Crispy Chicken Sandwich – The Stay At Home Chef

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The Crispy Chicken Sandwich is a classic favorite, known for its perfect balance of texture and flavor. The secret to its appeal is the golden, crispy batter and the moist, tender chicken inside. This sandwich is about more than just taste. It’s all about making memories around the dinner table. The smell of chicken frying in the kitchen and the sweet and tangy scent of homemade sauces set the stage for a fun family meal. Whether you’re new to the kitchen or an experienced home cook, this recipe is designed to be easy and fun, and you’re guaranteed delicious results every time.

Ingredient breakdown and substitutes

  • Chicken breast: The main character of the sandwich. Thigh meat can be used as a juicier alternative.
  • Buttermilk: Add kindness. As an alternative to buttermilk, use a mixture of milk (plant-based or dairy) and lemon juice.
  • flour: All-purpose flour is best, but you can also use a gluten-free blend if you prefer.
  • spices: Paprika, salt, and pepper are a must, but try adding cayenne pepper for added spiciness.
  • Source ingredients: A mixture of mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, mustard, honey, black pepper, and garlic powder. Adjust the amount of honey to your taste and be sure to let it sit until the flavors meld.


What is the best oil for frying?

Neutral oils such as canola oil and vegetable oil have a high smoke point, making them ideal for frying.

Are there dairy-free buttermilk alternatives?

Of course, you can also mix your favorite plant-based milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.

Can I bake the chicken instead of frying it?

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

How long can homemade sauce be stored?

Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


  • Chicken is not cooking evenly: Pat the chicken to an even thickness.
  • Coating is not crispy: Make sure the oil is at the proper temperature (350°F) before frying.
  • Sauce too thin: Let the sauce sit for a while to thicken and develop flavor.

Tips from the chef

  • use a meat thermometer Check the internal temperature of the chicken.
  • Let the coated chicken rest You will get a better crust if you place it on a wire rack before frying.
  • Do not overcrowd the pot. Fry in batches to ensure even cooking.
  • Drain fried chicken on paper towels. To remove excess oil.
Crispy chicken sandwich on a white plate.

Storage and reheating instructions

This sandwich is best eaten fresh from the oven. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheating in the oven or air fryer will keep the crispiness.

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