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Real Fast Food: Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

By Brooke McLay |

Spicy chicken sandwiches are popping up everywhere nowadays.  Which, is a good thing for my tweenaged son.  He craves them like a Cullen craves a camping trip. 

Though most fast food spicy chicken sandwiches are cheap eats–usually priced less than two bucks–I shudder to think of the meat quality, preservatives, and unhealthy oils used in the preparation of this ‘meal.’  So, the tweenager and I set to work last week, attempting to recreate his favorite spicy flavor in a more healthful way.  Would you believe it only took ten minutes to achieve a flavor that had him head over heels, using all-natural chicken breast, and a handful of everyday spices?  It’s true!  This recipe is ridiculously easy and ridiculously delicious.  It’s one spicy chicken sandwich that we can afford to put into our menu, schedule, and bodies. 

Homemade Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/3 c. cornstarch
2 eggs, well beaten
2 chicken breasts, sliced halfwise to create 4 pieces
1 c. light olive oil or canola oil for frying

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat. While the oil is heating, combine cornstarch and all other spices in a shallow dish, stirring together until well mixed.  Pour well beaten eggs into a second shallow dish. Coat chicken pieces thoroughly with the cornstarch/spice mixture. Dip both sides into the egg mixture, then transfer immediately to hot oil and pan fry on both sides until cooked through (about 2-3 minutes per side). Remove from oil, placing cooked chicken on a paper towel momentarily to drain excess oil from the sandwich. Serve on hamburger buns with mayonnaise and lettuce. Enjoy!

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Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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12 thoughts on “Real Fast Food: Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

  1. mangiabella says:

    what a fantabulous alternative

  2. Katie says:

    This sounds great! The directions are a little confusing though… It says to coat chicken in cornstarch mixture, then dip in cornstarch (which I’m assuming is really meant to be egg). So is it cornstarch-egg-fry, or cornstarch-egg-cornstarch again-fry? Sorry, I will screw it up if I don’t have exact insturctions. lol

  3. leah says:

    I’m confused – cornstarch/spice then egg? (text says cornstarch/spice then cornstarch…) Won’t the egg spatter too much in hot oil?

  4. Brooke says:

    Thanks for your eagle eye, Jamie! Yes! You dip the chicken in the cornstarch mixture first…and THEN the egg mixture. Doing so creates a tempura-like crust. It doesn’t splatter in the oil at all, but cooks up light and crispy. Enjoy!

  5. Memoria says:

    Oh, I would love one or two or these sandwiches right now. YUM!

  6. Rick Stedman says:

    Such a nice way to nourish your family.

  7. Sarah says:

    Any suggestions on a side dish? I’m trying this recipe tonight!

  8. Brooke says:

    Sarah- Side dish suggestions for sure! For something snappy, serve it with some sliced apples, sprinkled with a touch of cinnamon sugar. If you have time, make these Baked Sweet Potato Fries (AMAZING!)

  9. Sarah says:

    It was delicious and we will definitely have it again! Thank you!

  10. Stella says:

    Thank you for your recipe. It looks delicious. I am sharing this sandwich with my readers.

  11. Karin says:

    Just made these and they came out wonderful….my only comment is that it is definately not as spicy hot as the Wendy’s sandwich. If you like some heat in your sandwich, you may want to up the cayenne pepper. Otherwise, awesome! I never thought to dip in egg AFTER dipping in the spice mixture, but it worked like a charm.

  12. Alyce says:

    Wow! These were great!
    Everybody (ie. kids and adults) loved them.
    Served Chic-Fil-A style with pickle slices.
    Was not too spicy. Next time I’ll add more hot spices. I think we’d like it even hotter.

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