Super Tasty Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich

Southern Fried Chicken

Originally appearing in Southern Living magazine, this chicken sandwich definitely tastes like the South! Honestly, it is the best fried chicken sandwich I‘ve ever eaten — way better than anything you‘d get from any of those fast food places.


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What makes it so fantastic, besides the fact that it has that HOMEMADE taste that already can‘t be beat? I think it‘s the fact that they are made with boneless chicken THIGHS rather than BREASTS. The added fat in the thighs keep them from drying out. It also doesn‘t hurt that the flour coating includes the tang of buttermilk, along with the zing of a little hot sauce, for that down-home, country flavor.

You don‘t need a deep fryer to make these, by the way. Most things I fry, I maker right in a deeper frying pan on the stove, and it all comes out great!

Serve these on premium buns (maybe make your own?) with mayo, lettuce, a slice of American cheese, and although I’m not personally a fan of pickles on chicken, a few dill pickle slices, which will make these even more southern! Enjoy, y’all!

Be sure to let me know on my Get It Down Pat Facebook page if you made these sandwiches and if so, how they came out and if you like them!

Southern Fried Chicken

Get It Down Pat‘s Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich

It tastes just like the South!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Also, at least 2 hours for marinating in fridge. 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 Plastic food storage bag — gallon-size bag
  • 1 Frying pan — Deep enough to fry one side of the chicken (about ¾ of an inch deep). A cast iron pan works great!
  • 1 Food thermometers (candy and meat) — To ensure proper temperature of the hot oil and the cooked chicken.
  • 2 Shallow bowls or plates — To dip and coat chicken

Ingredients
  

For the chicken

  • 4 Chicken thighs — boneless, skinless
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp Hot sauce — Frank‘s Red Hot Sauce or Hot Louisiana are good choices.
  • 2 tsp Salt — kosher, divided
  • 2 cups Flour   — all-purpose
  • 1 tsp  Black pepper
  • Enough vegetable oil for frying — You can use can use any vegetable oil with a high smoke point (400℉ or higher), such as corn oil, canola oil, peanut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.

For the sandwich

  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 slices Cheese — I used American, but use slices of whichever cheese you love the most!
  • 4 leaves Lettuce — iceberg; You can also use shredded iceberg lettuce.
  • 4 Buns — For this sandwich, try to get premium buns, rather than just plain ol' hamburger buns. Make it special! Brioche, kaiser, or pretzel buns are good options.
  • Dill pickle chips — As many as you'd like.

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken, buttermilk, hot sauce, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a large food storage bag (such as ziplock). Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (up to overnight). 
  • Add oil to a depth of ¾ inch in a large cast-iron skillet. Heat on medium setting until a thermometer registers 350°F.
  • While the oil heats, stir together flour, pepper, and remaining teaspoon of salt in a large shallow bowl.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, letting excess drip off. Place chicken in flour mixture, turning to coat.
  • Working in 2 batches, fry chicken in hot oil, turning occasionally, until golden brown and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers at least 165°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  • Build the sandwiches, using mayo, lettuce, cheese, and dill pickles with a fried chicken thigh on a premium bun.

Notes

While my recipe calls for specific condiments, you can use whatever floats your boat! Ketchup, mustard, flavored mayo, horseradish, relish, salsa… Even Miracle Whip (but don’t let any Southerners know)! And if you aren’t a fan of dark meat, you certainly can make this sandwich with chicken breasts instead of thighs. Get creative with your add-ons and flavors to make this delicious fried chicken sandwich your own.
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