I don't want to exactly say this is a copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich. But I can tell you that if you've been attempting fried chicken sandwiches at home, and something is... missing... it is probably pickle juice. Fast food chains are using pickle juice in their chicken brine which packs a punch of flavor and helps gives the chicken that incredible flavor and tenderness. So today, I'll walk you through how to make a fantastic pickle juice & buttermilk-brined fried chicken sandwich.
Pickle Juice & Buttermilk are the Key to this Sandwich
As you may or may not know, I love making my own garlic dill pickles. This might feel overwhelming to some. When I planned to film this recipe, all my homemade pickles has been consumed... by me. This not uncommon. However, I saved all that delicious pickle brine for fried chicken sandwich making. In the off chance you have made your own garlic dill pickles, go ahead and use that brine. If you have not made your own pickles (which will be the majority of you reading this) you can use the jarred stuff. I will give you a chef's tip here: add some thin sliced garlic to the brine. The brine is going to inject flavor into the chicken. The brine and the buttermilk are going to give you an incredibly tender chicken.
Pickle juice & buttermilk-brined fried chicken sandwich: White vs. Dark Meat
Choosing between dark meat and white meat is a personal choice. I do enjoy a white meat sandwich like the ones at Popeye's and Chick-fil-A. However, if you are a regular reader of my site, you know I absolutely adore chicken thighs. In the end, I decided to prepare this recipe with white and dark meat. Naturally, I preferred the dark meat sandwich. However, many of you may prefer the white meat version which is also fantastic. Again - it's a personal choice and you should do what you like here.
Follow These Easy Steps for the Best Fried Chicken Sandwich
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