I remember my first time eating Chick-Fil-A. It was breakfast. My husband, who was 100 lbs. heavier then, scarfed down two chicken biscuits. I thought he was crazy, and the idea of chicken for breakfast was gross. Then, I took a bite and my life changed.
I honestly don't eat out all that much, but when I do, Chick-Fil-A is one of my favorite places to frequent. It's quality food, and it's not easy to duplicate. I will say, this is pretty dang close to the real thing.
- 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- Peanut oil
- 4 hamburger buns
- Pickle chips (optional)
- Place chicken breasts in Ziploc baggies, and, using a tenderizer, flatten until they're about 1/2 inch thick. The breading will add girth. Cut chicken breasts in half vertically.
- Combine flour, powdered milk, baking powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk together milk and eggs in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a deep pan, preheat oil to 350°F. This is a technicality, but if you aren't going to use a thermometer, err on the safe side and keep the oil on a medium heat. If it's too hot (like, an 8/10 on the heat scale), it'll crisp up the outside in no time, but the inside won't be done on the inside. And if it's not warm enough (like, a 3/10 on the heat scale), it won't get crispy on the outside. I left mine on a 6/10, and it was just right.
- Dip the chicken in the egg/milk mixture and then roll it around in the flour mixture, shaking off excess. Place gently in the oil and let cook for about 5 minutes each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
- Spread a light layer of butter on hamburger buns and toast until golden.
- Set pickle chips on hamburger bun (optional) and top with chicken breasts. Close the sandwich. Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the sandwiches and let rest for 2 minutes. It'll get nice and steamy.
Love and chicken,