Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Waffle Fries

Food Network Magazine
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon habanero hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup mayonnaise
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
1 22-ounce bag frozen waffle fries
1 cup cake flour (see Cook’s Note for substitute)
Vegetable oil, for frying
4 potato rolls, split
Iceberg lettuce and dill pickle slices, for topping

Directions

Whisk the buttermilk, hot sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the buttermilk mixture to a small bowl and whisk in the mayonnaise; set aside. Add the chicken thighs to the bowl with the remaining buttermilk mixture; toss to coat and set aside.

Bake the waffle fries as the label directs. Meanwhile, combine the cake flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish. Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Fry until golden and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a rack set over a baking sheet to drain.

Season the waffle fries with pepper. Divide the buttermilk mayonnaise among the roll bottoms. Top with lettuce, the chicken, pickles and the roll tops; serve with the waffle fries.

Cook’s Note: If you don’t have any cake flour on hand, you can combine 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons cornstarch, then sift a few times.
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