Published July 30, 2012
For better or worse, we've been hearing a lot about Chick-fil-A these days. No matter where you come down on gay marriage, the Atlanta-based fast food chain does make a darn good chicken sandwich.
The folks at Serious Eats went into their test kitchen to try and make Chick-fil-A's signature chicken sandwich at home. The good news is that it's fairly simple: it's just about getting the chicken seasoning just right.
Here's what you're going to need:
1. Bun: Arnold Hamburger Rolls. You need a bun that is soft and slightly sweet, like Wonderbread.
2. Pickles: Vlasic Ovals Hamburger Dill Chips, which have a larger surface area and the same salty-vinegary-garlicky flavor.
3. Chicken breasts: Chick-fil-A uses an entire chicken breast half for their creations, but Serious Eates notes that you'll have to cut your standard (massive) 8-ounce supermarket chicken breasts in half horizontally to get it right size.
4. Seasoning: Turns out the seasoned flour mix to dredge your chicken breast before deep-frying, is not exactly a state secret. Chick-fil-A lists their ingredients on their website. But the hard part is recreating the "spices" part. After a little of this and less of that, Serious Eats found the perfect combination that gets it close to that sweet-salty-savory-hot balance: Salt, sugar, MSG, black pepper, cayenne, and paprika.
5. Milk wash: This is pretty much your standard egg and milk.
6. Peanut oil for frying.
If you're a stickler for getting it just right, you may have to buy yourself a pressure fryer.