Air Fryer Hot Chicken Sandwich 

The Nashville hot chicken sandwich is all the rage, and for good reason – it’s delicious. In this air fryer hot chicken sandwich recipe, air frying the buttermilk-marinated chicken gives it a healthier twist. 

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Air Fryer Hot Chicken Sandwich

Air Fryer Hot Chicken Sandwich 

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

The classic Nashville hot chicken sandwich gets a healthier makeover in the air fryer. It is coated in crispy panko breading and air-fried after marinating in pickle brine, buttermilk, and hot sauce.  


Ingredients

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  • 8 chicken tenders 
  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs 
  • 2 tsp. salt 
  • Spray oil 
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns 
  • 1/3 cup dill pickles, sliced 

For the marinade 

  • 1 cup buttermilk  
  • ¼ cup pickle brine  
  • 2 Tbsp. hot sauce  
  • 1 egg  

For the hot oil

  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper  
  • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar  
  • 1 tsp. paprika  
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder  
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine buttermilk, pickle brine, hot sauce, and egg.  Whisk until thoroughly combined. In a Ziploc bag, add chicken and buttermilk mixture. Refrigerate and allow to marinate  for 1-4 hours.  
  2. Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F. 
  3. In a flat dish, combine panko and salt. Coat the chicken tenders in the panko breadcrumbs.  
  4. Place chicken in greased air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 375 degrees for 14-16 minutes, flipping and spraying chicken halfway through cooking, until chicken is fully cooked (165 degrees F internal temperature). 
  5. Meanwhile, when there are about 5 minutes left on the chicken, make the hot oil. Add olive oil, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine. Once sauce begins to simmer, remove from heat. 
  6. Once chicken tenders are done, remove from air fryer and add to a large bowl. Pour the hot oil over the chicken and toss to combine. Serve on a bun with pickles. Enjoy! 

Hot Chicken Sandwich


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