Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce


Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce taste even better than the real thing, and are much healthier!

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Let me start out by saying that I don’t eat fast food like, ever. Ok, there was that one incident involving McDonalds and a particularly happy happy hour a few weeks ago, but as a general rule of thumb no, never.

Greasy burgers and deep fat fried onion rings and fries are totally unhealthy, and I end up feeling like crap for about 2 days afterward indulging. It’s just not even close to worth it.


There are exceptions, naturally! Three of them, in fact – In-N-Out Burger (monkey style, please,) Five Guys (gimme them Cajun fries,) and Chick-fil-A. Each are so delicious that it’s worth a little regret and a grumbly stomach for a few satisfying bites.

Among the three, Chick-fil-A stands out for specializing in succulent, crispy breaded chicken that is always tender, all-white meat, and so dang juicy – plus the seasonings they use are just right. Imagine how tickled I was after coming across a copycat recipe I could make at home and customize to use a fraction of the oil the real restaurant uses, but still have it taste exactly like the real thing?

Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are insane!

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Start the Chick-fil-A Bites by cutting a couple large chicken breasts into bite sized pieces, seasoning the pieces with salt & pepper, and placing them in a marinade of milk, 1 egg, and pickle juice.

Yes, pickle juice! I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I once heard that the key to Chick-fil-A’s signature flavor that it’s injected with pickle juice. Ok?!

Let the chicken hang out and marinate in the mixture for 2-4 hours in the fridge.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, combine gluten-free or all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, salt & pepper in another ziplock back, and transfer the chicken pieces over using tongs. Shake the bag to coat the chicken pieces completely with the mix.

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Next, heat 1/4 cup peanut oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or large skillet. If you don’t have peanut oil, vegetable or canola oil will totally do.


Test the oil to see if it’s hot enough by dropping a bit of the flour mixture into the pot. If it sizzles, the oil is ready. It it pops and spatters, the oil is too hot. If it does nothing at all, it’s too cold.


Working in two batches in order to avoid crowding the pan, place the coated chicken pieces into the oil using tongs. Cook until one side is golden brown, then flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. It depends on how big you cut your chicken, but my 1″ chicken pieces took about 3 minutes on each side.


Remove the chicken to a paper-towel lined plate, and continue with the other half.


Serve ’em hot and fresh with a simple homemade honey mustard sauce that I kind of wanted to spoon drink – it was da bomb!

Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce #glutenfree #copycat |

Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Serves 2


Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce taste even better than the real thing, and are much healthier!


  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces then seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups gluten-free or all-purpose flour (dish will not be GF if using all-purpose flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil, divided (or canola or vegetable oil)
  • Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
    • 1-1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
    • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 Tablespoons honey


  1. Whisk together egg, milk and pickle juice, and pour into a large ziplock bag or bowl. Add chicken pieces and marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
  2. Combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag. Shake to combine. Remove chicken from the marinade and add into the bag. Shake to coat the chicken completely.
  3. Heat half the oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat (6 or 7 out of 10.) Test the oil by dropping in a bit of the flour mixture. If it sizzles, the oil is ready, if it pops, lower the temperature a bit.
  4. Gently place chicken pieces into the oil with tongs. Do this in 2 batches, as you don’t want to overcrowd the pan. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Turn the chicken over and allow to cook for 3-4 more minutes. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Heat the remaining oil and continue with the other half of the chicken pieces.
  5. Stir together the honey mustard dipping sauce ingredients, and serve with the hot chicken bites.


Adapted from My Name is Snickerdoodle

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce #glutenfree #copycat |

I want to make Chick-fil-A Bites for dinner everysinglenight – they were such a hit! The honey mustard dipping sauce gave the bites a pretty good run for their money though. Sweet, just slightly tangy, and so creamy.

Dipped, dunked, and devoured!

Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce #glutenfree #copycat |


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  1. […] adapted from iowa girl eats […]

  2. Vicky 03.08.2012

    Pickle juice with chicken?! Sounds intriguing!

  3. cait 03.08.2012

    Finally, a use/recipe for PICKLE JUICE! I just admitted to my boyfriend the other day that as a kid I used to secretly sip pickle juice the way other kids would sneak mouthfuls of chocolate syrup or whipped cream. I love, love, love the taste of delicious dill pickles, and I always feel like it is such a waste to throw out that awesome juice after the pickles are gone.. Never again! :)

    • Jenn 05.09.2012

      Cait, here’s another use for pickle juice… Macaroni salad!! :) a bit of mayo, bit of pickle juice and a bit of dijon mustard makes the perfect mac salad dressing! :)

  4. Shar 03.08.2012

    I made these for my kids last night and I just told them I was making chicken nuggets. I didn’t mention anything about the Chic Fil A part. Well about 3 bites in my oldest yells “Mom these taste just like CFA nuggets!” These are definitely a keeper! Thanks for the great recipe! :o)

  5. […] pickle juice is the secret to chick-fil-a?! who knew? can’t wait to try these! […]

  6. Joanna 03.12.2012

    I made this last week and they were INSANE! I couldn’t believe how close the flavor was. They were so good we’re making them again tonight – thanks so much for sharing!

  7. […] huge fans of Chick-fil-A nuggets, I was super excited when my friend Sari sent me the link to this copycat recipe. I immediately pinned it and couldn’t wait to prep it. […]

  8. Jenny 03.14.2012

    I made these last week – and they do taste exactly like those famous nuggets! Good job!

  9. Morgan 03.17.2012

    AHHHH made these twice already so good! Now i’m worried about what happens when i’m done with the pickle juice & not with the pickles!

  10. Marj 03.19.2012

    These look great! Any idea how much the calories are for these???

  11. EMM 03.25.2012

    This looks like a great recipe, but you should note that Chick-fil-A gives money to anti-gay organizations. I’m not sure of your personal beliefs, but if you’re a fan of equality, it’s an important fact to know.

    Keep making these!

    • deardenton 06.27.2012

      We stopped eating at Chick-fil-a because we don’t support their bigotry but I’m glad to be able to make taste-alikes at home since their chicken is pretty delicious! Thanks for posting.

    • jan 07.07.2012

      can’t wait to try these! Actually, I LOVE Chick-Fil-A and support them all I can because of standing up for their Bible based beliefs. We need more people like them.

      • heather 08.01.2012

        <–christian lesbian who adores their waffles fries…i might not have a chick-fil-a reception at my wedding, but, you know, who would? God bless and keep on trucking <3 <3

    • Paul E Stanley 07.14.2012

      Good. All the more reason to eat there.

    • Sarah 08.06.2012

      How is that even relivent? This recipe doesn’t give them business at all, if anything it helps someone avoid eating there while still enjoying a higher quality nugget.

  12. […] coming across a blog post by Iowa Girl Eats with a recipe for homemade Chick-fil-A nuggets, I immediately bought the ingredients and gave the […]

  13. Lauren 03.28.2012

    Made these tonight – they were great!

  14. […] I made a special dinner for Jaybob tonight: Chick-fil-A bites from IowaGirlEats.  I don’t know what the correct protocol is for linking to the original recipe, posting the […]

  15. Erin 04.02.2012

    Found this through and I can not wait to try the receipe. Also, as a native Iowan living on the east coast, it makes me so happy to see some Hy-Vee love :)

  16. Michelle 04.02.2012

    I can’t tell you how excited i am to make this for my family!! Thanks!

  17. Erika 04.02.2012

    what the heck does monkey style mean at in-n-out? hoping animal style… get the fries well done and animal style, you will forget about 5 guys fries… that said, this looks great & I’ll have to try it one Sunday when I have the unquenchable craving for Chick fil A bites

  18. katie 04.03.2012

    I would love to make these…but I do not use peanut oil, canola oil, OR vegetable oil. Only coconut or olive. Would these work too?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.03.2012

      Olive oil would burn, but I think coconut oil might work!

    • Julie 04.18.2012

      Using Olive oil to fry is very high temp it’ll break the fatty acids and its just plain bad for you. olive oil should be only used at a low/med heat. As for coconut oil, it has high resistance to high temp so it should be fine

    • tracybsn 07.11.2012

      You can use grape seed oil it has a high burn temp. If you use coconut oil you will need to use the refined oil as it has the higher burn temp, the unrefined has a medium burn temp.

  19. […] light dressing of plain Greek yogurt swirled with honey and Dijon mustard, that was inspired by my Chick-fil-A Chicken Bites’ honey mustard dipping sauce (which, as you may recall, I semi wanted to […]

  20. […] made these chicken bites tonight, though I think I really should have sprung for the peanut oil instead of using the canola […]

  21. […] invention. I rarely come up with a recipe anyway – I just make or bake them. This one came from Iowa Girl Eats – I don’t know where she gets all her ideas, but she has great recipes and posts for […]

  22. […] Iowa Girl Eats’ recipe for homemade Chick-Fil-A nuggets. Sean and I made these a month or so ago, and they are really […]

  23. […] (Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats) […]

  24. Clair 05.10.2012

    I work for Chick-fil-A and we actually DON’T use pickle juice. We have two dill pickles on our sandwiches but neither pickles nor their juice ever come in contact with the nuggets as we’re preparing them. I’m curious to try this and see how they turn out. :)

  25. Hanna 05.13.2012

    CLAIR : Maybe you should provide us with the original recipe then :) just sayin’

    Great comments im trying this recipe today!

  26. […] today’s recipe – homemade Chick-fil A inspired bites calls for ingredients that most will have on hand and if not there really easy to pick up at your […]

  27. Vinny Grette 06.01.2012

    Great idea for adapting that dastardly fast food into something deliciously healthier – thanks!

  28. Maggie 06.07.2012

    Trying these tonight for dinner. I am a teacher and am finally on summer vacation and this is one of the recipes I have been dying to try as my husband and I are big fans of Chick-Fil-A. Already made the honey mustard sauce-YUM! Chicken is marinading as we speak! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  29. Katie Caldwell 06.11.2012

    Could you also substitute potato flour or tapioca flour for this? Thanks!

  30. kayelee 06.25.2012

    i worked at a chick-fil-a until about a month ago and we were like and express so we didnt have everything on the normal menu, just nuggets,strips,breaded and grill chicken sandwiches, fries, salad, slaw and lemonade, our chick came in bags and the strips and grill were already marinated, the grill chicken went straight to our grill machine but the strips along with the nuggest and regular chicken breasts were just dipped in the milk wash and then in the seasoned flour and fried in the peanut oil.. i cant attest to how or what they were marinated in before or what is in the flour mixture but this sounds like a hit…

  31. Rue 06.29.2012

    Wow, these look so delish, I must try these and soon!

  32. Kay Cooper 06.30.2012

    I want to try these ASAP. However, I only use organic coconut oil for frying–much better for you! You can google Benefits of Coconut Oil to find out why.

  33. […] It Knock Off Chick-fil-a NuggetsAdapted from Iowa Girl Eats1 pound thin chicken breasts, cut into chunks3/4 cup pickle juice3/4 cup 2% milk1 egg1 dash […]

  34. Jessica 07.01.2012

    My husband was skeptical the minute I cracked open the pickle jar, but my family LOVED this dish! My 11 year old made me promise to make it again, and my 20 month old double fisted chicken bites for the majority of dinner. Great recipe, thank you!

  35. Ravi 07.03.2012

    If this works………I love you! LOL! :)

  36. Katie 07.03.2012

    I just saw this as I was browsing Pinterest, and I cant wait to make these for my daughter! She LOVES chick-fil-a! We don’t go often as my other daughter is allergic to peanuts, and they fry everything in peanut oil. :( I will just use veg oil here at home. The reason I commented was to share my recipe for the “chick-fil-a sauce.” My little one insists I make it at home with any nugget I fix for her! I have no idea what they really use,, but what I whip together sure tastes like the same thing. She devours it! I mix mayo, mustard, and BBQ sauce (I use KC Masterpiece original) and stir til combined. Sorry I don’t have measurements as I always just eyeball it. With these two paired, we won’t have any reason to visit there again! Thanks for the recipe….

    • Dana Wilson 07.05.2012

      oh Katie I need the measurements pahleaseeeeeeeeee lol I just posted I need to figure out the BBQ sauce recipe.

  37. Carol 07.04.2012

    I am SOOOO excited about this! I had to stop eating at Chik-Fil-A because everything has MSG in it. You are the answer to my prayers!

  38. Dana Wilson 07.05.2012

    Thank you so much for this post! Now all I need is to find the recipe for their BBQ sauce! This will be a regular reoccurance in our household! I had to blog about my experience on my website. I did link back to you for the recipe though…I need to give credit to those who deserve it.

  39. Kelly 07.06.2012

    Just made these tonight for the kids, 18, 15 and 13. Marinated the chicken in the fridge while we were at the lake for a couple of hours. Came home and fried them up. So yummy. Tasted so so so good with honey!!! The kids are all so full they are miserable. I will put this in my rotation and will be making these to freeze for the kids to heat up in the microwave for snacks as well. Don’t know if il ever buy frozen Tyson nuggets again!! Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Stephanie Y. 07.07.2012

    My husband loves the spicy chicken at chick-fil-a, what would you add for it to be similar to the spicy version?? Thanks!

  41. Erin 07.07.2012

    As someone who worked at Chick-fil-a in high school, I can attest to this being totally dead on. You HAVE to use peanut oil to fry them though – that’s one of the secrets.

  42. TIffany 07.09.2012

    Could you make a large batch of these and freeze them?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.13.2012

      Hmmm, I actually have no idea, but I would *think* you could?? Let me know if you give it a try!

  43. Gabesmom 07.09.2012

    I have heard of Chick-fil-a but they don’t have them around me so I have not tried them. I am interested to try your recipe to get a sense of what the fuss is about but I can’t use milk. Is it worth trying with a milk substitute or would that just ruin it. And if so which kind would you recommend?

  44. Sheila 07.10.2012

    They use pickle juice in the grilled chicken and chicken strips marinade, not nuggets or regular chicken sandwiches. They use regular milk and egg wash for the nuggets and fried chicken breasts. The pickle juice wasn’t mixed with milk, it was mixed with a packaged powder marinade that you add water and pickle juice to.

  45. Jodi 07.12.2012

    I plan to make these tommorow for my husband, I was just wondering what you would recommend as a side??

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.13.2012

      I would probably do steamed broccoli and a side salad, and maybe some regular or sweet potato fries!

  46. Sallie 07.14.2012

    Love Chic-Fil-A! Esp receipt day and they’re a great christian company as well!

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  48. Sarah 07.19.2012

    OMG, this was soooo good, and really easy! I didn’t even have to buy any special ingredients! Thank you for sharing!

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