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Copycat Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

Author Micha M


  • 6 to 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken breast filets OR
  • 2 large chicken breast, butterflied and thinly pounded
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Toppings: mayonnaise lettuce, tomatoes


  1. Stir the water and hot sauce together in a small bowl

  2. Mix the flour, salt, cayenne, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a shallow dish

  3. Heat the oil in a deep cast iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pot until it reaches 350 degree

  4. Coat the chicken in the flour, dip in the hot sauce mixture, and coat with flour again

  5. Fry for 8-12 minutes or until golden, crispy, and 165 degrees

  6. Remove the chicken from the oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate or a cooling rack over a sheet pan

  7. Place chicken on buns and add desired toppings