HEALTHY Copy Cat Chick Fil A Tenders & CFA Sauce

No more lists of 50 ingredients, here you get the chicken tenders and sauce we all love from Chick Fil A but made much healthier and possibly even tastier too – try them out and judge for yourself! 

Healthy Copy Cat Chick Fil A Tenders

Alright now who in the world doesn’t like Chick Fil A?? Okay actually I have a confession to make.  Before I moved to Georgia I lived in Michigan (and we didn’t have Chick Fil A there then) and we came down for a spring break to visit my uncle here in Atlanta.  We went to CFA and I didn’t like it!  Ahhh crazy I know.  But I got the chicken nuggets and I actually still don’t like those so I stand by that.  

BUT I love their tenders.  Which is why I chose them to copy cat!  It is funny to me that since CFA is nice we all think of it as a healthy place to eat.  Then news hit about the list of over 50 ingredients that make up their sandwich.  No bueno.  Here we make copy cat Chick Fil A chicken tenders that dare I say challenge the real deal and they are made with less than TEN ingredients.  Plus they are all good ones, you know, things you know and can pronounce.  Like almond flour, spices, and so forth.

So join me on the dark side and you may find yourself ordering out less.  Best part?  You can have them on Sunday 😉

Healthy Copy Cat Chick Fil A Tenders

Lets Make Some Copy Cat Chick Fil A Tenders and Sauce!

Alright first and foremost, I learned a cool new trick recently when it comes to cooking with chicken tenderloins that I think is pretty life changing.  If you want to check that out before you get going head over to my Instagram account and look at the “Hacks” highlight.

Now that your tenderloins are ready to go you want to combine them in a bowl with your pickle juice and milk.  I left mine overnight but if you do at least a few hours I am sure that will be fine. I used almond milk but you can probably use any sub for that!

Other than that this is pretty straightforward and the directions below should get you there.  I always use my grill pan for meals like this because it gives me that nice grill feel indoors – but you can use a regular pan as well!

In addition to the listed ingredients you will need:

  • a bag or bowl to marinade your tenders
  • Two bowls for dipping
  • Paper towels to pat your tenderloins dry
  • a bowl for your sauce

I hope you enjoy these all week long, even on Sundays!

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Copy Cat Chick Fil A Tenders AND CFA Sauce

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tenderloins 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free

No more lists of 50 ingredients, here you get the chicken tenders and sauce we all love from Chick Fil A but made much healthier and possibly even tastier too – try them out and judge for yourself! 



Copy Cat Tenders:

  • 6 chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • extra splash of almond milk (optional)

Copy Cat Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup HIGH quality mayo (I buy this one)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice



  1. Combine the tenderloins, pickle juice, and almond milk in a bag or bowl and let marinate at least 2 hours.
  2. Remove tenderloins and pat dry.
  3. In one shallow bowl – combine almond flour, coconut sugar, and all spices.  Mix well.
  4. In another bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk.
  5. Assemble:
    1. Dip tenderloin in egg mixture, let drip, and then dip in almond flour mixture and cover well.
    2. Repeat with all tenderloins.
  6. Cook:
    1. Place tenderloins on a greased skillet or grill pan over medium heat.
    2. Cook on one side for about 7 minutes, flip, and repeat.  Outside should be nice and crispy when you are done!


  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.


If you do not have a grill pan you can use a normal pan.

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Chick Fil A
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3 tenderloins

If you try this recipe please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!  If you remake on Instagram don’t forget to tag me at @donutworrybehealthy so I can see your creation and share in my stories!


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