Best Fried Chicken Sandwich

June 14, 2017
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Best Fried Chicken Sandwich

Well the title, Best Fried Chicken Sandwich, is simply the plain truth. This is definitely the best fried chicken sandwich I have ever had the fortune of sinking my teeth into. What better way to enjoy a top restaurant quality meal right in the comfort of your own home. I’ve been subscribing to Bon Appetit magazine for some time and have always enjoyed their delicious recipes. This was one of those that made me clear the calendar of all other planned menu items to make first, upon reading up on the recipe. My whole family enjoyed it so undoubtedly yours will to! Enjoy! 

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Best Fried Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

Chicken

1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal or 2 teaspoons Morton kosher salt
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 skin-on or skinless, boneless chicken thighs

Seasoned Mayonnaise

1 garlic clove, finely grated
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
½ teaspoon celery seeds
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt

Assembly

1½ cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
3 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Frank’s); plus more for serving (optional)
Peanut or vegetable oil (for frying; about 8 cups)
4 soft seeded hamburger buns
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Bread-and-Butter Pickles (for serving), plus 1 tablespoon brine
4 cups thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
Freshly ground black pepper
Special Equipment
A deep-fry thermometer

Preparation

Chicken

Mix salt, sugar, and baking powder in a small bowl. Season chicken all over with salt mixture (you won’t need all of it). Chill uncovered on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
Seasoned Mayonnaise
Combine garlic and lemon juice in a medium bowl; let sit 10 minutes. Mix in mayonnaise, chives, celery seeds, and pepper; season with salt.

Assembly

1. Whisk flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and 2 Tbsp. salt in a medium bowl.

2. Whisk egg, buttermilk, bourbon (if using), and 3 Tbsp. hot sauce in another medium bowl.

3. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, turning to coat and packing into crevices.

4. Shake to remove excess; return to rack. Pour 3 Tbsp. buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and work in with your fingers.

5. Dip chicken into remaining buttermilk mixture, allow excess to drip off, then pack moistened flour mixture firmly onto chicken.

6. Gently shake off excess; return to rack. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.

7. Pour oil into a large heavy pot fitted with thermometer to come halfway up sides. Heat over medium-high until thermometer registers 350°.

8. Working in 2 batches, fry chicken, turning often and adjusting heat to maintain temperature, until deep golden brown, 5–8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a wire rack set over paper towels to drain.

9. Heat a dry large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Brush cut sides of buns with butter and, working in batches, cook, cut side down, until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch.

10. Mix 1 Tbsp. pickle brine into 2 Tbsp. seasoned mayonnaise in a medium bowl.

11. Add lettuce, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Spread some seasoned mayonnaise over cut sides of buns.

12. Build sandwiches with pickles, fried chicken, slaw, and more hot sauce, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

 

Best Fried Chicken Sandwich
Serves 4
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal or 2 teaspoons Morton kosher salt
  2. 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 4 skin-on or skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  5. Seasoned Mayonnaise
  6. 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  7. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. ½ cup mayonnaise
  9. 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  10. ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  11. ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. Kosher salt
  13. Assembly
  14. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  15. ⅓ cup cornstarch
  16. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  17. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  18. 1 tablespoon paprika
  19. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  20. 2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more
  21. 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  22. 1 cup buttermilk
  23. 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
  24. 3 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Frank’s); plus more for serving (optional)
  25. Peanut or vegetable oil (for frying; about 8 cups)
  26. 4 soft seeded hamburger buns
  27. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  28. Bread-and-Butter Pickles (for serving), plus 1 tablespoon brine
  29. 4 cups thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
  30. Freshly ground black pepper
  31. Special Equipment
  32. A deep-fry thermometer
Instructions
  1. Chicken
  2. Mix salt, sugar, and baking powder in a small bowl. Season chicken all over with salt mixture (you won’t need all of it). Chill uncovered on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
  3. Seasoned Mayonnaise
  4. Combine garlic and lemon juice in a medium bowl; let sit 10 minutes. Mix in mayonnaise, chives, celery seeds, and pepper; season with salt.
  5. Assembly
  6. Whisk flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and 2 Tbsp. salt in a medium bowl.
  7. Whisk egg, buttermilk, bourbon (if using), and 3 Tbsp. hot sauce in another medium bowl.
  8. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, turning to coat and packing into crevices.
  9. Shake to remove excess; return to rack. Pour 3 Tbsp. buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and work in with your fingers.
  10. Dip chicken into remaining buttermilk mixture, allow excess to drip off, then pack moistened flour mixture firmly onto chicken.
  11. Gently shake off excess; return to rack. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
  12. Pour oil into a large heavy pot fitted with thermometer to come halfway up sides. Heat over medium-high until thermometer registers 350°.
  13. Working in 2 batches, fry chicken, turning often and adjusting heat to maintain temperature, until deep golden brown, 5–8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a wire rack set over paper towels to drain.
  14. Heat a dry large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Brush cut sides of buns with butter and, working in batches, cook, cut side down, until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch.
  15. Mix 1 Tbsp. pickle brine into 2 Tbsp. seasoned mayonnaise in a medium bowl.
  16. Add lettuce, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Spread some seasoned mayonnaise over cut sides of buns.
  17. Build sandwiches with pickles, fried chicken, slaw, and more hot sauce, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Adapted from Bon Appetit
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best fried chicken sandwich, fried chicken sandwich, chicken sandwich, homemade goodness, summer cooking, florida girl cooks

author: Teresa Gonzalez

Teresa is a South Florida native who is a photographer that also has a passion for food. She's a seeker of sunshine, lazy days at the beach, and exquisite food.

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comAugust 16, 2015

    What a cool idea! I must say, I’m glad you didn’t make the cones – I was feeling singularly unaccomplished!

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comOctober 14, 2015

    congratulations! so happy for you and your family!

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    MargaretNovember 18, 2015

    Hello Teresa, I am so very excited to try your cider bourbon glazed turkey, however the recipe states you have included your own cider bourbon glaze recipe “below”…but it is not there. Would you please send it to me? My William sonoma is out. Thank you have a wonderful thanksgiving! Margaret

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