McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich

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Listen, you can forget your wraps. If there is one thing that McDonald’s does really well, it’s sandwiching tasty things between two slices of bread. Like what? Well, how’s about a crisp and juicy McDonald’s chicken sandwich? It’s our go-to choice when we want a change from a burger. Today we will show you our homemade recipe. It is just like the original!

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How to Make McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich

You’ll already know that McDonald’s is primarily a fast-food restaurant. For that reason, it would make little sense to be stood in the kitchen for hours making your own homemade McDonald’s chicken sandwich.

We guess what we are trying to say is that this recipe is effortless. 

There are a few secrets to our homemade recipe. Let’s talk you through them.

The first is that the chicken is triple coated… TWICE! We mix a special coating of dry ingredients along with an egg mixture. After hammering our chicken breasts flat (more about this in a minute), we give it a good dusting in the savory coating, then bathe it in our egg wash before giving it another coating in seasoned flour?

Why?

Because, by triple coating your chicken breasts, you end up with a really crispy and tasty batter. It’s almost like tempura, but with more taste!

We mentioned pounding the chicken breasts. This achieves a couple of things. First, it makes your chicken breast more uniform in size. Second, it cooks more evenly and quicker, sealing in all of the moistness.

By pummeling your meat flat, you tenderize it, making it all soft and juicy. 

There is another secret too. We want you to remember it, so we’ve saved it for last. Remember how we said the chicken breasts are triple coated twice? We actually put the breasts in the freezer for an hour after the first coating before repeating the process. This ensures that you get a nice thick coating. 

Because the chicken is cold, it takes slightly longer to cook and prevents the batter from burning before the rest of the meat is cooked!

From there, we top a floury sesame seed bun with a leafy green salad, a few tomatoes, and a liberal helping of some spicy mayonnaise before biting into it while trying not to burn our mouths! 

The McChicken sandwich is one of our favorite homemade McDonald’s recipes. Here are the instructions on how to do it.

McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

1

hour 

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

520

kcal

McDonald’s Chicken sandwich is all the rage and is becoming an extremely popular dish today. There’s no better compliment than creating a copycat version of this classic recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup white flour

  • ½ cup tempura mix (or corn starch)

  • 4 teaspoons yellow maize meal

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • ½ tablespoon onion powder

  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 pinch MSG

  • 1 pinch black pepper

  • 4 large chicken breast fillets

  • 5 cups of oil for frying

  • 4 burger buns

  • ¼ shredded iceberg lettuce

  • 1 large tomato, sliced.

  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp onion powder

Directions

  • Take a wide shallow bowl and beat the egg and water together.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the flour, tempura, maize, salt, onion and garlic powders, and the MSG along with a pinch of black pepper. Using a fork, stir and mix until fully combined.
  • On a flat counter and using either a rolling pin or meat hammer, flatten all of your chicken breasts until they are around the same thickness as your hand.
  • Now it’s time to coat the chicken. One by one, toss each breast in the seasoned flour. Once it is coated, give it a dip in the egg mixture, followed by a further coating in the savory flour. Once all the breasts have been coated, seal them in a Ziploc bag and place them in the freezer for around 50 minutes.
  • After the time has elapsed, remove the filets from the freezer and coat them again using the same process as above. Then heat your oil to around 360°F. When the oil is up to temperature, fry your chicken breasts until they are golden brown and juicy.
  • Split your buns and lightly toast them. While they are toasting, mix the mayo with the onion powder. Top each bun with a layer of lettuce, a tomato, and a large spoonful of the mayonnaise. Add your cooked filet, place the other half of the bun on top, and enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure you follow the instructions. You don’t want to miss out on that crunch, so you must repeat the battering process twice. We recommend putting your filets in the fridge for just under an hour. This means that your chicken breasts cook in the same amount of time as the batter.
  • We strongly recommend deep frying your filets. This is how they do it in McDonald’s. You could try shallow frying them. We did also try to oven-bake them. However, this doesn’t work nearly as well, and they end up coming out a little pale.
  • Don’t forget the McChicken sauce. It is vital to making your McDonald’s chicken sandwich taste authentic! The good news is that it is super easy to make. Just add 1 teaspoon of onion powder to every ¼ cup of mayonnaise. See, we told you it was simple?
  • When flattening your chicken breast, it can get a little messy. So here’s a top tip. Take a Ziploc bag and nestle your chicken breast inside. Leave a gap for the air to escape before flattening your filet. It makes the who process so much easier. You could even tip the first layer of seasoned flour into the bag to make sure it gets an even coating.
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Conclusion

While it may take a little effort, our homemade McDonald’s chicken sandwich recipe is really simple. By remembering a few key techniques, you can produce a meal that is identical to the original… Except you don’t have to visit a drive-thru to get it. What’s your favorite McDonald’s menu item? Let us know in the comments below.

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