Buffalo-Style Spicy Chicken Sandwich


You too can be a contender in the spicy chicken sandwich wars that have been going on with rival restaurant chains with your own homemade spicy chicken sandwich. This chicken recipe is breaded and fried like the competitors, but has a fresh topper of celery and carrots in a blue cheese dressing that make it stand out.

Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 medium carrot

  • 1 stalk celery

  • 2 tablespoon blue cheese dressing

  • 2 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, halved crosswise

  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon Buffalo-style hot sauce, plus more for serving

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 4 hamburger buns, split

  • Crumbled blue cheese (optional)


  1. For slaw: Use a vegetable peeler or sharp knife to cut carrot and celery into strips. In a medium bowl combine carrot, celery, and dressing. Cover and chill 1 to 4 hours. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, lightly flatten chicken pieces between two pieces of plastic wrap to an even thickness.

  2. In a bowl whisk together buttermilk, egg, 1 Tbsp. hot sauce, and 1/2 tsp. each kosher salt and ground black pepper. In another bowl stir together flour, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, and an additional 3/4 tsp. each kosher salt and black pepper. Place cornstarch in a shallow dish. Coat chicken with cornstarch, then dip in buttermilk mixture. Coat pieces with flour mixture. Dip again in buttermilk mixture, then again in flour mixture. Let breaded chicken stand about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large or extra-large cast-iron skillet heat the oil over medium to 375°F. Add chicken to oil; fry 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and chicken reaches 165°F, turning once.

  4. To serve, dip chicken in additional hot sauce (or drizzle generously). Serve in buns with slaw and, if you like, crumbled blue cheese. Makes 4 sandwiches.

    Buffalo-Style Spicy Chicken Sandwich
    Carson Downing

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

660 Calories
22g Fat
73g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 1548mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 3.2mg 16%
Calcium 208mg 16%
Iron 4.6mg 26%
Potassium 680mg 14%
Folate, total 150.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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