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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

Aaron has an unhealthy obsession with Wendy's. In particular he likes the spicy chicken sandwich. He will eat one almost every day for lunch at work and if I am feeling too lazy to cook dinner he will suggest Wendy's almost every time.

Truthfully, I am fond of the spicy chicken myself. The problem is that Wendy's is so expensive and unhealthy. For the three of us to eat at Wendy's it usually averages $15-18 and I'm sure there is far more fat in their deep fried french fries than in the oven baked fries I usually cook at home. Aaron said that if I could learn how to make the spicy chicken myself that he would stop suggesting Wendy's.

Well guys, I did it. I found a recipe on Pinterest and went for it and it was a huge success. The best part is I can control just how spicy the chicken is. The recipe calls for 4 tsp of cayenne pepper but it can certainly be toned down for children or even adults with tongues (and tummies) more sensitive to spice.

So no more waiting in line at the drive thru for this girl. No more trying to remember what everyone wants to order. No more spending tons of money. No more forgetting to check the bag and then having to return to the restaurant for any lost items, and no more having to ask for no tomatoes on my sandwich (and then getting them anyway and having to remove them and wipe the tomato slime off of the bun).

Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

Source: Secret Recipes

1 cup all purpose flour
4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup hot sauce
2/3 cup water
4 chicken breasts
1/4-1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying

In a gallon size zip top bag combine the flour, cayenne, salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, and garlic powder.

Close the top and shake until well mixed.

In a shallow bowl combine the hot sauce and water and mix with a fork.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pound the chicken breasts to 3/8 inch thick. (I actually just sliced them in half horizontally, like butterflied.)

Coat each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, dip in the hot sauce mixture, and then coat again in the flour mixture.

Once the oil is hot (a little flour sprinkled over the oil will sizzle as it hits the surface) place the chicken gently in the skillet.

Fry for about 5-8 minutes per side.

When the chicken is cooked through and golden brown on each side transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve on sandwich buns with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise and some french fries on the side. Because of the size and shape of my chicken I had to cut the piece in half to fit it on the bun but it still tasted fantastic.

I like mine with a slice of meunster cheese.

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