Chick-Fil-A Copycat (Original Chick-Fil-Gay Sandwich)

If you’ve been dreaming of a way to make your very own junky fast-food-that’ll-kill-ya at HOME, today is your lucky day with this Chick-Fil-A copycat recipe! Here is Chick-Fil-A’s secret recipe* and my secret* home-frying technique,  because unlike those chicken behemoths, CFA and KFC, we little people don’t have pressure fryers in our kitchens.

To make it “just like” CFA, serve on a buttered, toasted white bun with two (only TWO) slices of dill pickle. Those very cheap, slightly yellowish “hamburger dills” work the best in  my opinion, for the juice marinade and the pickles themselves.

(And for the confirmed pickle-haters who’ve expressed concern over the chicken tasting pickle-y, fret not! Numerous commenters have agreed that the final product does not taste like pickles. Instead, the pickle juice marinade just makes the chicken really juicy (and salty). If you’re still skeptical, please skim the comments on this post; there are several substitutions offered for pickle juice!)

You can totally make this into nuggets, too! Just cut the chicken into smaller pieces, marinate 20-30 minutes, continue as directed. Fry 1-2 minutes on each side.

the unfathomably controversial Chick-Fil-Gay video (scroll down for recipe)

Chick-Fil-A Copycat Recipe


Chick-Fil-A Copycat

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice (sour dill is my favorite)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • Optional: up to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicy sandwich
  • Oil for frying (about a cup)
  • For serving: Buns (buttered and toasted) and pickle slices!


  1. Wrap the chicken loosely between plastic wrap and pound gently with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until about 1/2 inch thick all around.
  2. Cut into two pieces, as even as possible.
  3. Marinate in the pickle juice for 30 minutes to one hour (add a teaspoon of Tabasco sauce now for a spicy sandwich).
  4. Beat the egg with the milk in a bowl.
  5. Combine the flour, sugar, and spices in another bowl.
  6. Dip the chicken pieces each into the egg on both sides, then coat in flour on both sides.
  7. Heat the oil in a skillet (1/2 inch deep) to about 345-350.
  8. Fry each cutlet for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through.
  9. Blot on paper and serve on toasted buns with pickle slices.


I’ve used peanut oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, and grapeseed oil all with fine results. Peanut oil is what CFA uses, but don’t use that if anyone has a peanut allergy.

Also, if you’d prefer to bake: substitute bread crumbs (Panko if you got em) for the flour and coat as directed. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

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*Not exactly, but pretty close!

For answers to some commonly asked questions about this recipe, watch the Chick-fil-Gay follow-up video.


  1. Great Stone Face on June 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Looks great! We definitely will have to try this recipe. I understand your distaste for MSG. I never use the stuff.

    By the way, do you know how MSG was discovered? Here is an article on the subject by one of my favorite writers.

      • Hilah on June 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        AHAHAHA! What a fascinating story! 🙂

        • Ruben on July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          I’m pretty sure that story is untrue/mythology. All accounts I could find have it discovered in 1906 in Japan.

          What’s with the hate on MSG? It’s chemically separated from a naturally occurring and prevalent substance, glutamate, and is a completely benign method to greatly enhance deliciousness. Americans think it’s terrible for you because of some medical journal article that went viral and turned into the baseless “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.”

          Check the wikipedia entry on MSG or this article:

          • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

            Ha! Yeah, I’m pretty sure it was made up, too, Ruben. 😉

            I don’t really have a problem with MSG itself, but more the (as I see it) over-usage of it in fast food and processed, packaged food that contributes to over-eating by making it taste better than it is. I really don’t know if there’s been a study on that correlation – it might be my own theory – but I’d be curious to find out.

            Thanks for writing and for sharing that article. It’s a good read.

          • Lars on July 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

            I actually like MSG. Yes, a small number of people are allergic to it–but not the vast majority. Glutamate=Umame as far as taste goes, and although umame is similar to salt, it’s not quite the same.

          • Nicole on July 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

            MSG is terrible, Ruben. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago, which was causing me a pretty decent bit of pain. A little online research later, I learned that it is entirely controllable through diet. The worst trigger for fibromyalgia pain is MSG. When I stopped eating it, the pain went away entirely. The Chick-fil-A sandwich was possibly what I missed the most, so I’m very happy to find this recipe! I can’t wait to make it.

          • Eve-Marie Hughes on July 25, 2012 at 12:46 am

            For me, with chronic migraines and fibromyalgia, MSG is a major trigger. It also makes my hands and feet swell – very bad for a person who already has high bloodpressure. Yes, foods that are made with it taste better – I really miss all of my flavored chips and dips, and am tired of having to read labels on every can or box I want to buy. The migraine and screaming muscle pain just isn’t worth it to me.

          • Common Sensamilia on July 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm

            If it doesn’t grow in the ground, or graze from the ground… don’t eat it.

          • Joe on March 8, 2013 at 12:33 am

            Our bodies naturally produce about 40 grams of glutimate every day. (Human) mother’s milk is LOADED with naturally occurring glutimate. I don’t doubt that there is a mind-body link in what we eat and experienced symptoms, but I suggest people conduct double-blind experiments with their food. They’ll probably come to surprising conclusions.

          • Dana on July 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

            I know someone who gets migraines from it. He’ll get sick from it when he hasn’t realized he’s eating it, too, so it’s not all in his head. And it ISN’T “naturally separated” from glutamate or it wouldn’t have sodium in it. Glutamate’s an amino acid, and does not naturally contain sodium.

          • Caliban on June 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

            I actually use MSG in some things things (Accent), but I never say I do. In all my years of cooking I’ve never had a single person have a bad reaction, even when they are the type of people who complain a LOT about MSG in Chinese food. Drama Queens! 99% of them!

          • Marty on June 4, 2019 at 7:51 pm

            It doesn’t affect me much differently than excess salt does, but my wife get seriously ill even over small amounts of MSG.

            It’s not a myth that it’s bad for you. Worse than iodized salt. Probably as bad as high fructose corn syrup. Our bodies aren’t meant to eat so much processed foods.

          • Barbara on March 16, 2020 at 1:54 am

            When I was a child, I recognized the taste of msg. Of course, I didn’t k ow what msg was. I also recognized that my hands would swell up. I stopped eating things with that “taste.” Even Ranch Dressing! Now at 60, I am thrilled when a package reads “no msg”.

          • Kim on July 17, 2020 at 1:22 pm

            Here in Florida we have a ton of Spanish grocery markets and they sell MSG in bags or in bulk bags

          • Amanda Joyner on July 20, 2020 at 9:25 am

            Yes,MSG may be benign to many,however anyone like myself that suffers from any type of neurological disorder,such as MS, migraines, ADHD,msg is not your friend. Yes,it’s a natural occuring compound, however many companies add amounts that are much greater than you would find naturally occurring. Most fast foods and processed foods add it as it is a very cheap flavor enhancer. So as it does not affect everyone the same,those with many different disorders,not just neurological,cannot consume it without paying for up to days later.

          • Tomy on October 24, 2021 at 4:21 pm

            MSG gives me severe headaches

          • David on November 16, 2021 at 11:28 am

            My ex has bad gastro issues with it. There’s something to it…

          • Stacie on September 26, 2022 at 1:39 pm

            Because my face breaks out in a very serious way!

          • Juliann Fortune on June 6, 2023 at 9:28 am

            My mother was severely allergic to MSG. It was in some boxed flavored crackers and it killed her after her 5th allergic reaction. I will never use it and will discourage its useage!

        • Frederick on December 27, 2020 at 7:07 pm

          If you research true history msg is an American racist thing against Chinese I don’t know if Japaneseeven use. Just like cannabis and black and Latin reefer madness. Actually Accent is pure monosodium glutamate its really just salt and reactions are very rare. It took off late 70’s people saying hold the msg on Chinese take out

          • Wiseacre on October 9, 2021 at 6:16 pm

            You are right. Many people want to blame their problems on something tangible when they don’t like the medical evidence and scientific explanations. No, MSG is not inherently bad for the majority of human consumption. Neither are peanuts. But if you have an allergy, yeah, maybe avoid. But don’t tell others to in blanket terms. It is racist in that it’s mostly been anecdotally linked to Asian foods and Asian people. Just not true.

          • Deborah on December 27, 2021 at 8:57 am

            Frederick, I can’t use MSG (causes extremely bad migraines that last for days – and pain killers do not help) and for you to say it’s due to racism is utterly absurd! MSG also increases blood pressure (not a good thing) too. Companies like Chick-fil-A and KFC apparently haven’t found a way to create their famous chicken without MSG so of course, being the huge companies that they are, they defend the use of it. All I know is that when I consume either of their [delicious] chicken, I end up feeling extremely bad with a migraine that lasts for at least three days. Not even slightly worth the few minutes of happiness that my tastebuds experienced. Btw, same with Taco Bell as they use MSG too. I should also note that in Europe, they haven’t used MSG or artificial sweeteners (another headache trigger) for many years because they know the problems those additives cause (I’m originally from Europe so I know this firsthand). Here in America, many people choose to consume things they know are bad for them and then they wonder why they feel bad and/or worse, develop serious illnesses/diseases. Ignorance is not bliss. And stop blaming everything on racism. Sadly, racism is a huge problem, but not the reason for every single thing that some of us speak up against. My best friend just so happens to be Japanese. PS- for those of you who are seeing this and have discovered MSG bothers them, you should know that it has many different names, so companies and restaurants can cleverly state “we don’t use MSG” but actually still use it. I found this out the hard way. Google “other names for MSG” and carry that list with you so you can check when you go out to eat.

        • Richard on October 16, 2022 at 12:56 pm

          Can I substitute air frying instead of oil frying and get similar crispy results?

          • Hilah on October 19, 2022 at 8:32 pm

            Probably, but I’ve never tried it.

          • Kelly on September 29, 2023 at 1:36 pm

            I was hoping that’s an option with good results. I’m going to try tonight! I’ll let you know

        • Phillip on September 4, 2023 at 8:59 am

          Hilah, your recipe is perfect! I do alter to my taste a little but for years I have tried to develop a Spicy chicken sandwich that is crispy, juicy and tender just like chic fil a. Now I can make my own delicious sandwich thanks to you, and it is actually better than the original chik fil a
          Thank You!

      • S Short on October 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm

        I Made this recipe but added extra paprika, cayenne and poultry seasoning. It came out just like chic fil a and much more affordable. Thank you!! Delicious!

        • Cat on March 1, 2023 at 9:49 am

          Nope – you made your recipe, not hers.

          • Sam on July 18, 2023 at 2:46 am


      • Nakoa on June 8, 2022 at 8:14 am

        Great recipe! I’d add about some more cayenne if you want heat. I added 1 tsp to what the recipe recommended. Love it so much!

      • Jeff on September 17, 2022 at 3:05 pm

        About as close as one can get. Very good!

    • ANDRADE on June 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

      São maravilhosas suas atividades, Desejo sucesso sempre pois dá água na boca!

    • Cheryl L on February 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Amazing. I mean A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I may never eat out again. Easy to make and taste like heaven. Even my picky eater inhaled it. Thanks for this recipe.

    • WayneH on April 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Thanks for the reminder. I added MSG to the flour.

    • Maribeth on July 5, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Thank you so much for this recipe!! It’s really close to the original and in my humble opinion, just as good! I used a little extra hot sauce and cayenne because I like it extra spicy.

      • Kenya on April 26, 2019 at 2:55 pm

        WoW! I can’t believe this taste so amazing my daughter loves it. Thank you for this.

    • Christine Driggers on November 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      You remind me of Phoebe Buffay …LOL Cant wait to make this tonight! thanks for this recipe!

      • Laurie on February 1, 2021 at 2:16 pm

        I thought the same thing! Doppelganger for sure!

    • LisaB on February 28, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      My grandmother used Accent (MSG) in almost everything she cooked. She, her husband and all their children lived to be well into their 80’s. I don’t believe all the hype about MSG being bad.

    • Pam on January 23, 2022 at 6:28 am

      I am allergic to msg, as are many people. Some don’t make the connection between hand swelling and msg, but I did, and stopped using it.

    • Josh on April 21, 2024 at 11:31 am

      Msg is naturally occurring in a lot of food, seaweed tomatoes corn. Educate yourself

  2. Chris on June 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I am not a fan of pickles or their juice…anything else you can think of to sub?


    • Hilah on June 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Ooh, a tricky one, Chris! I’d try making a brine – maybe a cup of water with a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of sugar dissolved into it. That will keep it good and juicy. Let me know how it goes!

    • Drew on July 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Another marinade you could try is sauerkraut juice. Real kosher dill pickles and sauerkraut are both prepared the same way by fermenting them slowly in brine, and a beneficial bacteria produces lactic acid which acidifies and preserves them. Both the salt and the lactic acid in the pickle or sauerkraut juices will keep your chicken juicy and flavorful.

      • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

        Whoa, Drew! That sounds awesome! We love sauerkraut around here. Thanks for the tip!

        • Drew on July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          I just learned about making homemade sauerkraut a few weeks ago (it is SUPER easy)… but now, despite having given away jars of the stuff several Foodie-Friends, I still have a LOT left over! My plan is to make this recipe, and use some ‘kraut juice for marinade . I’ll let you know how it goes!

          • Hilah on July 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

            Hey, Drew! If you’d be willing to share your homemade ‘kraut recipe, I’d be forever grateful, too. 🙂

          • Katrina Spivey on January 6, 2020 at 11:52 am

            Yes Drew please share your recipe on making sour kraut. Please!

    • Jonathan Hawk on July 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      One thing you could look at are any of the vinegar-based brines for smoking fish. One of my favorites for use on wild ducks, geese and venison uses a combo of worcestershire and balsamic vinegar. You might try experimenting with any of the vinegars in your local supermarket. Good luck.

    • Alana on September 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      hi! i just made this recipe, but was out of pickles. i substituted olive brine, and added a little bit of brown mustard and some tabasco. it was delicious! it still tasted like the chick-fil-a version, only with a slight olive hint instead of the dill. i thought it was a tremendous success and am SO glad to have come across this recipe!! we are all MSG sensitive in my house (fibromyalgia, migrains, as well as terrible stomach upset when consumed) and big-time supporters of equality, so it’s very nice to be able to enjoy delicious chicken without all the issues. next time, i’m going to try the baked version using gluten-free panko bread crumbs.

      • Hilah on September 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

        Ooh, I love olives so I’ll have to try that some time, Alana! I’m really happy to hear y’all enjoyed it and don’t have to worry about the MSG.

    • Keith on June 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      How about the brine from Pickled Jalapenos? Any one try that yet?

      • Hilah on June 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

        I haven’t but it sounds wonderful!

      • MA Stokes on October 5, 2018 at 12:19 pm

        Yes,I tried it out of desperation but was pleasantly surprised. I loved it! Better than the original very happy accident.

      • Lori Patton on January 29, 2019 at 5:45 pm

        Yes. My 1st try was with pickled jalapeno juice and it came out great!!!

    • melissa on March 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

      I hate pickles w a passion… but I love this recipe. The pickle taste disappears completely and leaves a tiny sweet tang that tastes nothing like the pickles. I hate anything pickled or vinegar-y, but I love this. Make it at least once a month.

      • Frances Moore on May 25, 2020 at 7:08 am

        Thank you for posting! Good to know because I am not a big pickle fan and my family orders the sandwiches minus the pickles.

        • Frances on May 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm

          Made this recipe today. The chicken comes out tender and juicy but we all definitely tasted the pickle flavor. Will try again sans pickle juice. Thank you Hilah for the recipe. Glad I found you. I will have to check out your other dishes.

    • Amy on July 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

      I usually marinate chicken that I’m going to fry in buttermilk with a little salt and some paprika mixed in. I don’t know how that would compare to a pickle juice marinade, but I find that a good overnight soak in seasoned buttermilk produces moist, flavorful fried chicken.

      • Don on April 15, 2018 at 7:28 pm

        I marinate my chicken with a buttermilk/pickle juice combination!!!!

    • Ray on August 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      You won’t notice it when used as a brine. There is absolutely zero pickle taste in the chicken when brined in pickle juice. It is mainly used for the high sodium content and the vinegar, making it super juicy. If you’ve had a Chick Fil A sandwich, you’ve had pickle brine.

    • Lisa Martinez on May 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Make a brine of 3T granulated sugar and 3T salt and 1Q water.

  3. Chris on June 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’ll give the pickle juice a try. You haven’t failed me yet.

    • Hilah on June 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      It doesn’t really give it much pickle flavor – just some saltiness and moisture.

      • ArugulaZ on July 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        This may sound weird, but I added pickle brine to a meatloaf mixture once and the finished product was pretty tasty! It’s been a while though, and I don’t remember the right flavor of pickle or the right amount of brine to use.

        • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm

          Hi ArugulaZ! That sounds so GOOD! It would never have occurred to me to try that. I’ll give it a shot next time, maybe even with pickled jalapeno juice since we like spicy around here. Thanks for writing!

  4. SteveO on June 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The pickle juice is just one version of a brine. You could push that deviation in flavor with rosemary stalks or olive juice. I like the Pepperoncini as a starting brine myself.

    • Hilah on June 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Ooh, SteveO, I love the idea of using pepperocini juice! I think I’ll try that next time. Thanks!

      • Zainy on February 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

        Hi Hilah and SteveO,

        I just made this using the pepperoncini juice and it turned out amazing. Since it already has the spicy factor in it, there wasn’t any need to add in Tabasco or cayenne.

  5. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on June 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Yum I love Chick-fil-a and gay people! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Hilah on June 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      This is the PERFECT recipe for you, then! 🙂

      • Killian Dempsey on March 7, 2020 at 1:53 pm

        I am out of powdered sugar… is it key to the recipe??

        • Hilah on March 8, 2020 at 7:09 am

          You could omit it

  6. Peter on June 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I have lost 35 pounds since last July by cooking differently. On this one I will bake the breasts to omit the oil. How can I still get a moist return without the oil on the outside???????

    • Hilah on June 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Peter,
      The soak in pickle juice brine will be all you need to ensure a moist interior! I think you’ll be happy with your baked result.

      • moura maun on September 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        I am on a lower sodium diet so I will do the pickle juice and ground celery seed and leave out the salt- should work a treat. will probably add some tabasco or cayenne as I love spicy!!!!

    • Mike D. on August 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      I like to use boneless,skinless chicken thighs because I like the flavor first and it is naturally more moist and I buy them with the the bone in and skin on in jumbo family packs when they are on sale for next to nothing at the store. I simply just remove the skin and bone,it’s extremely easy to do. It along with the pickle juice makes a wonderfully tasty and moist baked chicken sandwich. I just wrap the remaining pieces very well in individual servings and freeze to use as we want them.

  7. Kristina on June 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you so much-Chick fil a use to be the only fast food that I truly enjoyed. Then they had to go and be haters, which made me really sad. Booo! Thanks to you I can still get my fill. Love it! Can’t wait to make these.

    • Hilah on June 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I know, it’s a shame, isn’t it? I actually think they are probably some of the healthiest fast food out there, too, compared to everything else. 😉
      I hope you and the family enjoy!

      • Gina on July 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        Why is it okay for you to have an opinion about “gay” being cool and CFA having a different opinion than yours ? Get a life, stop thinking everyone must agree with your view of things, it’s life, we’re different people, with different beliefs.

        Your videos are childish and trying to be Miss Cool is not working. Then you go and mock the Sabbath. Done with you, I’m sure there are more mature and quality cooks out there who aren’t trying to push their views on others.

        • Eileen on July 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

          Wow, isn’t it great that people in this country have the right to say and believe whatever they want, and also the right not to support bloggers with whose views they don’t agree? There are plenty of gay-hating, Sabbath-keeping websites out there, and I’ll bet you can easily find one.

          • Great Stone Face on July 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

            You even can find a Sabbath-respectful website that also is respectful of gay rights, e.g., mine! I hope Gina respects that I follow Exodus Chapter 20, which says that “the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord, your God…,” (וְיוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי שַׁבָּת לַי־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ) meaning Saturday, not Sunday.

          • Hilah on July 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

            Thanks, GSF. 🙂

          • Sheila on July 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

            I just found your site also(I love new receipe sites) and always wondered about their chick receipe,I can’t wait to try yours,I also love their slaw,do you have a close receipe on how to make that also? Thanks!

          • Lea on August 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

            Ok, so I realize this issue is now over a year old… but I just wanted to add… I don’t believe the CEO ever “hated” on gay people. He simply has a belief. That belief happens to be that 2 men or 2 women shouldn’t get married. Do I agree with him? No not really. I don’t think he has ever used any hateful words though, like some people do. Does he picket funerals and say God hates Fags? No. Westboro Baptist Church does though… Those are haters… and they ARE NOT good people at all. They are a hate group. CEO of Chick-Fil-A simply believes a marriage is between a man and a woman. I personally have no issues with his beliefs, even though I do disagree…. but my kids love Chick-Fil-A chicken and its not often that we can eat out.

          • Vincenzo D’Agostino on December 16, 2021 at 1:52 pm

            Perhaps you should move to Twitter. This is a recipe site.

        • theotherlee on July 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          There had to be one, didn’t there? I was so blissfully happy that all of the comments were so supportive, and kind.

          Gina, how is having an opinion which is supportive and loving towards ALL people.. UN-cool? You sound like a Christian, so, I’ll just remind you of what Jesus said:

          1 Peter 4:8
          Above all, continue to love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

          Mark 12:31
          The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

          Christ is about love, and forgiveness. Not being hateful. Think about Christ for just a moment, and after all of the examples he portrayed in the bible, with Mary, the fallen woman, and healing the Centurion’s same-sex lover… and then look at your behavior.

          I hope you can open your heart, and your mind to the LOVE that you are denying yourself, and God by supporting this company which completely bastardizes the real message of Christ. If you can’t express love that Christ himself compels you to show, I’d rather you weren’t a part of the group that does.

        • Daniel on July 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

          Hi Gina,
          I don’t understand how you can criticize Hilah for choosing not to patronize a business that she disagrees with and then and say that you’re not going to visit her site because you don’t agree with her. You’re criticizing her for the very thing you’re doing!

          Furthermore, she didn’t mock the Sabbath. She mocked Chick-fil-a for not being open on Sunday. I suggest you do a better job of studying your own holy text because it clearly states that the Sabbath is on Saturday, not Sunday.

          Hilah, my wife and I recently gave up eating Chick-fil-a for the very same reason as you. This recipe sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

          • Hilah on July 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

            Thanks, Daniel! I hope you and your lady like it!

          • Sherry on October 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

            I couldn’t have said it better myself! I did, however, put in my two cents as well! I’m not gay either but also boycott ChickFilA for those reasons, as well as Papa Johns!

        • beedogs on July 26, 2012 at 12:42 am

          Gina, I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say that no one will miss you. BYE!

          • Paul on July 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm


            Exactly my thought.

          • Sherry on October 19, 2012 at 9:48 am


          • Cindy on May 22, 2022 at 2:25 pm

            We made this today and it was delicious! Last week we made bread and butter pickles which made me think about looking for this recipe.
            It was amazing! We made a batch of regular and a batch of spicy in the air fryer. For some reason I did the flour mixture as recommended except did half of the called for flour and made up the rest with bread crumbs. They are both wonderful, but we all liked the spicy a bit more than the restaurant version. We put them on toasted King’s Hawaiian rolls which was delish. Your recipe is amazing, thank you!!!

        • geedeck on August 1, 2012 at 7:47 am

          Also, gay isn’t about being cool. It’s a human right. Like all men and women being able to vote in America and not having separate services for different races. If you truly love as the Bible tells you to, you’ll love people enough to let them choose their partner and their sexual identity.

          This isn’t an opinion like gun control or drug laws or tax laws. This is just a right that every human should have.

          I’m saying this issue in a few years will be akin to a hobo sitting in the street, telling you that it’s good to brush your teeth with dirt. There is no sane reason to believe it, except that dude has a book about how only the dirt brushers will be saved when the end comes. This is a totally baseless accounting, but the dirt brushers say they have the right to worship how they want to.

          So, do we consider allowing the dirt brushers to ban fluoride because they don’t like it?


          This isn’t about LGBT rights.
          This is about SLGBT rights.

          And anything less is willingly plunging a cancerous dagger into our hearts and corrupting our ability to love ourselves fully.

        • Emotastic on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

          In my head, all I heard while reading this was: “Man, why do you get free speech? Don’t you know right-wing-gay-hating wackjobs are the only people who get free speech? I’m so tired of getting free recipes and advice. I also feel the need to attack you personally because I’m insecure about myself and my beliefs, and if I don’t push these beliefs on others, then I don’t know my place in the world. Wah wah wah.”

          I wonder if this person understands the irony of their post, or if they are even aware of what the definition for “irony” is…

        • daynamomma on August 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

          Will fight for ANYONE’S right to express their opinions. Chic fil a can use their money to support any anti gay, change them gays, ‘profamily’ organizations that they want. I’ ‘ll be damned if they will use MY money to do so. If the Christian right is coming out in droves to eat chicken now, does that mean they won’t support progay businesses? That would be great because maybe the lines at disney won’t be so long now!

        • Sherry on October 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

          Get a life, stop thinking everyone must agree with your view of things, it’s life, we’re different people, with different beliefs. You hit the nail on the head yourself, Lady. I was raised as a Pentacost but you know what? I grew up and starting using my brain instead of letting my church do all my thinking for me. It must be very frustrating for you to defend all the stupid things old men want you to believe came from God, especially when they so often contradict themselves and seem downright idiotic and cruel; not at all what the supposed message of Christ was claimed to be. God gave you a heart and a brain for a reason, I expect He intended for you to use them. Slavery seemed like a good idea and was fully endorsed by the Bible, too. Doesn’t it seem to you that intelligence and open arms are in direct opposition of those truths you hold so dear? Love thy neighbor as yourself, feed the needy, vengeance belongs to me saith the Lord, forgive 70 times 7, judge not, etc.; they don’t really have a place in Christianity though, do they? No, that’s all just hippy love crap to you. The important thing is that you stay diligent in your many levels of hatred, unacceptance, and criticism. Are you on Hitler’s side or the Jews’? The North or the Confederate’s? An oppressor is an oppressor no matter what the topic, just know that the Bible does not condone oppression in any manner so NOW who’s not being cool?

        • Sam on July 20, 2023 at 8:00 pm

          I don’t think you know what “mature” means

    • Eda on June 17, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      Haters?? Are you kidding me? They have NEVER said that they hated anyone. It sounds like YOU may be the hater. Booo, that makes me sad. Anyway, glad you enjoy their recipe. We all still LOVE going there in person but this recipe helps on the weeks that we can’t make it.

  8. Linda on June 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Hilers! I used to work at Chick-fil-a back in the day and to get that real authentic flavor, fry it in peanut oil! That’s what they use! They didn’t use pickle juice in the batter, but I’m sure it’s great! Even after eating it on my break EVERY day that I worked there, I’m still not tired of it…excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin!

    • Hilah on June 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Hi Linda!
      Thanks for the tip! I like frying my fried chicken in peanut oil, so that makes perfect sense.

    • Lea on August 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

      ive tried it with and without the pickle juice but both times with peanut oil, for whatever reason i thought the pickle juice one tasted more like chickfila.

  9. Katy Blankenhorn on June 26, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Someone in the chicken frying biz told me one time that “the company that shall not be name” used peanut oil to fry their chicken. Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ll def be trying it and sharing it, I love their chicken but hate their politics. I always tell my friends to boycott and now I can tell them I’ll cook it for them instead!

    • Hilah on June 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks, Katy!
      I’m so glad you’re planning on making this for your friends. I’m sure they’ll love it. 🙂

  10. Val on June 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Amazing! My friends and I love CFA but hate giving them our money. I’m definately going to give this a try soon. Kudos to you!

    • Hilah on June 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Perfect, Val! I hope you like the recipe and feel free to share it or reblog it with your friends, too. Thanks for writing! 🙂

      • Val on July 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Hi again 🙂

        So since my last comment I have made this recipe a few times times and I think I’m making it again tonight. The first time was good. Like some others I had an issue with the breading falling off, but it was still delicious. (When I make it tonight I’ll let it sit for 10 minutes before I put it in the oil. I might also make the oil just a bit hotter.) I also made it into chicken strips and chicken nuggets. It was fantastic both ways.

        I tried it in the oven once as well. It did take longer than I thought it would and didn’t get as crispy as I would have liked. Next time I feel like doing it this way I’ll try panko crumbs instead of flour.

        I’m incredibly happy that I’m now able to enjoy this chicken at home and haven’t given a dime of my money to CFA since finding this recipe online. I thank you again, and so does my roommate!!

        • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

          Perfecto! Thanks so much for the update, Val! Great to hear the nuggets work well, too. I’m glad you and your roommate are enjoying them. 🙂

        • Eve-Marie on July 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

          Hi Val – my Dad used to cool Weinerschnitzel a lot when I was growing up. He always dipped the cutlet in flour first, then the egg, then the breadcrums and the coating always stuck. Maybe you could dip it in the flour then egg and then the seasoned flour mix?

        • mike on July 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

          For crispier crust baking, once its basically done, turn it over to broil for just a couple of minutes. that will give it a blast of heat just enough to set the crust.

  11. Caliban on June 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks so much for this! Chik-Fil-A sandwiches are one of the few fast-food things I really like (I like McRibs too so it’s not like I have good taste) but being a good gay I’ve been boycotting them for years. Really. Years!

    But now I can make my own!

    • Hilah on June 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Caliban!
      Good for you for sticking to your guns! I hope you like the recipe and that it meets your exacting standards. 😉

      • Caliban on February 2, 2018 at 3:08 am

        Wow. Its hard to believe I wrote the comment above almost 5 years ago. Since then I’ve made these sandwiches several times and they are, at least from what I remember, just like the real thing. (Still boycotting.)

        Just so you know, I was on a gay news website and in the comments people were… crabbing and moaning about Chik-Fil-A vs how much they liked the sandwiches so I shared a link to this recipe.

        I don’t know if you’ll think this is funny (if you don’t, oops) but when I was living in Asheville, NC a Chik-Fil-A opened up next to the grocery store where I shopped, and during their grand opening they had free food & games outside. One of the games was bean-bag toss, the target an angled piece of plywood with a hole in it and the word “cornhole” written on it. (The bag is filled with dried corn, not beans.) So my partner and I stopped and got a photo of ourselves cornholing at the Chik-Fil-A! ?

        • Hilah on February 2, 2018 at 11:22 am

          I am familiar with the cornhole game! My husband is from Oklahoma and they play it a lot there. It’s fun!

  12. David on June 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing….

    • Hilah on June 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Hope you approve, David! Thanks!

  13. Alisha on June 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I made these last night for dinner and again today for lunch. They were absolutely amazing each time. My 2-year-old daughter, who is a picky eater, loved them. Thank you so much for this recipe. I will be coming to this site often to use your other recipes as well. You rock.

    • Hilah on June 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

      That’s wonderful, Alisha! I’m so glad they turned out so good. Kids can be hard to cook for sometimes!
      Thanks for writing. Hope to hear from you again.

  14. Phil on June 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    So I was going through my Facebook news feed and I see a post by Hilah Cooking. I said to myself “I’ve gotta support this chick, because she. is. awesome.” Then I watched this video and it didn’t disappoint. Cheers!

    • Hilah on June 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thank you, Phil! I’m happy you liked it! 🙂

  15. Will on June 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’m glad to see that ‘Next Chef stardom’ hasn’t gone to your head and you care enough to answer each post and comment on your site, Fb, You Tube, etc. That’s what keeps me coming back. I’ll have a kitchen again in August and look forward to trying a few of your latest recipes, including this one. No CFA overseas….

    • Hilah on June 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Haha! Thanks, Will. I try to respond to everyone, especially FB and on here of course. YT is starting to get overwhelming, though!
      I can’t even imagine living without a kitchen! Good luck until August. I hope to hear about your cooking escapades then!

  16. Lawrence on June 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Great job as usual….jeep ‘m coming …

    • Hilah on June 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Thank you, Lawrence! 🙂

  17. Matt on June 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I love the recipe for chick-fil-gay especially since I am gay. (:o) Can you please tell me what is the best type of oil for frying your sandwich? The picture on the recipe makes the sandwich look so delicious.

    • Hilah on June 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Hey Matt!
      I used grapeseed oil, but peanut oil is always a good choice for frying. Hope you try it!

  18. Dr.Happypants on June 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    GREAT RECIPE! I tried it and it was awesome, the pickle brine really made the taste. I never bothered with marinating the chicken prior to breading but I will be sure to do so for now on. 🙂

    Just one question, how do you think this recipe would fare in the oven ?

    • Hilah on June 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thank you! Glad you liked it!
      Since it’s a flour breading, it might be difficult to get it crispy in the oven. I think I’d try panko crumbs or cracker crumbs instead of flour if I were to bake them. Let us know if you try it!

  19. David on June 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I currently work at Chick-Fil-A. I would have to say that you did a great job making your chicken sandwich. I understand not wanting to support Chick-Fil-A, and I always crave them on Sundays too. Just to add more fuel to the fire, here is a story about how Chick-Fil-A treats their employees. This is MY personal story from working there. I was first working at a great company making almost double what I do at Chick-Fil-A. I came to work at Chick-Fil-A because they promised me more hours and Sundays off, they also said I would be back up to my previous pay in only a few short months. Well, it turns out that was all a lie. They got me in there, put me on register and told me not to move from that spot. They even for the first few months invited me to manager meetings because in my interview that is what I was hired for, but that soon stopped. I never saw the 40 hours we agreed on in the interview, at most I would get 25. This Chick-Fil-A is in a mall, and beside the store is a pizza place, the manager of the pizza place heard I worked pizza for 5 years and asked if I wanted to work with him to make up to 40 hours per week between pizza and Chick-Fil-A. I said sure, and as soon as I started at the pizza place, the next week I was no longer on the schedule at Chick-Fil-A. They have not fired me, I have not quit. I called, text, and emailed the manager at Chick-Fil-A with no response. The sad part is, if it was not Chick-Fil-A I would have never believed them in the interview when they promised me the world. But, I thought this is a good company, they would not lie to me in a interview like that. Little did I know…. Chick-Fil-A is the worst company I have worked for, ever, and that is just internal before you get to all their political views. Anyway, thanks for the video, I will repost it!

    • Hilah on June 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Wow! That is quite a story, David! I’m so sorry they jerked you around like that. I guess it shows there’s really no such thing as ethics in big business. Sad thing.
      I hope you’re getting more hours at your new job at least. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      • Henry on September 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        Please tell me what ANY of the information provided in the comment above or your reply to that comment HAS TO DO WITH COOKING?! Are you using this forum to promote cooking or to promote an anti Chick-fi-a(Christian) agenda? I am a Christian and I don’t hate gay people. I’m pretty sure that if you go into a church full of Christians, and say”I’m gay, do you mind if I come to worship with you?” NONE of them would have a problem with you. In fact I PROMISE YOU that they would welcome you with open arms. Being a christian is about loving the person and hating the sin. AND WE ALL SIN. The difference is that true followers of Jesus Christ(oops I used the J word) recognize that 1. All sin is bad and 2. You can’t serve God and yourself. True Christians choose to accept forgivness from a LOVING God. And through that grace we see our sins AND TURN AWAY FROM THEM. It’s a choice. God gave each of freewill and the mind to make that choice. We all fight against “somthing” in our lives that tries to hold us down and eventually destroy us. It doesn’t matter what your “somthing” is, I promise you GOD LOVES YOU AND WILL FORGIVE YOU. Please just give him the chance. I dare you to go church. If you don’t like Sundays then get to a wednesday night service. Folks stop believing what you see on tv and read online and FIND OUT FOR YOUR SELF. FIND OUT WHATS MISSING IN YOUR LIFE. TASTE AND SEE. I love all of you. God bless.

        • Hilah on September 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

          Hi Henry,

          You have mistakenly conflated my “anti Chick-fil-a agenda” with a position against Christianity (which implies that you think that CFA represents all Christians, I suppose?) My beef with CFA is the monetary donations they’ve made to organizations whose purpose is to “re-educate” gay people. I find this wrong, immoral, and do not wish to support that cause by purchasing their product. Meanwhile, my lovely mother-in-law loves their sandwiches and has them for lunch at least once a week. I am completely okay with that and would never encourage her to give them up. You, too, are free to eat what you like and patronize (or not patronize) any business you want for any reason at all.

          I understand that you believe homosexuality is both a choice and a sin. I wholeheartedly disagree with that notion and therefore can not argue any further on the point.

    • Chris on July 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      A similar thing happened to my mom when she worked at Chick-Fil-A, although she never started a new job. One day she just found herself not showing up on the schedule anymore, and she couldn’t get any sort of answers from the managers. I think that technically she may still be employed there to this day, but she hasn’t worked there in about two years, I believe. Kind of a crappy way to treat your employees, in my opinion.

    • crsytalwolfakacaligrl on July 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      David, file a labor board case against them.
      Your losing wages. You can file for your lost wages and how they misrepresented themselves to you when
      you got hired. Shock! Many Republican/ConServative company’s are like this. They would have us back
      in “THE JUNGLE”(Upton Sinclair)
      Hilah, although I’ve never even heard of Chik fil A I wouldn’t go there knowing what kind of people run it.
      And how they treat their employees but your recipe looks yummy and I will try it as well as tweet out!

  20. Oscar on June 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I choose not to give my business to Chick-Fil-A, but they do make a good chicken sandwich. I sometimes get cravings for them, but refuse to patronize them.

    I tried this recipe, and I must admit – It is amazing! I was so impressed with how close the flavor was. It really did satisfy my cravings for a Chick-Fil-A sandwich. I was really impressed. I kept saying to my partner – this totally tastes like Chick-Fil-A! I repeated this almost after every bite. Wow!

    Thank you Hilah for posting this recipe. It is great!!!

    • Hilah on July 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Oscar!
      Thank you so much! That’s great y’all liked them and that it took care of those cravings. Makes me really happy to hear, in fact. 🙂
      Thanks for writing.

  21. Julie on June 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Hilah,

    Can you explain what you were doing there with the fork to check if the chicken was done?

    Also, I can’t believe I just now discovered your site. Best cooking videos ever.

    • Hilah on July 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Julie!
      Sure! I was just giving them a little poke to make sure the juices that came out were clear, not pink. Clear indicated they are fully cooked.
      I’m glad you found my site, finally! 😉

  22. Jim on June 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Looks fantastic Hilah.. we don’t have a chick-fil-A anywhere near me here in Wisconsin but I used to eat there when I would visit my son in Texas.. and now knowing that they don’t support the gay lifestyle I definitely will not be returning to eat there.. I’m so glad I came across this video and your website I’m looking forward to watching your other videos.. keep up the great work.. a new fan.. jim

    • Hilah on July 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Jim!
      I’m glad you found this video and my website, too. Hope you try the recipe – so far, it’s gotten the seal of approval from CFA lovers everywhere! 🙂

  23. Drew on June 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    This recipe is a whole bunch of firsts for me – the first recipe I’ve tried off your site, the first time I’ve used a meat tenderizer for close to the intended purpose, and the first time I’ve fried something! I’m traditionally a baker, but this recipe looked too good not to try out – and it turned out AMAZING. Now I’m going to have to start playing around with different spices in the coating. And powdered sugar? Never would have even thought of adding that.

    • Hilah on July 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Drew!
      Yay!! Thank you for the great report! I’m glad it worked for you. Let me know if you come up with any variations you like!

      • Drew on July 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        Tonight I tried doing a baked version with a panko coating. I also put chipotle chili powder and cocoa powder into the flour/sugar mixture instead of the paprika, celery, etc. The dill from the brine was still the dominant flavor, but it was by no means bad. I might try a sweeter brine with it for next time and up the cocoa and chili powder. Still, this has been a fantastic recipe to play with!

        • Hilah on July 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

          That’s so great, Drew! I love hearing about the food experiments other people do. Gives me lots of ideas. 🙂 I wonder… maybe try using pickled pepper juice for the marinade? That might go well with the Mexi-chili-and-cocoa vibe you’re working with. Or even a sweet pickled jalapeno? I’ve had those recently and I kind of adore them.
          Have a ton of fun playing with it!

  24. Devin on June 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hiya Hila,
    I’m so glad that posted your recipe for chick-fil-gay. I work at a large university in NY, which shall remain nameless, and we house the only chick-fil-a in the city… which means I have access to this delicious establishment. It also means that I have to deal with the constant temptation to give money to a company that will use it to make life more difficult for some of our friends. You, my lady, have eased my aching soul. No more temptation, no more angst, no more denial of deliciousness.
    Thank you so much.

    • Hilah on July 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Devin! I’m glad you saw the Advocate post! I think I even know which university you are referring to. 😉 I’m happy to have eased your aches a little bit. Stay strong! Make your own chicken sandwiches!

  25. Sean on July 1, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I’m going to try this, but cut the filets into nuggets which my Wife & Daughter like more than the sandwiches. Hopefully, I’ll follow up with how they turned out.

    • Hilah on July 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Good! Let us know how it goes, Sean! Hope your family likes them.

  26. Caz on July 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Hilah,
    I found your site through the Microsoft Zune Marketplace. I’m so glad I did. I’ve loved Chick-Fil-A sandwiches for 30 years but don’t live anywhere close to one. About a year ago Micky D’s started to copy them with their Southern Chicken Sandwich and all was good for 6 months. After that they started to used their regular dry chicken patties and screwed it all up.

    I tried this on Saturday at 4AM and the oil was too hot. Even way dark, they tasted good. On Sunday I did it again, soooo effin good.

    Thank so much for your site and your humor.

    • Hilah on July 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Hey Caz!
      I’m glad this solves your CFA problem! I’d heard from someone else that the McD is a close substitute, too, but I’ve never tried one. This is probably slightly healthier than either one, though.
      Thanks for writing!

  27. Megan on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I just made these for dinner tonight, with some fried zucchini and my family LOVED it! It tastes so close to the real thing! Thanks!

    • Hilah on July 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Yum! Sounds great with the fried zucchini, Megan! Thanks for the update. 🙂

      • katierose on July 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        Is it possible to use granulated sugar (or another form of sweetness) in place of the confectioners? I’m toooo lazy to run out and get a box.

        • Hilah on July 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

          Hi Katierose!
          I think that would work okay. I haven’t tested it, though. Let me know if you try it and how it works!

          • Christa on July 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

            In a pinch, you can make powdered sugar at home by simply putting granulated sugar in a blender. It measures cup for cup. The sugar may etch the blending container. If that’s a concern, try a spice grinder.

  28. Adam on July 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Hilah,
    My wife and I made this for dinner tonight but the breading fell off while it was frying 🙁 What type of pan should I use next time? It still tasted good! Thanks.

    • Hilah on July 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Hi Adam!
      Sorry you had trouble with it. I have always used a cast iron skillet. Maybe next time allow the breaded chicken to sit on the counter about 10 minutes before frying. That should help the breading adhere. Glad y’all still liked it. 🙂

      • theotherlee on July 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Quick question on this… I grew up in Texas… so fried foods were fairly common. When I make chicken fried steak, I double coat the steak… Would that be advisable for the chicken too you think?

        • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

          You could if you wanted a thicker crust. I experimented with that when I was testing and this way is the closest to the CFA version. So, your preference!

    • Caz on July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Generally when the breading falls of it is because the oil is not hot enough.

      • Adam on July 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        That makes sense. With that wet layer underneath, it would have to crisp-up quickly to stay intact. Thanks.

      • Hilah on July 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        Thank you!

    • Miya on August 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Same thing happen to was a great chicken. I have to say it was so much better then Chick Fil..thank you for the recipe Hilah!

  29. Abby on July 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I made this tonight and it turned out beyond amazing! My husband took a bite, turned to me and said, “Shocked. I’m shocked”. As in shocked by how much it tastes like CFA! I did 2 breasts & doubled the spices but not the flour and it turned out perfect 🙂

    • Hilah on July 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      That’s awesome, Abby! We were pretty amazed too, when I finally got it just right. So glad y’all liked it. 🙂

  30. Heather on July 11, 2012 at 3:42 am

    We made these last night, OMGSFG! I haven’t had C-F-A since moving to Germany 4 years ago, and I doubt I could give them money again, due to their political views. Ha, this recipe had me order valasic’s from the UK since I can’t find good dill pickles in Germany, and what is a good fried chicken sandwich w/o dill pickles!

    Thank you for your site and loads of good old Texas recpes!


    • Hilah on July 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

      YES! That is so wonderful to hear, Heather! Yay! And that just seems totally crazy to me that you can’t find a dill pickle in Germany! I don’t know what I’d do about my grilled cheese without them, either. Thanks for writing!

  31. Debbie on July 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    OMG! This is the best recipe I have found for copy cat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. My daughter and I have made this 4 times in 2 weeks, that is how much we love it! I stumbled across your Youtube videos and had to subscribe. Thanks for the great recipes. My 10 year old daughter thinks you are hilarious and look like Lisa Kudrow.

    • Hilah on July 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Hey Debbie!
      That’s great to hear! So glad you liked it and that you are cooking with your daughter. Really, that makes me happy to hear. Thanks so much for writing.

  32. Dusty Alan on July 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Delicious! So glad I made this. I really can be done w Cfa now!!! I wish I could post my picture!! It looked as good as it tasted!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Dusty Alan! So glad you liked it.
      If you have the picture on a flickr account or somewhere else, you can post it in the forums if you want!

  33. Wade on July 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Chic Fil GAY!!!! HAA!! I love you. -subscribed-

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Yay! Thanks, Wade!

      • Sean on February 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm

        I know this thread is old and I see many saying they won’t give Chic-Fil-A their money. I assume this is because of Truett Cathy, the founder, now deceased who I believe expressed his opinion on same sex marriage which he was against and strongly believed that marriage should be between a man and a woman. The man was a devout Christine his whole life, hence every CFL being closed on Sundays, no exception whatsoever which at most is a slight inconvenience.

        After he issued his statement on his views on same sex marriage his sales actually went up. I’m a proud veteran, retired detective, 1st responder on 9/11 in Manhattan, love my country and loved serving it on two levels. I have no problem with same sex marriage and even if I did I certainly wouldn’t boycott a tremendously popular restaurant as it wouldn’t make a difference at all to their profits. If people do it for the reason of hurting their business, forget it. If it effects your moral fiber and makes you feel better to do so, go right for it.

        I’m very happy for a close friend of mine who was able to legally marry his partner of 30+ years so that he could have benefits and be recognized as his next of kin to be able to make decisions for his health and possible DNR papers should that time come.

        Enjoy your chicken whether you make it at home or find your way back to the restaurant.

  34. Christopher on July 18, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Do you think this would work for nuggets because those are my favorite from there!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Hi Christopher! I haven’t tried that but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I’d marinate them a shorter amount of time, though. Let us know if it works!

  35. Jhonathan Free on July 18, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Great recipe and video. Thank you for the alternative to a company that stands for hatred of other humans. Their policy is unacceptable and I will NEVER spend a dime on their bigot sandwiches. Take care!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thank you, Jhonathan! Happy to help. 🙂

  36. crisd on July 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Saw this posted on the Advocate- RIGHT next to the interview with Dan Cathy- C.O.O. of Chick-fil-A. He admitted that CFA is and always has been anti-equality for gays. This saddened me to no end- I LOVE(D) their chicken!! I’ve since sent them a strongly worded- but polite email explaining my displeasure with them and that I would no longer step foot in or support them in any way or fashion since they take our money and support discrimination- and encourage EVERYONE to send an email through the official CFA site to let them know, it’s not enough to just not go, you have to let them KNOW you aren’t going- they only worship money in the end. They say they want to run a “biblical” company…but I don’t see any slaves or multiple wives there and they sure as hell don’t believe in the “love thy neighbor” thing. I can’t wait to try this recipe out!! Would you use the same recipe for a nugget version- I have to try and convince my family and their children that the cows are indeed evil and we can make better chicken ourselves. I’ve printed this and am passing it on to as many people as I can. Thanks again for helping take a bite out of the evil chicken!!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Hi Crisd!

      Thank you. I hope you like this recipe. I think it would work for nuggets? I haven’t tried it, but I think I should since several people have asked.

      And thank you even more for bringing up the emailing idea. Of course! Yes. That is a GREAT suggestion. I didn’t find a direct email address, but here’s their contact page if anyone else wants it
      And here’s the interview with Dan Cathy, C.O.O. for anyone who wants to read it

      It’s interesting that he’s finally “out” with it; previously CFA had denied any political agendas. I’m sure there’s a strategy behind it and I’m guessing it has to do with getting more money from people who sadly agree with their supremely bigoted and idiotic position.

      Anyway, I appreciate your support and spreading the recipe around!

      • Greg on July 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        So I am totally making nuggets now 🙂 I have the chicken in pickle brine now. I went to culinary school and have worked in the industry for 15 years . I have been trying to crack the “code” on this for a few years as I grew up on CFA, but find it hard to justify supporting such a right wing business. i never thought that plain old “pickle juice” was the trick. I’ll let you know how it works out in a few hours LOL.

        • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          I don’t think that CFA actually uses pickle juice, but it sure does make a good copy.

      • theotherlee on July 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Thanks for the link to their contact page. I sent a “polite” message to them. I wonder if they will respond. LOL

        • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          Let me know if they do!

  37. theotherlee on July 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for this.. The recent news blurb about CFA “bravely” admitting their anti-gay support, I’ve been promoting recipes like yours to persuade people away from CFA.

    Will definitely be giving this, healthier, better tasting.. and bigot free version a try!!

    Thank you!!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Lee!
      Did they really claim to be “bravely” admitting? Good Lord. *eyeroll*
      Anyway, hope you like the recipe!

  38. Jason on July 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    “I’m sure there’s a strategy behind it and I’m guessing it has to do with getting more money from people who sadly agree with their supremely bigoted and idiotic position.”

    So, what you’re saying is anyone who is Christian and believes as Dan Cathy does is a bigot and an idiot. In your statement above you just alienated many Christians here in the U.S. and worldwide. Let’s take it a step further, and look at Muslims because many of them feel the exact same way regarding marriage and homosexuality. I’ll bet that they get left out of the conversation because in this country they don’t have the influence of the conservative Christians, and the popular thing is to bash Christians for their faith. I am sure you are very proud of that. Why don’t you say what you really think about Christians like Dan Cathy, because I’m sure its not as nice as your statement above.

    • BrianX on July 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Anyone who believes as Dan Cathy does is a bigot regardless of their Christianity or not. It has nothing whatsoever to do with faith and everything to do with respecting other people (not necessarily their beliefs) despite their differences. In any case, unless the parable of the Good Samaritan is a complete forgery, bigotry of any form is anti-Christian.

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Jason!

      I don’t think all Christians are bigots or idiots. There are lots of Christians who do support marriage equality! I think believing that one group of law-abiding citizens should be disallowed something that other citizens are allowed to do under state law is the definition of bigoted and it is sad that so many people are bigots without even realizing it! Perhaps it is Dan Cathy who is giving Christians a bad name.

      But maybe you’re right that “idiot” is too strong a word. I don’t think that everyone who disagrees with me is stupid. I fully stand behind “bigoted”, though.

      • Shayne O on July 19, 2012 at 4:54 am

        Your defintely a more diplomatic person than I. I throw a few F bombs , references to being dropped on the head, body part references and a reference to hopes for their short lifespan, when discussing anti-gay activists. I see them as no better than the Klansmen of old who justified their racism with screwy bible references.

        Anyway, good on you Hilah, your a legend.

        • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

          Ha! Thanks, Shane. I guess I’m trying to catch flies with honey or something? 🙂

      • Erica on July 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        I only saw one person in the comment above being called an idiot and a bigot. If any group was implied then it was CFA. I’m a Christian and I certainly didn’t feel like I was being called an idiot and a bigot… but then again perhaps that is because I know that I’m not.

        Bigotry is an effect of fear and, more importantly IMHO, a lack of understanding. To call someone an idiot may be insulting, but using it was still accurate. Anyone offended or feeling alienated at being accurately insulted is just whining.

        • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

          Thanks, Erica. I agree that fear and misunderstanding are all reasons behind bigotry. Lack of empathy also contributes, I think.

    • Lara on July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I have several Muslim friends and acquaintances, some of whom live in North Africa or Saudi Arabia, but many of whom are American or Canadian. I’ve had numerous discussions about homosexuality with both conservative Muslims and conservative Christians. On the whole, I’ve found Muslims to be very intellectually curious about the issue, highly literate about their religious texts and open to discussing different interpretations, and very warm, civil and polite even when they disagree with me. So, just as we shouldn’t generalize about Christians, let’s not generalize about Muslims, either. Incidentally, there are plenty of both gay Christians and gay Muslims, whom I know personally.

  39. Robert Prather on July 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hilah — Thanks for this! I’m a gay guy who’s just getting into cooking and I’m so glad I found your site. 🙂

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Perfect timing, Robert! I think you’ll get a lot out of the site. Lots of beginner recipes. 🙂

  40. Mike on July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    How amazing, that looks so good, never eaten at chick–fil-A. this sounds amazing, and being a gay man i won’t eat there, i will for sure try your Chick-Fil-Gay sandwich, kudos to you for caring about your gay friends and supporting them.. you are amazing

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Mike!
      Well, this tastes pretty much exactly like the real thing, so you won’t have to wonder what you’re missing. Haha 😉 Thanks for writing.

  41. Great Stone Face on July 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Interesting forum for this debate.

    I am a Bible-follower as well. There are at least 614 commandments in it. I suppose a strict adherent will follow all of them — and stone to death disobedient sons and adulterers. The prohibition against homosexuality in Levitucus is close by the prohibition against tattoos. (The New Testament says nothing about homosexuality.) If you don’t follow every commandment, the must be a reason why you follow one and not another. Do you follow every commandment? If not, which do you ignore and which do you follow — and why do you so so? If you discriminate against gay people, but not equally against adulterers, tattooed persons, and disobedient sons, what is your Biblical justification? Or is your justification non-Biblical?

    • Erica on July 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      I always answer this argument with Matthew 22:34-40. This tells the part where the Pharisees ask Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Basically, the most important thing was to love God with all your heart. The second was to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. After that, everything else falls into place.

  42. Sean on July 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Love that this is making rounds on the Internet! Definitely going to try it. Love their chicken, hate their philosophy.

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Sean!

  43. Darrien on July 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Hilah, I’m in the UK and have never eaten a Chick-Fil-A (and based on the company’s reputation, never would on my USA visits). However, I’d always wanted to know why people raved about them. I tried your recipe tonight (your video has been posted all over the place) and the result was great. It’s a superb recipe, so thank you for creating it and then posting it.
    I’ve been nosing round your site and I can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes. They’ve really got my imagination – and cooking juices – flowing (I read the key lime pie recipe and turned into Homer Simpson).
    Thank you, once again. Apart from the excellent reasons you posted this recipe, the sheer quality of the end result shows you’re a class act with impeccable taste (yeah, both meanings).

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Hello Darrien!
      I’m so happy to hear the CFG exceeded your expectations! Hope you do try some other recipes and let me know how they go.
      Thanks so much for writing and for perusing the rest of the site. If we ever make it to the UK, you know I’m looking you up! 🙂

  44. greg on July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    So I made nuggets for lunch 🙂 this recipe is great!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Yes! Awesome. Thanks for writing, Greg!

  45. babalooga on July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    i find i odd that the church after sooo long alowed us to eat meat on friday. they changed that rule so why not others? so when i eat my chickfilgay on a friday i will think of ….
    smiles from germany

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Haha! Great point there. Thanks for writing! 🙂

  46. Isaac James on July 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Listen. I made this for 2 lesbians and my boyfriend [all of whom have given up eating chick-fil-a]. We LOVED this recipe. It was so easy and I was shocked at how good it was. My suggestion is to put the chicken in a large ziplock back to pound. That way the juices don’t leak anywhere! I cant wait to eat this again. You have a new fan!

    • Hilah on July 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you, Isaac! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me to hear! I love people who cook for their friends.

      Thanks for the ziplock bag tip – err, it’s probably a smidge more sanitary than my dumbo way. 🙂

  47. Max on July 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I followed your recipe exactly to cook a celebration dinner for my partner (we both love CFA but can’t give them our money, of course), and it was a HUGE success! Thank you so much! I documented the whole thing at (, so if you want to nerd out and see the pictures, please feel free! Again, thanks for this–you made two Southern boys very happy!

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Omigaw! Thanks, Max! I just checked it out and read the comments and I LOVE the steaming idea that one of your friends had. I was telling Chris when we were testing that I thought it needed to be… not soggy, but not as crisp. Brilliant idea! And your pictures look great!

  48. Chrislabeard on July 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Can’t wait to try this, bookmarked.

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:34 am


  49. Mike on July 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I am brand new to your site and can hardly wait to make this one! I cannot in good conscience ever step foot in Chick fil a again. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Hi Mike! I’m glad you found me. Thanks for writing. Hope you like the recipe!

  50. Coyote on July 19, 2012 at 12:42 am

    This makes me _so_ happy! Thank you so much for sharing.

    The pickle juice idea is excellent! I probably would never have thought of that, but what a great idea! Dahling, you are mahvelous.

    • Matthew on January 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks for the recipe. I am a Christian, I don’t hate “gays” nor do any of the Christians I know. We disagree with the practice of same sex acts, but we still love the person, and respect who they are. I am sorry you feel hated, or are hated by some. You certainly are not hated by all.

  51. Josh on July 19, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Holy cow! (Or should I say holy chicken? LOL)

    This looks and sounds so yummy!!!

    I hadn’t even heard of Chick-Fil-A until I saw the parody video by Willam from RuPaul’s Drag Race. I live in the Twin Cities and there is apparently only one CFA location here. Now that I know of them and what they stand for I will never eat there but I am glad I heard of them because it lead me to your website and your “Chick-Fil-Gay Sandwich” looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it and try it!

    Thank you so much! 😉

  52. jerk on July 19, 2012 at 6:09 am

    hey guess what? i reported you to the company who’s name you are ripping off and injecting your homosexual agenda into!

    put that in your humble pie and eat up!

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Sounds good, Jerk!

      • Dusty Alan on July 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Thank you for contributing to the “Homosexual agenda,” Hilah! I was really getting tired of going to work, going home, making dinner, gardening and going to bed, just to start all over again. ;-D

        • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          I know you were, Dusty. That’s why I had to shake things up with a chicken sandwich! 😉

    • Jess on July 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

      And what exactly did you “report” her for? She’s not doing anything illegal LOL. She came up with a recipe and is sharing it for free with everyone. She’s not using their name on it so they can’t really do anything about it. Seriously, get a freaking life.

  53. Anna Marie on July 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I had to go gluten free 8 years ago and haven’t really had a good chicken sandwich since. This will be super easy to make gluten free, I already know which flour I’m going to use. Thank you!

    • Meredith on July 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

      As someone who is a queer gluten-free person, I am with you! YAY! We can have chicken sandwiches that taste good (because I do miss the CFA ones) AND not support bigotry and hate.

  54. Jenny Jacobs on July 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I cannot wait to try this! Literally, making it right after this post. Now I can have a taste of home and none of this discriminatory nonsense =) Much love from London!

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Jenny! You’ve probably already made it by now! Hope you liked it. 🙂 Thanks for writing. xoxo

  55. Marco on July 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Ah so good! As a gay man from the South, this was awesome!!!! I used whole wheat buns just to make it a little healthier 🙂 Also, I couldn’t help but sing “I’m gonna toast my buns, I’m gonna toast my buns” over and over again to myself…

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Yay, Marco! Sounds like you had a great time in the kitchen. I like to sing while I’m cooking, too. Thanks for writing and I’m so happy you approve of the recipe!

  56. Cosmos Human on July 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Can I eliminate the sugar? As I watch carefully what i eat, I’m going to try to oven “fry” this?

    I just found out about your website from The Consumerist. I’m subscribing now!

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Hi! I think you could. Obviously it won’t taste quite the same, but it should cook up the same… oh, except you’re baking it, too. 😉
      Let us know how it goes! Glad you found me.

  57. Erica on July 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    So… I pinned this… it seems a *whole* lotta peeps out there had the same idea. When I clicked on the “Also from” link, I found oodles of pictures of your chicken sandwich… hopefully there will soon be oodles of pictures of your nuggets 😉

    You did a great thing here. A truly great thing.

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Erica! Thanks for “pinning”! This might be the first thing of mine that’s ever been pinned! Uh, I mean… besides by myself or my boyfriend. 😉
      Good to hear from you. Hope you like the recipe!

  58. Ken Howard, LCSW on July 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I am a gay-affirmative psychotherapist in Los Angeles who specializes in working with gay men. I’m also a strong gay community advocate. With my clients, I often do what’s called Behavioral Therapy. In Behavioral Therapy, to stop one behavior (such as patronizing Chick-Fil-A), you need to substitute another behavior. It is remarkably effective. Thank you so much for giving folks a “behavioral alternative” to giving money to hate organizations, while still preserving their love for chicken sandwiches (which I love, too, by the way). This is a good tip for cooking and for life — instead of using ingredients that are bad for you (like MSG), just use spices that are often actually GOOD for you. In life, if you have a bad habit, try substituting something else for it. Your brain will gravitate to the “new” behavior and forget all about the old one. This is all… FOOD FOR THOUGHT. 🙂

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Hi, Ken! I like your take on this. And your pun. 😉 Thanks for writing!

  59. emily on July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    This is so fantastic. I have actually never had Chick-fil-A and never will unless they shift towards the bright side of human rights/equality. However, I will most definitely try your copy cat recipe and I am sharing your video on Facebook/Twitter now. Thanks!

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you Emily! I think you’ll like this if you like chicken and fried things – and pretty much everyone does, right? 😉 Thanks for writing and for sharing with your friends!

  60. Gregrhi on July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    You are funny as hell and as instructional videos go you’re really fun to listen to. I look forward to making this tomorrow. I also agree with and love your idea of siding with your friends over a corporation that hates them! Good on ya!!

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Gregrhi! Glad you like the videos… and think I’m funny. *blush*
      Hope you like the CFG, too!

  61. Navras on July 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Oh man, this sounds great! I’m going to fry up a whole cornish hen this way 🙂 you should totally figure out their chocolate chip cookie recipe they just started using… I hate going there but I love their cookies so so much 🙁

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Hi Navras! Are you SERIOUS?!? For real, if you do that, PLEASE post a picture somewhere.
      And damn… I’ve had so many requests for their Polynesian sauce and waffle fries, I didn’t even THINK of the cookies! Looks like I got my work cut out for me. 🙂

  62. Kelly Robinson on July 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Hilah, you just made a grown man cry. This afternoon I went to my favorites CFA in Atlanta GA, where I usually eat lunch 3-4 times a week. I told them I would not be back and that I will not support a restaurant that spreads hate and supports discrimination. I was so sad all day, until I came home a saw your Chick-Fil-Gay video online. I swear you made me cry tears of joy. I madeChik-Fil-Gay sandwiches for dinner tonight and I’m taking the left overs to work for lunch tomorrow to share at the office. Any tips on Waffle Fries and coleslaw? LOL

    Thank you, I LOVE YOU!

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Oh, Kelly, you almost made a grown woman cry with your story! Good for you for telling them why you’re leaving. That took a lot of guts.
      I hope you find this a satisfactory substitute. I’ll get to work on that coleslaw breakdown! 😉

  63. Kathy McC on July 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I love these sandwiches (with extra pickles!) but I can’t justify eating there anymore, so this is the perfect solution! I might try it to make nuggets for my boys, too! 🙂

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Hi Kathy! I think you and your boys will like this copycat. I haven’t tried making nuggets myself, but several people in the comments have said it works just great. Have fun!

  64. Doug on July 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I am so glad I saw the post about this recipe on Gawker, because that led me to the rest of your videos–absolutely hilarious AND informative; a perfect blend! I got inspired and finally bought the cast iron skillet I’ve been waiting to get, now that I’ve found the perfect tutorial on seasoning it, and can’t wait to try many of your recipes, including this one! Thanks for being AWESOME.

    • Hilah on July 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Hi Doug! I’m so glad you found me, too!
      Have fun cooking with your cast iron. It’ll be a little awkward at first probably, but once it gets going you’ll never cook without it. And, actually, frying stuff in it is a great way to get it well-seasoned. 🙂

  65. Airren on July 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Hi Hilah! Just wanted to drop in and comment on how awesome you are for getting this recipe together. You’re all over the innernets now and for all the right reasons! I cannot wait to make the Chick-fil-Gay! Also, your Roku channel is super great – I can’t wait to watch them all. :::high five!:::