Chick-fil-A Knockoff

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We don’t go to fast food chains very often.  There are a few that I can name that I’d have to be almost dead from starvation before I’d eat there.  One of them has a clown with red hair and the other has a crown (hint hint).

Anyway, when we moved down south to Virginia I still felt the same way about fast food.  Then I kept seeing this Chick-fil-A place EVERYWHERE.  I’d never seen it or heard of it before.  It took us almost a year before we went in one.

I thought it was like those Waffle Houses in the south.  I just didn’t know what they were.  They had this picture of a cow and it said chicken on the sign.  I was confused.  But, alas, we walked through the doors one day for a play date and our lives (and our opinion of the polka dotted cow eating chicken) changed forever.

Well I totally fell in love with this chicken sandwich, that was before we went unprocessed mind you.  I had no idea what really went into processed food at the time.  All I knew was I was in heaven.  There is something about it that has you wanting more.  Chick-fil-A became our new favorite place!

We have since moved away from Virginia to the Midwest, where once again, Chick-fil-A is non existent.  (((sniff sniff)))

I decided I would recreate this culinary masterpiece one day and so I first had to visit Chick-fil-A’s website for the ingredients (and nutritional content) of their sandwich.

WARNING!!!   Ugliness ahead ~ close your eyes if you think this will hurt!


Spicy chicken (whole breast filet, water, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], spicy seasoning [maltodextrin, flavor, modified rice starch, tapioca dextrin, salt, cottonseed oil, paprika, contains less than 2% enzyme modified milkfat, soy lecithin], spicy seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, leavening, spice, nonfat milk, soybean oil, whey, color {paprika, Yellow #6}], milk wash [water, nonfat milk, egg], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickles (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, potassium sorbate [preservative], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1).

Are you peeking?  It’s not over….

There are almost 500 calories, 21 grams of fat and 1600 mg of sodium in that sandwich!

I know!  It’s painful!  But that’s why I’m here.  I have a recipe that tastes just like it!  Really!
(And yes! for those of you who have really keen eyes….those are 2 burger tops in my picture instead of a top and bottom!)  hee hee

Recipes Adapted from:  FoodBabe and SeriousEats

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  1. One of my sons gets his Chick-fil-A sandwiches without the pickles. That’s easy enough for me to accommodate, but do you think I could skipping marinating his chicken breast in the brine?

    • Nope! That’s what gives Chick Fil A sandwiches their unique flavor. And I have to tell you, I’ve tried frying them since I did this post and I liked them baked SO much better.

  2. Great Likeness, but my critics did not care for my “homemade” wheat buns.
    Today, I shall try a “sweet roll” recipe, but substitute 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of honey.
    Also, the recipe calls for 3 cups of bread flour, but I do my 2 to 1 Wheat Flour ratio.
    Again, the chicken was Spot On! The pickles got a thumbs down – to vinegarry?
    and the buns, too…. wheaty? I’ll keep you posted, Debi.
    Thank you for YOUR particular take.
    Oh, my Waffle Fries are perfected as well – minimal salt and pepper, NO sugar.

  3. After living in Charlotte, NC for 4 years, we came to love the chicken sandwiches at Chick-Fil-A. My family was THRILLED to find out that Debi’s Knock-Off recipe was exactly what we remembered. I followed the recipe exactly and marinating the chicken in the pickle juice was the key!!! After making several chicken pieces, we even added some cayenne to the flour mixture to make the “spicy” version. My daughter was asking for the leftovers at 7:30 the next morning!!! Thanks Debi!!!

    • I’m so happy everyone liked them Ang! You know what’s even better I discovered? Put the leftovers (if there are any) in aluminum foil and refrigerate. The next day I pop them in the oven in the foil …. OH MY WORD! They are soooo good, even better than the first day I think.

  4. You can put these on the list for when we come visit. 😉

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