This Hot Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich is made with buttermilk, flour, spices and is deep fried to perfection. The bun is OPTIONAL you and eat the fried chicken as is!
I put hot sauce on almost everything so being able to make a spicy chicken sandwich really made my heart happy (and my belly). Using buttermilk for your chicken is amazing because it really tenderizes the meat! This sandwich tastes so much better homemade, trust me!
This Spicy Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich is absolutely phenomenal – so crispy on the outside but juicy and tender on the inside. This sandwich can come together quickly. You can use brioche buns or potato buns, which is what I used. Don’t skip on the cornstarch because that is what helps the chicken come out extra crispy on the outside.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Hot Sauce
- Chicken thighs
- Chili powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic cloves
- Burger Buns
See recipe card for quantities.
Start by making the sauce. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the honey, butter and hot sauce. Do not stop stirring until all the butter melts and the honey becomes thin. Set aside.
Prep the chicken. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. In another dish, add the buttermilk, remaining chili powder, and minced garlic. Stir each mixture with a fork until well combined. Dip each piece of chicken into the buttermilk mixture and then toss in the flour, and add on a clean plate. Repeat with the rest.
Heat up the oil. Heat a 2-inch depth of vegetable oil in a heavy large pot between medium and medium high heat. Use a thermometer! Oil must register to 375°F. Add the chicken into the oil and fry, turning once, for about 8 minutes, or until the chicken registers 170°F internal temperature.
Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and repeat with the rest of the chicken. When the chicken cools off a bit, dip into the spicy honey mixture!
Add each fried chicken tossed in the honey mixture onto a bun.
If you want, you can add mayonnaise as well as the pickles. Top with the bun and enjoy!
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or banana peppers
- Deluxe - add guacamole, crispy onions or mayo.
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips (ketchup chips!)
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Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can freeze the chicken for up to three months.
Use a candy thermometer to maintain the temperature.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove