Wednesday, January 30, 2013

{clean} Chick-fil-A Sandwich

We love Chick-fil-A! Or should I say, we used to love Chick-fil-A.  We don't go there anymore. Every since I ate a sandwich about a year ago, came home and looked  at the ingredients I stopped. 

Chick-fil-A Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Ingredients: Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1).

After seeing a post on Food Babe regarding a clean version of Chick-fil-A, I was beyond excited!  I had never attempted it before because I didn't have cooling rack to use to make them crispy in the oven.  BUT, I do now! Here's what I bought: Wilton Three Tier Cooling Rack. They are great and make baked fries extra crispy too! WHY did I wait so long??? And they were only $9.99!  A must have in your kitchen.

This recipe is awesome! Beyond awesome. I will be making it again and again. It turned out so crispy in the oven on the racks.
AND it does taste like 

Chick-fil-A Sandwich

  • 2 chicken breasts equaling about 1 pound
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • 12 pickle slices
  • 3 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup flour of your choice (I used spelt)
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 sprouted whole wheat hamburger buns or buns of your choice
  • 1 tbsp butter
***All ingredients organic, except breadsmith buns shown below***



About 4 hours before or the day before – Cut chicken breasts in half making 4 similar size pieces
With a meat tenderizer or small hammer pound the chicken to ½ inch thick
Sprinkle salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp paprika to both sides of chicken
Place chicken in 1 cup pickle juice and let marinate for at least 4 hours to one day prior to baking

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place pickle slices in vinegar and let marinate while you prep the chicken
  3. In a bowl, combine and stir flours, sugar, baking soda, 1 tsp paprika, dry mustard and set aside
  4. In another bowl, whisk egg and almond milk together
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and dredge one piece of chicken at a time in egg bath, ensuring each side is wet and dredge in flour mixture coating each side. Place each flour coated chicken piece on a wire rack with pan on bottom
  6. Spray each piece liberally with olive oil covering both sides
  7. Place tray of chicken in oven
  8. After 12 mins, turn each piece of chicken over mid way through baking
  9. After about 25 mins – 30 mins, chicken should be completely cooked and crispy
  10. Take out of the oven and let rest at least 5 mins
  11. While chicken is resting, butter buns and place in oven for 3-5 mins
  12. Take buns out of oven, place 3 pickles on bottom bun and chicken on top and ENJOY!
For detailed pictures go to: Chick-fil-A: Now open on Sunday

CF NOTES:  I get my pickles at Trader Joe's and slice the mini pickles into slices or at Earth Fare. It's not easy finding clean pickles!  We also added Tabasco sauce to our sandwiches before eating them.  I used "rolls" from Earth Fare and decided to make mini sandwiches. I was running out of time and figured these had to be better than the stuff I would find full of trans fats in the other grocery store aisles. We may just splurge on these rolls for this recipe each time we make it! You could easily make this recipe as chicken nuggets, chicken strips, or maybe even fish! Make sure you get every inch of the chicken sprayed with olive oil spray.  Also, I took cane sugar in the vitamix and within seconds I had powdered sugar. I do not marinate my pickles.

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