• Ashley McGuirk

Copy Cat Chick fila Sandwich Paleo + GF

Recently Ben and I have been on a chicken sandwich kick. I mean who doesn’t love a good fried chicken sandwich?

Anyways, I felt the need to try and make my own fried chicken sandwich while quarantined at home. However, I challenged myself to make a healthier version of chick fila’s fried chicken sandwich. I wanted to recreate a fried chicken sandwich recipe that gives paleo, gluten free and dairy free folks an option. So here you all are! I recipe tested it a few times and finally came up with the perfect recipe. This sandwich is thick, juicy and fried to a crisp- but not too crispy. When you take a bite you can taste the blend of spices throughout the crisp breading and......jeez I'm drooling just typing this. It's almost hard to believe a sandwich this good can also be good for you, but its true friends! If you're a "see it to believe it" type, then my proof is below. Just look at how golden brown and crispy this sandwich is!

The second time I made this recipe, my husband excitedly approved and ate FOUR SANDWICHES. Yes, you read that correctly. He ate four of the chicken sandwiches I made and then immediately laid on the couch and napped (talk about food coma). All I did was prepare the chicken according to my directions below and ate them on multigrain buns with lettuce, tomato and some Frank’s Red-Hot cayenne sauce. I will admit, we did have an extra packet of chick fila sauce in our fridge so Ben used that on two of his sandwiches. He asked me to recreate the chick fila sauce and I replied, “maybe one day.” For now, enjoy this easy, homemade recipe full of wholesome ingredients. Let me know what you think and I look forward to seeing your recreations!

Serving Size: 4 chicken sandwiches

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total Cook time: 45minutes

Copy Cat Chick fila Sandwich Paleo + Gluten Free

Paleo, Gluten Free +Dairy free


¾ cup dill pickle juice

2 tablespoons water

2 large organic chicken breasts cut in half, pounded down to the same thickness

2 large eggs

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup avocado oil (for frying)

for the breading

½ almond flour

½ cup arrowroot

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

optional toppings:

multigrain bun (or bun of your choice)



dill pickle chips


hot sauce

bbq sauce

chick fila sauce (if you have any on hand)


Step one

Combine pickle juice, water and chicken in a large bowl. Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. While chicken in marinating, prepare your egg mixture and breading.

Step two

In a shallow bowl, add your eggs and almond milk. Whisk until well combined. In a small, separate mixing bowl add all dry ingredients. Whisk together almond flour, arrowroot, baking powder, coconut sugar, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt and cayenne pepper. Transfer dry mixture to a large plate and set next to your egg mixture close to your stove top.

Step three

On stove top, heat a large frying pan on medium low heat and add your avocado oil. Let the oil warm up for 3-4 minutes or until shimmery. While oil is heating up, take out your chicken and drain pickle juice marinade. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and immediately dunk into egg mixture. Lay chicken onto the plate with breading mixture and heavily coat. Flip over to each side to fully coat. Repeat this step once more by dunking your chicken back into the egg mixture a second time and then coating again with breading. Quickly and carefully place double coated chicken into your hot frying pan with avocado oil and repeat this process with remaining pieces of chicken breast.

Step four

Once you’ve double coated each chicken breast and added it to the hot frying pan to cook, cover and fry on each side for 3-4 minutes or until dark/golden brown. Use a pair of tongs to carefully flip each piece of chicken. I set a timer on the microwave to make sure I didn’t overcook them. 4 minutes cooked each piece perfectly.

Step five

Once chicken is fully cooked and dark/golden brown, transfer to a clean plate lined with paper towels. Pat dry and let cool for 5-7 minutes.

Step six

Once chicken has cooled down, enjoy on your favorite bun and top with your desired toppings. I loved adding extra pickles, lettuce and tomato. You can also add your favorite sauce.


Pickle Juice- make sure to marinate chicken in pickle juice for at least 30 minutes. This is crucial to recreating the chicken sandwich flavor. It also has to be dill pickle juice.

Almond milk- you can evenly swap out almond milk with traditional milk or oat milk. Both worth well with this recipe.

Avocado oil- you can use coconut oil in place of avocado oil. I feel when I use coconut oil I can still taste a bit of coconut flavor so just keep that in mind.

Arrowroot- arrowroot is a starch like substance, so if you don’t have any arrowroot on hand you can swap out for corn starch as long as you don’t have a corn sensitivity.

Bun- you have the option to eat whatever bun suits your dietary needs. I personally love a multigrain bun, but if you’re gluten free then the multigrain isn’t the best option. I recommend trying a gluten free bun from your local bakery. The fresher the better!

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Until next time,

stay sweet.