Copycat McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

The next time you're daydreaming about a juicy chicken sandwich, we have just the recipe for you: this copycat McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Chef and recipe developer Angela Latimer of Bake it with Love says, "This sandwich is incredibly good [and] fresh ... so much better than the McDonald's version."

We have to praise McDonald's for the inspiration, because without their Crispy Chicken Sandwich, there would be no sandwich to make this copycat recipe from. The beautiful thing about this sandwich is its simplicity. On the McDonald's website, the fast food chain lists the ingredients as nothing more than a crispy chicken fillet, a potato roll, crinkle cut pickles, and salted butter.

We know there's more to it than that, though. And thanks to Latimer's recipe, the secret in this copycat recipe really comes down to the herbs and spices you use in the breading, in addition to the careful prep of the chicken breasts. Just resist the temptation to stray from the recipe or add anything extra, because this sandwich really is a delight as-is.

Once your DIY chicken sandwiches are prepped, however, feel free to complete this meal with your favorite sides. "Fries are good," Latimer says,"but step outside and enjoy some sunshine with a nice big hunk of watermelon to really enjoy this sandwich to its fullest!"

Gather the ingredients to prepare this copycat McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich recipe

If you try to make this sandwich using only a crispy chicken fillet, a roll, crinkle cut pickles, and salted butter as per the McDonald's website, well ... good luck! In Latimer's copycat recipe, there are additional ingredients that go into the delicious breading.

You'll need a good deal of frying oil (canola or vegetable oil, e.g.), boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded thin and trimmed to shape), water, a beaten egg, all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, salt, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, a pinch of sugar, some salted butter, hamburger buns, and lots of pickle slices.

Begin heating the oil, and prepare the breading mixture

If you're deep-frying the chicken, begin to heat about 4 cups of your frying oil in a deep fryer, Dutch oven, or a large heavy-bottom frying pan, and warm it all the way up to 375 F. When frying in a pan, you'll need at least a 1-inch depth of oil, which will be about 2 cups of oil for most pans.

Meanwhile, combine the water and beaten egg in a shallow bowl, a pie pan, or any dish that will fit your chicken breasts. In a second shallow dish, combine the all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, salt, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, and sugar.

Finally for this step, if your chicken breasts are thick, cut them butterfly-style in half or use a meat tenderizer and pound them thinner by placing the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and, beginning at the center, hammer your way toward the edges.

Bread then fry the chicken breasts

Once the chicken breasts are sliced or pounded to the right thickness, trim them to be just a bit bigger than the buns. Next, dredge then bread the prepared chicken breasts. Starting in the egg and liquid mixture, coat both sides of each chicken breast, then transfer the chicken into the flour mixture, pressing it down into the seasoned flour.

Once both sides of the chicken are coated in the breading, the breasts can be placed onto a tray or rack while you cook the meat in batches, if needed, based on the side of your frying pan. Deep-fry the chicken pieces for eight to 12 minutes or pan fry the breasts for three to five minutes per side, regardless being sure to cook until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 F. 

Now, remove the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate or tray and let the excess oil absorb onto the towel.

Assemble the sandwiches, and then enjoy

Melt the salted butter in a frying pan, rolling the pan from side to side so the whole surface is coated, and then briefly toast the buns in a the pan, letting them cook just until they take on a bit of light brown sear on the bottom.

Next, assemble your sandwiches by placing the chicken breast on the bottom bun, topping the chicken with four pickle slices, then closing the sandwich with the top bun. You can now enjoy it with French fries, as per standard McDonald's operating procedure, with watermelon as per Latimer's idea, with a green salad, or just as-is. You really can't go wrong with a sandwich so right!

Copycat McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich Recipe
5 from 26 ratings
Pair this copycat McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich with fries, fresh watermelon, a green salad, or enjoy it as-is.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
4
Servings
copycat McDonald's chicken sandwich
Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of sugar
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 to 4 cups frying oil (canola or vegetable oil)
  • ½ tablespoon salted butter
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 16 pickle slices
Directions
  1. Heat your frying oil in a deep fryer, Dutch oven, or a large heavy-bottom frying pan to 375 F.
  2. Combine the water and beaten egg in a shallow bowl that will fit your chicken breasts, and whisk well.
  3. In a second shallow dish, combine the all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, salt, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, and sugar.
  4. If your chicken breasts are thick, cut them butterfly-style in half, or use a meat tenderizer and pound until thinner, and trim thinned breasts to fit buns.
  5. Dredge the chicken breasts by coating both sides of each chicken breast in egg mixture, then transferring into flour mixture.
  6. Once both sides of the chicken are coated in flour, they can be placed onto a tray or rack while you cook in batches (if needed).
  7. Deep-fry the chicken pieces for eight to 12 minutes, or pan-fry the chicken for three to five minutes per side until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 F.
  8. Remove fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate or tray.
  9. Melt salted butter in a frying pan, and then toast the buns in the pan.
  10. Assemble your sandwiches by placing the chicken breast on the bottom bun, topping the chicken with pickle slices, then closing the sandwich with the top bun.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 2,295
Total Fat 202.5 g
Saturated Fat 17.3 g
Trans Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 248.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 49.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
Total Sugars 3.0 g
Sodium 1,431.3 mg
Protein 70.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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