- 4(4-oz.) Skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper.
- Two large eggs
- Four teaspoon of yellow or honey mustard, plus more for serving
- One tablespoon of Bread-and-butter pickle juice, plus sliced pickles for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or readymade seasoned flour
- Olive oil spray or Avocado oil
- Four lightly toasted potato rolls
- Lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes for serving
0 hour 15 minutes
0 hours 15 minutes
Total Cooking Time
0 hours 30 minutes
1. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over the Chicken after patting it dry with paper towels.
2. Place bread crumbs and flour in separate bowls. Use Shallow bowls or Shallow air-tight containers for the best result. Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, mustard, pickle juice, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
3. Dip each Chicken in a pickle juice mixture, letting excess drip off. Here you should keep it for the rest of about 10 minutes.
4. Then Dip chicken breasts in the mixture of flour, letting excess flour drip off. Coat the Chicken in breadcrumbs, gently pressing to adhere. Put breaded cutlets on a plate.
5. Spray the air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Arrange two cutlets in a single layer in the basket—coat the chicken with cooking spray evenly. Flip halfway through and generously spray the second side with cooking spray. Then cook until golden brown and Chicken just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. You can also slightly dip the Chicken in pickle juice again.
6. Spread mustard on the top of a burger bun. Place chicken on the bottom bun. Layer lettuce, tomato, and pickles over Chicken. Close sandwich with top bun. You can also use plastic wrap.
You can also use an egg wash instead of flouring your Chicken after dipping it in milk or water. Finally, you can store the marinated chickens in a shallow air tight container for further use.
DO's: 6 Best tips to make your chicken sandwich in an air fryer
Make crispy, southern, or buttermilk chicken with these six tips. Of course, everyone will ask for the recipe.
1. Allow your Chicken to come up to room temperature
The best-fried Chicken starts with the freshest ingredients, including your bird. If it's been in the fridge for days, take it out and let it sit at room temperature for about half an hour before frying. Frozen chicken breast is not so good for this recipe.
2. Cut up your Chicken properly
Use whole Chicken to meet both dark and white meat preferences. Whether you cut up the bird yourself or buy it pre-butchered, you should cut each chicken breast into two or three pieces. Compared to legs and thighs, smaller breast pieces cook faster.
And they are also less prone to overcooking since large breasts tend to turn golden and crispy on the outside before fully cooked.
3. Marinate your Chicken in buttermilk and hot sauce
For a simple marinade, you can use hot sauce. Hot sauce is the perfect choice for marinating Chicken because it has a lot of flavor and spice. Plus, it's also low in fat and high in protein.
Buttermilk is also great for marinating meat because of its acidity level. Acidic foods help break down proteins to become more tender. Buttermilk has an acidic content that helps to break down fattier meats like chicken breasts.
This process also happens faster due to the calcium in buttermilk. This means that when you use buttermilk as your chicken marinade, your Chicken will be even more tender than if you didn't use any kind of liquid at all. It also makes juicy Chicken.
4. Don't crowd the basket
The air fryer has a small basket, so don't overfill it.
The basket of an air fryer is about the size of a pie tin. If you have too much food in your basket, it will not cook evenly or fast enough. And it may become dry or overcooked before being cooked all over.
This can also result in unevenly cooked pieces because they won't all reach the same temperature at the same time.
5. Use a timer to get the perfect level of doneness
The most important thing to remember when the cooking chicken in an air fryer is to use a timer. This is because it is easy to overcook Chicken, especially if your air fryer has multiple temperature settings. Air fryer temperature varies for different recipes.
If you use a digital air fryer, the fryer will display the cooking time. If you are not using one of these, I recommend setting a timer on your phone or another device. Then you check it or how long each piece of chicken needs until it's ready.
6. Let the chicken rest before crunching in
It's important to let the chicken rest before you dig in. The resting time allows the juices to create a juicy sandwich.
Resting also allows the breading to crisp up and stay on the Chicken, which is crucial for texture. If you don't allow your sandwich pieces to rest, they'll be soggy and fall off before you can take another bite.
While we're on this topic: remember that if your Chicken is already cooked (like if you were making fried Chicken), then there's no need for resting time.
Don'ts: 6 mistakes you're making in air frying
You've used air fryer, but things aren't working as well as your wish. Now you're getting disgusted and about to put that appliance in storage, not to see again.
Here are the 6 mistakes you can fix to get the best experience out of your air fryer. And believe me, you're going to love this appliance.
1. No added oil
Air fryers are famous for making fried foods healthier. People assume no oil is needed and end up with dried-out food. An air fryer works similarly to that of a convection oven and moves the air around the food instead of the heat from the oven's bottom.
With all that air movement, the food loses moisture, which takes away the delicious food flavors you love in fried food. You only need 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of oil each time you use your air fryer to help bring that flavor and moisture back.
2. You're not reheating food in your air fryer
Turn your air fryer to 350-400 degrees F for 2-3 minutes, and your reheated leftovers will taste as crispy as the night before. Just think – crispy, hot, and fresh reheated Chicken sandwich in an air fryer (or any other food you want).
3. You're putting too much into it
I was guilty of the mistake when I first bought my air fryer as I filled it up with homemade french fries, expecting them to cook evenly and thoroughly. I ended up with half burnt, half uncooked fries and was disappointed in the results. If you have a smaller air fryer, cook in batches. It means cooking a little at a time.
4. You're not using it to its full recipe potential
Air Fryers aren't just great for cooking food—they're great for roasting veggies, making baked goods, and even cooking bacon. But what about those things that need a little extra heat? There are some incredible cookbooks out there.
Those show how you can use your air fryer to make everything from roasted potatoes to crispy chicken sandwiches.
5. COOKING YOUR FOOD WITHOUT CHECKING IT
Every oven, stove, air fryer, and even toaster is different. Just because a recipe says cook for 15 minutes does not mean leave it in there for 15 minutes without checking on it.
6. DON'T LEAVE IT PLUGGED IN
In addition, some air fryers make no noise when opened, so it's easy to forget you didn't turn them off. Air fryers, like any other appliance, use energy when plugged in.
How to Cook the perfect air fryer Chicken Sandwich FAQs
1. Can I put raw Chicken in an air fryer?
Yes, you can place raw meat/poultry into an air fryer and cook them at 350 degrees for up to 30 minutes. The key is to ensure the food has been thoroughly cooked before placing it in the air fryer. Do not use an air fryer to prepare raw meats/poultry.
2. Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer?
Yes, you can use aluminum foil for cooking food in an oven at home. For example, aluminum foil works well for baking sweet treats like brownies and cakes.
However, do not use aluminum foil for baking savory foods such as chicken wings or fish fillets. These types of food should be cooked directly on top of the stove.
3. What temperature do you cook Chicken in an air fryer?
The best way to cook Chicken in an air fryer is at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. This process cooks the meat evenly while keeping the outside crispy. If you want to cook Chicken at a lower temperature, use 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
4. What are the disadvantages of using air fryer?
The main disadvantage of using an air fryer is that it is expensive compared to other cooking methods. Also, the food tends to be greasy and unhealthy due to deep frying.
5. What temperature do you cook Chicken in an air fryer?
The best way to know how much heat to use when cooking chicken in an air fryer is to look at what other recipes recommend for cooking Chicken. If you want crispy skin, cook it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you wish for juicy meat, you'll need to cook it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Will the air fryer help me lose weight?
Air fryers are great for cooking healthy meals quickly. But, they don't burn calories as regular ovens do. They also don't cook food evenly. If you want to lose weight, try using an electric grill instead.
7. Is an air fryer healthier than an oven?
An air fryer is much better for cooking food than an oven because it cooks food faster and uses less energy. However, both methods use high temperatures, which may cause some foods to become dry. So, it depends on what kind of food you're cooking.
As you can see, there are many ways to make the perfect chicken sandwich. The best thing is the flexibility about this recipe. You can add or remove ingredients at will and still end up with a delicious homemade meal. Just remember to cook your Chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). This will ensure that it is cooked without being dry or tough.