We don’t eat fast food much. If we do, we either go to Subway so Bryan can get a sandwich and I get a salad or we go to Wendy’s because they fry their french fries in a separate fryer and I can get a bun-less cheeseburger and Bryan can get his favorite spicy chicken sandwich. That sandwich used to be my favorite also before I found I had Celiac Disease. Every time he gets one I ask “can I just smell it” – you laugh but I seriously do this quite often with some of his “regular” food.
Lately I’ve been on a kick of making things at home instead of going out and buying them. For example in my last post I shared recipes from homemade beef jerky and granola bars. I can’t go out and get a Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich but I sure as heck can make it at home. Making things at home also lets you control the ingredients you use. Not saying that this sandwich is super healthy by any means, don’t get me wrong. I mentioned to Bryan the other day that I could try to recreate that sandwich for him, but would have to do it gluten-free so I can enjoy it too…he said sure. So I looked online for some ideas of what is actually in the sandwich and then went to work on creating a recipe for it. I have to say it came out pretty darn awesome! We both really liked it. I served mine between two pieces of romaine lettuce and Bryan had his on a “regular” bun. The spicy flavor in mine was much more pronounced without having all that bread in the way.
Gluten-Free Spicy Chicken Sandwich (Wendy’s)
1/4 Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Bisquick
1 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
2 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
1/8 Teaspoon Fine Ground Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Paprika
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 Chicken Breasts – pounded until about 3/8 inch thick
4 Pieces of Romain Lettuce
1/4 Teaspoon Mayonnaise (optional)
2 Tomato Slices (optional)
Mix together the Gluten-Free Bisquick, Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Pepper, Paprika and Garlic Powder in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl mix together Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and water.
In a large high-sided sauté pan heat 1/2 cup – 1 cup of canola oil (should come up about 1/2 inch the side of the pan depending on the size of your pan) on medium heat. You could also use a deep fryer but I didn’t want to deal with all of that.
Take one chicken breast at a time and dredge it in the GF Bisquick mixture, then coat it in the hot sauce/water mixture and then again in the Bisquick mixture.
Cook chicken for about 4-5 minutes on each side until they are golden brown and no longer pink in the center (I cut mine just to make sure).
Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil. Serve on lettuce or a bun and top with mayonnaise (optional), tomato (optional) and an additional piece of lettuce. Enjoy!!
The Bisquick worked perfect for this recipe. It was nice and crunchy and the chicken was juicy, and just the right amount of spice. Oh how I have missed this sandwich, but now I can make it at home!