Chik-fil-a inspired chicken sliders

Imgur…some of you love it, some of you hate it, and some of you (including my mama) probably have no idea what I am talking about. I personally like Imgur because it helps me fall asleep and pass the time. Well I was playing on Imgur when I saw a post about chik-fil-a chicken sandwiches and the key being that the chicken is brined in pickle juice. PICKLE JUICE! We love chicken sandwiches in this house so I had to give it a shot.

  

Chicken:

  • 1 package of chicken thighs, cut and portioned to fit a slider bun
  • 1/2 cup of pickle juice
  • 1/2 cup of mild pepper rings juice
  • salt and pepper
  • zipper plastic bag

  
Assembly: Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Place in a plastic bag and pour in pickle/mild pepper rings juice. Squeeze out all air and place in a bowl in the fridge for 30 mins to overnight.  

While the chicken is brining assemble the breading.

 
Breading: 

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsps paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • crisco

Dredging: Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl pour the cup of buttermilk. Heat a pan with melted crisco until nice and hot, around 375F and up. Dredge the chicken in the buttermilk, then the flour and repeat. By doing it twice you get a crispier thicker breading. Fry for 4-5 min on each side. Watch the frying carefully because you don’t want the breading to burn. 

  
Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-towel lined plate.   
Toast some Hawaiian rolls, add a little mayo, a thin slice of pepper jack cheese and a pickle. Serve immediately. 

 
Buen Provecho!  

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