Chick Fil A Spicy Chicken Sandwich

No need to go to the restaurant when you can make Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwich at home with a few simple ingredients. This delicious spicy fried chicken sandwich is perfect for lunch or dinner. Add lettuce, tomato, and pepper jack cheese to make it a deluxe.

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What Makes the Chick Fil A Spicy Chicken Sandwich So Delicious? 

This Chicken fil A Spicy Chicken Sandwich recipe is the perfect combination of heat, sweet, and tang. The spiciness of the hot sauce-flavored egg wash and the tang from the pickle juice chicken marinade provides the zip, while the brioche bun offers a sweet counter-balance.

Add a shaggy breading that not only delivers an extra crunch factor but helps keep the chicken perfectly tender, and you have one darn-good spicy crispy chicken sandwich. 

Why You Should Try This Recipe 

The little bit of effort it takes to make this spicy chicken burger at home is definitely worth it once you have your first bite. If you are nervous about frying, don’t be. It’s easier than you think. Just get yourself a good deep-fry thermometer or an inexpensive deep-fryer, and you won’t have any problems.

Once you master this copycat Chick-Fil-A recipe, it’s sure to become one of your go-to recipes when you are craving fast-food restaurant-style meals at home.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich Ingredients 

For this Chick fil A Spicy Chicken Sandwich recipe, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • Dill Pickle juice
  • Whole milk
  • Hot sauce
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Brioche hamburger buns
  • Butter
  • Pickle chips

To make it a deluxe spicy chicken sandwich, you’ll need:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatosliced
  • Pepper Jack cheese slices

Peanut oil is best in this recipe for its high smoke point, but if you are concerned about allergies or other health concerns, you can use your favorite cooking oil instead.

Copycat Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwich ingredients.

Ingredient Substitutions

Instead of a white brioche bun, you can use a toasted multigrain brioche bun or whole wheat bun.

For an extra bit of flavor, you can add some garlic powder to the spice mix.

Instead of pepper jack cheese, you can use Colby-Jack cheese or Cheddar Cheese.

How to Make a Spicy Chicken Burger

To prepare the chicken:

  1. Trim any extra skin or fat from the chicken breasts. 
  2. Cut the boneless breast of chicken in half horizontally. If you use smaller chicken breasts, use four instead of two and pound them flat to ensure they cook evenly. 
  3. Marinade the chicken breasts in a covered bowl of pickle juice for about 2 hours in the fridge. 

To bread the chicken:

  1. Place two large shallow bowls and a wire rack on a rimmed cooking tray on the work surface. 
  2. Pour the milk, hot sauce, and egg into the first bowl and whisk well. 
  3. In the second bowl, stir together the flour, powdered sugar, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne.
Collage of steps for marinating chicken and making breading for Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwich.
  1. Remove the chicken pieces from the pickle juice and pat them dry on paper towels. Discard the pickle juice. 
  2. Dip one piece of chicken into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Shake off any excess and transfer the chicken to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Coat the chicken well with the flour mix and lightly shake off the excess. 
  3. Place the breaded chicken on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. 
  4. Place the baking tray with the breaded chicken in the fridge to set up while heating the oil. 

To fry the chicken:

  1. Place a clean wire rack over a rimmed cooking tray close to where you will fry the chicken. 
  2. Pour the oil for frying into a Dutch oven-style pot. Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the side of the pot. You can also use a deep-fryer for this recipe.
  3. Heat the oil to 350°F. 
  4. Remove the chicken from the fridge and carefully add one or two pieces to the hot oil. You will need to work in batches to prevent the oil temperature from falling below 325°F. 
  5. Fry the chicken for three to four minutes per side. The chicken should be golden and very crispy. 
  6. Remove the chicken from the hot oil using a spider. Use an instant-read thermometer to double-check that the interior of the chicken is at least 165 degrees. If it isn’t, put it back in the oil for a minute or two oil longer. 
  7. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. 

To assemble the chicken sandwich:

  1. Butter the buns and toast them butter-side down in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Place the breaded chicken and pickle slices on the toasted bottom bun.
  3. Cover with the top bun and serve. 
Collage of steps for breading, frying, and assembling Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwich.

For a spicy deluxe chicken sandwich:

  1. Place lettuce, sliced tomato, breaded chicken, pepper jack cheese, and pickle slices on the toasted bottom bun.
  2. Cover with the top bun and serve.
Copycat Chick Fil A deluxe spicy chicken sandwich.

What to Serve With This Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Chick-fil-A is famous for its waffle-cut fries, but regular fries will taste just as good. You can also serve the chicken burgers with onion ringscole slaw, or a salad.

Two copycat Chick Fil A spicy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

How to Store the Leftovers 

Keep any extra fried chicken patties in an airtight container in the fridge for a maximum of three days. You can freeze leftovers for up to two months in a freezer-safe bag. 

What Is the Best Way to Reheat a Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Reheating in an air fryer is ideal:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 365°F.
  2. Heat the thawed fried chicken burgers for about five minutes or until hot. 

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can reheat the chicken in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Lay the fried chicken burgers on a baking sheet and cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil. 
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil, flip the chicken patties, and cook them for five more minutes or until heated through. 
Copycat Chick Fil A deluxe spicy chicken sandwich.
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Chick Fil A Spicy Chicken Sandwich

You can make Chick-Fil-A spicy chicken sandwich at home with this easy copycat recipe.
4.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chick Fil A Recipes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 582kcal


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied
  • 2 cups pickle juice total juice from a 32-ounce jar of pickle chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • peanut oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • 8 hamburger dill pickle chips

Optional Toppings

  • 4 leaves iceberg or green leaf lettuce
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese


  • Place the chicken into a large mixing bowl with pickle juice. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Then drain the chicken and pat dry.
  • Set up a dredging station for the chicken: Beat the egg, milk, and hot sauce in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, Mix the flour, powdered sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper in another medium bowl.
  • Heat the oil to 350°F in a heavy-duty pot over medium heat.
  • Working one chicken breast at a time, dunk one butterflied chicken breast into the egg mixture and shake off any excess. Then dredge in the flour mixture, covering completely. Immediately place the chicken into the oil and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Then remove from the oil and let drain on paper towels. Repeat this process for each chicken breast. Be sure to fry each chicken breast immediately after dredging.
  • Butter the cut side of the brioche buns, and toast them cut-side down in a separate skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by placing one piece of fried chicken on each bottom bun. Add 2 pickle slices over each piece of chicken and cover with the top bun. You can also make this a deluxe sandwich by adding lettuce, tomato, and pepper jack cheese.


Make sure the oil doesn’t get too hot, or the breading will burn before the chicken cooks. Test a small piece before frying an entire breast.
This recipe works best with butterflied chicken breasts. The chicken will expand while cooking, so an entire breast may be too large to use.


Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 1348mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1051IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liz

    4 stars
    It was ok for a sandwich. I wanted the spicy chicken for the biscuits so the chicken tasting like pickles made me sad. Also mine didn’t come out red or spicy. I tripled the peppers and hot sauce and it didn’t come close to the original. I don’t know where I went wrong. Thanks for the recipe though! I appreciate it

  2. Julie

    It would be nice if the “total time” listed at the top of the recipe, included the 2 to 3 hours that is required for marinating the chicken.

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