Since completing Whole30 with plans to go back to a Whole30-esque diet from here on out after the holidays until the wedding, one of our favorite fast food/late night meals was 100% ruined in the process: Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwiches. We’ve tried them a couple times since whole30—always late at night, and always when we can’t squeeze in a meal before a show or event we were already committed to, though to be completely honest, I can count on one hand the number of times we have done actual “fast food” versus eating at home or going to a healthier alternative—and we realize, that they are truly just not good sandwiches! The bread tastes like cardboard, too much mayo, the chicken isn’t great quality, the lettuce is wilted, and the tomatoes are too soft or too bitter…I mean, I honestly have questioned how we liked these in the first place…
But, I rose to the challenge and consulted on my go-to’s for a better alternative, so without further ado, I present the most delicious fried chicken sandwich I have ever had.
The one thing I do want to experiment with is using breast meat rather than thigh meat. I know thighs are particularly juicy, BUT it’s just not my favorite. I KNOW, GASP, SUCH A SIN, but there you have it. I just don’t like the way the meat looks gray once I’ve bitten into it! Its all about aesthetics, and gray is not something I really want to put in my mouth, so I do have plans to try this again, but use halved chicken breasts instead of thighs to see if I like it better, but I don’t plan to change anything else about this recipe whatsoever. Absolutely AMAZING and delicious! Oh, and I will also use some of my own homemade pickles instead of store-bought because my pickles are bomb. *Mic Drop* — Cooking Maggie
BA’s Best Fried Chicken Sandwich from Bon Appetit