Chick-fil-A Alternative: DIY Fried Chicken Sandwiches at Home

You can make this Chick-fil-A-Copycat fried chicken sandwich at home, thanks to hilahcooking.com.Chick-fil-A fans have been tearfully vowing to stop eating at the fast food chain since the privately owned company's president, Dan Cathy, told a religious newspaper that he and his company are against gay marriage.

"Guilty as charged," Cathy said. "We are very much supportive of the family--the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

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"We know that it might not be popular with everyone," he added, "but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

Cathy's stance has sparked a debate about what constitutes "Biblical principles" -- ("No women will be hired, he will use slave labor, no shellfish on the menu, uniforms cannot be cotton-poly blends, women will not be served unless in the company of a man... you mean those biblical principals?" quipped a commenter at The Advocate) -- and led a few people to point out that the Bible has references to eight different kinds of family, including polygamy and concubines.

Even The Muppets have opted to sever ties with the restaurant chain. "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors," the company said in a statement via Facebook. "Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD." And Boston Mayor Thomas Menino jumped into the fray, urging the chicken sandwich purveyors to stay out of Boston.

Still, amid all of the social-media backlash, many Chick-fil-A fans are saying they'll support the company even more now that they've affirmed their Christian beliefs, while others say that they just want to get a good sandwich -- and won't be going to Chick-fil-A again. For those who want to make their own at home, online cooking show host Hilah Johnson's recipe for a DIY Chick-fil-A-esque sandwich totally fits the bill:



Hilah's Chick-fil-A Copycat

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup pickle juice (sour dill is my favorite)
Optional: 1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Optional: up to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicy sandwich
Oil for frying (about a cup)
2 toasted hamburger buns
4 dill pickle slices

Place the chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound gently with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until it's about 1/2-inch thick all around. Cut the chicken into two even pieces, and place in a bowl.

Pour pickle juice over chicken and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Add a teaspoon of Tabasco for a spicy sandwich.

Beat the egg with the milk in a bowl. Combine the flour, sugar, and spices in another bowl.

Dip the chicken pieces into egg, coating both sides, then coat in flour.

Heat the oil in a skillet until it's 345 to 350 degrees. Fry the chicken for about two minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through. Blot with paper towels and serve on toasted buns with pickle slices.

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