Homemade Chick-fil-A – Now Open on Sunday!

After the ruckus I caused a few weeks ago by posting the ~100 ingredients in a Chick-fil-A sandwich on my Facebook Page and writing an article entitled “Chick-fil-A or Chemical-fil-A” about the harmful effects of those ingredients….I did some thinking about one particular comment I received regarding how someone didn’t want to give up Chick-fil-A because they had already given up so many other food vices in their life.

I wish all harmful food came with a warning sign like this
The infamous list of ingredients – a toxic waste dump of chemicals.

I wanted to expose Chick-fil-A because I find it atrocious that companies can legally feed you a combination of chemicals that are known to have disastrous effects on your health. I find it even more disturbing when very smart people are easily fooled into thinking something may be a healthier option because of misleading marketing.

Well I am here to tell you – You can have your Chick-fil-A and eat it too! Even on Sunday!  All without any life threatening chemicals….

You don’t have to go in life without – I really think you can have it all – especially if you have the right tools and information to navigate through the food world. As a firm believer of this statement…..I found a way to make a Chick-fil-A sandwich with the least possible harm to your body.

This Chick-Fil-A sandwich won’t give you a sugar high. Or destroy your brain cells from MSG. Or give you toxin induced sluggishness after you eat it. Or more cravings for food even though you are full. Or cause you life long struggles with autoimmune disorders, diabetes, or heart disease.

IMO, this recipe isn’t the best thing you can put in your body, but it won’t slowly kill you overtime either.

So if you really are craving Chick-fil-A and don’t want to give it up – Make my “Open on Sunday Sandwich.” It takes a total of less than 30 mins to prepare.  It takes more time to drive to Chick-fil-A than to make this sandwich.

And the best part – It tastes very close to the real thing. Pretty amazing, huh?

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Food Babe’s Open on Sunday Sandwich
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Serves: 4
  • 2 chicken breasts equaling about 1 pound
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ 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
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 4 sprouted whole wheat hamburger buns or buns of your choice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Marinating:
  2. About 4 hours before or the day before – Cut chicken breasts in half making 4 similar size pieces
  3. With a meat tenderizer or small hammer pound the chicken to ½ inch thick
  4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and ½ tsp paprika to both sides of chicken
  5. Place chicken in 1 cup pickle juice and let marinate for at least 4 hours to one day prior to baking
  6. Baking:
  7. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  8. Place pickle slices in vinegar and let marinate while you prep the chicken
  9. In a bowl, combine and stir flours, sugar, baking soda, 1 tsp paprika, dry mustard and set aside
  10. In another bowl, whisk egg and almond milk together
  11. 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 sidePlace each flour coated chicken piece on a wire rack with pan on bottom
  12. Spray each piece liberally with olive oil covering both sides
  13. Place tray of chicken in oven
  14. After 12 mins, turn each piece of chicken over mid way through baking
  15. After about 25 mins – 30 mins, chicken should be completely cooked and crispy
  16. Take out of the oven and let rest at least 5 mins
  17. While chicken is resting, butter buns and place in oven for 3-5 mins
  18. Take buns out of oven, place 3 pickles on bottom bun and chicken on top and ENJOY!
Serve with a nice large cabbage salad or steamed broccoli (If you really want fries, I suggest baked sweet potato fries) Try to use all organic ingredients


Start with 2 organic chicken breasts, wash with cold water and cut each one in half before pounding.
I place the chicken in a ziploc bag before pounding – This technique tenderizes the meat and allows for flavor to get in quicker
These pickles have no chemicals and are certified organic. One jar serves double duty – I used the pickle juice from this jar to marinate the chicken breasts and the pickle slices for the sandwiches.


Marinated chicken in pickle juice, ready to go in the fridge for several hours
My dredging station is ready to go! Time to dip the chicken in egg mixture then flour…..


I use a pan and wire rack like this for baking – This allows the air to circulate underneath, making the chicken crispy instead of soggy.  When you fry food, it destroys the nutrients like an atom bomb, baking is a much better option.
Dredge chicken in egg mixture first, then the flour
Place flour coated chicken on rack
So excited to see how this is going to turn out….
Spray each side of flour coated chicken with olive oil, coating each crevice
Place chicken in oven
Chicken cooling on rack
If you really like white flour buns – pick ones with just the minimal ingredients, no harmful additives and organic if possible.
This is my favorite type of hamburger bun – it has no flour!  The best part – They stay fresh in the freezer up to three months.
Moment of Truth….. This was my husband’s sandwich on plain flour bun made with organic flour. OMG – It tasted just like Chick-fil-A….. It really did. We were in huge disbelief. I jumped up for joy – screaming – “We can have chemical free Chick-fil-A on Sunday!!!”
We both hadn’t had Chick-fil-A in years… but who forgets the taste?! I used my favorite sprouted bread and it tasted just as good…

Watch me make this live on NBC’s Charlotte Today:

If you know a friend or family member who still frequents Chick-fil-A – please share this recipe with them, you could be a life saver!


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293 Responses to “Homemade Chick-fil-A – Now Open on Sunday!”

  1. Danielle

    We make our own pickles at home and use a homemade brine. That’s a great idea for pickle juice!

  2. Leslie

    I just tried these last night and was SO fulfilled! I used Sonoma Brinery koshers that I sliced up, Rudi’s organic WW buns and grassfed whole milk instead of almond. My one comment would be that the breading stuck to the rack when baking so I’d probably grease the rack next time (and there WILL be a next time!). Any other suggestions would be great! I bet this same chicken preparation would be great to emulate their nuggets too.

  3. Leslie

    One more thing – I served with THESE baked onion ‘rings’ that I found from Inspiralized.com. YUMMERS!!

  4. Tara

    These are wonderful! My whole family loves them. However, even though I spray them liberally, they still stick to the wire rack. I also tried spraying the wire rack, but all the breading comes off the one side. Any ideas?

    • amy (to Tara)

      This happened to me tonight too! (all breading came off!) I followed the directions. It’s strange, because it didn’t happen the first time I made these. Did you figure out any tricks to make the breading stay on when you flip them?

    • Tara (to Tara)

      No, still have not figured out how to keep them from sticking to the wire rack. Hoping someone might figure it out. Just had a thought though….maybe wait a little longer to flip after it’s had a chance to crisp/dry up a little more. Worth trying.

      • Chuck (to Tara)

        Rub the rack with oil before placing chicken on. Oil stops it from sticking to the metal.

  5. DeAnna

    Great recipe. My boys LOVED them.

  6. Diane

    I made this the other night for my husband and myself. It sounded interesting. Little did I know his picky sisters would show up. Not only did they love the taste but they asked me to make it again when they come over. You can taste the pickel juice on the chicken but its not overwelming. Try this recipe. You wont be disapointed.

  7. Jerry

    It’s amazing that millions of people enjoy Chick fil’ A products six days a week and do just fine. You people have no idea what you are talking about when you trash every successful business venture in the USA. You make me sick.

    • A Mom (to Jerry)

      Just a guess Jerry, but maybe it’s the chik fil a making you sick? Anyway, I’m going to try this for my kids. They love chik fil a (so do I) but there’s too much garbage in it.

  8. Josh

    While I love tgat you are exposing a company like Chik Fil A fir bring the poison merchants they are, I want to point out that your suggestion for using an olive oil spray for high heat cooking is a bad idea. The chemical reaction that occurs when heating olive oil causes a reaction that releases known carcinogens into the food you then consume. There are many healthier high heat alternatives that don’t come in an aerosol spray(use a brush, do we really need our oil in a can??!?!) like rice bran oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, or coconut oil. All have a clean taste and are healthier than EVOO. Just thought you should be aware…

    • Chuck (to Josh)

      Maybe the oil isn’t in an areosol spray. They could have it in a pump sprayer. I am glad you shared about the dangers of using a areosol at high temp.

      • Josh (to Chuck)

        Hi chuck. The danger isn’t in the aerosol, aerosol is just environmentally bad. The danger is in olive oil being burned while using it to fry at high heat. It changes the chemical structure as I stated. Just FYI. Pump “aerosols” are a great idea!

  9. Craig

    I would like to try this recipe – we like to bake our chicken instead of fry anyway.
    BUT, the bit about BUTANE bothers me. I’m a chemistry teacher. Butane is a toxic gas (not nearly as toxic as ammonia or fumes from bleach; and, salt and water are toxic, too, in large enough quantities); you wouldn’t want to routinely sniff the gas from a butane lighter – but I wouldn’t call it “highly toxic.” Butane is not found in TBHQ – true, it contains a four-carbon (butyl/butane) subunit in its structure – but so do leucine and isoleucine, essential dietary amino acids found in all protein. It takes relatively a lot of TBHQ to be toxic – the low levels allowed in foods have actually been found to work as an ANTIcancer agent. It is an antioxidant – and we all know how important those are in our diets.
    I appreciate your efforts at providing healthy alternatives to fast food – keep up the good work


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