I sprayed a baking sheet with cooking spray and baked/broiled the filets, but they came out great and tasted just like the Wendy's sandwich. I'd copied the recipe and reposted to my Facebook account for friends!
I really liked the flavor of this recipe but had trouble getting the coating to stick on the chicken. I baked strips in the oven instead of frying, next time will try to grease the cookie sheet.
DH brought this recipe to my attention, which I was certain was because of the hot sauce. I asked him if he wanted for Christmas a holster to carry his Frank's.
I followed it to a T, and it was perfect. This does taste like Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich. I deep fried mine at 350 for 7 min.
This was so spicy it was hard to eat! It was fine, but way too spicy, and I used the correct amounts of Frank's and cayenne powder. The breading would not stay on either, and I bake them. I also made an extremely spicy gravy using the leftover breading and Frank's-water, which needed a lot of PB2 and sour cream to barely help. I am surprised this has not been a bigger complaint. I will probably try it again, but with modifications.
I decreased the cayenne by half because I was worried it would be too spicy for a 3 and 7 year old, but I think they could have tolerated more. I also used milk instead of water for liquid which I think works better. Overall, it was a good recipe that I would probably make again, but I don't think it tastes too much like Wendy's as I don't taste hot sauce in their recipe. Also, I had no trouble getting my coating to adhere to the chicken.
Very nice recipe although I do believe this taste more like Tyson's Buffalo Strips that you buy in the freezer section of the grocery store. I sliced a large chicken breast (partially frozen) into 5 fillets at a 45 degree angle and pounded to 1/2 inch thick after thawing was complete. It was the perfect size for a hamburger bun. I combined the Frank's Red Hot Sauce with an egg, couple splashes of milk and 3 T of the seasoned flour which makes a thick batter. Pat dry chicken pieces, dip in batter and then roll in seasoned flour. No need to double batter. Fry in oil 375 degrees approx 6 minutes. Placed cooked chicken on coffee filters to absorb excess oil. I cut the cayenne pepper in half and these were plenty spicy and crispy. I added sliced jalapenos and peperoncini peppers to my sandwich, delicious.
Delicious chicken sandwich :) I used the extra breading with the egg as other users suggested. I cut down the cayenne because I expected it to be too much, but next time I plan to add more. I also pan fried instead of deep fried. Everyone in my family loved it.
I must say this is one of the first copy cat recipes I've tried that was actually close. The flavor was good. The texture was not much like Wendy's. Mine came out a lot crunchier and the crust didn't stick as well. That might be a result of not making sure the chicken was completely dry or maybe we should let the chicken set in the fridge for a while after the second dredging. Hopefully someone with a lot of chicken experience can detail how some places get that softer texture on their chicken kind of like KFC original used to be back in the day.<br/><br/>As for the taste, the taste was almost spot on. If it's not exactly like Wendy's, it's pretty darn close. I didn't make mine exactly like Wendy's because I was out of tomatoes, but the taste on this was pretty good, and even if it hadn't been close to 100%, it's just to just have a tasty chicken sandwich recipe.
As a teenager I worked at Wendy's and this is the closest you will get other then hitting the drive thru. My DH and I have 5 children and all of us enjoy this. It is now on regular rotation in our home. Quick and cheap...always a plus when feeding 5 children. Thank you so much for posting.