The original Chick-Fil-A sandwich is absolutely, 100% NOT brined in …

Comment on Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Sandwiches by Beth.

The original Chick-Fil-A sandwich is absolutely, 100% NOT brined in pickle juice. I worked at CFA for 3 years throughout high school.

The chargrilled ones are marinated in a combination of things that include pickle juice, but the fried sandwiches have NO brine whatsoever. Just chicken, milk wash, and breading.

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Chick-fil-A Copycat Chicken Sandwiches
I personally worked at Chick-Fil-A for 3 years during high school. No, the fried chicken sandwiches are not brined in pickle juice, or anything else, for that matter- but the grilled ones are. Not just pickle juice, but a combination of yummy things. All of the chicken is hand ‘filleted’ meaning, whoever is cooking them actually has to butterfly the chicken and break that tendon. then it’s dipped in the milk wash, and the breading and then dropped in the pressure fryer.

After working there for 3 years, I still crave Chick-Fil-A. It’s a fantastic place for high school kids to work, and the standards are incredibly high as to the quality of what you’re getting, and the cleanliness of the restaurants.

I used to take the pickle slices and eat them on the waffle fries 🙂


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