Picture it, Sicily, 1942…Just kidding! I’m not going to go into some long tirade about how this recipe was handed down over generations and all that jazz. You’re not here for that. What you are here for is a quick, simple recipe for crispy chicken sandwiches on brioche buns. And that’s what I have for you. I’m going to tell you how to get perfectly seasoned chicken filets. Promise!
- Heat one inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Slice chicken breasts in half. Place in a gallon ziplock bag and pound out to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Season chicken generously with salt, pepper, or the seasoning of your choice.
- On a plate, put your 1.75 cups of flour and also generously season. It’s important to season both the flour AND the chicken to achieve the best flavor. When I say generously season, you want to be able to easily see whatever seasoning you add to your flour mixed into it.
- In a shallow dish, beat three whole eggs with a splash of water.
- Once your oil is heated (test with a wooden chopstick, when the oil is hot it will bubble around the chopstick or test with a bit of flour to see if it sizzles. NEVER flick water into hot oil!) dip one chicken breast slice at a time first into the egg mixture, then into your seasoned flour. Lightly shake off excess, then repeat the process, first dipping the chicken into the egg mixture, then the flour.
- Lay flour-coated chicken breast into the hot oil, going away from you to avoid any splashback.
- Using a spoon, carefully spoon hot oil onto the top of the chicken breast.
- Cook on one side until golden brown, 5-7 minutes before flipping and cook until golden brown on the other side, another 4-6 minutes.
- Remove chicken from pan to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. I work in batches, so I put the plate in the microwave or oven to help keep the filets warm while I work.
- To toast your buns, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Place bun open side down in the skillet and let sit for a few minutes, checking often to prevent burning. When toasted to your desired level of toasty-ness, remove from skillet and set aside.
- Assemble your sandwich and enjoy!
And that’s it! That’s the recipe for crispy chicken sandwiches. If visuals are more your thing, I uploaded a video of the recipe to Amor et Vita’s YouTube (that’s right, we’re officially rolling that out!). I find it helps me to see what someone means when they say “generously season”. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer my tips and tricks, wouldn’t I?
-Invest in a small kitchen torch! I use this to melt and caramelize everything from cheese to sugar.
-My absolute favorite seasonings to use are the Boar’s Night Out Double Garlic Butter (so good on everything!), Joe’s Stuff Cajun Seasoning, and a Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning.
-Final tip! If slicing and pounding the chicken breast out feels like too much work, you can always buy the thin-sliced chicken breast filets from the grocery store.
Let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe out!