January 06, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich - Like Hot Wings on a Bun!

This is one of my husbands favorite sandwiches.  About 20 years ago there was a local restaurant that served a sandwich like this that my husband would order whenever we ate there.  Over the past two decades 'buffalo' style items have gotten a lot more widespread and mainstream and now we find a similar version of this sandwich in many chain restaurants, but at the time, it was a menu item no other local restaurant near us was offering.  I started to make our own version soon after and even though I've tried different spices or herbs over the years, really it doesn't need it.  It's basic and simple but tastes so good.

The 2 minute version;
Here is where I tell you how you can cheat make this in about 2 minutes; although it won't be as good.  You can use a pre-made, frozen, store bought, breaded chicken patty, a bun and a bottle of store bought hot wing sauce.  You don't even have to fry the chicken patty.  You can microwave it and have this sandwich ready in about 2 minutes.  If you bake the chicken patty, it may take longer but it's still just as simple.  But for the best flavor, a homemade breaded chicken breast and homemade sauce can't be beat.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 c milk or cream
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Store bought hot wing sauce or homemade
oil to deep fry the chicken breasts
Lettuce, tomato, blue cheese or Ranch dressing to top

Here is the Buffalo Wings Sauce I make - and have been making for over 15 years now:

1 c Frank's Hot Pepper Sauce
1/3 c canola oil
1 t sugar
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t  Worcestershire sauce
1 egg yolk
2 t water
2 t cornstarch

In a saucepan on the stove, combine all of the ingredients except the egg yolk, water, and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil over medium, then reduce and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk the egg yolk, water and cornstarch until dissolved and drizzle the hot sauce mixture into the egg yolk mixture in a steady stream while continuing to whisk.

Mix the flour and salt in a shallow pan.  Use flattened chicken breasts or if yours are fresh and too thick, slice in half if they really large, or just pound them flat with a mallet or rolling pin.  Dip in the milk or cream, then the flour mixture, then in the milk/cream again and the flour mixture again.  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.  Heat oil in a pan on the stove to fry.  Fry for about 10 minutes total;  about 6 on one side, 4 on the other, flipping to cook evenly.  When center is done, remove to a paper towel covered plate to drain.  Place on a bun and top with hot wing sauce, lettuce and tomato.  Serve with blue cheese or ranch to top or dip sandwich.

Breaded chicken breasts, ready to fry

Frying golden brown and cooked through

You might also be interested in;
Hooters Wing Sauce Hot: The Original (12 oz.)
Louisiana Supreme Chicken Wing Sauce 17 oz (3-pack)

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