Wendy's Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich Reduced Fat copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Wendy's Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich Reduced Fat

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Wendy's kicked it up a notch in 1996 when the burger chain introduced the Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich. The deep-fried chicken fillet is breaded with a secret coating containing just a bit of sting for those who like their food with heat. It's not knock-your-socks-off hot, but the spice gives the chicken a great flavor that's got customers coming back for more.

In this Top Secret Recipes reduced-fat Wendy's spicy chicken fillet sandwich recipe, you'll learn how to get that heat in the chicken, and then how to use a special baking technique that will give the clucker meat a breaded-and-fried consistency without too much oil.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 sandwich
Total servings–4
Calories per serving–380 (Original–410)
Fat per serving–8g (Original–15g)

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/3 cup Frank's Original Red Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • Oil cooking spray
  • 8 teaspoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 4 plain hamburger buns
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
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      1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

      2. Combine the pepper sauce and water in a small bowl.

      3. Combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and garlic powder in another shallow bowl.

      4. Slice each of the breast fillets in half across the middle. Wrap each piece of chicken in plastic wrap and pound it with a mallet to about 1/4 inch thick. If necessary, trim each breast fillet to help it fit on the bun.

      5. Working with one slice of chicken at a time, coat each piece with the flour mixture, then dredge it in the diluted pepper sauce. Coat the chicken once again in the flour mixture, and set it aside until the rest of the chicken is breaded.

      6. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray foil with a generous coat of oil cooking spray. Arrange all of the breaded chicken onto the sprayed foil. Spray a light coat of the oil spray over the entire surface of each slice of chicken.

      7. Bake the chicken for 8 to 12 minutes or until it begins to brown. Crank oven up to high broil and broil for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until the surface begins to become crispy. 

      8. As the chicken bakes, spread about 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise on the face of each of the inverted top buns.

      9. Place a tomato slice onto the mayonnaise, and a leaf of lettuce on top of the tomato.

      10. When the chicken is done, stack one piece onto each of the bottom buns.

      11. Flip the top half of each sandwich onto the bottom half, and serve hot.

      Makes 4 sandwiches.

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Cassie McQuiggan
May 27, 2018, 14:31

These were very good but I think 4 tsp of Cheyenne pepper would kill someone. I made this the first time with 2 tsp and it was still Very spicy (and I like heat). The site defaulted to 5 stars and will not let me edit. I give the recipe 4 stars.

Stephanie Lord-Parker
Feb 2, 2016, 22:00

They were so easy and really good. I used light salt but they were still awesomely good!!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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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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