Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich

We absolutely love Chick-fil-A at our house! So you can imagine my excitement when I found this copycat recipe. I kept thinking how awesome it would be to make these at home. They were a lot easier than I thought they would be to make and they tasted identical!

Chick fil a copycat sandwich with fries on a white plate.

My family loved them! My little boy kept asking how I got them to look the same and taste the same as Chick-fil-A. They were perfectly crisp on the outside and packed with flavor on the inside. Of course you have to serve them on a toasted bun with pickles and some lemonade. And after you serve them to your family say, “my pleasure!” 🙂

Chicken sandwich with mustard and lettuce with fries.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4 Servings


Deliciously crispy chicken sandwiches that taste just like Chick-fil-A

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken sandwich, chicken sandwich recipes


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • Kosher salt
  • pepper freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Peanut oil for frying (at least 2 inches to cover the bottom of a pan)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Pickle Juice optional
  • 4 soft hamburger buns split


  1. Pound each chicken breast to be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. This will help them to fry easier. Season chicken with 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp each of paprika and pepper. Set chicken aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan, heat 2 inches of peanut oil over medium heat until a deep fry thermometer registers 325 degrees, or until small drops of water sizzle and evaporate.
  3. While the oil is heating, whisk the egg, milk, pickle juice* (if using) and 2 T water in a baking dish. Then whisk both flours, the malted milk powder, confectioners sugar, baking soda, dry mustard, the remaining 1/2 tsp paprika, and 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in another dish.
  4. Dip the chicken first in the egg mixture and then dredge in the flour mixture coating completely. Fry the chicken in the hot oil until brown about 4 minutes, adjusting the heat if needed. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Serve on lightly toasted buns with desired toppings. Pickles, lettuce, and even a slice of cheese!

Recipe Notes

*Pickle juice is optional but they say it is the secret ingredient. 😉
Recipe adapted from Food Network

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Calories531kcal (27%)Carbohydrates50g (17%)Protein58g (116%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol187mg (62%)Sodium636mg (27%)Potassium1028mg (29%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar7g (8%)Vitamin A436IU (9%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium139mg (14%)Iron4mg (22%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I’ve never been to a Chick-fil-A when I’ve visited the States, but that chicken does look amazing! I’m not so sure about the pickles on them though, since I’m not a big fan.

  2. The secret ingredient is MSG. it is one of the first ingredients on their list. But this version looks delectable!! Great looking clone! Maybe I can make MSG free sandwiches at home now.

    1. MSG free would be awesome. But be careful. Malted milk contains Malt Extract, which often contains MSG.

  3. What type of pickle juice? Sweet, dill?

    I don’t like pickles, but I am 100% sure it makes a huge difference here. If I think about it, I can taste it when eating one of these sandwiches.

  4. pickle juice is only in the marinade for the Chicken Strips. none of it goes into the chicken nuggets OR the chicken sandwiches. I worked at a Chick-Fil-A for a little over 3 years back in high school.

  5. I just made these for our lunch- my son works at Chik-Fil-A and we homeschool, so we are always looking for new lunch ideas. WOW. Wow. Wow. Wow!! Delicious. Copycat recipes rarely impress us, but this one did. Thank you!

  6. I’ve made this several times. Very popular with my family!! The only thing I do differently, is I soak the chicken breasts in pickle juice for about 10 minutes and I don’t use the malted powder. This recipe is a definite keeper!!😀

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