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Copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich, for when you don’t want to put on pants

My husband and I take frequent road trips, mostly down South to visit his family. When on these road trips, despite our best efforts, we always find ourselves stopping at the nearest Chick fil-A to stock up on that infamous chicken sandwich and a big order of waffle fries. It might not be healthy, but boy, is every bite worth it.

We’ve tried other chicken sandwiches from other name drive-thrus, but nothing hits the spot or makes our 11-hour trek that much more bearable quite like that simple chicken sandwich does. Now, this craving doesn’t hit just on road trips, but sadly we don’t have a Chick fil-A near us. So I’ve decided to do the next best thing: make my own version here at home. I fear weight gain may be imminent.

Copycat Chick Fil-A sandwich

Copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich recipe

Adapted from Top Secret Recipes

Yields 4


  • 3 cups saffron or peanut oil
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 plain hamburger buns (to make your own, use this recipe)
  • 12 dill pickle slices


  1. Fill a large pot about 5 to 6 inches full of oil, and heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, cream and buttermilk.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Dip the chicken breasts into the egg-and-milk mixture, and let them soak for a few minutes. Once soaked, dredge the chicken through the flour mixture. Let rest about 10 minutes or until the flour mixture is slightly gummy-looking (this is what you want).
  4. Dip each chicken breast into the hot oil. Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown. Remove the chicken from the oil, and place it on paper towels to blot away excess oil.
  5. Once dry, place the chicken on the buns, and top with 3 pickles. Serve immediately.

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