Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

Who doesn't love a giant crispy chicken sandwich from that hole in the wall cafe across town, or even one picked up through the drive-thru? When your palate simply is saying 'no go' to a cheeseburger, what's the next best thing? A crispy chicken sandwich.

Dining out, even if it's just fast food adds up. Big time. We try to cut costs by eating a home, and hey, if I were married to myself, I'd love to eat at home too. Normally we cut it cheap when it comes to buns. Why go fancy? It's summer and burgers on the grill taste just as good on a pack of 98 cent buns as they do on fancy sesame seed buns, right? Eh, I'd normally argue for the cheapies too, but hey, if you're going to have a giant mouth watering crispy chicken sandwich at home, you might as well splurge an extra dollar for some good buns!

My husband was very pleased with this meal, to say the least. With the blueberry lemon cheesecake bar later for dessert, it's safe to say our stomaches were happy, as were our hearts. Awwww.

Since I felt like I was in the kitchen, literally, all day yesterday, I decided to just make some baked fries for a side. Yes, they were fresh cut by the chef herself, me.

1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut width wise to create two patties
2 eggs
1 c. vegetable oil (for frying)
1/3 c. corn startch
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. garlic salt
4 tbl. olive oil
2 potatoes (cut into fries)
2 seasme seed buns
4 tbl. mayo
fresh lettuce

Oven Baked Fries:
Place cut fries into plastic bag with 3-4 tbl. olive oil to coat. Remove and place on cookie sheet lined with foil. Make sure you place in a single layer to ensure they all cook evenly. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, and garlic salt before placing in oven for 15-20 minutes at 375F.

Heat oil in pan. Mix cornstartch and spices in a shallow dish. Whisk eggs well into a seperate shallow dish. Coat chicken in dry mix first, and then dip into egg. Place both chicken patties into oil and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place on papertowels to soak up excess oil. Add mayo and lettuce to bun, and last, but most importantly, add the chicken to the bun, and eat your heart out!

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