These Crispy Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken cutlets that are skillet fried until crispy with a light spice coating. They are delicious served up on a toasted bun with hot sauce, blue cheese, and plenty of garlic dill pickles! Forget the chicken sandwiches at fast food restaurants. There is nothing tastier than your own homemade better than takeout fried chicken sandwich.

A buttery grilled bun adds a level of flavor, and the lightly spiced coating helps crisp up the chicken. And, if you are a lover of pickles (like we are) you don’t have to worry that the “extra” pickles you request on your take out crispy chicken sandwich isn’t enough!

Crispy Chicken Sandwich with blue cheese sauce and pickles on a brioche bun

A Crispy Chicken Sandwich You Won’t Want To Stop Eating

The year 2020 has thrown upon us all, the need to cook most all of our meals at home. It hasn’t been as easy as getting in your car and going out for dinner anymore. I know, you can go to McDonalds or Burger King and still get your favorite Crispy Chicken Sandwich to go. And, in some places you can even sit in the store if you want one bad enough.

But, you really don’t have to because making them at home is super easy and quick. These also are great warmed up in the oven if you have leftovers. The coating might not be as crispy the second day, but I promise you it is just as delicious.

Open-faced Crispy Chicken Sandwich with a pile of pickles on top

What You Need To Make This Recipe

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Chicken Cutlets. I just grabbed a package of pre-cut chicken cutlets. However, if you want to save money, you can just buy the chicken breasts yourself and cut them into cutlets.

Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs or Panko. We used the breadcrumbs for the sandwiches you see in the photos. However, our preference is Panko. Whatever one you have on hand or prefer works just fine. Panko will make them even crispier.

Hot Sauce. This is our very favorite brand of hot sauce, and the only one I use. Grumpy loves it so much he puts it on everything!

Garlic Dill Pickles, and plenty of them! This family loves their pickles. If your not a fan of them, its ok, I won’t judge you.

A sturdy hamburger bun. It’s ok that it’s called a hamburger bun, you can still use this for a chicken sandwich!

Tips And Substitutions

  • If you have time, soak the chicken in the hot sauce and hot sauce mixture for an hour or two before cooking. This will allow the chicken to absorb some of the flavor.
  • Make sure the oil in the skillet is hot before you add the chicken to the pan. The chicken should sizzle when placed in the skillet. A medium high heat is best for making these spicy chicken sandwiches.
  • Skip the hot sauce and substitute your favorite barbecue sauce for the dipping mixture.
  • Use Panko in place of breadcrumbs, or if you do keto, use crushed pork rinds to coat the chicken cutlets.
  • Top the chicken sandwich with a chipotle dressing or homemade ranch dressing instead of the blue cheese.
  • Use mild pickled peppers or pickled jalapeno slices in place of the pickles.
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Crispy Chicken Sandwiches
Yield: 4

Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Thin and lightly spiced chicken cutlets are breaded and fried and served on a toasted bun with your favorite sauce and pickles

Ingredients

  • 4 (3 ounce each) chicken cutlets
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup red hot sauce
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sliced dill pickles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the red hot sauce, milk, and egg. Place in fridge and allow to marinate at least 30 minutes (optional). hot sauce mixture
  2. In a large shallow bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, salt, onion powder, paprika, and garlic powder. breadcrumb mixture
  3. Dip the chicken cutlets into the hot sauce mixture, then into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat.
  4. Heat the olive oil a large non stick skillet until hot. Place 1/2 of the chicken cutlets into the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until coating is browned and chicken is cooked through. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and chicken cutlets.
  5. Lightly butter each brioche bun with the butter. Toast the buns, butter side down, on a hot griddle until golden. Serve the crispy chicken sandwiches with your favorite sauce and pickles (if using).

Notes

Tips And Substitutions

  • If you have time, soak the chicken in the hot sauce and hot sauce mixture for an hour or two before cooking. This will allow the chicken to absorb some of the flavor.
  • Make sure the oil in the skillet is hot before you add the chicken to the pan. The chicken should sizzle when placed in the skillet. A medium high heat is best for making these spicy chicken sandwiches.
  • Use more oil if needed when frying. The breading may soak into the oil and there may not be enough to fry the 2nd side of the chicken.
  • Skip the hot sauce and substitute your favorite barbecue sauce for the dipping mixture.
  • Use Panko in place of breadcrumbs, or if you do keto, use crushed pork rinds to coat the chicken cutlets.
  • Top the chicken sandwich with a chipotle dressing or homemade ranch dressing instead of the blue cheese.
  • Use mild pickled peppers or pickled jalapeno slices in place of the pickles.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 603Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 214mgSodium 1538mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 21g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

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