This Is Why Chick Fil A’s Chicken Is So Delicious

This Is Why Chick Fil A’s Chicken Is So Delicious


If you’ve ever been curious why your car seems
to steer itself into the Chick-fil-A parking lot every time you drive by one, it’s the
chicken. But while that’s no mystery, you might be
surprised at all the preparation and meticulous execution that goes into the poultry. This is exactly why that chicken tastes so
darn good. It doesn’t take a food scientist to figure
out that a good chicken sandwich starts with a good piece of chicken. While some fast food giants have come under
fire for the chicken they use, Chick-fil-A claims to use only the best chicken when creating
its menu. According to the company’s website, they refuse
to ever use chicken meat that’s been ground or separated, and all their chickens are raised
cage-free and without any added steroids, hormones, or antibiotics. “So here is the chicken you’ll be enjoying
tonight.” “You have this information, that’s fantastic.” “Absolutely. His name was Colin.” Aside from that, Chick-fil-A chooses smaller
chickens because they result in better tasting and juicer meat. According to David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice
president of menu strategy and development, Chick-fil-A’s classic chicken sandwich is
a thing of simplistic beauty. It’s a fried chicken cutlet with two pickles
between two buttered buns. That’s it, plain and simple with no fancy
secret sauce required. One very important aspect that might seem
like just a secondary add-on are those pickles. A Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich without the
pickles really isn’t a true Chick-Fil-A sandwich. The pickles are made from cucumbers that are
pickled for three days before finally making their way to the chicken sandwich and thereby
zapping it with the perfect amount of salty, briny flavor. For years, the internet has speculated that
Chick-fil-A actually marinates its raw chicken in pickle juice before the breading process,
although the company has never publicly confirmed this. This would make a lot of sense, though, because
the salty pickle juice would result in a breakdown of the chicken proteins and produce a juicer
piece of meat. One might think that any old grill would work
fine when it comes to creating Chick-fil-A’s grilled chicken sandwich, but that’s not the
case. Chick-fil-A wanted its chicken sandwich to
taste like home grilled chicken, and there simply wasn’t a commercial grill on the market
that could deliver that exact taste. So the company poured $50 million into developing
its own special grill. “How would we make it make it taste and look
like it was truly cooked on a backyard grill?” Even for a business that revolves around chicken,
this type of investment might seem a bit like overkill. But Chick-fil-A wanted to ensure the 2014
relaunch of its grilled chicken sandwich was in a league of its own. This $50 million grill is patented by the
company and uses a hydraulic system to close and lift the lid that covers the chicken ever
so gently. This ensures that it doesn’t squeeze out all
the juices from the breast meat while cooking. Unlike a typical backyard grill, the Chick-fil-A
grill cooks both sides of the chicken at once, while still leaving those appetizing grill
marks. Chick-fil-A ensures that each chicken sandwich
has the perfect amount of breading that doesn’t come sliding off the meat after a single bite. After each piece of chicken is inspected to
make sure it doesn’t have any tears or glaring imperfections, it’s dipped in a milk and egg
wash mixture with the larger end of the breast going in first. The chicken is then laid into a bin with a
flour mixture and completely buried. Then comes the hard part. Employees are encouraged to get on their tiptoes
and use their body weight to firmly knead the breading mixture into the meat. As Alexa Griffith of Chick-fil-A’s corporate
cuisine puts it, Doing this to both sides of the chicken breast
might be tiring, but it makes for a more evenly-coated piece of breaded chicken that helps to create
a crispy fried cutlet that can’t be beat. A good bun can really elevate an already well-made
chicken sandwich, while a bad bun can prompt diners to discard the bread altogether and
opt for a knife and fork. Unsurprisingly, Chick-fil-A doesn’t mess around
when it comes to its buns. A small, metal contraption holding melted
butter with a roller is used for buttering up each bun before they hit the toaster. The buns are swiped over the roller and then
dropped in a preset toaster to deliver a light toast on the buttered side. Because the bun is pre-buttered before it
goes into the toaster, it helps in creating a delicious umami flavor in the bread that
pairs well with the pickles and chicken. Once the buns are buttered and toasted, and
the pickles are added, the chicken cutlet is placed on the bun so that the three corners
of the fillet form a triangle over the sides of the bun. After all, nobody wants a lopsided chicken
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100 Comments

  1. Chic Fil A isn't all that specially their tenders, and way Overpriced for the amount of food they serve , i rather eat at Popeyes

  2. I went for the first time last week and was very disapointed, expected an In N Out experience, and was left with McDonalds taste. Less than impressed.

  3. I work there and we do not marinate our meat in pickle juice. If we did, anyone with a pickle allergy would not be able to eat at our store. Period. We're not even allowed to make a pickle juice milkshake because of the juice lingering on the blending machine. We're very allergy cautious and want everyone to enjoy our chicken

  4. Correction: A Chick-Fil-A sandwich without pickles IS indeed a true Chick-Fil-A sandwich. In fact, it's even better.

  5. Even though I like meat I don’t like looking at the poor chickens that are going to be slaughtered or any animal for instance.

  6. I haven’t tried it yet. There is only one in our area and the lines are so long that I drive past. So you know it has to be good. One day soon I’ll be trying it.

  7. Bullshit! The reason why their chicken is so good is the obnoxious amount of MSG they put in their food. MSG is an addictive excitotoxin and synthetic form of Umami, MSG is toxic to the body but it sure gives you a high when you eat it. That is the only fucking reason why their food is good and addictive.

    Good job Mash you fucking sell outs. How about you speak truth instead of making this a commercial for the company.

  8. I hate to be a killjoy, but I got sick from Chick-fil-A chicken.
    It might have been food poisoning, but I threw up as soon as I got home.

  9. When Chick stood Up Against Gays
    and closed on Sunday's
    I knew their was still hope in this world
    great food!

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    help me with woman and confidence!

  10. What they aren't telling you is not only is it delicious it's healthy. And the efficient respectful service makes all the rest look like punks.

  11. I’ve worked at Chick-Fil-A for three years. For any of you wondering, we do not marinate our chicken in pickle juice.

  12. Am I the only one wondering about Collin? Like, where was he raised, was he ever roasted as a child, does he give a flying cluck about life…? So many questions.

  13. i cook 200 rotisserie chickens a day at work. The reason why you can’t get the same flavor at home is because all the different chickens are touching each other before cooking, swapping different bacteria and juices all day long. this is how that deep, rich umami flavor is developed.

  14. It does not matter how good their chicken is they are cheap with there Chick Fil-A sauce they force you into buying their sauce two little sauces no matter how big the order is it's like they're not making any money come on I don't go there anymore

  15. I am pleased with the fried sandwich. I like how simple it is with the pickles. They have some of the most poiite employees too. I haven't been to one that is never crowded. I love that they also put Christian music in the pa system which is awesome.

  16. I just ate a huge meal, started watching this, and my mouth is watering for one of those delicious sandwiches. Great video!

  17. Love how this video fails to mention all the chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors that goes into Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The food tastes amazing, I know, and it’s hard to not love the place. But when it comes down to it, it’s fast food and the unhealthy factors are bound to outweigh the tastiness. Go on Chick-fil-A’s website if you don’t believe me, and look at all the ingredients that goes into making a sandwich with buns, pickles, and a piece of chicken. You can get be mad at me after.

  18. It’s true they marinade their chicken in pickle juice. I marinade some chicken breasts in pickle juice for 3 hours and later fried them. They tasted just like chick-fil-a chicken.

  19. ChickFilA is not Christian since they don't keep the Sabbath holy. Saturday is the Sabbath. Sunday is the FIRST day of the week.

  20. So I’m a cook and they didn’t show a lot of things that would make you second guess eating there lol like the butter is practically cancer bottled juice butter that never dries because it’s fake and artificial it makes me sick no like literally lol 😂 and no we don’t dip the chicken in pickle juice wth no it’s actually just POWDERED Milk and Eggwash that you add water to dip the chicken put the coater like the guy did no one goes on their tip toes and then we throw it in the fryer simple

  21. I read the channel as Mtashe, thought I was gonna get a Destiny yt explain why chicken taste good.

  22. Oh God. Why did i watch this? Im cravyfor their sandwich now. There they are building right now down the street but it isnt done yet. Cage free? Im gonna eat there exclusively. Even though there is a KFC and popeyes closer. Yep. 3 chicken places all with a few blocks of each other near my home

  23. Offer the best product you can at a fair price, have employees who want to do the right thing and are polite and have morals as a business instead of being all about profit. Who knew if you cared more about your customers and employees than profit that you could run an amazing business and make that profit anyway?

  24. (Conservative republican here) I've had Chik-Fil-A before, and while it is tasty, it isn't as amazing as people make it seem to be. I feel like the main reason it has become so popular is largely due to current politics. If you are a conservative republican it seems to me the only real reason you go is to "yeah, suck it Starbucks, I'm eating at Chik-Fil-A, as they agree with my beliefs! But they also happen to have tasty chicken sandwiches". But it also seems that if you're a liberal democrat, you go "OMG, Chik-Fil-A, this is so ironic! But they also happen to have tasty chicken sandwiches". I don't let my beliefs completely override my way to have fun. Sometimes I do have a Starbucks or Ben and Jerry, even though I couldn't agree on any of the political beliefs, I just want a damn cup or coffee or ice cream!

  25. They have the corner on chicken 🍗 like Culver’s has the corner on Burgers 🍔 tasty !
    (I hate pickles but like them with this Sandwich & the people really are nice .. 👍

  26. We still can't find anything that great about it….it's chicken folks. It's OK, but it's nothing to write home about. I'd put it this way, we don't go out of our way to find one, that's for sure. To me it seems to be a lot of hype over not much.

  27. Chik fil A is closed on Sunday’s and that’s why it’s good because anything in life that’s foundation is based of god will prosper make god your foundation and find true happiness and PEACE

  28. Chick f la is only sold in one place where I live, yet the time when I have time to go out is always on a Sunday when their closed….

  29. We call it "Chicken Crack". There is never no line at the drive-thru. Another thing is the employees are so nice. It's the Chicken Twilight Zone.

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