On a cutting board, carefully slice each chicken breast horizontally to create 4 chicken cutlets.
In a medium bowl, prepare a brine: mix 3 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the water. Add the chicken, making sure to cover it in the mixture. Set the bowl aside for 1 hour.
In a small bowl, combine the paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Set the bowl aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the milk and eggs with a whisk until they are combined.
In another medium bowl, stir together the flour, milk powder, baking powder, and half of the paprika and pepper mixture you set aside.
Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar to the same medium bowl. Blend well.
Add 2 tablespoons of the milk-and-egg mixture to the flour blend. Use a fork to combine. The mixture will be slightly clumpy.
In a large skillet, heat the peanut oil over medium-high heat.
Remove the chicken from the brine. Pat the cutlets dry with a paper towel.
Season the chicken cutlets with the remaining paprika and pepper mixture.
One at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the milk-and-egg mixture. Then dredge each piece in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
Carefully place each breaded chicken cutlet into the hot peanut oil. Fry the cutlets until they are golden and crisp on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the chicken cutlets and fry them for another 4 minutes or until the cutlets reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
While the chicken is frying, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Halve the buns if necessary, and place them on a baking sheet. Toast the buns until they are light gold in color, about 3-5 minutes.
Transfer the fried chicken cutlets to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
Remove the buns from the oven. Butter each bottom bun with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 5 dill pickle chips to each bottom bun.
Place the chicken cutlets on top of the pickles and cover them with the top buns. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
If you're craving a delicious fried chicken sandwich but aren't feeling much like a road trip, you're in luck. You can create a mouthwatering Chick-fil-A sandwich from the comfort of your own home! Although this sandwich is delicious as is, you can also dress it up to suit your tastes.
Many ingredients in this copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich recipe are not suitable for all diets. However, there are substitutions available for those looking to prepare this iconic dish.
If you can't tolerate gluten, omit the milk powder from this recipe, since some milk powders may contain traces of gluten. Substitute gluten-free flour for the all-purpose flour. Swap the regular hamburger buns for a gluten-free variety such as Udi's classic hamburger buns.
If you can't tolerate dairy, omit the milk powder from this recipe. Swap the whole milk for a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk, coconut milk, or Lactaid milk. Choose an alternative butter from a brand such as Earth Balance. Beware of traces of milk in hamburger buns, and read nutrition labels carefully -- gluten-free bread products are usually safe.
These salty, juicy copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches are sure to satisfy your deepest cravings!