Is This Really the Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Ever?

Oh, fried chicken … the food that everyone hates to love and loves to eat. There’s something about the concept behind fried chicken that makes every true eater’s mouth start to water. Crunchy, salty, deep-fried carbs coating an otherwise healthy cut of protein is irresistible, addictive, so wrong, and oh so right.

If you thought that fried chicken couldn’t get any better, we’re happy to tell you that you’re wrong; there’s one particular fried chicken recipe that, somehow, makes finger-lickin’ chicken mother cluckin’ better. Oh, and in this rendition it’s lovingly placed on a sesame seed bun. They’re calling it the best fried chicken sandwich ever.

The Recipe

This particular recipe calls for chicken thighs as opposed to the ever-popular white-meat of a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Why, you ask? They’re juicier.

The thighs are cured with a combination of salt, brown sugar, and baking powder and left in the fridge for as little as two hours or as long as an entire day. They’re then dredged in a blend of all-purpose flour, cornstarch, paprika, cayenne, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder prior to being coated in a delectable combination of egg, buttermilk, hot sauce, and (ideally) bourbon (although it’s listed as optional). You then pour the liquid mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients, coating the twice-coated chicken in this wet-dry combo for its third and final coating. Yeah, this chicken means business.

After refrigerating the thrice-coated thighs for half an hour, they’re ready to be deep-fried to an enviable, flaky golden-brown in peanut oil. The final product is placed on butter-browned buns layered with “a generous amount of seasoned mayo” and topped with shaved lettuce (tossed in more seasoned mayo as well as pickle juice), hot sauce (looks like Frank’s to us, and we support that movement), and a pair of bread and butter pickles. That was probably a run-on sentence, but we don’t even care; it was worth it to describe this sandwich.

This sandwich, one that we’re comfortably deeming as the best fried chicken sandwich ever (before we’ve even tried it), is a thing of beauty. The video covers the basics, but the full recipe lists nuances (like that “optional” bourbon). Get the recipe here.