I don’t know about you, but Chickfila is one of my favorite places to eat. Their chicken is cooked to perfection, I could eat their Chickfila sauce for days, and their manners are unbeatable.
Unfortunately, Montana has no Chickfila. I am pretty sure that the closest one is in Salt Lake. Which would be awesome, if that wasn’t like 9 hours away.
So, I did some research. and found this gem over at Table for Two Blog.
This has become a staple in our home. It took me a while to get the hang of the process, but after the second or third time making these nuggets, I had a system. and so will you.
*Note: I am not responsible for the amount of chicken and/or chickfila sauce that you consume thanks to this recipe. You’re going to want to eat the whole batch. Try to resist.
For the nuggets: (serving size: 4-5)
8 chicken tenderloins or 6 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. paprika
Peanut oil or canola oil for frying (I used canola)
For the Sauce: (serving size: 2)
1/2 Cup Mayonaise
4 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
3 Teaspoons BBQ sauce
2 Tablespoons Honey
Fill a deep pot with 2-3 inches of oil (you want the nuggets to be covered). Let that get nice and hot (to test if the oil is ready I take a pinch of the flour mixture and throw it in to the oil. If it sizzles, it’s ready. If not, it’s too cold. I put my burner on medium heat and it keeps a perfect temperature the whole time).
Combine flour, powdered sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper in a ziplock bag. Shake to combine. Throw the chicken pieces in the bag and shake until coated. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to the pot. Put chicken in for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and place in a bowl lined with paper towels.
While *CAREFULLY* watching the chicken, stir together all of the sauce ingredients. Let the sauce hang out in the fridge until the rest of the chicken is done. Otherwise, you may find yourself eating before the meal is finished being made. I’m not speaking out of experience or anything…………