OH EM GEE, you need to make this vegan Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich ASAP. My vegan version looks, feels, and tastes JUST like the original one from the popular fast-food chain! The recipe is also incredibly easy to make, which I am sure we can all appreciate. If you were, or are, a fan of the famous menu item, I am more than confident you will enjoy my vegan Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich!
What is Chick-fil-A?
Chick-fil-A is a popular fast-food chain and is known for its slogan “Eat Mor Chikin.” The company says they are the home of the original chicken sandwich with two pickles on a buttered, toasted bun, which is the exact one I am showing you how to veganize in this recipe post!
Easy to Make
For the vegan chicken, I use Gardein’s lightly seasoned chick’n scallopini. This is my GO-TO chicken breast replacement, as it is the BEST substitute I have ever found for replicating real chicken. For this recipe, I marinate the chick’n in dill pickle juice (I heard through the grapevine that this is what Chick-fil-A marinates their chicken in) and vegan chicken seasoning.
Then, I coat it in a wet batter of almond milk and liquid Just Egg. Once I have it evenly coated, I toss it in a dry batter which consists of flour, powdered sugar (yes, powdered sugar, weird, I know, but necessary!), baking soda, and a handful of seasonings and spices.
Next, I deep-fry it in peanut oil, which Chick-fil-A uses to deep-fry all of their food. Fun fact: Chick-fil-A is the single largest buyer of U.S. peanut oil. Crazy! Lastly, I toss it on a toasted bun with TWO pickles and nothing else!
My Vegan Version vs. Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
I swear, it tastes JUST like the original one! Seriously! My mom even ate one of Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwiches side by side with my version and said she could NOT tell the difference! She literally kept going back and forth, tasting the original and then mine and then the original, etc., etc., and said they tasted and felt the same! I was like, “Are you serious…!?!” My brother also tried mine and said it tasted legit, and that’s saying a lot coming from him because he’s picky and very honest when it comes to vegan recipes!
Check out these other fast-food vegan copycat recipes!
- Vegan Shake Shack Shroom Burger
- How to make McDonald’s Steak, Egg, & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich Vegan
- Vegan Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Vegan Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme
If you make my vegan Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich recipe, don’t forget to post a picture to Instagram, tag me @chefsummerstorm, and #gardengrub so I can see your recreation!
How to Make a Vegan Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
- 2 Gardein chick'n scallopini cutlets (From a 10 ounce package of Gardein lightly seasoned chick'n scallopini), completely thawed in the refrigerator overnight
- 1/4 cup dill pickle juice
- 1/4 tsp vegan poultry seasoning
Chick'n Wet Batter
- 2 tbsp almond milk, plain, unsweetened
- 2 tsp liquid Just Egg
Chick'n Dry Batter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp organic powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
You Will Also Need
- 1 quart peanut oil (You must use peanut oil to get the authentic Chick-fil-A flavor!)
- 2 white burger buns
- 1 tbsp vegan butter
- 4 slices dill pickle
- This step is optional, but I always slightly mold my chick'n scallopini patties into a more authentic-looking shape. For example, I'll gently mold it to create a more circular shape and make it somewhat uneven so it doesn't look like a perfectly flat oval shape. Be careful when doing this, as the chick'n scallopini is quite fragile when thawed!
- Make the chick'n marinade.
- Add the two ingredients into a shallow container that is wide enough to fit both of the chick'n patties. Stir the two ingredients together well and place the chick'n patties inside.
- Marinate them in the refrigerator for AT LEAST one hour, but preferably overnight. Flip the chick'n patties over halfway through marinating them to ensure both sides of the chick'n are well flavored.
How to Batter and Fry the Chick'n
- Preheat a deep fryer or a pot with the peanut oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. *Use a thermometer!!!
- Line a sheet pan with a wire rack.
- In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the wet batter ingredients.
- In another wide, shallow bowl, whisk together all of the dry batter ingredients.
- Do NOT begin battering the chick'n unless your pot of oil is at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. First, evenly coat the entire marinated chick'n patty in the wet better (I only ever batter one at a time). Then, place the patty into the dry batter and evenly coat the whole thing, making sure not to miss any parts.
- Gently shake off any excess flour mixture, and carefully place the battered chick'n into the pot of oil. Fry this for a total of 6 minutes, gently flipping it over halfway through.
- Using a pair of metal tongs, carefully remove the fried chick'n from the oil and hold it over the oil for a few seconds to allow it to drip off the excess fat. Then, place it on the prepared wire rack while you prepare the bun.
How to Prepare and Assemble the Chick'n Sandwich
- Place a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Once hot, add in the butter. Once the butter is melted, place the buns inside facing down and warm them until the insides are slightly golden brown.
- To build a chick'n sandwich, place the bottom half of the toasted bun down, followed by two slices of dill pickles, then the crispy chick'n patty, then the top bun!