Hello! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ My, it has been far too long since I shared a food post on my blog! I am excited to be revamping this category on Dreaming of Guatemala today by writing about a dinner I made recently that was a ton of fun to put together.
*drum roll* I recreated one of my favorite meals from Chick-fil-A!! 😀 ❤ I made chicken nuggets and the Chick-fil-A Sauce (click here for the recipe to both), lemonade (click here), and waffle fries (store-bought).
I followed this recipe as closely as I could, but I did make some changes, so how my meal turned out wasn’t exactly according to the recipes. For example, I used vegetable oil instead of peanut oil for frying the chicken nuggets because I didn’t want to invest in a $13 bottle of peanut oil, haha! And I used store-bought lemon juice instead of freshly-squeezed lemons for the lemonade because I was feeling a little lazy. xD
It was important for me to know which day I was going to be making this meal for dinner, because you have to let the chicken marinate in pickle juice for at least four hours prior to cooking it! It was quite an interesting experience siphoning the pickle juice out of the pickle jar into a bag, and then getting all the chicken in there with it haha
Once it got closer to dinnertime, I made the lemonade and began chilling it in the freezer, put the waffle fries in the oven, and then began preparing the chicken for frying. (I got some prep photos of all this, but either the lighting was bad or the food looked gross, so I’ll spare you lol.)
I loved using my mom’s new(ish) pan for frying the chicken! I was able to do it all at once instead of being forced to do a bit at a time, which I’ve done in the past for other recipes that took up too much pan space.
Final Verdict: I’d rate this meal 3/5 stars. I didn’t add enough sugar to the lemonade (whoops), the fries were a little overcooked (whoops), the chicken was really missing that peanut oil flavor (whoops), and the CFA sauce turned out perfectly (hooray!). As you can see, I’m a cook-in-training, so I’m totally fine with this meal! It was palatable, but it didn’t taste very much like Chick-fil-A, which is what I was hoping for.
I wouldn’t recommend making these recipes the way I did. Freshly-squeezed lemons and peanut oil are essentials, apparently, haha! However, I would still highly recommend that you make the CFA sauce! It was extremely easy and it tastes exactly like the sauce you get at the restaurant – all of my family members can verify this!
Above, you can see the exact ingredients that I used to attain the right flavor. The recipe I followed (basically for the measurements lol) called for a different barbecue sauce and honey mustard which had ingredients in it that don’t match Chick-fil-A’s ingredient list. I thought that was weird, so my mom helped me find alternatives that more closely matched CFA’s, and it worked! (Thanks, Mom!)
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this post has inspired you to potentially make a meal like this for yourself. It was so exciting to have our kitchen smelling like we’d gone to Chick-fil-A, even though I was just using various ingredients we have at home! The sauce was a huge hit for me and my family, and I’m looking forward to making this recipe again and perfecting it.