Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich Recipe

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Take a trip to flavor town with this buttermilk chicken sandwich. Crispy buttermilk brined chicken thighs are topped with a tangy red cabbage slaw and layered with smooth spicy mayonnaise for the ultimate chicken sandwich.
Dinner
New American
24
ingredients
10
steps
100
minutes
Giselle is a recipe developer and content creator that loves all things sweet and savory. She runs her own food blog, The Busy Spatula, and her work has been featured on Yahoo!, Marvel Studios and the Kitchn.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
For the Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
1 cup(s)
buttermilk
1/2 cup(s)
bread-and-butter pickle juice
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
4
boneless, skinless chicken thighs, see notes 1
1/2 cup(s)
cornstarch
1/2 cup(s)
flour
salt and pepper, to taste
peanut or canola oil, for frying
1
batch of spicy mayo, see below
1
batch of red cabbage slaw, see below
potato or brioche buns
bread-and-butter pickles
For the Spicy Mayonnaise
1/3 cup(s)
mayonnaise
1 tsp
hot sauce
1 tsp
smoked paprika
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
For the Red Cabbage Slaw
1/4 cup(s)
vinegar
1 tblsp
olive oil
1 tblsp
honey
1/4 tsp
kosher salt, see notes 2
1/4 tsp
dry mustard
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
3 cup(s)
red cabbage, thinly sliced
1
jalapeño, thinly sliced

Directions 10 steps | 100 Minutes

Step 1

Make the marinade. In a gallon-sized plastic zip-top bag, whisk together the buttermilk, sweet pickle juice and pepper.

Step 2

Add the chicken thighs and coat them in the marinade.  Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.

Step 3

Make the spicy mayonnaise. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Set aside.

Step 4

Make the red cabbage slaw. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, mustard and pepper until well combined.

Step 5

Add the red cabbage and jalapeño and toss until evenly coated. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Set aside.

Step 6

In a Dutch oven or a heavy pot, heat the oil until 350°F. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and flour. Lightly season with salt and pepper.

Step 7

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk marinade and let the excess marinade drip off before dredging it in the flour mixture. Shake off the excess dredge before frying.

Step 8

Deep fry the chicken thighs for about 6-8 minutes until golden brown, crispy and cooked through. Transfer the chicken onto a plate lined with paper towels. 

Step 9

Assemble the sandwich. On the bottom half of a bun, spread the spicy mayonnaise. Top with a piece of fried chicken.

Step 10

Layer the red cabbage slaw. Finish with a few slices of bread and butter pickles and the top of the bun. Enjoy!


Notes:

  1. Boneless chicken breasts can be substituted. Be sure to use chicken breasts that are comparable to the size of boneless chicken thighs.
  2. Be sure to use Diamond Crystal kosher salt. Different kosher salt brands have varied crystal sizes and may affect the salinity of the recipe.

Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
631
FAT
30.5 g
PROTEIN
43 g
CARBS
44.3 g

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Jolee S.

Jolee

22 Jul 2022

This red cabbage slaw is going on all of my sandwiches now.

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Chrystal G.

Chrystal

13 Jul 2022

Love the simple spicy mayo with this recipe.

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