Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich
Dinner

Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

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Category Dinner, Lunch/Dinner, American Tags: Boneless Thighs, Sandwich, Spicy

Step up your chicken sandwich game with this spicy recipe, and see our own Director of Retail Sales Bruce Mooney and Director of Communications and Community Relations Cathy Bassett try it out on WBOC’s Delmarva Life!

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Prep
15
Cook
15
Servings
4

Ingredients

For the fried chicken: 
Peanut oil, for frying
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. hot sauce
1 large egg
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry
2 tbsp. plus 2 teaspoons ground cayenne
1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

 

For the sandwich: 
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Mayonnaise
4 soft sesame seed buns
Bread-and-butter pickles

Directions

Add 1/2 inch of peanut oil to a cast-iron skillet and set over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, set up your breading area: flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a shallow bowl; and buttermilk, hot sauce, egg, and a pinch of salt in another shallow bowl. Whisk each mixture with a fork until well combined.

Season the chicken with salt. Coat in the dry mixture, then dunk in the buttermilk, then back into the dry. Transfer to a plate while the oil reaches temperature (360° F to 375° F). If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a piece of flour mixture into the pan. It should instantly sizzle but not burn.

When the oil is hot, carefully add the breaded chicken thighs. (If there isn’t enough space for all of them, do this in batches—do not overcrowd.) Fry for about 4 1/2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with salt when done.

While frying, combine the cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper in a heatproof bowl. When you’re done frying the chicken, add about 1/2 cup hot frying oil to the bowl with the spices and whisk until smooth. Dunk the fried chicken in the spiced oil. (If it gets too thick at any point, just thin out with a little more hot oil.)

Add lettuce with a little mayo and a pinch of salt to sandwich. Add mayo to bottom half, then layer with pickles. Top with chicken, then lettuce. Slather top bun half with more mayo. Enjoy while hot!

 

 

Source: food52.com