PICKLE-BRINED FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
Pointedly low-fuss and remarkably moist, this recipe gets its verve from pickles used two ways: Dill pickle brine seasons and moistens the chicken from the inside-out, while chopped pickles add zip to the coleslaw. Many fried chicken sandwich recipes use breasts, but thighs have more fat, which means they're more flavorful and harder to overcook. The chicken also fries at a lower temperature, so it finishes cooking and its crust crisps at precisely the same time. The buttermilk is key to the crispness here, so avoid any substitutions. Paired with cornstarch, it forms a thick crust that shatters with each bite. This sandwich is best enjoyed immediately, with your favorite hot sauce and a pile of napkins.
Provided by Alexa Weibel
Yield 4 sandwiches
Number Of Ingredients 15
- Add the chicken thighs and 1/2 cup pickle brine to a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally to marinate evenly.
- While the chicken marinates, prepare the pickle mayonnaise: Finely chop 8 dill pickle coins. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, capers and chopped pickles; season generously with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- When ready to cook the chicken, pour the buttermilk into a wide shallow bowl. In a separate wide shallow bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, onion powder and 1 tablespoon each salt and pepper; whisk to combine.
- In a large Dutch oven or deep cast-iron skillet, add 2 inches of oil and, over medium-high, heat to 325 degrees, about 5 minutes.
- Working with one piece at a time, remove the chicken from the brine, transfer to the buttermilk and turn to coat. Lift chicken from the buttermilk, allowing the excess liquid to drip off, then add it to the flour mixture and turn to coat, patting extra flour mixture on top to ensure the chicken is well coated on all surfaces. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken.
- Working in two batches, add the chicken to the hot oil and cook, turning every 1 to 2 minutes, until crust is deep golden and chicken is cooked through, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and season with salt and pepper. (An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the thigh should read at least 165 degrees.) Repeat with the remaining chicken, adjusting the heat to ensure that the oil maintains a temperature of 325 degrees.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large, preferably nonstick, skillet over medium. Add 2 buns, split-side down, and cook until warmed and toasted, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining butter and buns.
- Make the coleslaw by tossing the cabbage with half of the pickle mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Slather the remaining pickle mayonnaise on the bottom of the buns and top with the chicken, red onion, remaining pickles and coleslaw. Serve with hot sauce, if using.
FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
- Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to an even thickness. Cut each breast in half and place in a bowl. Pour pickle brine on top and let sit for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, mix flour, powdered sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, celery salt, and basil in a bowl.
- Whisk eggs and milk together in another bowl.
- Drain liquid from the chicken and rinse off briefly. Shake any excess liquid from chicken.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Dip each piece of chicken into the flour mixture, then into the egg-milk mixture, then coat again with the flour. Dip each piece again, if desired.
- Deep-fry chicken, 3 pieces at a time, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
- Let chicken rest on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet for 5 minutes. While chicken is resting, lightly butter each sandwich bun and toast them in a skillet.
- Add 2 pickle slices to the bottom of each bun, then a chicken piece, then top with the other bun. Repeat to make remaining sandwiches.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 404.7 calories, Carbohydrate 183.2 g, Cholesterol 105.3 mg, Fat 19.9 g, Fiber 1.6 g, Protein 16.5 g, SaturatedFat 5.4 g, Sodium 1440.4 mg, Sugar 3.9 g
- Place chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag; cover with pickle juice. Seal and refrigerate for 3 hours.
- Drain pickle juice from thighs. Cover chicken; refrigerate until ready to fry.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Heat 2 inches oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Pour buttermilk and flour into 2 separate bowls. Season flour with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in buttermilk. Toss in flour. Return to buttermilk and toss in flour a second time. Place chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet.
- Fill Dutch oven with as many thighs as possible without crowding. Cook at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Place thighs on the baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are fried. Transfer thighs to the oven.
- Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 5 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Season with a pinch of salt.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 369.3 calories, Carbohydrate 35 g, Cholesterol 60.8 mg, Fat 16.7 g, Fiber 1.1 g, Protein 18.9 g, SaturatedFat 3.9 g, Sodium 3053.2 mg, Sugar 3 g
PICKLE-BRINED FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH PICKLE SLAW
- Arrange the chicken thighs on a work surface, smooth side up. Using kitchen shears, make a few cuts in the thickest part of the chicken thigh. This will help the chicken cook evenly and will also help the brine absorb. Add the chicken to a large bowl and cover with 2 cups of pickle juice. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, remove the chicken from the pickle juice and pat dry. Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Fill a large Dutch oven with about 3-inches of vegetable, attach a deep fat fry thermometer and heat to 350 degrees F.
- When the oil is almost heated, make your batter: Add the tempura mix, tapioca flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to a medium bowl, pour in the club soda and whisk to combine. It should be slightly thinner than pancake batter.
- Working in batches, dredge the chicken in the batter, allowing the batter to cover the chicken fully. Shake off any excess batter. Transfer the chicken to the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp with an internal temperature is 165 degrees F, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a wire rack and sprinkle with salt. Fry the remaining chicken.
- To assemble the sandwiches: open the buns and lay them cut side-up on a clean work surface. Spread the mayonnaise evenly over the top and bottom halves of the buns. Place a piece of chicken on each bottom bun. Top each piece of chicken with a heaping 1/2 cup of slaw. Place the top buns on the sandwiches and serve.
- Add the shredded cabbage to a medium bowl and add the pickle juice, vegetable oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using clean hands, massage the cabbage to help it slightly break down. Add the mustard, pickle, onion and dill. Toss well to combine. Keep the slaw refrigerated until you're ready to assemble the sandwiches. Any leftover slaw can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days.
PICKLE BRINE FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
Don't throw out your pickle brine! That puckery, salty liquid makes the perfect chicken brine, infusing the meat with flavor and keeping it moist.
Provided by Food Network Kitchen
Yield 2 sandwiches
Number Of Ingredients 11
- Drain the pickling liquid into a medium bowl, reserving the pickles separately. Add the chicken into the pickling liquid and cover. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
- To make the sauce, combine the mayonnaise, BBQ sauce honey and yellow mustard.
- Combine the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk together the eggs, 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper in a separate medium bowl.
- In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 375 degrees F. (If you don't have a thermometer, a cube of bread will brown in about 3 minutes.)
- Remove the chicken from the brine. Discard the brine. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then in the egg and then back in the flour. Fry the chicken until brown and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove onto a paper-towel-lined plate and season with a pinch of salt.
- Build the sandwich with the buns (toasted with butter, if desired), chicken, a drizzle of sauce and pickles.
SMASHED PICKLE SALAD
Many cucumber salads are dressed with some combination of salt, acidity (such as vinegar or lemon juice) and something tangy and creamy. (Sour cream is commonly used in Germany, Scandinavia and the Midwest; buttermilk in the South; and yogurt in the Mediterranean, Southwest Asia and South Asia.) This recipe skips the first step of salting by instead substituting pickles - cucumbers fermented in salt and vinegar - in place of raw cucumbers. They're still crunchy, but also pack a fierce punch. Eat this salad alongside something rich, like grilled meats or schnitzel, or in a sandwich with deli meats, tinned fish or boiled eggs. While most pickles work, half-sour pickles are especially refreshing. (Avoid bread and butter pickles, which are too sweet.) Smashing the pickles opens them up to absorb dressing, and the act of doing so is just plain fun.
Provided by Ali Slagle
Categories salads and dressings, vegetables, side dish
Yield 4 servings
Number Of Ingredients 6
- In a medium bowl, stir together the red onion and pickle brine.
- On your cutting board, whack the pickles with a meat mallet or the back of a wooden spoon, then rip into 1/2-inch pieces. (If using spears, simply rip them into 1/2-inch pieces.)
- Add the smashed pickles to the bowl, along with the celery, sour cream, dill and mayonnaise. Stir vigorously until creamy and combined. This salad is best eaten right away. (It can be refrigerated up to one day, but the dressing will start to get watery.)
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- Whisk together buttermilk, pickle juice, hot sauce, and 2 teaspoons of the salt in a very large bowl or a large pot. Place chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks in mixture; cover with plastic wrap, and chill at least 8 hours (or up to 12).
- Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Stir together flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons salt in a large bowl. Remove a chicken piece from buttermilk brine, letting excess drip back into bowl. Place chicken in flour mixture, and toss well to coat. Transfer breaded chicken to wire rack. Repeat process with remaining chicken. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°F; set a clean wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and place alongside stove. When chicken is ready to fry, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a large Dutch oven, and heat over medium-high until oil reaches 350°F on a thermometer.
- Working in three batches, carefully add four chicken pieces to hot oil; fry until deeply browned and a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat (avoiding bone) registers 165°F, about 12 minutes for drumsticks and thighs and 15 minutes for breasts, turning chicken once halfway through cook time. (Adjust heat as needed to maintain oil temperature between 300°F and 320°F.) Remove chicken from oil, and place on the prepared wire rack. Sprinkle all over with salt. Place baking sheet in oven to keep warm while repeating frying process with remaining chicken. Serve fried chicken with pickles.
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Top Asked Questions
How do you make pickle-brined fried chicken sandwich?(Watch the video of Alexa Weibel making pickle-brined fried chicken sandwich here .) Add the chicken thighs and ½ cup pickle brine to a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally to marinate evenly.
How do you make fried chicken with pickle juice?Pour in pickle juice. Seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate and let chicken soak in pickle juice for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. When ready to fry, remove chicken from bag and discard pickle juice. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Pour buttermilk into a medium bowl. Add flour and 1 tablespoon pepper to a second bowl.
What is pickle brine and how do you use it?Pickle brine seasons the chicken thighs while also breaking down their muscle structure, allowing them to retain more moisture as they cook. Mixing buttermilk into self-rising flour with your fingertips creates little nuggets of batter that make your chicken extra crispy. Look at that fried chicken sandwich.
How do you make pickle brine for chicken thighs?Stir together 1/2 cup pickle brine, 1 tablespoon salt, paprika, 1 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl. Place chicken thighs in a gallon-size ziplock plastic bag; pour in pickle brine mixture.