As a member of the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel, I get to participate in a group of amazing moms who provide feedback on a variety of things Chick-fil-A related. I love working with a brand that treats it’s customers (and our panel) so well. I’ve shared before a few of the reasons why I think Chick-fil-A rocks but not everyone has a Chick-fil-A near them. Also, my oldest son doesn’t get to enjoy some things from Chick-fil-A because they cook their food in peanut oil, which he’s allergic to. It seems like it never fails that I find myself craving Chick-fil-A on Sundays, which is the day they’re closed. Because of all of those things, I had to do some searching to help recreate some of our Chick-fil-A favorites at home. If you’re lucky enough to live near, or find a Chick-fil-A on your road trip, stop in and try the real deal (and some of their other yummy menu items!).
They’ve got a hint of sweetness but are crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I love using this recipe from Six Dollar Family. (I tried to link to the post at the bottom of the recipe but the link isn’t working for some reason.) It’s fairly simple, using things you’ve probably already got on hand. It also makes a lot of coating for chicken and these are great reheated too.
Follow the recipe to make the wet dredge and dry dredge. I use a fork to mix everything together and make sure it’s all evenly distributed before I add the chicken in.
I keep everything near the stove to keep clean up to a minimum.
Add in the chicken a few pieces at a time to your preheated oil so the temperature doesn’t drop. Once they’re cooked, I take them out and put them on a plate with paper towels on it. You can salt and pepper them while they’re fresh out of the oil but they have a lot of flavor on their own. The first time you make them you might want to wait until you try them to see what other seasoning they need.
Serve them with some macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, or even french fries for a Chick-fil-A experience at home.
You can’t have dinner without dessert. Chick-fil-A has delicious cookies. They’re not overly sweet and they’ve got a fantastic texture. The Frugal Navy Wife has a great recipe for the cookies. On the plates below I got two cookies from my local Chick-fil-A and two cookies from the copycat batch I made (the real deal are on the lower left plate). The copycat cookies were delicious. Not as dense as the restaurant’s version so you’d have to tweak the recipe a bit if you like the density of the real thing (try adding a touch more flour and oats – it might be enough to make the difference). Leave a good amount of space on your baking sheet when making these. They spread quite a bit so they’ll need some extra space if you want a “perfect” round cookie.
Have you ever tried to recreate a dish from your favorite restaurant?