Ashley Kappel

We had to taste it to believe it. 

There’s no denying that Chick-fil-A’s nuggets are in a league of their own; no other fast food chicken product can compare to these meaty, succulent chunks of chicken, with their signature hint of pickle juice and tender breading. I know chicken nugs are categorically designated as “kids’ food,” but age aside, I’ve met very few poultry-consuming people in my life who can turn their nose up at a CFA nugget.

That being the case, when our team heard tell that Sam’s Club offers an extremely convincing copycat of these golden Chick-fil-A treasures, we knew we needed to taste for ourselves and immediately sent out our only editor with a SC membership to secure a package. We prepared the frozen Member’s Mark Southern Style Chicken Bites according to the (strikingly familiar) red and white bag’s directions for a conventional oven—and folks, even our most skeptical tasters were impressed. I wouldn’t consider myself a Level 4 Master Fast Food Connoisseur or anything, but let’s just say I am no stranger to a drive-thru, and even I was caught off guard by how closely these nuggets resemble the real deal.

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Texturally, we found that not crowding the nuggets on your sheet pan is key to achieving optimal crispiness. The Member’s Mark packaging also includes instructions for preparing the nuggets in an air fryer, which our team agrees is a pro use for the appliance. In terms of flavor, tasters noted that the copycat nuggets definitely delivered on the dill pickle flavor they’d expect and were pleased with the succulence of the meat. The major difference we noticed between the Member’s Mark Chicken Bites and Chick-fil-A’s nuggets is that the Sam’s Club frozen product delivered a slightly milder punch of lick-lipping salty flavor compared to the OG fast food nugs; which after further research, we attributed to the frozen product’s lack of MSG.

Additionally, the packaging claims the chicken nuggets to be free of artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, artificial colors, and added hormones/steroids. And at $9.98 for a 3-pound bag, the Southern Style Chicken Bites are budget-friendly to boot.

Point being, we can very much see where having a bag of these copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets stashed in the freezer would pay off. Next time you find yourself utterly spent towards the end of an unexpectedly hectic day, toss a pan-full into the oven and pair with blanched green beans for an effortless meal you won’t have to fight your kids on. Need to throw together an inexpensive snack platter for a casual party? Prepare a whole bag and serve ‘em up with this Copycat Chick-fil-A Honey Mustard. And most importantly, never again suffer through a Sunday Chick-fil-A craving unsatisfied.