I really love Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwiches. In fact, I'm not sure I know a single person that doesn't love them. I do not, however, like the seemingly ever-increasing price tag that comes with them. I'd been toying with the idea of making them at home for a while, but I was a little afraid I'd end up disappointed. However, one day I brought up the idea of making them to my husband, and he was game. So, we tried them.
They were excellent. I wouldn't say they taste exactly like Wendy's, but they're really close. And, since you make them, you have the added bonus of knowing exactly what you put in them.
Spicy Chicken Sandwiches
Recipe adapted from various websites
Cook & Prep Time - 15 minutes
1/3 cup Frank's hot sauce
2/3 cup water
1 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp salt (I thought this was a bit much so I would probably do 1 1/2 tsp instead)
4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder
4 boneless chicken breasts
oil, for frying
Preheat oil to 350 degrees F.
Mix together water & hot sauce in one bowl or shallow dish. Mix together the flour, cayenne, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in another bowl or shallow dish.
Pound the chicken just a little bit and dredgein the flour mixture, then dip in the hot sauce mixture, and then back into the flour.
Drop into the hot oil and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees F.
Serve on buns and garnish with the tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise.