Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (Copycat)

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These copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches taste like the ones from the famous fast food chain! There is a secret ingredient that make these taste so amazing!

Chicken Sandwich copycat

This week is all about copycat recipes! Today’s copycat recipe is one of my favorites. I’m a die hard Chick-fil-A fan. I could eat there every single day and not get bored with their food. I love their salads, wraps and those addicting chicken nuggets, but I have to admit, it’s their chicken sandwich that wins my heart every time. 😀    

When I found this copycat version I was so excited to try it. On my hunt for this recipe, I also found out that Chick-fil-A has a secret ingredient that makes their chicken so flavorful. Pickle juice! Crazy, huh.

I heard that Chick-fil-A brines/marinates their chicken in pickle juice before sending it off to their stores. Well, I tried it. I soaked the chicken in pickle juice for 2 hours before breading and cooking it, and let’s just say we ALL loved it. My kiddos scarfed these down. It was a super yummy, close to the real thing, copycat recipe!


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Copycat Chic-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich

A copycat version of the famous chicken sandwich from Chic-Fil-A!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Life in the Lofthouse


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 Hamburger buns
  • pickles slices
  • romaine lettuce
  • tomato slices


  • Slice each chicken breast in half, lengthwise, to form 4 thin cutlets. Place chicken in a large ziplock bag and pour in pickle juice. Seal bag shut and place in the refrigerator. Marinate for 2 hours.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet to 350° F. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Remove chicken from pickle juice. Dip each piece in the egg/ milk mixture, and then into the flour mixture. Coat well. Shake off excess flour.
  • When oil is ready, fry 2 pieces at a time for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. You want it cooked through on the inside, and the outside should be golden-brown. Place chicken on a paper-towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  • Repeat with other 2 chicken cutlets. Serve chicken on toasted buns with pickles, lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!




Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich is made with delicious chicken that marinates in pickle juice, tomato, pickles and lettuce.
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11 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (Copycat)

  1. I always order my chicken sandwich without pickles. Is marinating the chicken in the pickle juice a critical step?

  2. I just made this for the fam— holy. cow. Perfect. PERFECT. It’s a keeper and I’m soooo glad I found this.

  3. I made these for dinner last night and they were amazing!!! After just one bite, my husband was telling me I should keep this recipe and make them again! 🙂 I served them with waffle fries and a salad. I whipped up some fry sauce (mayo and ketchup) for our fries and decided to spread some on the bun as well….it was perfect! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  4. So delicious! My daughter is 9. She could eat ChikFilA all day. She declared these “delicious” and “very close to the real thing”. The brine is key. And a few leftover sauce packets made them pretty darn good. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    My family made this recipe twice and we love it. It’s perfect and so very delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

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