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Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches

Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Note: If desired, replace brine in step 1 with 3 cups of Kosher dill pickle juice. Proceed as directed.

About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at @thefoodlab on Twitter, or at The Food Lab on Facebook.

Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 8
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:At least 6 1/2 hours
Special equipment:Dutch oven or deep wok for frying
This recipe appears in: Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Cole Slaw
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Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • Sugar
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts peanut oil
  • 1 recipe Creamy Cole Slaw
  • 8 soft hamburger buns, toasted

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine 1/4 cup kosher salt and 1/4 cup sugar with 1 quart water and stir to dissolve. Place chicken thighs in a gallon-size zipper-lock bag. Add brine and seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Let chicken brine at least 6 hours and up to overnight.

  2. 2

    Meanwhile, combine black pepper, paprika, and 2 tablespoons kosher salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. 3

    When ready to fry, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and half of spice mixture in a large bowl until homogenous.

  4. 4

    Whisk together flour and remaining half of spice mixture in a separate bowl. Drizzle 4 tablespoons of egg mixture into flour and pinch with fingers until combined.

  5. 5

    Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Transfer to buttermilk mixture and turn to coat. Working one piece at a time, allow excess milk mixture to drip off then transfer to flour mixture. Turn to coat, pile extra mixture on top of thigh, and press down firmly to adhere as much mixture as possible to the meat. Lift thigh, shake off excess flour, then transfer to a rack set in a tray and let rest for 10 minutes.

  6. 6

    Meanwhile, preheat oil to 350°F in a large wok, deep fryer, or Dutch oven.

  7. 7

    Carefully lower chicken into hot oil and cook, turning thighs occasionally until golden brown and crisp on all sides, and chicken is cooked through, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  8. 8

    Place 1/4 cup of slaw on bottom half of each bun and top with a piece of chicken. Serve immediately.

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