The OG Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

The Chick-fil-A style fried chicken sandwich at home.

4 sandwiches

Time: 25 mins

By Ethan Chlebowski

If you want a fried chicken sandwich, but don’t feel like braving that line or leaving your house, this chicken sandwich takes about 30 minutes.

Check out this video where I test to see if making one is quicker than going to the restaurant.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Chicken

    • chicken breasts
    • milk
      200 g
    • pickle juice
      50 g
    • eggs
    • neutral oil
      for frying
  • Breading

    • flour
      150 g
    • cornstarch
      75 g
    • cayenne pepper
      a sprinkle
    • smoked paprika
      a sprinkle
    • onion powder
      a sprinkle
    • ground ginger
      a sprinkle
    • garlic powder
      a sprinkle
    • salt
      a sprinkle
  • Creamy honey mustard

    • mayonnaise
      3 parts
    • dijon mustard
      1 part
    • honey
      1/4 part
  • For serving

    • brioche bun
    • pickles
      , sliced


Step 1: Prep the chicken

Using a knife, make cuts to thin out and butterfly the thicker side of each breast so it matches the thickness of the smaller end. Slice each chicken breast in half into roughly bun size pieces. You should be left with 4 even-sized chicken pieces.

To a bowl, add milk, egg, and pickle juice and whisk together. Toss in the chicken and let it sit while preparing the dredge.

  • This could be overnight if you would like.

Fill a pot or wok with two inches of neutral oil and place over medium heat. Slowly bring to 350°F/176°C for frying.

Step 2: Make the dredge

For the dredge, set a baking sheet over a scale and the add flour, cornstarch, smoked paprika, cayenne powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, onion powder, and salt before mixing together. Splash some of the milk brine into the flour to create little clumps which will stick to the chicken breading.

Take the breasts out of the and add to the breading. Make sure to coat them thoroughly and press the dredge onto the exterior so it sticks.

Step 3: Fry the chicken & serve

Verify the oil has reached 350°F/176°C, then gently place each breaded chicken piece into the oil to for 6 to 8 minutes until golden and delicious.

  • Move the chicken pieces around in the oil as they fry so the oil doesn't have any cold spots and the chicken cooks evenly.

Take the chicken out of the oil when it reaches an internal temp of 155°F/68°C.

  • Add a sprinkle of salt to the pieces as soon as they come out of the hot oil.

Lastly, mix the honey, mustard, and mayo to form the sauce.

To assemble each sandwich, spread some sauce on each bun, add a few pickles to the bottom, place the chicken breast on top, then close the sandwich. Dig in.



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