Chick-Fil-A is a favorite fast food chain of mine. Unfortunately the closest one is 36 miles away in Toledo, OH! I tried this copycat recipe the other day and it made some wonderful chicken sandwiches. Nice and crispy on the outside...but still juicy on the inside. Mmmm-Mmmm!!! If I was given a blind taste test I would definitely be able to tell the original Chick-Fil-A from this sandwich but non-the-less, it was great!
"EAT MOR CHIKIN" as the Chick-Fil-A cows would say! And have a good night!
Chick-Fil-A Copycat Chicken Sandwiches
Source: From Away
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and ground pepper
1 t. paprika
Peanut oil, for frying
1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. whole-wheat flour
1 T. dry milk
1 T. powdered sugar
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. dry mustard
1 sour pickle, cut into eight slices
4 soft hamburger buns, split
3 T. unsalted butter, softened
1. Cut the chicken breast in half horizontally, to make 4 thin pieces. Place each piece between heavy plastic, and pound to 1/8 thick with a mallet of skillet. Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika.
2. In a shallow baking dish, whisk together egg, milk, and 2 tablespoons water. In another baking dish, whisk together both types of flour, dry milk, powdered sugar, baking soda, dry mustard, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat about two inches of peanut oil to 325 degrees in a heavy-bottomed pot or cast iron skillet. While oil heats, slice pickle, and set aside.
3. Working in batches, dip chicken in the egg mixture, turning to coat, then dredge in flour mixture and shake off any excess. Fry the chicken in hot oil, using a candy thermometer to monitor oil temperature, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread the cut side of the buns with some butter, and lightly toast in the skillet, buttered-side down. To assemble sandwiches, spread grilled buns with more butter, dip 2 pickle slices in jarred pickle juice to moisten and place on the bottom bun. Top with a piece of fried chicken and the bun top.