The Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

The Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

It really doesn’t get much better than crispy and juicy fried chicken on a toasted bun with a smoky paprika sauce.

Believe me when I tell you, this is THE BEST fried chicken sandwich recipe! It really doesn’t get much better than crispy and juicy fried chicken on a toasted bun with a smoky paprika sauce. It’s easier than you think to make your own fried chicken at home and this recipe will ensure you have succulent chicken every time!

Each layer of this sandwich brings it’s own unique and tasty flavor profile. Add them all together and you’ve got an unforgettable sandwich. Crisp greens and sweet bread and butter pickles balance out the rich fried chicken. The smoky paprika sauce adds creaminess and just a little bit of heat.

Frying is undoubtedly more work intensive than many chicken recipes, but it is absolutely worth it. Once you make fried chicken once, you’ll want to make it again and again.



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • canola oil for frying


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • 4 brioche burger buns toasted
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • bread and butter pickles


  • Add chicken, buttermilk, hot sauce, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt to a large resealable bag and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  • Heat 1 ½ inches of canola oil in a dutch oven or large pot to 350 degrees.
  • In a wide bowl, combine flour, remaining salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and canola oil. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk marinade and dip each piece in the flour mixture until well coated.
  • Fry two piece of chicken at a time until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Rest the cooked chicken on paper towels to cool.
  • Make the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Assemble sandwiches by spreading the open sides of the toasted buns with sauce. Top the bottom bun with fried chicken, pickles, lettuce, and the top bun.

Thank you so much for this recipe! I love it it’s the best!

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Crispy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Frying is the best way to ensure a crispy chicken, and every bite of this sandwich is full of texture and flavor. Sandwiches and burgers are all about the toppings, and this one is no different. The acid of the pickles cuts through the oil and fat and I always use soft buns to balance out the crunch of the chicken.

A healthier fried chicken sandwich

Let’s not pretend that a fried chicken sandwich is a healthy option, it’s definitely a treat meal, but making it at home is a way better option than a takeout version. This sandwich is less than 700 calories and you can also make these changes to make the dish healthier if you so wish…

  • Use a low fat / non fat mayonnaise.
  • Use chicken breast instead of thighs.
  • Use a whole wheat bun, rather than these brioche buns.
  • Add in some more fresh veggies such as tomatoes and onions to your toppings.

Top tips to make The Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe


  • Let you chicken marinate for at least four hours in the buttermilk, longer if possible.
  • Make sure your oil is at 350 degrees before frying the chicken.
  • Fry the chicken in batches, don’t overcrowd the pot.

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