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Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich (But Better)

And we thought they were unbeatable. This is the juiciest crispiest homemade fried chicken sandwich you may ever eat. Stacked tall with...

And we thought they were unbeatable. This is the juiciest crispiest homemade fried chicken sandwich you may ever eat. Stacked tall with thick-cut homemade dill pickles with a secret ingredient. It's all good things homies.



For Dough:

  • 1/2 cup (120g) whole milk @ 95f (30c)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons (9g) instant yeast

  • 3.5 cups (320g) Bread flour

  • 1 teaspoon (7g) fine sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 whole egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

For Egg Wash:

  • 1 whole egg

  • Splash of whole milk


  • English cucumbers, cut into thick coins

  • 1.5 cups (360ml) distilled vinegar

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) water

  • 1 Tbsp (15g) salt

  • 1 Tbsp (15g) sugar

  • 2 tsp (9g) MSG

  • 2-4 sprigs dill

  • 2 cloves garlic crushed (add after the liquid has cooled moderately)


  • 4 chicken thighs (same as nugget recipe)

  • 3 Tbsp (40g) kosher salt

  • 1 Tbsp (14g) sugar

  • 2 tsp (9g) MSG

  • Season and cure overnight

Breading and wash:

  • 1 cup (240ml) milk

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 Tbsp (15g) kosher salt

  • 2 tsp (9g) MSG

  • 1 Tbsp (14g) powdered sugar

  • 1 Tbsp (12g) ground white pepper

  • 2 Tbsp (20g) garlic powder

  • 1 Tbsp (14g) smoked paprika

Mustard Mayo Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (120g) mayo

  • 1/2 cup (118g) whole grain mustard

  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. To make the buns, get a small container and add ½ cup of water and ½ cup of lukewarm milk and dissolve in 2 ½ teaspoons of instant yeast.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 3 ½ cups of bread flour, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of fine sea salt. Place in your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment and begin mixing. Add in 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil followed by your milk mixture one egg yolk and one whole egg. Let that mix until you get a smooth dough.

  3. Pop it out of the bowl and shape it into a light bulb. Toss it into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for one hour. Simply punch it down, divide and shape it into six evenly sized balls.

  4. Place your dough balls onto a baking sheet, cover, and let it proof for 30 minutes. Finally, give them a light brush of egg wash and place in a 375-degree oven for 15 minutes.

  5. Pull them out and brush them with melted butter.

  6. To make the pickles, take one English cucumber and cut it into ½ inch thick coins. Place them in a 1-quart mason jar.

  7. Separately, in a medium saucepan, add 1 ½ cups of distilled vinegar, ¾ of a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of MSG. Boil over high heat, and as soon as it reaches a boil, take it off the heat and pour it over your cucumbers. Let it sit for one minute then add in 2 cloves of crushed and roughly chopped garlic, 2-3 sprigs of dill and let it sit at room temperature until they’re completely cooled.

  8. For your chicken, start with a small bowl and add in 3 tablespoons of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of MSG.

  9. Using a boneless skinless chicken thigh, season your chicken generously with your cure mixture on both sides. Place your chicken on a small tray or in an airtight container covered with plastic wrap or lid and let them cure in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  10. To fry your chicken, get yourself a 6-7 quart dutch oven and fill it up with about 2 ½ inches of vegetable oil. Heat your oil up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  11. To prepare your breading station, in a medium bowl combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons of MSG, 2 teaspoons of ground white pepper, and 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.

  12. For the chicken wash, take a separate bowl and crack two eggs and whisk them together. Whisk in 1 cup of whole milk and any remaining cure seasoning that you did not use.

  13. Lightly dust a small baking sheet with your flour dredge. Dunk a piece of chicken in the milk mixture, then drop into the flour dredge; pressing the flour into the chicken. Once that’s coated, shake off the excess flour and place it on your sheet. Repeat with the rest of your chicken.

  14. Once your oil is to temp, simply drop your chicken in 1-2 pieces at a time and let them fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove your chicken using a spider and set it on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of your chicken.

  15. For assembly, create your mustard by combining ½ cup of mayo, ½ cup of whole-grain mustard, and a touch of salt and pepper.

  16. Take a bun and slice it in half. Butter both pieces of bread and roast them in a pan. Place a small layer of sauce on your bottom bun and place your pickle rounds. Add your chicken thigh and top with your bun.


Someguy Anonymous
Someguy Anonymous
Apr 09

Dude just include metric in these.. you already calculated it for your videos.. why do you then only put them in cups (europeans dont know what cups are - cups have different sizes over here) and fahrenheit only for the oven - it would take you two seconds to include the celcius...


Brian Ashe
Brian Ashe
Aug 11, 2023

It would be nice if mister JW would take the stand and testify.

What say you?


Apr 21, 2023

Bro are you doing your conversions correctly? The recipe says to use 2 cups of flour and says its equivalent to 300g, but the Pillsbury AP label says its 31g per 1/4 cup AKA 124g per cup of flour. In other words 2 cups of flour is 248g, not 300g of flour. Walmart's GV All Purpose flour also has similar measurements on their nutrition label. Long story short my chicken came out super F- Salty when I used your measurements in Grams.

Justin Tutterow
Justin Tutterow
May 29, 2023
Replying to

You most likely left it in the dry brine too long.


Noah Branstrom
Noah Branstrom
Nov 27, 2022

Hey Joshua! I just wanted to put this somewhere, I think your content is amazing and your food looks delicious! Keep up the great work, I get to be a kid who gets to learn more and more stuff from each video/recipe, as well as what kitchenware I should get to make these dishes! there's been a lot of negative comments here, but I really do think it's just because people either don't have the correct equipment, or the competency to grasp the idea of making food. I look forward to making more food for my family from here, providing for my parents and siblings in such a way to make them smile around the table is a gift, thank…


Morgan Ware
Morgan Ware
May 01, 2022

first- i think you're great and i can't stop watching the shiz. thanks for great content. in relation to THIS recipe.... i was stoked to make the pickles and i did...but didn't have msg and my local heb didn't have it either. i made them anyway and they were great. ordered the msg on amazon and made the pickles WITH it and..........meh. out of curiosity----answer appreciated from anyone---- what is it that MSG is supposed to contribute?


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