Better Than Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

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Every time I finish a jar of pickles, I seize the chance to whip up these unbelievably tasty chicken nuggets—the secret? It’s all in the pickle brine. It works wonders, making the chicken super tender and juicy, even the often dry chicken breast. Trust me, you’re going to adore this recipe—no need to hit up Chick-fil-A! Serve these nuggets with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce, and why not add some fries on the side?

Better Than Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Course Dinner


  • 3/4 cup pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into nuggets
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs or gluten-free panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Cube the chicken and place it in a bowl with the pickle juice and coconut sugar. Stir well, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let it marinate.
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl and set them aside. In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  • Dredge each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, then coat it with the dry mixture. Arrange the coated chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, flipping the nuggets halfway through. For extra browning, broil them for one minute at the end.
  • Once done, remove the tray from the oven and dig in! Enjoy your delicious homemade chicken nuggets.

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