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Chick-fil-A Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Chick-fil-A Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich


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This chain’s not-spicy original chicken sandwich which debuted in 1964 was the first chicken sandwich introduced to America by a fast food chain, and it put Chick-fil-A on the map. By diversifying the menu with new products such as this kicked-up version of the famous sandwich, the chain grew over the years to become the #1 chicken restaurant in the nation, and this sandwich is now one of the most popular picks on the menu board.

The secrets for a good clone of this bestselling sandwich lie in the brine and the breading. I recently obtained some insider intel confirming the long-standing rumor that pickle juice is the brine. I hadn’t called for it in my prior Chick-fil-A clones because the listed ingredients for the sandwich didn’t include it. I’m not sure why that is, but my latest test versions with the pickle juice were noticeably better, so now it’s in there. You should also know that MSG is an important ingredient in both the brine and breading, so don’t leave that out if you want the best clone.

Use this special trick to get three perfect sandwich-size cutlets out of each chicken breast and then give the chicken a nice 4-hour brine. Your patience will be rewarded with one of the best chicken sandwich hacks to come out of a home kitchen. 

Now, check out my version of Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese!

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  • 10 ounces (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
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April Byers
Dec 14, 2021, 17:41

My son made these 3 ways: full cayenne pepper, half of cayenne pepper, and zero added cayenne pepper. The result was that they were all great. My husband has Gerd and cannot eat spicy foods and the no cayenne pepper still resulted with a great chicken sandwich with or without the spice.

Zachary Schuette
Nov 28, 2021, 20:49

Amazing flavor and very tender and juicy. Great job Todd!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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