’s nice to have these on hand for wraps, salads, rice/veggie bows or as an entree. I’ve shared this recipe with my WW meeting, the WW online forum and friends and family. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Christie Vanover November 12, 2022 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Thank you Kim. I’m so glad you like them, and I really appreciate that you’ve shared it.

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