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The origin of the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

October 23, 2023

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Originally created as a quick way to prepare chicken for shift workers, the Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich recipe hasn’t changed since the early 1960s. Here’s what’s in this classic.


Why so delicious? Creating this simple delight is a complex process. Each filet is hand cut, dipped into an egg and milk wash, hand breaded in our original seasoning and cooked to perfection throughout the day in a pressure cooker that locks in the juicy flavor.

100% refined peanut oil

Ever since our founder Truett Cathy created the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, we’ve been cooking our hand-breaded chicken exclusively in fully refined, heat-processed peanut oil. It enhances the flavor and, like everything we serve in our restaurants, is trans-fat free.

Two crucial pickles

To get the taste just right, cucumber slices are soaked for three days before ripening into the perfect pickles to go on our Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches. Two crucial dill pickle chips serve as an essential addition to the sandwich’s flavor.

Toasted, buttery bun

All of our buttery buns are toasted upon ordering for that freshly prepared touch.

Capital “A”

The capital “A” in Chick-fil-A is capitalized on purpose. It symbolizes “top quality” or “Grade A,” like the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, which is crafted with quality chicken and our signature hospitality.

Top secret

The secret recipe for the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich is hidden in a safe at the Chick-fil-A corporate Support Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Only one person holds the combination (and we can’t reveal who!).

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