Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken

If you have never had Chick-fil-A Chicken, then I have to say, you are missing out! It is definitely my favorite fast food chicken. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) where we live now is 30 minutes from the closest Chick-fil-A. We are about 30 minutes from everything, but that’s a different story!  I started seeing copycat recipes floating all around Pinterest, and it peaked my curiosity.  Could it possible to make this awesome chicken at home?!  I had to give it a shot, especially since my last restaurant copycat recipe turned out so well! I adapted this recipe from

Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken
  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Oil for frying (Chick-fil-a uses peanut oil, I used canola)
  1. Place chicken in a plastic bag or covered dish with pickle juice.
  2. Marinate for at least an hour (but preferably overnight)
  3. Beat eggs in a bowl large enough to dip the chicken into.
  4. Mix flour, sugar, and all of the spices in another shallow bowl or plate
  5. Remove chicken from the pickle juice and drain well. (dispose of pickle juice)
  6. Dip the chicken into the egg wash and then into the flour mixture, completely covering chicken.
  7. Fry the chicken using your preferred method. (I used a Fry Daddy, and cooked my chicken in batches.)

Verdict?  This was really good! Of course, I’m a Southern gal that grew up eating fried chicken, and I still love it.  I rarely eat it anymore, but it’s good stuff.  But how did it compare to CFA?  Well, it was close…but not exact.  However, I also did not use peanut oil, and I’ve been told that yields the best flavor for chicken.  Even though it wasn’t an exact match, my family loved this recipe so that makes it a keeper in my book!  I want to make this again, but a baked version.  I know that won’t taste like Chick-fil-a!
What about you?  Do you have any restaurant copycat recipes that have turned out well?
Here are some others you can check out if interested: Goat Cheese Biscuits (these look amazing! Copycat from Table Fifty Two), Bowtie Festival (a copycat version of Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival), and Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana (a lighter version).  Who needs restaurants?! (Okay, I do…who wants to cook ALL the time!)
KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. See more from her at her blog Makin’ it Mo’Betta, and follow along on PinterestFacebook and Twitter!

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More Low Cost Meals – Battling rising grocery costs

If you shop for groceries, you’ve probably noticed that prices are going up.   And up.  And up.

Over 3 years ago, I wrote a post on low cost meals.  I think it’s time for another list of go-to recipes when the budget is tight.

As I said in the original post, some foods tend to make for lower cost meals.  Pasta, rice, beans and eggs are all great items to build your meal on when you’re trying to save cash.  Soup tends to be less expensive per serving, as well.

Here are some of my favorite budget meals:  [Read more…]

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How to Stretch Ground Beef & Bulk Meatball Recipe

The cost of ground beef has sky rocketed lately.  I was shocked to pay $10 for a 2.25 lb. package and my incentive to learn to stretch that burger was just as high as the price tag.

I made a recipe of meatballs for the freezer.  My original recipe makes about 88 meatballs.  I made a half recipe, which would have yielded 44 meatballs, but I used brown rice to stretch the meat.  I was able to get 69 meatballs.  That’s a whole extra meal!    [Read more…]

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How to Save Money on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

This is a guest post from my friend, Andrea at The Green Backs Gal.  I asked if she would share with us some of the ways to save money on organic produce.

One of the toughest areas to save at the grocery store is in the produce department. This is particularly true during the winter when the growing season here in Colorado is dormant. So how can you pinch pennies but still enjoy fresh and delicious produce? Buy seasonal, buy local and buy organics when it makes sense.

Buy Produce in Season

Why Buy Produce In Season? By purchasing and eating food that is in season, you will not only be saving on your budget, you will be eating better tasting food! Produce that is not in season is grown somewhere else in this world, picked too early, and then is transported to your grocers. That cost is passed on to you! By eating seasonally, you might be eating grapes only in the Fall when the prices are low. But the beauty is, once you have kinda had it with grapes, the oranges will be sweet and cheap! We are all very used to getting what produce we want when we want it. But, if you are serious about saving money, you’ll find eating seasonally will definitely save you on your budget each month. Check out what is in season this month – with Spring here, there are some tasty choices! [Read more…]

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5 Keys to Saving Money with a Pantry/Freezer Challenge

One way to save money on groceries is to shop your own pantry and freezer.  Here are a few tips to help you whittle your grocery bill, while keeping your family fed during your own pantry/freezer challenge.

1. Go on a search and rescue mission in your pantry and freezer.  You need to know exactly what you’ve got in there.  Examine expiration dates, pitching what’s already past its prime.  Make a list of what you find. [Read more…]

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63 Budget Friendly Meals, Meal Stretchers and Desserts

Have you noticed grocery prices racing up?  Yikes!  It’s gotten crazy.

This month we’re going to be focusing on saving money on food.  We kicked it off yesterday with a new Low-Cost Meals Menu.  Today, I’m sharing a list of the least expensive recipes I have.  Nearly all of my recipes are budget friendly, but these really counteract those rising prices.

You may notice a lot of rice, beans, pasta and eggs in this list.  Basing meals on these ingredients is a great way to keep the cost low.

Main Dishes [Read more…]

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Frugal Holiday Cooking and Baking Tips

holiday cooking

Buying extra ingredients for holiday baking and cooking can really add up.  Here are a few ideas to keep Christmas and Thanksgiving adventures in the kitchen affordable.

Make a list of your “must make” recipes.

Make a list of all the foods that you know you want to make.  Start buying those ingredients now a few at a time, until you’ve gathered them all up.  That way you won’t have a huge amount hit your grocery bill at one time. [Read more…]

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Home Canning – Is It Worth It or Will I Just Blow Up My Kitchen?

This is a guest post by Phoebe at Cents to Get Debt Free.  I’ve never done any canning and I asked Phoebe if she would give us an introduction to the topic.  She has a fantastic blog, so don’t forget to pop over and visit her.

canning  Photo credit Renoir Girl

Phoebe and her husband decided 5 years ago that it was time for her to stay at home and raise their children. Through a lot of sacrifices and a lot of learning, they are embracing the frugal life and realizing that the simple life, is the life. Phoebe blogs daily at Cents to Get Debt Free where she shares her family’s journey at cutting costs, living the simple life and getting freedom from lender.

Gardening season is in full force, and this year many stores have seen a 40-60% increase in seed sales.  Being more self reliant is becoming the new normal. In addition to new gardens, many people will be canning and preserving their harvest for the first time this year.

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Low Cost Meals


Have you joined the challenge to eat from your freezer and pantry for a week?  Those of us who have been doing this have not only saved money, but also stretched our creative cooking skills as we’ve swapped out ingredients for what we had on hand.

I’m wrapping up this money-saving series with a list of very low-cost meals.  Most of these meals come in at under $1 per person.  Some cost well under that.

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Freezer/Pantry Challenge Part 4 – I saved $100

I had to go to the grocery yesterday to get some dairy and produce.  I’ve been doing this challenge to eat out of the pantry and freezer since Tuesday.  I hope to carry it through next week.

The good news is that I saved about $100 over what my usual grocery cost is.  I bought the normal amounts of dairy and produce that I usually buy each week, but nothing else.  The shopping took a fraction of the time it usually takes – another plus!

How have you done with saving money during this challenge?  Share in the comment section.

It’s not too late to join us in the challenge.  You can read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 at these links.

Do you have a super cheap meal that you like to make?

I’m working on a post that will list the cheapest meals on my site, as well as link to other blogs that have cheap meals.  If you have a meal posted on your blog, send me an email ( with a link.  If you don’t have the recipe posted on your blog, or don’t have a blog you can still send me the recipe.  I love to hear from readers and highlight your ideas.

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