Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

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Ever bitten into something so deliciously spicy and thought, “I need to make this myself”? That’s exactly what happened to me with this iconic Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The first time I tried it, I was hooked – the perfect blend of heat, crunch, and flavor had me dreaming about it for days. But why settle for dreams when you can recreate this fast-food marvel in your own kitchen?

The sandwich is quite easy to prepare and only takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on whether it’s your first time making the recipe.

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How To Make Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich

One of the critical components of making the perfect copycat Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich involves the sauce. This helps to add extra flavor and taste to the sandwich. Also if you like a bit of heat from your burger then this will deliver on that. This might not blow you away with the heat but it definitely packs a punch.

Make sure to follow the ingredients and instructions below and you’ll find no ingredients spared or wasted. A complaint many people have when attempting to make this for themselves at home is ensuring the sandwich mirrors the spicy output you get from the chain. Fear not, we have you covered in our ingredients. You might need to adjust the ingredients if you really like the hot taste.


  • Hamburger Buns: Serve as the base and top of the sandwich.
  • Chicken Breast Fillets: The main protein component of the sandwich, which will be seasoned and fried.
  • Buttermilk: Used to marinate the chicken breasts, adding moisture and flavor.
  • All-Purpose Wheat Flour: Used for coating the chicken breasts to create a crispy exterior when fried.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the chicken coating.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a mild, spicy flavor to the chicken.
  • Warm Water: Possibly used in the preparation process, though its specific use in this recipe is not detailed.
  • Cooking Oil: For deep-frying the chicken breasts to achieve a crispy texture.
  • Powdered Garlic: Adds a savory, aromatic flavor to the chicken coating.
  • Powdered Onions: Contributes a sweet and savory flavor to the chicken coating.
  • Cayenne Pepper: The key ingredient for the spiciness in the chicken coating.
  • Butter: Used for toasting the hamburger buns.
  • Lettuce Leaves: Adds a fresh, crunchy element to the sandwich.
  • Tomato (sliced): Provides moisture and a slight sweetness to the sandwich.
  • Mayonnaise: Used as a condiment to add creaminess and flavor.
  • Jalapeno Juice (optional): Can be added to the buttermilk marinade for an extra kick of heat and flavor.

Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

4 from 49 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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If you’re looking for an authentic copycat Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich then follow our recipe and you’ll be on your way to enjoying this delicious sandwich.


  • 4 4 hamburger buns

  • 4 chicken breast fillets

  • 1 cup 1 of buttermilk

  • 1-2 small cups of all-purpose wheat flour

  • 3 pinches of salt

  • 1 teaspoon 1 of black pepper

  • 1 cup 1 of warm water

  • Cooking oil (5-10 cups)

  • 1 teaspoon 1 of powdered garlic

  • 1 teaspoon 1 of powdered onions

  • 2 teaspoon 2 of cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon 1 butter

  • Leaves of lettuce

  • Tomato (sliced)

  • Mayonnaise (as preferred)

  • Jalapeno juice (optional)


  • Mix buttermilk, cayenne pepper, and the 4 chicken breasts in a bowl. Jalapeno juice can be added to this mixture due to its richness in vitamins A and C as well as potassium. Wrap the pan with a foil and refrigerate this mixture for an hour.
  • Using a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, salt, cayenne pepper, powdered garlic, and onions and whisk them to achieve consistency.
  • From the refrigerator, grab the chicken breast fillets and dip them into the second bowl containing flour and the other ingredients. Do this in a repeat fashion where you drop the chicken breasts into the first bowl then to the latter until well dredged. Then arrange the chicken breasts on a foil. Set aside.
  • Half fill a deep pan with oil and allow the oil to preheat well. Pick the chicken fillets you had set aside, and one by one, let them into the now hot oil (around 360-370 F). Ensure proper cooking until you achieve a golden-brown color. Ensure you use a spoon that filters out the fat. Lay the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Remove from the oven after 5-8 minutes with the oven at about 160 degrees F.
  • Heat a large size pan to achieve medium heat, add butter, and lay the plain buns as if to toast.
  • Pick up the bread and apply mayonnaise. Place a chicken breast on the bread; both sides, followed by the green lettuce and tomato that are well sliced on top of the bun.
  • Ensure the lettuce is washed correctly
  • Serve when still hot

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What To Serve This With

There are so many great options that you can serve this classic sandwich with. We have many options available for you to combine this with on our site but you may already have some in your freezer or pantry.

Mashed potatoes would go well with this sandwich, especially when they’re creamy and our version certainly is that. Salad or coleslaw would perfectly compliment this and might even cool you down if you find the sandwich unbearably hot. Not also forgetting, the bean salad, green beans, or potato wedges would make not only a healthy but perfect mix.

You can serve with dessert e.g., damson crumble, white chocolate cake, molten chocolate cake, lemon sponge cake, cornflake tarts or even our cola cake. Even wash it down with a famous Wendy’s frosty, nothing beats combining the sandwich with a classic frosty. You’ll really feel as if you’ve just entered the restaurant while sitting and enjoying your meal from home.

What does Wendy’s use for spicy chicken sandwich?

Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich is a popular menu item known for its unique heat and flavor. It has a juicy chicken breast seasoned with a fiery blend of spices, including pepper, paprika or cayenne. The chicken is breaded and fried to a crispy golden brown. It’s served on a toasted bun with lettuce and mayonnaise to balance the heat. Wendy’s keeps the exact spice blend and preparation method a secret, but these elements create the distinct taste of their Spicy Chicken Sandwich.

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Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich is an excellent choice for a sandwich as you no longer need to queue at your local chain, it’ll put money back in your pocket and is ultimately one of the ultimate comfort foods. It is also easy to package and have over lunch or in the afternoon. Your family and friends are really going to be impressed when they see you making this copycat recipe while they’re still craving the dish from the restaurant.

Let me know down below if you tried this recipe and how did it turn out. Make sure you tweak the recipe slightly depending on how spicy you like it. If you’re a fan of the sandwich I’m guessing you’ll like that kick and this recipe delivers on that. Enjoy!

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  1. This looks delicious

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