We are celebrating the 50 years of the original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich!
Considering how many of these delicious sandwiches have been enjoyed over the past five decades,
it’s amazing to think about how it all began.
Starting with a request to create an airline-friendly sized entrée out of a boneless, skinless chicken breast,
Chick-fil-A® founder Truett Cathy experimented with cooking techniques as he set out to meet the need.
He thought back to his mother’s method of cooking chicken by covering the pan with a heavy top, creating something of a pressure cooker.
He tried this method and found that the chicken cooked faster and remained moist and tender.
He decided to put it on a buttered bun instead of on a plate all by itself.
But it still wasn’t exactly right. For months, he experimented with different seasonings and breading for the chicken. Soon, he was up to more than 20 ingredients.
Each time Truett changed the formula, he tested it with his customers.
He surprised them with the addition of two dill pickle slices, which they said added just the right touch. Finally,
after four years of experimentation and testing, customers said: “We like it. Don’t change it again.”
He folded up the recipe and put it in his pocket. The boneless chicken sandwich was born.
Throughout the years as Chick-fil-A® has grown in number of restaurants and meal options,
the flagship menu item remains the original Chick fil-A® Chicken Sandwich.
That same recipe that Truett folded up and put into his pocket nearly five decades ago remains a secret today.