Air fryer mega-chick sandwich recipe
Home made Texas garlic toast meets air fryer spicy chicken
Slightly bare grocery store shelves, closed restaurants, and having to be locked in the house on my days off have been great inspiration to see what kind of meals I can come up with. Today I decided to take advantage of both the bread machine and the air fryer to make MASSIVE spicy fried chicken sandwiches.
I started this morning by firing up the bread machine with a basic white bread recipe (with parsley and garlic added). After three and half hours I had a good sized loaf that filled the house with the awesome aroma of fresh baked bread.
This was some garlicky smelling dough
I wish I could share the smell of this fresh bread with you all!
To prepare the chicken, I started by pounding it out flat with a tenderizer hammer, and then set it aside. Next I prepared the breading; a simple mixture of panko breadcrumbs and olive oil; it got microwaved in thirty second intervals and stirred up until it was golden brown.
A dredge was also required to glue the panko to the chicken. The dredge was a mixture of egg, flour, garlic powder, and Frank's Red Hot. Frank's Red Hot is AWESOME! I dredged the chicken through the spicy egg mixture, coated it in the panko bread crumbs, and set it carefully in the basket of the air fryer. The air fryer was set to 400°F for sixteen minutes to cook up the chicken.
While the chicken was "frying" away, I mixed some more Frank's Red Hot with mayonnaise to dress the sandwiches. To prepare my thick slices of bread for the mega sandwiches, I spread butter on both sides of each slice and fried the bread to make Texas toast slices.
Two pounds of chicken, punished with a hammer
This is THE sauce!
Panko breading a Frank's Red Hot dredge
All ready for "frying"
While waiting for the chicken to finish cooking, I decided to fix myself a cocktail. The weather is getting nice out and it's time to start pouring one of my favorite hot weather cocktails: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey with ginger ale. This is a great cocktail on a hot day. It's even better with a squeezed wedge of lime!
Time for a beverage!
Once the chicken was done in the air fryer, it was time to assemble the sandwiches. The Frank's Red Hot and mayonnaise mixture was spread on two pieces of Texas toast, and the sandwich was built with a spicy chicken patty, romaine lettuce, fresh sliced tomato, and onion.
Beautifully not-fried spicy chicken
These sandwiches were HUGE
BIG I tell ya!
Plated with air fryer French fries
The Mega-Chick sandwich was GOOD! It had a nice heat to it that wasn't too spicy, but was just right and enjoyable. The Frank's Red Hot and mayonnaise mixture provided a nice tangy and spicy bite to the Mega-Chick. It was also great with the fries.
The Texas toast was perfect! Frying it up with butter really brought out the garlicky flavor in the bread. It was crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside. This homemade Texas toast will make for great patty melts in the near future!
These Mega-Chick sandwiches were pretty damn big; requiring two hands to hold onto one to eat it.
Mmmmmm! I can't wait to fire up the air fryer tomorrow night so we can have these sandwiches again for dinner!