McChicken McDonald’s Copycat

1 hour
30 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
4 sandwiches
Craving that classic McDonald's McChicken but want something even better? One bite of this McChicken made at home and you’ll be saying McDonald's Who! This version not only nails the taste and texture but kicks it up a notch with the special mayo and seasoned crispy chicken patties!
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McChicken McDonald’s Copycat

Craving that classic McDonald’s McChicken but want something even better? One bite of this McChicken made at home and you’ll be saying McDonald’s Who! This version not only nails the taste and texture but kicks it up a notch with the special mayo and seasoned crispy chicken patties!

Crafting The Patties

Unlike any other chicken sandwiches you may find at other fast food chains, the McChicken is unique because it’s not actual chicken you’re biting into. It’s more so like one big chicken nugget since it is a minced chicken patty in the sandwich. Apparently, the McChicken is just made using scraps/leftovers from making their chicken nuggets. I can totally believe this because the texture and breading is exactly the same. So my strategy going into this coycat recipe was to make one big nuggie! Let’s get into it.

Selecting the Chicken: Begin with high-quality chicken breast and thighs, boneless and skinless. This ensures tender, juicy patties. I like to use a blend of both, the thigh offers some juiciness from the fat while not being too heavy with the mix of breast. You can use only thigh or only breast if you want. You could also use preminced ground chicken from the store but I prefer the consistency of making my own.

Prepping the Chicken: In a food processor, combine the chicken with salt, black pepper, cornstarch, garlic powder, and sage. Pulse until well combined and the mixture sticks together. Feel free to tweak the spices as you want but I found this resembled the taste the most to McDonald’s.

Shaping the Patties: Take portions of the chicken mixture and shape them into thin patties, then place them on a tray lined with parchment paper. You’ll need about 3 to 4 ounces per patty. Freeze for 30 minutes up to an hour to firm up – basically until they’re easy to handle.

Creating the Batter: In a bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder to create the dry batter. Dip each patty in the dry batter first. Then add baking soda and cold water to the dry batter to make it into a wet batter. Do not dip just yet though.

Frying to Perfection: Heat oil in a pot to 325°F (160°C). Dip the breaded patty in the wet batter and then transfer to the oil. Fry in batches on both sidesuntil golden brown and cooked through, then drain on a wire rack.

The Special Mayo

If you’ve ever wondered why McDonald’s mayo looks and tastes different than regular mayo but have never been able to put your finger on it, I have the secret! MUSTARD! The natural acidity and spicyness of the mustard cuts down on the richness of the mayo. So simple yet so good!

To recreate McDonald’s signature mayo for the McChicken sandwich at home, you’ll need just two simple ingredients: mayonnaise and yellow mustard. Begin by taking a small bowl and adding a generous portion of mayonnaise. Then, add a dollop of yellow mustard to the mayo. The ratio of mayo to mustard can be adjusted according to your taste preferences, but typically a 4:1 ratio of mayo to mustard works well.

Using a spoon or whisk, thoroughly mix the mayonnaise and mustard together until they are well combined and the mixture is smooth and creamy. This special mayo adds a tangy and savory flavor that perfectly complements the crispy chicken patty and soft bun of the McChicken sandwich. Once mixed, set the mayo aside until you’re ready to assemble your sandwiches.

Assembling the Sandwiches

Assembling the homemade McChicken sandwiches is a straightforward process that brings all the delicious components that we just worked on together.

Begin by taking your toasted brioche buns, which should be warm and crispy from toasting. Next, spread a generous amount of the special mayo mixture onto both halves of the bun. You could only do one side like McDonald’s if you don’t like a lot of mayo too.

Then, add a handful of freshly shredded lettuce on top of the mayo on the bottom bun. To make it just like McDonald’s use iceberg lettuce instead of romaine lettuce. The crispness of the lettuce adds a refreshing crunch to each bite.

Finally, carefully place a crispy chicken patty on top of the lettuce, ensuring it covers the bun evenly. The combination of the tender chicken, savory mayo, and crisp lettuce creates a harmonious balance of flavors and textures. Once assembled, gently press the top bun down over the chicken patty to complete the sandwich. Repeat this process for each sandwich you plan to serve.

Serve your homemade McChicken sandwiches fresh and hot, and savor each bite of this classic fast-food favorite made even better at home!

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McChicken – McDonald’s Copycat

Craving that classic McDonald's McChicken but want something even better? One bite of this McChicken made at home and you’ll be saying McDonalds Who! This version not only nails the taste and texture but kicks it up a notch with the special mayo and seasoned crispy chicken patties!

Craving that classic McDonald's McChicken but want something even better? One bite of this McChicken made at home and you’ll be saying McDonalds Who! This version not only nails the taste and texture but kicks it up a notch with the special mayo and seasoned crispy chicken patties!

1 hour
30 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
4 sandwiches

Ingredients

CHICKEN PATTY
  • 1/2 pound chicken breast
  • 1/2 pound chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
BATTER
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup cold iced water
FOR ASSEMBLY
  • 4 brioche buns
  • butter, for toasting buns
  • shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, more to taste

Instructions

MAKE THE CHICKEN PATTIES
  1. Chop the chicken into small pieces and add it to the food processor along with salt, white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and sage. Pulse until there are no more chunks of meat and it sticks together. Do not over-pulse.
  2. Take 3 to 4 ounces of the chicken mixture and shape into a thin patty. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all the chicken is shaped. Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes, or longer, if it's still hard to handle.
  3. Heat a pot with about 1 to 1.5 inches of oil over medium heat to about 325°F.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder.
  5. Coat each patty in the dry breading and shake off any excess.
  6. Then add the water and baking soda to the dry batter and whisk to create your wet batter. It should be thin - add more water as needed.
  7. Dip the breaded nuggets in the wet batter and then place in the hot oil. Do not overcrowd them. Fry in batches until golden brown.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack to let any oil drain out.
MAKE THE SPECIAL MAYO
  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise with mustard until smooth and creamy! Set aside.
ASSEMBLY
  1. Butter the buns and toast them in a pan over medium heat or in the oven at 350°F for 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Assemble the toasted buns with the chicken patty, lettuce, and mayo sauce. Close up and enjoy fresh!
5 based on 4 reviews

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Holy cow – this was amazing! And, easy to make. I used ground chicken so I didn’t need to blend anything. But, me and my son absolutely loved this!

I made the McChicken copy cat and WOW did not disappoint!!! I knew this recipe would be challenging for me as someone who is a newbie cook but it turned out DELICIOUS! A bit messy for me but I did not mind it at all. 10/10 would recommend!! Taste WAY better than a McChicken!

I tried the lasagna yesterday (it was sooooo good!) Today I will be attempting to make these for Iftar! InshAllah, everything works out😅.

Thanks for the recipe Moribyan <3

Loved these! Better than McDonald’s but still hits the necessary notes

This is a wonderful recipe. Really yummy and obviously 100x better than mc Donald’s.

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