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Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich

Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 sandwiches
Author: Based on a recipe from Bon Appetit


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying

To make it Nashville-Style Hot

  • 6 tablespoons cayenne pepper or less, depends on how hot you want it
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

For the sandwiches

  • 6-8 Buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tomato sliced then
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Pickles


  • Toss the chicken breasts with black pepper and 2 tablespoons of the salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  • Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and hot sauce together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk the flour and remaining 4 teaspoons of salt in another large bowl.
  • Heat 2" of oil to 325 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Working in batches, dredge chicken in flour.
  • Shake off excess then dip into the buttermilk mixture.
  • Shake off excess then dip again into the flour mixture.
  • Shake off excess then fry until golden brown on both sides, 10-12 minutes.
  • Transfer to a rack or paper towel-lined plate to cool.

To make it Nashville-Style Hot

  • Whisk cayenne, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika in a medium bowl.
  • Carefully whisk in 1 cup of the deep fryer oil.
  • Brush mixture onto both sides of the cooked chicken breasts.

For the sandwiches

  • Slather buns with mayo. Add tomatoes, chicken, lettuce, and pickles.