My need to make a Honey Butter Fried Chicken Sandwich came from growing tired of my boring and random work-from-home lunches. I thought I was all set with my Jerk chicken salad sandwiches but I got bored again so here we are and honestly I love it here!
Now the thing with chicken sandwiches and why we love them so much is they pack tons of flavor and texture in every single bite. I’m always looking for a nice toasty bread, seasoned crispy breading, and tender and juicy piece of chicken. When making fried chicken sandwiches at home it can be easy to lose flavor but not with this sandwich because we’re going to season everything! Before I talk about seasoning let’s talk about the chicken and the fact that we’re using thighs and not breasts. I chose chicken thighs because they’re a lot more tender than chicken breast and I personally like the flavor. That said, you can use chicken breasts, however I would recommend using a meat tenderizer to even out the breast and break down the chicken to make it tender.
As for the seasonings, we are keeping the spices simple but with a tad bit of heat. My spicy seasoning of choice is cayenne pepper but if it’s too hot for you, chipotle seasoning is a nice one that will give the chicken a little bit of heat. The salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper will be used to season the chicken thighs and the flour because we want a well seasoned chicken sandwich. Another way to kick up the flavor is to add some pickle juice to your buttermilk! Speaking of buttermilk, we will be dredging our chicken in the seasoned flour and buttermilk to achieve an ultimate crispy coating.
The star of this sandwich is the honey butter! It’s so simple simple and good and I actually can’t imagine a chicken sandwich without it. It adds a subtle sweetness to the sandwich and really balances well with the other spices. I hope you enjoy your sandwich and happy cooking!
How to make a Honey Butter Fried Chicken Sandwich
Add the oil to a medium/large frying pan and turn the stove on medium high heat. While the grease is heating up, prepare the clean chicken for seasoning and dredging. Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (or chipotle pepper). In a medium bowl, prepare the flour mixture by adding the spices to the flour and stir everything well. Pour the buttermilk in a separate bowl and set aside.
Begin to dredge the chicken
Coat the seasoned chicken in the flour mixture on both sides, dip the chicken in the buttermilk, and then again in the flour mixture. Complete these steps on all of the chicken thighs. Once the canola oil is hot, place the chicken in the frying pan (don’t overcrowd the pan) and fry on both sides until the chicken is golden and thoroughly cooked. The internal temperature should read 165°. When the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and drain the excess oil on a paper towel lined cooling rack.
To make the honey butter
Add the butter and honey to a small pot over medium heat. Let the butter melt and bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Using a pastry brush or spoon, coat the chicken in the honey butter. Serve the chicken on a toasted bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy!