Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
For the Marinade:
4 small-medium organic chicken breast
1/2 cup dill pickle juice
1/3 cup cold water
For the Coating:
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For the Chick-fil-A Special Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoon smoky barbecue sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Sandwich:
4 standard size hamburger buns, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
Dill pickle slices
peanut oil, for frying
For the Marinate: Place the pickle juice and water in a shallow glass dish. Add the chicken breast and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes rotating once.
For the Coating: In a small another mixing bowl add the milk and egg and blend well. Set aside.
In a larger mixing bowl add the flour, confectioners’ sugar, baking powder, paprika, black pepper, chili powder and salt. Mix well and set aside for later.
For the Special Sauce: In another small mixing bowl (or glass jar) add the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, yellow mustard, barbecue sauce, honey, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Mix to blend and refrigerate until needed.
In a medium saucepan add about 2 cups peanut oil and place over a medium high flame. Using an instant read thermometer, heat oil to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set near your work station.
While the oil is heating, coat the chicken. Working one piece at a time, remove the chicken from the marinade and dredge the chicken breast completely in the egg mixture. Next coat the chicken in the flour-mixture. Now take the coasted chicken and dredge it again the in the egg-milk mixture followed by the flour mixture for a double dipped coating. Place the coated chicken on a dinner plate and reserve. Now repeat this process with the remaining pieces of chicken until all pieces of chicken are coated.
Once the oil has reached the desired temperature, carefully place the chicken, 2 pieces at a time, into the in hot oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side depending on the size of your chicken breasts. Using tongs, carefully remove the cooked chicken and place on the to paper towel lined baking sheet. Repeat this process with the additional chicken.
Assemble the Sandwich: Lightly toast and butter the sandwich buns. Place a generous dollop of Chick-fil-A special sauce on the toasted bun and spread evenly. Top with lettuce, tomato, chicken and dill pickles. Serve immediately.