Crispy Chicken Sandwich

A crispy chicken sandwich is a classic favorite, loved for its perfect balance of textures and flavors. The key to its appeal lies in the golden, crispy coating that gives way to the tender, moist chicken inside. This sandwich isn't just about taste; it's about creating memories around the table. The aroma of fried chicken in the kitchen and the sweet, tangy notes of homemade sauce set the stage for a family meal that's both comforting and exciting. Whether you're new to the kitchen or an experienced home cook, this recipe is designed to be simple and fun, promising a delicious result every time.

Close up view of a crispy chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato.Close-up view of a crispy chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato.

Distribution and substitutions of ingredients

  • Chicken breast: The star of the sandwich. The thighs can be used for a juicier alternative.
  • Milk butter: Adds tenderness; use a mixture of milk (vegetable or dairy) and lemon juice as a buttermilk substitute.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour works best, but you can use a gluten-free blend if needed.
  • Spices: Paprika, salt, and pepper are essential, but feel free to experiment by adding cayenne pepper to heat it up.
  • Sauce ingredients: A mix of mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, ground mustard, honey, black pepper and garlic powder. Adjust the honey to taste and be sure to let it sit for the flavors to blend.

Frequent questions

What is the best oil for frying?

Neutral oils such as rapeseed oil or vegetable oil are ideal for frying due to their high smoke point.

Is there a non-dairy alternative to buttermilk?

Absolutely yes, alternatively you can mix your favorite vegetable milk with a spoonful of lemon juice or white vinegar.

Can I bake chicken instead of frying it?

Yes, bake at 425°F until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, although the texture will be different.

How long can I store homemade salsa?

The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.


  • Chicken doesn't cook evenly: Make sure the chicken is pounded to an even thickness.
  • Non-crispy coating: Make sure the oil is at the right temperature (350°F) before frying.
  • Sauce too liquid: Let the sauce sit for a while to thicken and develop the flavors.

Chef's advice

  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken.
  • Let the breaded chicken rest on a wire rack before frying for a better crust.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan; fry in batches for even cooking.
  • Drain the fried chicken on absorbent paper to remove excess oil.
A crispy chicken sandwich on a white plate.A crispy chicken sandwich on a white plate.

Instructions for storage and heating

This sandwich is best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or fryer to maintain crispiness.

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