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We’re all familiar with the original chicken sandwich, right? You know the ones that are served at the really clean, really fast restaurants with a twice-hyphenated name and advertisements that feature grammatically-challenged cows? Yeah, that one!

Here for your handheld fried poultry enjoyment is my version of said chicken sandwich.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHICKEN:
  • 2 whole Large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • ½ cups Your Favorite Hot Sauce (I Used Frank's® RedHot® Original)
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt, Divided
  • 2 cups Peanut Oil For Frying (or Canola Oil)
  • 1 cup Flour, All Purpose
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper, Ground Fresh
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cayenne
  • FOR THE ASSEMBLY:
  • 4 whole Plain Hamburger Buns
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 16 whole Dill Pickle Slices
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Your Favorite Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ½ teaspoons Smoked Paprika

Preparation

Use a meat mallet to pound the thick end of each chicken breast until the entire breast is of equal thickness. Cut each breast in half width-wise and put the pieces in a gallon size zip-top bag. Add the buttermilk, hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of the salt to the bag. Slosh the bag gently to combine all of the ingredients and to coat the chicken completely. Seal the bag while removing as much of the excess air as possible. Place the bag in a lipped pan (to catch any leakage) and refrigerate at least six hours, or overnight.

Starting about 30 minutes before you want to serve, heat the oil to 350ºF in a large heavy skillet (I recommend cast iron).

Preheat oven to 170ºF.

While the oil is heating, combine the flour, powdered sugar, remaining salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne in a medium bowl and mix well. Remove a chicken piece from the buttermilk marinade and shake off the excess. Dredge the chicken in the flour until it is completely covered. Shake off the excess flour and set aside on a platter. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. Let the chicken sit at least 10 minutes before frying to ensure that the flour adheres well.

Working in batches of two (number depends on the size of your frying pan—but don’t crowd the pan), fry the chicken pieces for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are nicely browned and the internal temperature is 160ºF. Remove the pieces from the hot oil using a spider or slotted spoon to a wire rack that’s placed inside a sheet pan. If you’re working in batches, put the sheet pan in a 170ºF oven.

Spread the butter evenly over the cut sides of both halves of each bun, put them on a baking sheet buttered side up and toast under your broiler.

Assemble the sandwiches by putting four pickle slices on the bottom half of each bun, add a piece of chicken, and the bun top.

Serve and enjoy!

Oh, and if you want some of that killer sauce, simply whisk together 1 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweet barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon plain yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. Done! It makes a lot, but you’ll use it, I promise.

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kittykat86 on 2.8.2013

The breading was spot on. Tastes awesome and I plan to make it many more times!

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mayasmom on 2.7.2013

This was soooo awesome. My whole family loved it. And that sauce….killer! Thanks for the great recipe.

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