This delicious Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe features juicy, flavorful chicken thighs marinated in buttermilk and coated in a crispy, seasoned coating, served on a toasted brioche bun with easy homemade coleslaw and pickles for the perfect crunch.
So, I don’t know about where you are, but it is hot as hell here in Ohio. When it’s hot outside, I do not, I repeat, I do not like to cook. I prefer fast and light meals. It’s way too hot outside to eat a heavy comfort food meal. This summer is all about salads and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches.
The Buttermilk Marinade
It all starts with the marinade to fully experience the perfect Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich. The marinade is a critical step in making the chicken incredibly juicy while adding flavor.
Mix buttermilk, salt, pepper, herbs, and spices in a large bowl to create the marinade. Add the chicken breasts to the mixture, ensure they are fully coated, and let them marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Trust me, the longer you let the chicken marinate, the more flavorful the result will be. Once you’re ready to start cooking, take the chicken breasts out of the marinade and let them come to room temperature before frying.
The Brioche Bun
But what’s a sandwich without the perfect bun? It’s like the foundation of a house; if it’s not sturdy, the whole thing will fall apart. Choosing the right bun is crucial when making the perfect fried crispy chicken sandwich. A brioche bun is an excellent choice as it adds a light sweetness to the dish. It’s even better if it’s toasted, which is a must for this recipe. Its buttery texture also perfectly complements the crispy fried chicken and creamy coleslaw.
And to complete the perfect summer sandwich, you need an excellent coleslaw.
Making the Coleslaw
To ensure your Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich is at its best, pair it with the perfect topping. And what better topping for a summer sandwich than coleslaw? But not just any coleslaw, you need a simple creamy, sweet, and tangy coleslaw recipe.
This recipe is quick and easy to make, with only a few ingredients. Dump the coleslaw mix into a mixing bowl. Then, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and a pinch of salt in a separate bowl until it forms a smooth dressing. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mixture and toss well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the coleslaw mix to soften. Make sure to cover it in plastic wrap.
The Toasted Bread
The final touch to a perfect sandwich lies in the foundation: the bread. While it may seem minor, choosing the right bread and toasting it right can make all the difference. For this Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, we recommend hearty bread with a slightly crispy exterior and a soft, chewy interior. Sourdough, ciabatta, or even sturdy white bread would all work well.
To toast the bread, spread a thin layer of butter or mayonnaise on each slice. This adds flavor and prevents the bread from getting soggy from coleslaw and chicken. Next, heat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat and place the bread slices on the hot surface. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until the bread is golden brown and slightly crisp.
Now that you have the perfect bread, coleslaw recipe, and buttermilk fried chicken, it’s time to combine them for the ultimate summer sandwich.
Putting it all Together
With all the individual components of the sandwich prepared it’s time to assemble it. Start by placing a piece of buttermilk fried chicken on the bottom bun. Then place a generous amount of coleslaw on top of the fried chicken. Make sure to spread it evenly over the chicken.
Finally, add the top bun to the top of the coleslaw. Press down gently to compress the sandwich and help the flavors meld together. Cut the sandwich in half diagonally and serve immediately.
With its golden brown toasted bread, creamy coleslaw, and crispy fried chicken, it’s hard for this sandwich not to be the Best Fried Chicken Sandwich recipe you’ll ever make. It will impress your family and friends and leave everyone wanting more. So go ahead and indulge in this delicious creation – you won’t regret it!
Commonly Asked Questions
Marinating the chicken in buttermilk before frying helps to tenderize the meat and add flavor. However, if you’re short on time, skip the buttermilk marinade and season the chicken with salt, pepper, and spices before frying.
To make the extra chicken crispy, pat it dry before coating it in flour or breadcrumbs. You can also double-coat the chicken by dipping it in egg wash and then in the coating mixture before frying.
Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour for the coating.
You can also add toppings like bacon, avocado, lettuce, or different types of cheese.
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