How to Make Easy + Yummy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

This recipe is the perfect meal for anyone looking for a little bit of spice in their life. Crisp, moist chicken tossed in an easy buffalo sauce makes this a budget-friendly dinner that’s easy to love.

The chicken is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Deep frying makes everything better!

A completed buffalo chicken sandwich featuring a golden-brown chicken tender topped with lettuce on a sesame seed bun, presented on a simple plate.

Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Hand breaded chicken breast dipped in buffalo sauce and served as a tasty sandwich.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings

Equipment

  • Deep fryer or Dutch oven
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Mixing Bowls

Ingredients 

Marinade

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Chicken

  • 6 chicken breast cutlets pounded thin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 quarts peanut oil or vegetable oil for frying
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup hot sauce such as Franks or Texas Pete

Assembling Sandwiches

  • pickle slices
  • lettuce
  • buns
  • mayonnaise

Instructions 

  • Marinate. Pound the chicken breasts thin, cutting into half if necessary for sandwich-sized pieces. Mix the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and place the chicken inside. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
    buttermilk marinate with chicken pieces.
  • Bread. Mix the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large powder. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, shaking off any extra liquid. Toss in seasoned flour mixture until completely covered. Repeat with all chicken pieces
    A bowl filled with seasoned flour, followed by a separate image showing chicken pieces being coated with the flour mixture, preparing for frying.
  • Fry. Preheat the deep fryer or Dutch oven filled with oil to 365 degrees. When oil is hot, fry chicken for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown outside and cooked through inside. Place on a paper towel-lined baking sheet while you fry all the chicken.
    A metal deep fryer basket containing flour-coated chicken pieces, next to an image showing the chicken pieces deep frying in hot oi
  • Dip. In a large saucepan, combine the butter and hot sauce for the buffalo sauce. Dip the cooked chicken into the pan and toss until well-coated.
    A close-up of a fried chicken tender being dipped in buffalo sauce, coated evenly with the spicy mixture.
  • Assemble. Place the breaded chicken on a bun with lettuce and pickle. Add ranch or blue cheese if desired and serve right away.
    A close-up of a buffalo chicken sandwich showcasing the crispy chicken tender and fresh toppings of lettuce and pickles, with creamy dressing on a sesame seed bun.

Notes

Be very careful while deep frying and use a thermometer to check the oil temperature.
 
Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 2485mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg

We make some form of breaded and fried chicken all the time. It’s one of the few things we all love, and even though putting it on a sandwich shouldn’t make it feel much different, it does!

A completed buffalo chicken sandwich featuring a golden-brown chicken tender topped with lettuce on a sesame seed bun, presented on a simple plate.

Chicken Sandwich Tips

  • To make the sauce spicier, add in some cayenne pepper
  • If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can use a Dutch oven or skillet to fry the chicken
  • Be super careful working with hot oil. Keep little kids and pets out of the kitchen, and never turn your back on it.
  • The chicken is just fine plain for your non-spicy people

You’ll need the following for this crispy chicken sandwich:

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cayenne
  • buttermilk (no buttermilk? Splash some white vinegar into plain milk and let it sit for a minute. It works in a pinch.)
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • all-purpose flour (try substituting 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs for 1 cup of flour for extra crunch.)
  • garlic powder
  • peanut oil or vegetable oil for frying
  • butter
  • hot sauce (use Franks or Texas Pete. Tabasco will be too spicy!)
ingredients on counter
  • Deep fryer or Dutch oven (you can also use a skillet or frying pan if you’re very careful)
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Mixing Bowl

Storage Instructions

If you have any leftover chicken, put it in an airtight container and store in the fridge. It should last for 3-4 days.

You can also freeze buffalo chicken cutlets for up to 2 months. Wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat them, thaw overnight in the fridge.

How long do you fry a chicken cutlet in a deep fryer?

If the chicken is totally submerged, 7 minutes should do it.

Can I use a store-bought buffalo sauce?

Of course! But it’s so easy to make, you might as well do it yourself.

More Fried Recipes

With a crispy exterior, a spicy kick, and cool, crisp toppings, it’s a classic that’s easy to love. Enjoy!

How to Make Easy + Yummy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

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