Copycat Carl Jr's Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Sandwich

"This recipe is from: We don't have Carl Jr's around here but figured that they must be good if someone is trying to copycat them. I wasn't disappointed! Love the ranch dressing! I used a chicken fryer skillet rather than a deep fryer."
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  • Preheat 6-8 cups of shortening in a deep fryer to 350 degrees or use a deep chicken fryer skillet adding 2” of shortening.
  • To prepare the ranch dressing, combine all of the ingredients except the water and gelatin in small bowl.
  • Mix the water with the gelatin in a small cup until all of the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Add this gelatin solution to the other ingredients and stir.
  • Cover and chill the dressing until it's needed (I like to prepare the day before so flavors blend).
  • Beat the egg and then combine with 1 cup water in a small, shallow bowl.
  • Stir.
  • Combine the flour, salt, onion powder and garlic powder in another shallow bowl.
  • Pound each of the breast fillets with a mallet until about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Working with one fillet at a time, first coat each fillet with the flour, then dredge it in the egg and water mixture.
  • Coat the chicken once again in the flour and set it aside until all of the fillets have been breaded.
  • Fry the chicken fillets until light brown and crispy.
  • As chicken is frying, prepare each sandwich by grilling the face of the hamburger buns on a hot skillet over medium heat.
  • Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the ranch dressing on the face of the top and bottom buns.
  • On the bottom bun, stack a leaf of lettuce and a tomato slice.
  • When the chicken is done frying, remove the fillets from the fryer and drain them on paper towels or a rack for a couple of minutes.
  • Stack one fillet onto the bottom of the sandwich (onto the tomato), then stack a slice of the Swiss cheese onto the chicken.
  • Arrange the bacon, crosswise, on top of the Swiss cheese, then top off the sandwich with the top bun.
  • Repeat the stacking process for each of the remaining sandwiches.

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  1. A great sandwich. I buttered and sprinkled the buns and toasted in a skillet for an even better sandwich. In Florida, we used to get a similar sandwich at a place called Calico Jack's.
  2. Excellent, I will make it again!


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