The crispy chicken sandwich has taken the culinary world by storm, becoming a beloved favorite among home cooks, foodies, and chicken lovers alike. Its unique, crunchy texture combined with juicy, flavorful chicken creates an irresistible bite that keeps everyone coming back for more. Ready to create your own mouthwatering masterpiece? Follow this guide to make the perfect crispy chicken sandwich at home.

crispy chicken sandwich

Ingredients List

To ensure the best flavor and texture, use fresh, high-quality ingredients:

  • Chicken:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Breading:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Frying:
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sandwich Assembly:
  • 4 brioche buns or your choice of sandwich buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickles
  • Mayonnaise or your preferred sauce

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prepare the Chicken

  1. In a large bowl, mix the buttermilk, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the chicken thighs or breasts to the buttermilk mixture, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight for best results).

2. Bread the Chicken

  1. In another bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk mixture, allowing any excess to drip off.
  3. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, pressing gently to ensure an even coating. Place the breaded chicken on a plate and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

3. Fry the Chicken

  1. In a large skillet or deep fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Carefully add the breaded chicken pieces to the hot oil, frying in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding.
  3. Fry the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F/74°C).
  4. Remove the chicken from the oil and place it on a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.

4. Assemble the Sandwich

  1. Toast the brioche buns lightly in a skillet or toaster.
  2. Spread mayonnaise or your preferred sauce on the bottom half of each bun.
  3. Layer with lettuce leaves, tomato slices, and pickles.
  4. Place a crispy chicken piece on top and cover with the top half of the bun.

Serving Suggestions

Pair your delicious crispy chicken sandwich with these sides and beverages for a complete meal:

  • Sides:
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Coleslaw
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Beverages:
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • A cold beer or sparkling water


Congratulations! You've made a delicious crispy chicken sandwich that's sure to impress. Enjoy every crunchy, juicy bite, and don't forget to share this recipe with friends and family. Happy cooking!

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