For many it’s the thrill of the hunt — the sense of fulfillment you get when you “crack the code” of a dish you’ve eaten in a restaurant by replicating the recipe in your kitchen at home. For others, it’s the satisfaction of “beating the system” by enjoying a favorite restaurant dish at a fraction of the cost.
Regardless of her motivation, an enterprising TikTok user who posts as @ChefAlexandraa, has cobbled together one of the more convincing knock-offs of popular fast food dishes we’ve sampled. For her rendition of Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, which follows, the “secret sauce” is pickle juice. She first marinates the chicken breast pieces in the briny liquid, then dredges them in flour, and finally pan fries them in peanut oil.