All Natural Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwiches

There’s only one thing I’ve missed since giving up fast food close to 7 months ago and that’s a Chick-fil-A sandwich. I didn’t eat fast food a lot since we try to maintain an organic diet but Chick-fil-A was always my down fall. I could seriously eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not grow tired of it. 

All Natural Chick-fil-A Sandwiches | Wicked Spatula Last year Alex and I gave up meat for Lent and actually kept it up until mid August so I had nixed Chick-fil-A before and knew I could do it again. I still get the occasional craving which can easily be put to rest with a homemade version which taste about 95% like the original. Let’s take a look at the ingredients to their sandwich shall we?

“chicken (whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached wheat flour {with malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG, again!), nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, nonfat milk, egg], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane as an anti-foaming agent]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickles (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, potassium sorbate [preservative], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1

That was straight from their website. I can’t even begin to pick out all the nastiness included in that list. MSG, artificial flavors, and colors. Seriously folks, why do we have to color our food?! It drives me insane. Not to mention all the preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, and the other ingredients that I honestly can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are. I don’t think anyone should need convincing that you’re better off making your own! ***Now I’ll step off my soapbox.

All Natural Chick-fil-A Sandwiches | Wicked Spatula All hope is not lost and you can have a delicious copycat sandwich at home. The secret ingredient is adding powdered sugar to the flour mixture and marinating the chicken in dill pickle juice for a few hours before frying. Love it. This recipe can totally work with chicken nuggets too if you’re in the mood for that or have kiddos that wouldn’t want a sandwich. While our dinners really never consists of fried foods this is a once in a couple months treat that doesn’t leave me breaking my commitment to not eating fast food. I also cut down on the gluten by using gluten free buns but of course the chicken is dredged in flour so it’s not a gluten free recipe. You could try substituting the flour for a mixture of cornstarch and your favorite gluten free all purpose flour. Enjoy!

All Natural Chick-fil-A Sandwiches | Wicked Spatula

All Natural Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwiches
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 chicken breast
  2. 1/2 cup pickle juice
  3. 1 egg
  4. 3 tablespoons milk
  5. 3/4 cup flour
  6. 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  8. Salt and pepper, to taste
  9. Canola oil, enough to almost cover chicken when frying
  10. Buns, buttered and toasted
  11. Sliced dill pickles
  12. Mayonnaise for serving
Instructions
  1. Flatten chicken breast to about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Pour pickle juice over chicken and marinate in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
  3. Combine egg and milk in a small bowl and in another small bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, paprika, and the salt and pepper.
  4. Over medium high heat heat oil to 350° in a medium pot. I use a small dutch oven and it works great. Use enough oil to almost cover the chicken when frying. I used about 1.5 cups.
  5. Dip chicken in egg mixture then dredge through flour mixture until coated on both sides.
  6. Drop chicken into oil and fry about 5-6 minutes flipping halfway through.
  7. When chicken is golden brown and cooked through place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  8. To assemble place chicken on buttered buns with mayonnaise and pickle slices.
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All Natural Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwiches | Wicked Spatula