Pepper Jelly-Glazed Fried Chicken Sandwiches


Who needs to go out to eat when you can create these stunning sandwiches right at home?

Pepper Jelly-Glazed Fried Chicken Sandwiches
Makes 4
  • 3 cups whole buttermilk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2½ tablespoons hot sauce, divided
  • 2½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 chicken cutlets (about 1 pound), halved crosswise
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning*
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • ¾ cup red pepper jelly
  • 4½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Hamburger buns, coleslaw, and dill pickle chips, to serve
  1. In a 13×9-inch baking dish, whisk together 2 cups buttermilk, salt, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, and garlic powder. Add chicken; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, turning chicken halfway through marinating. Let chicken mixture stand at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and Cajun seasoning; stir 2 to 3 tablespoons buttermilk marinade into flour mixture to form some small clumps. Place remaining 1 cup buttermilk in another medium bowl.
  3. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, pour oil to a depth of 1 inch, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375°.
  4. Working in batches, remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip off. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking of excess. Dip chicken in clean buttermilk; dredge in flour mixture again, shaking off excess.
  5. Working in batches, fry chicken until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 160°, 1 to 2 minutes per side, adjusting heat as needed to maintain temperature. Let chicken drain on a wire rack set over a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  6. In a small saucepan, bring pepper jelly, vinegar, Worcestershire, and remaining 1½ tablespoons hot sauce to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Working quickly, generously brush pepper jelly glaze all over chicken pieces. Serve chicken immediately on buns with coleslaw, pickles, and remaining pepper jelly glaze.