Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Strips and Nuggets

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Chick-fil-A, it’s the cheat food that many real food bloggers confess to eating, me being one of them. There is something about their juicy chicken inclosed in a savory and crunchy batter. Yum, I get hungry just thinking about it. If you hadn’t already guessed, I love Chick-fil-A! They have great customer service, it’s clean, I admire their reasoning for closing on Sundays, my cousins worked there and the chicken is just plain tasty.

Even though I indulge in it here and there when I’m out with my family I know that it’s not what my body needs to be eating. Since I only have it a handful of times a year I don’t feel too guilty about it. That being said, still not healthy.

Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Nuggets

The thing is I want to indulge far too often. Thankfully for me my budget rarely allows me too. Until this summer I lived over two hours (plus and country and  aboarder wait) away from the closest Chick-fil-A. Even now I am about 30 minutes away so it isn’t really an issue. The issue is that I love the flavor and crave it. How did I solve that problem? By making my own of course, what else would I do? 😉

Making your own Chick-fil-A inspired treats isn’t as hard as you would think. You most likely have everything you need in your own kitchen just waiting to tantalize your taste buds! It’s rumored that Chick-fil-A uses pickle juice in to brine their chicken. I don’t know if it’s actually true but I went for it. Why not? After making my old-fashioned dill pickles I have brine to spare plus I think it helps the chicken retain it’s natural juice. If you decide to leave it out increase the milk by 1/2 cup and add 1 tsp of salt when brining.

It took quite a few attempts to get the flavors I was looking for but now I am quite happy with the results. Does it taste 100% the same? No, but I am very happy with the results. Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for my version of their “sauce”.

Okay, I’ll stop dragging it out and share the recipe. That’s why you’re here after all, right?

Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Strips and Nuggets
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Ingredients
The Brine
  • 2 lbs chicken
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup pickle juice
  • 2 eggs
The Dredging
  • 2 cups sprouted hard white wheat flour (or unbleached white flour)
  • 2 TBS sucanat
  • 4 tsp unrefined salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
Frying
  • 4 cups of unrefined (flavorless) coconut oil, lard or palm shortening
Instructions
Brine
  1. Cut the chicken into thin strips, about 2 inches long and ½ inch wide.
  2. Whisk the milk, pickle juice and eggs in a medium sized glass container.
  3. Place the chicken in the brine.
  4. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 to -5 hours.
Dredging
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a shallow flat dish about inch thick.
  2. Dip each chicken strip or nugget into the flour mixture. Be sure to completely cover the chicken.
Frying
  1. Heat the fat in a medium size cast iron skillet (or another heavy pan) on medium.
  2. Place up to 8 strips (20 nuggets) in the oil at a time. Cook the strips for about 3 minutes on each side. For the nuggets cook for 1 or 2 minutes on each side.
  3. You want the chicken to be golden brown.
  4. Remove the heat and place on a plate/tray that is lined with an old flour sack towel or paper towels.
  5. Repeat the process until all the chicken is fried.

 

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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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