Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Florida has an almost unhealthy obsession with Publix subs.  Don’t get me wrong, this grocery store chain does make some pretty darn good subs, but not worth the almost fanatical loyalty that they seem to have won from Floridians.  Usually, a Publix sub for me is a quick meal for when I spent too much time grocery shopping and no longer feel like cooking.  The notable exception to this rule is the buffalo chicken sub.  The buffalo chicken sub is basically the Publix chicken tenders sub doused with buffalo sauce and sprinkled with crumbled blue cheese.  I shamelessly admit to looking out in the Weekly Ad for their chicken tenders sub to go on sale in order to have an excuse to indulge.

Unfortunately for me, the availability of this “Publix sub hack” is not guaranteed.  Sometimes, the deli doesn’t have any buffalo sauce or blue cheese.  Sometimes, the deli worker refuses to make it because they have no idea that they’re allowed to do this.  Regardless of why I don’t get my fix, I finally came to the realization that I should try to make my own version at home.  After all, the formula is pretty simple: breaded chicken breast meat, buffalo sauce, and crumbled blue cheese on a sandwich roll.  Viola, buffalo chicken sandwich!

My ideal chicken wings are not breaded before they are fried.  However, boneless chicken breasts are definitely helped along by a good breading if they are going to get coated in buffalo sauce.  Make sure that the recipe that you use to bread your chicken breasts doesn’t have too many spices or seasonings in it.  You don’t want the seasonings in the breading to interfere with the taste of the buffalo sauce.  Save those fancy herbs and spices for when you’re making a Southern friend chicken sandwich.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 breaded and fried chicken breasts (such as this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (can be store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 sandwich rolls

Directions

Slice the sandwich rolls lengthwise and toast lightly.  Pour buffalo sauce into a wide, shallow dish.  Set aside.

Fry chicken according to your preferred recipe.  When the chicken is done, use tongs to remove from the oil and immediately set in the dish filled with buffalo sauce, flipping to coat both sides.  Transfer chicken breasts to sandwich rolls, and sprinkle each with 2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese.  Serve immediately.

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