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Chicken Sandwich

This is the BEST Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe! Ultra crispy, golden-brown chicken served on a buttery brioche bun with all of your favorite toppings.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch - Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thigh, crispy, fried chicken
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup fat free buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce omit if you don't like spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning use homemade or storebought
  • 4 (4-5 oz) boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Breading

  • 1  cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper omit if you don’t like spice
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning use homemade or storebought

Wash

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup marinade from above

Other

  • Canola oil for frying
  • 4 brioche buns
  • Mayonnaise or chipotle mayonnaise to taste
  • Sliced pickles to taste

Instructions

Marinade

  • In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, pickle juice, optional hot sauce, salt, dry ranch mix, and taco seasoning.
  • Stir in chicken thighs, cover with saran wrap, and marinate in the fridge for up to 8 hours. 



Breading & Wash*

  • Grab two rimmed baking sheets and place a wire cooling rack onto each of them. One will be used for the raw chicken and one will be used for the cooked chicken. Set aside.
  • On a large plate, mix together flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar, salt, pepper, optional cayenne, dry ranch mix, and taco seasoning until well combined. Set aside.
  • Whisk together egg and 1/2 cup of the marinade in a deep bowl (deep enough to submerge chicken) until well combined.
  • Drain and discard the remaining marinade from the chicken.
  • Take one piece of chicken and fully coat it with breading mixture. Shake off any excess.
  • Place it into the egg wash bowl and fully coat, allowing excess to drip off.
  • Coat chicken in breading mixture, then egg wash, and then breading one more time.
  • Place the chicken onto one of the prepared racks. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Let chicken dry for about 15 minutes while you prepare your oil.

Frying

  • Heat oil to 355 degrees F - 380 degrees F in a large stockpot or deep-fryer.**

  • Working with one at a time, fry chicken thighs in the hot oil until golden, crispy, and no longer pink in the centers, about 4 to 5 minutes, flipping halfway through - use tongs for ease.***
  • Transfer to the clean wire rack.
  • Repeat with remaining chicken.

Assembly

  • Spread mayonnaise over hamburger bun halves, top with chicken and pickles!
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Nutritional information does not include oil, buns, or toppings! 
Storing information also just applies to the fried chicken.
*I highly recommend watching the video for visuals on how to bread and fry your chicken.
**I shoot for 360/370, because as soon as the chicken hits the oil, the temperature will drop slightly, but you don’t want it too high or the outside will brown too much and the chicken won’t cook through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 2403mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3mg