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Hot Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Hot Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich is absolutely phenomenal – so crispy on the outside but juicy and tender on the inside. The chicken is drenched in a spicy honey sauce. 



Spicy Honey Sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoons hot sauce, I’ve used Valentina and franks red hot


  • 4 boneless, skinless thick chicken thighs (3 to 4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 potato burger buns
  • 14-16 dill pickle chips


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Assemble the chicken sandwiches. 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!


  • Make sure to keep the temperature to 375°F! It is so important to use a thermometer when deep frying.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 561.0
  • Sodium: 3,107.0 mg
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 31.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 66.5 mg