Because even during this $hitty pandemic we all need our crack!!
My name is Moonstruck and I’m an addict! Hell yeah I am!
I could eat a #1 Chick-Fil-A combo meal every single day of my life and still want more! It’s my crack....well not my actual crack that would just be weird.
But if you've ever have had the privilege of eating one of these babies - you would get it!
But with all the crap going on with this $hitty pandemic we are all stuck at home and even eating-out is a crab shoot. Was the person who made my sandwich sick? What about the guy who packaged my mayo? It's enough to drive you bat $hit crazy!
Imagine my bat $hit crazy face! :-O!
So I decided to search Pinterest to find the perfect Chick-Fil-A sandwich copycat recipe. Man I love Pinterest - they have the best copycat recipes from all kinds of restaurants and Chick-Fil-A is no different. You can find recipes for their sandwiches, sauces, mayo...all kinds of things.
So here's where my search began. I'm on a mission (and yes I chose to accept it - duh) to find the perfect...closest...recipe to the original and this was my first shot at it.
Source: Pinterest (4.67 reviews out of 39)
Author: Tastes Better From Scratch
I really liked this recipe because she includes how to make the sandwich in an air fryer, baked in an oven or cooked over the stovetop. I chose to cook mine on the stovetop but I'm curious to see how the others would turn out so I may try cooking them a different way next time.
She also includes recipes for the Chick-Fil-A sauce! Yum!
Note: I didn't have all the ingredients so I improvised with what I had since going to the store for a quick-run is no longer an option!
Chick-Fil-A Sandwich: Take 1
1. Four (4) chicken breast halves
Make sure the breasts aren't too thick because they will be hard to cook through
without burning the outside. I made that mistake!
2. Half (1/2) a cup of Pickle juice
The pickle juice is a marinade so I wouldn't use sour pickle juice! :) I only had Kosher Dill.
3. Quarter (1/4) of a cup of Water
4. Half (1/2) a cup of Milk
I used whole milk.
5. 1 large egg
6. Two to Three (2-3) cups of Oil for frying
The original recipe calls for hamburger buns but I didn't have any on hand so I used regular old-fashion bread.
This is how to make that juicy brown breading on our chicken!
1. One (1) cup of All-Purpose flour
2. Three (3) Tablespoons of powered sugar
If you don't have any, you can substitute with sugar and cornstarch. I'm sure there's other substitutes out there - just ask your phone - that's what I did!
3. Half (1/2) a Teaspoon of Paprika
I always have plenty for my deviled egg obsession!
4. One (1) Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
I'm a heathen I don't have fresh ground pepper! I just used regular pepper.
5. Half (1/2) a Teaspoon of Chili powder
I didn't have so I used another dash of pepper
6. Half (1/2) a Teaspoon of Salt
7. Half (1/2) a Teaspoon of Baking Powder
8. One to two (1 to 2) Teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper
I have a preschooler at home and didn't want it to be too spicy so I omitted the extra
Marinate the Chicken! Combine the Pickle juice (1/2 cup) and Water (1/4 cup) in a ziplock bag and marinade for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Who knew pickle juice? But it's spot on!
Get that chicken ready! Get 2 bowls out.
Bowl #1 - Combine the Dry Ingredients:
Flour (1 Cup)
Powered sugar (3 Tablespoons)
Paprika (1/2 Teaspoon)
Pepper (1 Teaspoon)
Chili Powder (1/2 Teaspoon)
Salt (1/2 Teaspoon)
Baking Powder (1/2 Teaspoon)
Bowl #2 - Combine the Wet Ingredients:
Milk (1/2 Cup)
Now Double dip!
I like starting with the dry ingredient bowl first instead of the wet one. But you can do it either way.
Dip the chicken in the dry ingredient bowl. Flip it over a couple of times so it gets nice and covered. Then dip the chicken in the wet bowl and flip it over a couple of times. Repeat a couple of times in each bowl. It will get messy but it's the only way to get that nice thick breading.
Now Pan Fry it!
Add 2-3 cups of oil in a frying pan and let the oil heat up to 350 degrees.
I added a teaspoon of butter so the oil doesn't splash.
Place the chicken in the oil and fry 3-4 minutes on each side.
My chicken wasn't fully cooked so I had to fry mine longer for about 7-8 minutes.
How I checked to see if my chicken was done:
I cut one of the pieces in half to make sure it was cooked throughly. When I was sure they were done, I placed each juicy piece on a paper towel to absorb some of that delicious grease. It’s my version of being organic!
Ok even I can’t say that with a straight face! ;)
And there you have it folks! My first shot at making one of my favorite meals!
MY TWO CENTS
I had no idea that marinating my chicken with pickle juice could be so GOOD!
All in all, I thought this was a perfect recipe to start off with. It was simple. Easy to do and tasted great.
But I do have to admit that it was missing something. Not sure if my expectations are whacked but it didn't have that "OMG I can die now" feeling when I normally eat one. So I'm going to keep on looking to see if there's a closer more perfect recipe.
And who knows I might not find one but a girl‘s gotta dream!
But for now this one earns a grade of...
Drum roll please...
Now I may have to revisit my grade because maybe the other recipes are $hitty? Who knows? But I will try other recipes and let you know. Stay tuned guys!