McDonald's chicken sandwich: Here's how you can make it at home

Here’s the recipe to create a copycat version of McDonald’s iconic Chicken Burger easily at home for your friends and family.

McDonald's chicken sandwich: Here's how you can make it at home
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McDonald's chicken sandwich: Here's how you can make it at home

Although McDonald's has been best known for its cheese burger and Big Mac, over the years it has become a go-to place for fans who love chicken, with the brand introducing many new chicken items. McDonald's has also added in a new permanent chicken burger, the McCrispy in its menu last year. Some of the most popular chicken items and sandwiches for fans include McDonald's spicy nuggets, McChicken and of course the Chicken Sandwich. It remains to be seen what new chicken items the brand introduces this year.

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While it would be awesome to be able to order McDonald's Chicken sandwiches every day, it is definitely not feasible from the point of view of finance and health. This is why so many home cooks and chefs have come up with copycat recipes inspired by McDonald's food, that offer a new healthy take on popular menu items.

Recreating your favourite fast-food at home is the best life-hack to enjoy them any time you like, while ensuring that your food is healthier than at the restaurant, not to mention, its free!

There are simple recipes for several of your favourite McDonald's menu items like chicken nuggets, fries, McFlurry desserts, and even their signature sauces.

You can also upgrade McChicken or Crispy Chicken inspired sandwiches according to your taste, making the recipe more spicy if you love heat or add-in extra dollops of sauces you love.

Recreating your favourite fast-food at home is the best way to enjoy it them while ensuring that your food is healthier than at the restaurant Chicago Tribune

McDonald's advertisement describes Chicken Sandwich as a fried chicken sandwich with a patty that is crispy on the outside while being tender and juicy on the inside. The recipe for it here is by Recipe Fairy. This McDonald's inspired sandwich looks and taste very much like the original food item. While it takes an hour to prep, the cooking time for this recipe here is just 20 minutes.

Ingredients for chicken patty

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup white flour
  • ½ cup tempura mix (or corn starch)
  • 4 tbs yellow maize meal
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch MSG
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 4 large chicken breast fillets
  • 5 cups of oil for frying

Ingredients to finish the sandwich

  • 4 burger buns
  • ¼ shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, sliced.
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp onion powder
This at home chicken sandwich takes only 1 hour to prep with 20 minutes of cooking time Manu Vega


Chicken patty

  • Combine egg and water together properly in a big bowl.
  • In a different big bowl, add together flour, tempura, maize, salt, onion and garlic powders, and add the MSG along with a pinch of pepper. Ensure everything is thoroughly mixed, use a fork to combine the dry blend.
  • Use a rolling pin or meat hammer to flatten your chicken fillets on a counter. Your fillets are ready for the next step with batter once they're flat and as big as the width of your hand.
  • Use one hand to dunk the chicken breasts into seasoned flour till it is well-coated.
  • For the next step, use your other hand to dip it the egg-water batter. Follow this up with another dunk into the flour mix.
  • Place the coated chicken patties in a ziplock bag and just let them freeze in the fridge for a bit. Putting things in the freezer before frying ensures that your food will be crispy
  • After about 50 minutes, take the patties out of the freezer and repeat the same process of dunking the chicken breasts into the flour blend, followed by the egg batter and then finishing with the flour mix again.
  • In a pan, heat oil till it reaches just around 182°C and then fry your chicken patties till they are golden brown in colour.
To have crispy coating, ensure that you freeze your battered chicken fillets Karl Tapales

Assembling the chicken burger

  • For this step, halve your buns and toast them lightly
  • Mix mayonnaise and onion powder for your sauce
  • On one side of a bun, layer the lettuce, add a slice of tomato, and a spoon of the mayo-onion sauce. Though this recipe does not include pickles, McDonald's website mentions it as an ingredient. Hence, if you love pickle, go ahead and add in a slice.
  • Place your crispy chicken patties and add the other half of the bun on top to complete your McDonald’s inspired Crispy chicken sandwich.

Serve your chicken sandwiches hot to impress family and friends with the healthiest McDonald's inspired meal they will have in their life since this free at-home recipe uses way less fat and salt than the restaurant version. It also takes very little time to cook, and it's bound to be a hit anytime of the day or year, while looking as tempting as the burgers in any McDonald's advertisement.

Sources used:

Recipe Fairy: ‘McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich’

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