questionshave you seen the insanely long lines for chick…


It's all but impossible to avoid supporting companies that do things you don't agree with, but you can still choose your battles. With that in mind, I'll be making my own CFA chicken from now on. I can live without the waffle fries.

2 Cups Chicken Breast (Boneless, Skinless, Cubed) 1 Cup Flour
1−1/2 Cups Cracker Meal
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
2 Cups Water
2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
2−1/4 teaspoons McCormick Season−all
Place cool water in bowl, add 1/4 teaspoon season−all and dissolve bouillon cubes in mixture. Place cubed chicken in water, mix, cover and place in refrigerator for 12 hours or next day. When ready to cook nuggets, mix flour, cracker meal, 2 teaspoons season−all and paprika in bowl. Heat oil for deep frying. Drain chicken. Coat nuggets in flour, cracker mixture and fry until golden. Chicken will be flavorful and juicy.


I waited an hour to get my food, line was out the door and around the building, there were at least 50+ cars at any given time in the drive (crawl) thru lane. They had a semi parked behind the restaurant with additional food supplies. The staff had been cooking and serving non-stop since 5am, and yet they were very polite.


@rprebel: Thanks, that may taste good, but it's not even close to the "real" recipe. Although no one person has the "whole" recipe, soaking in pickle juice is key. I know that from a neighbor who worked there for years and worked her way up into as much of a trustworthy position as one could get. She told me about the pickle juice a long time ago.

@lavikinga posted a recipe in that other thread, and when I showed it to neighbor, she just smiled and winked. Haven't tried it myself yet, but she said that's as close as you can get.


@rprebel: @reginafilangee: Is right! You forgot the pickle juice. :)
* 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
* 1/4 cup pickle juice (sour dill is a favorite)
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup milk
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
* 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
* Optional: up to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicy sandwich
* Oil for frying (about a cup)
* For serving: Buns (buttered and toasted) and pickle slices



1. Wrap the chicken loosely between plastic wrap and pound gently with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until about 1/2 inch thick all around.
2. Cut into two pieces, as even as possible.
3. Marinate in the pickle juice for 30 minutes to one hour (add a teaspoon of Tabasco sauce now for a spicy sandwich).
4. Beat the egg with the milk in a bowl.
5. Combine the flour, sugar, and spices in another bowl.
6. Dip the chicken pieces each into the egg on both sides, then coat in flour on both sides.
7. Heat the oil in a skillet (1/2 inch deep) to about 345-350.
8. Fry each cutlet for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through.
9. Blot on paper and serve on toasted buns with pickle slices.


@dw1771: Just curious as to why? Were you really THAT hungry, or were you doing so in support of the CFA founder's position on gay marriage.....or just in support of freedom of speech in general?

(No judgment from me....I'm just curious as to peoples' motivations.)


@lavikinga: Thanks for reposting that!!! :D

And yes, it's also important for the toasted buns to be buttered.


Nearly my entire department went for an early lunch to show their support. They don't feel too strongly one way or another about gay marriage, but they felt like they needed to show their support for the CEO who is apparently being mistreated by the liberal left.

Or something like that. It's hard to keep track of who I'm supposed to hate and why.


Thanks for the improved recipe @lavikinga!


Kind of depends on region. Polling data shows growing support for gay marriage for both Dems and Reps, over 65% and 24% (up from 15%), respectively.

Freedom of speech cuts both ways. The CEO has his right to free speech and people have an equally valid right to express their disagreement as does those who support the CEO.

BTW - isn't "liberal left" redundant?


@first2summit: Only in America it is. Abroad liberalism (which is not American liberalism) is more akin to classical liberalism, which is closer to what most Americans would call conservatism.



@first2summit: Depends on if you see the word liberal as a viewpoint or an insult.

But the religious right doesn't care about knowing what words actually mean. <--that's a joke


@figgers3036: Of course I meant in the US. We're pretty much a US site.


@reginafilangee: Both. I agree with the statement and I do not view it as hate speech but merely an opinion. Even more, he, as an american, has the right to make the statement. Sadly most people think the elections only occur once every 2 or 4 years, they fail to realize that each dollar spent every day is a vote for something. I cannot cease to spend all money at places that don't hold my views, but I can spend more on those that do hold to my views. Anything that gets this many politicians saying stupid things and looking asses can't be all bad. I further think that the Gov't should get out of the marriage business completely. The individuals that opt to protest on Friday also have every right to do so.


@dw1771: "Gov't should get out of the marriage business completely." It just isn't that simple.

Gov isn't a sentient entity to itself. Gov't policy and laws are a manifestation of the people's and their reps wills. If the people didn't care about it, then there wouldn't be any laws for or against it. The problem is that existing laws re marriage have significant financial, benefits, tax impact on a gay couple as well as social issues.


@first2summit: Someone's feeling grumpy today. Maybe this is more appropriate:

Chill bro/sis, it's really not a big deal.


To answer your first question, I didn't see the lines because I would have to drive 45 miles to get to a CFA. To answer your last question, 10 minutes is too long to wait for fast food.


This is one reason boycotts work so poorly. Droves of people lined up to get into a business are a lot more visible than droves of people staying away. In this battle of the droves, it looks like Chick-fil-A is winning.


Nope. I was too busy eating a cow at home. :)


Pfft. I've waited 26 YEARS for a country where all men are created equal, under the eyes of the law and minds of its citizenry.

Others have waited quite a bit longer than that. ;) Upon fruition there will be no chicken, but there will be liberty.


still won't go there and won't ever again


Closest one to me is about 150 miles, which is a long way for lunch. But, I would have if I had one locally.But, I've seen images of the long lines on the interwebs.


Wonder if @lavikinga recpie would go with setian or some other vegetarian substitute.ugh shakes fist @lavikinga now I have to go grocery shopping again.


@rprebel: You can buy frozen waffle fries and cook them in the oven.

There's no way I would wait that long. I hate sitting in my car and I hate standing in line. When I go to a food court, I go whever there is no line. When lines are long at the grocery store, I'll put back items so I can go through the quick check. I will pay $0.25 more a gallon to not have to wait in line at the Costco gas station.


I'm of the opinion that Chick-fil-A can have whatever stance on marriage that they want. I can't control that. What I can control is where I spend my money, and I don't really care if the entire nation is with me in boycotting the restaurant or if I'm in this alone, I will not eat there again. Will they miss my dollar? I don't know, I don't care.

Freedom of speech is good and all, but don't act as if you're the victim when some people don't like what you have to say. They mayors who are threatening to block any new openings are out of line, but anyone else who's practicing their right to free speech by calling Dan Cathy out for his support of hate groups are fine by me.

To answer the question, the closest CFA to me is 30 miles away. I wouldn't drive that far for a chicken sandwich even if I did agree with them.


Politics aside, I prefer Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers!


I waited in the drive thru for an hour to order my Chick-Fil-A sandwich. On my FB check in, I put:

"Celebrating free speech as an American.
Supporting biblical family values as a Christian.
Opting for fruit instead of waffle fries as a dieter. :-P"

Agree or disagree is fine with me.


I ate Chik Fil A today. I ate it in support of freedom of speech, freedom of thought and capitalism. I'm fine with gay marriage as long as religious organizations who oppose it are not forced to marry gay couples if it is against their beliefs.

The leaders of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, etc. that have threatened Chik Fil A are wrong. Businesses should be welcomed with open arms in every city. The US needs jobs. There is no history of Chik Fil A discriminating in hiring or employment. Actually from what I've read it is supposed to be a great company to work for as they promote up from within.

If someone objects to Mr. Cathey's opinion they can vote with their feet and pocketbook by not patronizing Chik Fil A. If others support Mr. Cathey they can choose to eat there. The leaders of those cities stated above should stay out of it.


Raising Cane's is very very good chicken fingers! I've eaten them in NOLA and BTR. Yummy!


I am glad that Chick-Fil-A is doing what they are doing!

I don't agree with their beliefs, but I will defend their rights to the bitter end! It's nice to see a Company who doesn't try and make everyone happy.

And to all that want to boycott Chick-Fil-A.. How about boycotting certain gas companies that get their oil from middle eastern countries who btw, KILL people because they are GAY. I guess ignorance is bliss!


I don't have a Chick-Fil-A around me. I doubt I would wait that long in line for anything though.

I'm going to have to find one sometime and give it a try after all they 'hype' about how good it's supposed to be though.

I'm going to go see if I can see some pictures now, sounds like it might be worth at least a laugh or two.


I think all of the noise about this is just silly. If you want to support a cause, on either side, donate money directly to that cause. You don't have to eat fast food to show your support for freedom of speech. All you're doing is lining the pockets of executives.


@belyndag: Gotta try this, keep hearing that they are good


@dw1771: VERY good! Limited menu, but great chicken tenders, and the sauce is good enough to drink (not that I have done that or anything....).


@gonzo.esada: ^troll^ bcuz republicans are the only ones who eat Chick-Fil-A


look, gay marriage has been put on the ballot in 31 states, including the liberal state of california (TWICE), and EVERY time the voters have shot it down. Until a few months ago the president of the USA agreed with the traditional definition of marriage, as did the NAACP. Believe it or not, the viewpoint expressed by the head of Chick-Fil-A is the same opinion shared by the majority of Americans.

Most of us don't actually care about the issue(gay marriage) at all, myself included.
The issue of free speech not being undermined by radical politicians that want to keep businesses out of their cities because the CEO expressed his opinion when asked, however, is of concern to many of us.


As usual, the real issue is being overlooked. I don't really care what the CEO said, he is free to believe in his fairy tales. But using the company profits to support groups like Family Research Council, who lobbied Congress with that money to have them not take a stand against the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda. So those of you who say you are supporting free speech, are really supporting the use of funds to promote this kind of hatred, and yes, it is hatred, against a group of people who do not affect your life in any way, except for what you allow in your mind.


Here's an interesting perspective from someone with somewhat of a personal stake in all this craziness. It's well worth a read if you've got an open mind. I think most people are of the opinion that they don't have "a dog in this fight" but maybe that's not quite right...


Regardless of my opinion, and I am pro equal rights for all, I won't eat anything fried. I avoid all fast food restaurants, anyway.


I don't like chick fil a's chicken, and I never really have. Add to that the inconvenience of them not being open on Sundays, and I've never been much of a patron of theirs aside from the odd waffle fry in order to avoid BK's when we're going to the one right next door. So no, I wouldn't wait more than maybe 1 car back in the drive thru, and if inside looked remotely busy from outside the parking lot that'd be a no-go also.

I don't think it's my business to say a human couple of any orientation shouldn't be married. Plenty of straight people shouldn't get married, but again, not my place to decide against their unions either. I don't feel that others getting married or abstaining from doing so negatively impacts my marriage or my family one bit. My family's personal downfalls and triumphs rest directly on the shoulders of my family and any outside influences are those we allow into our lives, again, our responsibility.


@kamikazeken: I'm not a huge fan of letting the masses decide really important issues that affect other people and their ability to pursue a life of happiness. Did voters decide to end segregation, Jim Crow laws, or the prevention of interracial marriage? Or are those all things that should come back because there wasn't a popular vote on them?


@zuiquan: Then who's to arbitrate?

I nominate me. And for emperor of the world.

figgers for emperor! All hail the hypnotoad.


I went to Chick Fil A cause they have a good sandwich and I heard Chick Fil A appreciation day and I was hoping for a discount. (Too bad that it was an unofficial thing and there were no specials to be had.) Line took about 20 minutes (I've had to wait longer at McDonalds with a much shorter line).

The thing that drives me nuts is that the news last night kept going on about how people were supporting Cathy's views by going to Chick Fil A. I do not support his viewpoint but I do support his right as an individual to have that view. However the news made it seem like it was a rally against gay rights and now I feel dirty.