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Better Than McDonald's Chicken McGriddle (Copycat Recipe)

{Better Than} McDonald’s Chicken McGriddles – Copycat Recipe

  • Author: Mallory
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 Sandwiches 1x


Crispy fried chicken fillet, sandwiched between two soft and pillowy McGriddles with pockets of oozing sweet maple syrup!




  • 2 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix 
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 12 tsp vanilla extract
  • Butter for griddle/pan
  • 1 cup pancake syrup (Mrs. Butterworth’s) 
  • Optional – American cheese slices for sandwich


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut and pounded to 3×3 chunks
  • Oil for frying


McGriddle Syrup Glass

  • Line a small baking dish with parchment paper and set aside
  • In a small saucepan with a candy thermometer attached, add 1 cup of pancake syrup over medium heat. Allow it to come to a boil, stirring occasionally until it calms down. Watch the temp closely and swirl occasionally until it reaches 265 degrees (about 10 minutes total). Remove from the heat and carefully pour into prepared baking dish, spreading it around evenly. 
  • Set pan aside to cool as you prepare the chicken and McGriddles. You can put it in the freezer to speed up the cooling.
  • Once the syrup is set, break it into small shards that are about dime and nickel size. Put a handful of the pieces into a bowl near the stove for later use. 

McChicken Fillets 

  • Heat oil in a fry-safe pot over medium-high heat (about 375 degrees).
  • Optional: Turn oven to 220 degrees (to keep chicken warm while you prepare McGriddles)
  • Prepare a surface to place the finished fried chicken – a cooling rack beside the stove, lined with layers of paper towels or brown bags. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the beaten egg and water. Mix well.
  • In a ziplock bag or shallow bowl, add all dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch and seasonings)
  • Place the prepared chicken fillets into the flour mixture to coat thoroughly, dip into the egg wash, and then back into the flour mixture. Ensure all of the surface area of the chicken fillets are covered in batter.
  • Fry the chicken in batches as to not overcrowd the pan, adjusting the temp as needed to maintain temperature.
  • When chicken is near cooked (about 6-7 minutes), remove from the pot and place onto prepared surface. Allow it to cool for just a minute or so and place back into the pan for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the frying oil and allow to cool.
  • Optional: place chicken into the oven to stay warm while preparing the McGriddles.

McGriddle Pancakes

  • In a bowl, combine the pancake mix, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium low heat, add butter and allow it to brown slightly
  • Place the 3-inch round cookie cutter at the bottom of the pan and pour a few spoonfuls of batter into the circle. Spread around for full coverage. Place a few shards of the syrup glass onto the batter (as many or few chunks as you’d like). Top with a few more spoonfuls of batter.
  • Once the pancake batter bubbles, carefully remove the ring (it’s hot) and flip the McGriddle. Continue with remaining batter

Assemble the sandwiches and enjoy!


Special Equipment Needed:

  • Two 3-inch metal round biscuit/cookie cutter are needed to achieve perfect circular McGriddles. You can use just one but it will take a little longer.
  • Candy thermometer for the syrup glass and frying
  • Parchment paper (not necessary but helpful)
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chicken, Breakfast, Copycat Recipe, McDonald's, Pancakes, McGriddles, Fried Chicken, McChicken