Last updated February 9, 2019

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.

bowl of chicken nuggets with a side of sauce

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

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

The acid in the brine makes the chicken extra juicy. I don’t recommend marinating them longer than 30 minutes though, because too much brine time can make them salty.

The second secret ingredient is powdered sugar.

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

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

Then fire up the grill.

chicken nuggets on a grill

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

This recipe includes a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce. I’m a huge fan of Suzie’s organic yellow and dijon mustard. I mix them with the mayo, honey, vinegar and salt.

If you want to reduce the calories, substitute Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise.

bowl of chicken nuggets with a side of sauce

bowl of chicken nuggets with a side of sauce

Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chick-fil-a, chicken, grilled, nuggets
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 122 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover
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.
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsps powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl with pickle juice and milk. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from marinade and pat dry.
  3. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and celery salt. Sprinkle all over chicken.
  4. Heat grill to high. Grill chicken for 3 minutes per side until cooked through.
  5. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 1279mg56%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
bowl of chicken nuggets with a side of sauce

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey mustard sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 7 tablespoons
Calories: 83 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

This sweet and tangy honey mustard dipping sauce goes great with grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and chill.

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 175mg8%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.