Sweet & Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with Kimchi & Roasted Potatoes
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Sweet & Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

with Kimchi & Roasted Potatoes

55 MIN
+$6.99/serving 2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

WHY WE LOVE THIS DISH
Tender chicken breasts are pounded thin, then marinated in chili crisp-buttermilk, before being pan-fried to crispy perfection, and finished off with a drizzle of spicy honey immediately after cooking. You'll layer the chicken onto fluffy challah buns alongside scallion mayo and a punchy kimchi and cucumber salad for a bit of Korean-inspired flair.
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ingredients
Sweet & Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with Kimchi & Roasted Potatoes
Title
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ¾ lb Fingerling Potatoes
  • 1 Pasture-Raised Egg
  • 2 Challah Buns
  • 1 Persian Cucumber
  • 2 tsps Gochujang
  • ⅓ cup Kimchi
  • 4 tsps Chili Crisp Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
  • 4 tsps Honey
  • ¼ cup Buttermilk
  • ⅔ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsps Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 Scallions
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tips & techniques
Marinate the chicken
1 Marinate the chicken

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and half the chili crisp; season with salt and pepper. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place between two sheets of plastic wrap on a sturdy work surface. Using the bottom of a heavy pan (or a meat mallet), pound the chicken to a ¼-inch thickness. Remove and discard the plastic wrap. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Transfer to the bowl of spiced buttermilk; stir to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

Prepare the remaining ingredients
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the potatoes lengthwise. Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds. Halve the buns. Thinly slice the scallions. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, 1/2 teaspoon of warm water, and as much of the remaining chili crisp as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the sliced scallions and mayonnaise; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the sliced cucumber and kimchi; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup and as much of the gochujang as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be.

Roast the potatoes
3 Roast the potatoes

Place the halved potatoes on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and arrange in an even layer. Roast 20 to 22 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Coat the chicken
4 Coat the chicken
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch; season with salt and pepper. Working one piece at a time, coat the marinated chicken (letting any excess marinade drip off) in the seasoned flour (pressing gently to adhere). Transfer to a plate.
Cook & finish the chicken
5 Cook & finish the chicken

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of flour sizzles immediately when added, add the coated chicken (tapping off any excess flour before adding). Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through* (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and drizzle with the spicy honey. Carefully drain off and discard the oil. Wipe out the pan. 

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken.

Toast the buns & serve your dish
6 Toast the buns & serve your dish
In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halved buns, cut side down. Toast 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a work surface. Assemble the sandwiches using the toasted buns, scallion mayonnaise, finished chicken, and marinated cucumber and kimchi. Serve the sandwiches with the roasted potatoes and gochujang ketchup on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Marinate the chicken
1 Marinate the chicken

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and half the chili crisp; season with salt and pepper. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place between two sheets of plastic wrap on a sturdy work surface. Using the bottom of a heavy pan (or a meat mallet), pound the chicken to a ¼-inch thickness. Remove and discard the plastic wrap. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Transfer to the bowl of spiced buttermilk; stir to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the potatoes lengthwise. Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds. Halve the buns. Thinly slice the scallions. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, 1/2 teaspoon of warm water, and as much of the remaining chili crisp as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the sliced scallions and mayonnaise; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the sliced cucumber and kimchi; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup and as much of the gochujang as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be.

Prepare the remaining ingredients
Roast the potatoes
3 Roast the potatoes

Place the halved potatoes on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and arrange in an even layer. Roast 20 to 22 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

4 Coat the chicken
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch; season with salt and pepper. Working one piece at a time, coat the marinated chicken (letting any excess marinade drip off) in the seasoned flour (pressing gently to adhere). Transfer to a plate.
Coat the chicken
Cook & finish the chicken
5 Cook & finish the chicken

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of flour sizzles immediately when added, add the coated chicken (tapping off any excess flour before adding). Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through* (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and drizzle with the spicy honey. Carefully drain off and discard the oil. Wipe out the pan. 

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken.

6 Toast the buns & serve your dish
In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halved buns, cut side down. Toast 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a work surface. Assemble the sandwiches using the toasted buns, scallion mayonnaise, finished chicken, and marinated cucumber and kimchi. Serve the sandwiches with the roasted potatoes and gochujang ketchup on the side. Enjoy!
Toast the buns & serve your dish
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