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Buttermilk Fried Chickenwiches

Serves 6

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • For the Oil and Vinegar Slaw:
  • 3/4 cup white wine or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bread-and-butter or dill pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • About 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium green cabbage, quartered and thinly shredded
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 small red onion or 1/2 large red onion, chopped or quartered lengthwise then thinly sliced
  • 2 chili peppers such as Fresno or jalapeo pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • For the Spicy Bacon Special Sauce:
  • 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha or cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • For the Fried Chicken:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/3 palmful
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Frying oil, such as canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 8-ounce pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast, halved across to form 6 portions or 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 white or cornmeal-topped sandwich rolls, split and toasted or griddled
PREPARATION

For the slaw, combine vinegar, pickle juice, mustard, celery seed, garlic, white and brown sugar and salt in small pot, heat to dissolve the sugar and salt; whisk in oil. Pour warm dressing over cold slaw mixture of cabbage, carrot, red onion and chili peppers. Chill. Can be made 1 day ahead.

For the sauce, brown bacon in a small pan into crispy bits, remove to cool.

In a bowl, whisk together Dijon, lemon juice, egg yolks and vinegar. Add oil in very slow stream while whisking then season aioli with sea salt to taste. Add bacon bits and about 2 teaspoons of smoky bacon drippings; stir in hot sauce to combine. Chill sauce until ready to use and up to 1 week.

For chicken, place flour in a shallow dish and add dried spices, pepper and salt. Whisk to combine. Pour buttermilk in a separate dish. Soak chicken in the buttermilk for as little as an hour or as long as 24 hours. Remove chicken and shake off excess buttermilk. Dip in flour mixture. (Feel free to double dip for extra-crispy chicken!)

Heat about 3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or counter top frying to 360-365F degrees. Fry chicken in 3-piece batches until golden and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Keep warm on wire rack inserted into baking sheet in warm 275F oven. When chicken comes out of oil, season with a little more salt.

Dress toasted buns with special sauce and top with a piece of chicken and some slaw salad.

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