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We are always trying to come up with new recipes for the summer that are crowd pleasing but also fairly easy to put together. Last year Hot Chicken Sandwiches were super popular so we wanted to take a stab at making a baked version that we could enjoy all summer long. Baking the chicken makes it so much easier to make this recipe for a bigger group of people. We paired our hot chicken, shredded lettuce and buttermilk ranch with our new favorite go to buns – Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bakery Buns. You can find them at most grocery stores and we absolutely love the soft texture. They are also perfect for burgers too! We also love the fact that there is zero high fructose corn syrup. They make it the perfect bun for our Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwiches! Enjoy!

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Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwiches

Makes 4

Ingredients:
4 small chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
1 1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and divided
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bakery Buns, lightly toasted
shredded iceberg lettuce
buttermilk ranch

Directions:
1. Lightly season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper and place in a shallow baking dish.
2. Pour buttermilk over chicken, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
3. In another shallow baking dish combine flour, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, turmeric, smoked paprika, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
4. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
5. Remove chicken breasts from buttermilk, one at a time, and dredge them in the flour mixture until fully coated, shaking off any excess.
6. Transfer coated chicken to a well, greased cooling rack placed over a baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
7. Spoon 1 tablespoon melted butter over each piece of chicken and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until coating has browned and the chicken has cooked through.
8. While chicken is baking, combine remaining 1/2 cup butter, honey, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
9. Once chicken is done baking, remove from oven and brush spicy-honey butter all over each piece until well coated.
10. To assemble: Spread ranch over the bottoms of each bun and top with a piece of honey hot chicken. Top chicken with a handful of shredded lettuce and more ranch. Place top buns over each sandwich and serve.

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  1. Mike H. Not Specified Not Specified

    These look seriously awesome! I LOVE hot chicken. The hotter the better. Nicely done.

    • Heather Not Specified Not Specified

      This is a recipe where you can easily increase the spice too! Just add a little extra cayenne! I love spice too.

  2. Jen Not Specified Not Specified

    My husband and I absolutely loved these. I love spice and his stomach can’t always tolerate it and this was a perfect medium for both of us. Great recipe!

  3. Charles Jerome Sullivan Jr Not Specified Not Specified

    Made this it was amazing but i thought i might bring up the ingredients ask for garlic powder but it’s not in the directions.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Ah, thanks so much for letting me know! It’s for the “dredging mixture”…will update shortly!

  4. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    Could you use regular Italian bread crumbs??

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes, the texture will just be a little different…you won’t get quite the same “crunch” but still delicious!

  5. Jan Campbell Not Specified Not Specified

    The best spicy chicken sandwich I have had! These were restaurant worthy. I made them exactly like the recipe and they were perfect.

  6. Lana G Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG This was AMAZING! Mind you, mine didn’t look a thing like the picture and we added pickles, tomatoes and lettuce. But this was so good! I hate chicken – but this recipe will have me eating chicken. We threw the garlic powder in with the dredge since it didn’t say where to put it. YUMMMY

  7. Kali Not Specified Not Specified

    How long can I keep the chicken in the buttermilk? I’m thinking I want to do this step ahead of time. Thanks!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can soak them for about 24 to 36 hrs…i wouldn’t soak them any longer as the chicken will begin to breakdown and will have a different texture

  8. Jeanette Not Specified Not Specified

    In step 1 it says to lightly season chicken, what do you season it with? I don’t think I either added enough salt and/or cayenne.

  9. Lucy Not Specified Not Specified

    Super good and fairly easy. Happy to bake them since there’s so much butter anyway!

  10. Denise Brown Not Specified Not Specified

    We have made these twice so far. Absolutely delicious. We did, however, substitute olive oil spray on top of the chicken instead of drizzling the butter.

  11. Rylie Gurney Not Specified Not Specified

    What does it mean by lightly season? With what?

  12. AK Not Specified Not Specified

    This was so delicious!! I was wondering if almond flour could be used in replace of all purpose flour?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      !I think so!…it may just not stick together quite as well, but should still work! Glad you enjoyed this recipe! :)

  13. Annette Cales Not Specified Not Specified

    A few things, 1. lightly season with what ? I did salt and pepper? 2. I assume the same measurements for the season (smoked paprika) for both the honey mixture and dredge, I also added the garlic to the dredge, it didn’t say. Chicken is in the oven. I will comment after we try it. I’m sure it’s a great recipe. Just please update with the exact directions. Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Annette Cales Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi,
    Checking back in. The sandwiches turned out great! I recommend adding pickle chips! it was a great addition! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Teri Lyn Fisher Not Specified Not Specified

      Awesome! So glad you liked it. Pickle chips sound really great too – such a good suggestion thank you!

  15. Stef Not Specified Not Specified

    What is a good substitute for the turmeric? My grocery didn’t have any!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      you can just omit it! its mainly for the color here, but the taste won’t change! :)

  16. Heather Day Not Specified Not Specified

    These were fantastic! My family and I loved them! Make sure to coat every part of the chicken before putting it in the oven. That is what helps it brown???? . I also love how you can increase the cayenne to get more spice or decrease if you aren’t a fan of spice????

  17. Janice Vanderzwan Not Specified Not Specified

    Absolutely delicious! My husband and I loved them! They are restaurant quality! Will be making these often! Thank you!

  18. Susan M. Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, I want to make them tomorrow for a family dinner , i was just wondering how hot these really are? we all like a little spice but not where we are drinking water after every bite lol. What ingredient should i decrease if i dont want it too spicy?
    Or do you think these arent that spcy. We all love Nashville hot chicken but we had it once where it was just too hot !

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Susan! I’d say there’s definitely a kick in these sandwiches! You can adjust the heat by lessening some of the cayenne pepper from the butter mixture. :) Hope you enjoy them!

  19. Jennifer Not Specified Not Specified

    Yummmmo ty for sharing so good hubby and I loved them and will definitely be putting these in our dinner rotation! Delicious!!

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